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I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same - Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Travellerman, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    I watched the film "The Song Remains the Same"
    At the midnight movies when I was a kid
    At a Canton, Ohio mall with friends
    One warm summer weekend

    Jimmy Page stood tall on screen
    And I was mesmerized by everything
    The Peter Grant/John Paul Jones dream sequence scenes
    The closeup of the mahogany double-neck SG

    And though I love the sound of the roaring Les Paul
    What spoke to me most was "Rain Song" and "Bron-Yr-Aur"
    And I loved the thunder of John Bonham's drums
    But even more, I liked "No Quarter" low Fender Rhodes' hum

    I don't know what happened or what anyone did
    But from my earliest memories, I was a very melancholic kid
    When anything close to me at all in the world died
    To my heart, forever, it would be tied

    Like when my friend was thrown from his moped
    When some kind of a big truck back-ended him
    And when the girl who sat in front of me in remedial
    Was killed in an accident one weekend
    And quickly forgotten about at school

    And when we got the call that my grandmother passed
    The nervous tension I'd been feeling for months broke
    And strangely, I laughed
    Then I went to my bedroom and I laid down
    And in my tears, and in the heaviness of everything I drowned

    Though I kept to myself, and for the most part was pretty coy
    I once got baited into clocking some undeserving boy
    Out on the elementary school playground
    I threw a punch that caught him off-guard and knocked him down

    And when I walked away, the kids were cheering
    And though I grinned, deep inside I was hurting
    But not nearly as much as I'd hurt him
    He stood up, his glasses broken and his face was red

    And I was never a schoolyard bully
    It was only one incident and it has always eaten at me
    I was never a young schoolyard bully
    And wherever you are, that poor kid, I'm so sorry

    And when I grew older, I learned to play guitar
    While everyone else was throwing around a football
    Wearing bright colours the school issued them
    Parroting passed-down phrases and cheerleading

    I got a recording contract in 1992
    And from there, my name, my band and my audience grew
    And since that time, so much has happened to me
    But I discovered, I cannot shake melancholy
    For forty-six years now, I cannot break the spell
    I'll carry it throughout my life and probably carry it down

    I'll go to my grave with my melancholy
    And my ghost will echo my sentiments for all eternity

    And now when I watch "The Song Remains the Same"
    The same things speak to me that spoke to me then
    Except now, the scenes with Peter Grant and John Bonham
    Are different from when I think about the dust that fell upon them

    I got a friend who lives in the desert outside Santa Fe
    And I'm going to visit him this Saturday
    Between my travelling and his divorces
    And our time not being what it was
    It's been fifteen years since I last saw him

    He's the man who signed me back in '92
    And I'm going to go there and tell him face to face,
    "Thank you."

    For discovering my talent so early
    For helping me along in this beautiful musical world
    I was meant to be in


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