Friday, February 10, 2006

The Whitlams

Not a well-known band, but a good find, pointed out by my brother. Also: The Fiery Furnaces are coming to Toad's tomorrow (today!). I'll be going. Probly.

Finally, here're the lyrics to a great, great, great song by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists--"Counting Down the Hours". Does this seem sort of legalistic or theological to anyone? The senselessness of violence, the apathy of watching it helplessly, manipulated by "the powerlines" of authority. (Click Read...)
Innocence, it don't come easy - in a sense it never will
Accidents mean no one's guilty, ignorance means someone's killed
So I asked our Mr. Mellor how one gets to where one's going
And he points to his survival, and he points me down the road

And I go on
Wondering if I've got a soul and
Counting down the hours 'til it goes

On a dark wet night in April, on a street in Jersey where
I went looking for some writing that I knew would not be there
And a punter from the Pelhams and the police, in the rain,
Were concerned more with a car than with the fact the light had changed
But after listening all morning, as I drove down 95
To a story of detainees who were barely kept alive
I could deal with trying to process pigeons acting like they're doves
But not with interference from the power lines above

And I go on
Wondering if I've got a soul and
Counting down the hours 'til it goes

And oh, precautions, yes precautions
But if you're playing with a gun, you could kill someone
And in the dark it's hard to know a friend
But I'm not angry, I won't be forever angry

As I'm walking toward tomorrow with a rifle in my hand
And I'm thinking about New England, and I'm missing old Japan
And a mountain in California where a spring runs hot and cold
And if I told you I felt ageless, would you tell me I'm not old?

And I go on
Wondering if I've got a soul and
Counting down the hours 'till it goes

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best lines is from a song of theirs: "there's no aphrodisiac like loneliness / truth, beauty, and a picture of you."

9:20 PM  

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