The whole song is a masterclass, Pete. I shall be performing it this evening and probably preface it by saying it's my favourite ever song (the truth is, some days it is. Some days others overtake it - but for purposes of a live gig it's right there). There are stories within stories. Little things like "Save a few (prayers) for Lefty, too... Now he's growing old." I just having this vision of this old fellow struggling to live with what he did all those years ago. And "A few grey Federals..." Just dropping in the word "grey" adds so much. Again, he doesn't need to tell us that it all happened a long time ago, and that the Federals - and the poets - still talk about it, or that Pancho really wasn't that good an outlaw. It's all there in between the lines.
NewDave: I think he's a Hogarth for our times. But yeah, they're a bit grim. He's developing a symbolic language all his own. Steve McFadden's (Phil Mitchell from Eastenders) looks of disgust and resignation are a joy and manatees are meant to by symbols of hope
Jul 1, 2020 9:35:06 GMT
NewDave: Searching for the hidden Cilla Black can bring hours of entertainment. Or maybe that's just me.
Jul 1, 2020 9:35:41 GMT
walkingdecay: Maybe there's a hidden Cilla Black in everyone.
Jul 1, 2020 20:27:20 GMT
NewDave: Unleash your inner Cilla? The Personal Growth Weekend that's a lorra lorra laughs.
Jul 2, 2020 10:28:07 GMT
walkingdecay: Sadly the long awaited release of Homegrown hasn't granted us a vital missing piece of the Neil Young puzzle after all. I suspect Neil gets all his puzzle pieces from different boxes anyway.
Jul 2, 2020 20:33:04 GMT
walkingdecay: I still have a 'Release Potatoland' badge. Worth at least a million quid, I reckon.
Jul 2, 2020 20:36:51 GMT
NewDave: Johnson's greatest is achievement is making that blithe, insouciant lightweight Cameron seem statesmanlike. That LBC interview. Holy Cow!
Jul 3, 2020 9:05:04 GMT
walkingdecay: One of the weird things about that stupid virus is that symptoms reappear weeks later. Last week I felt like housebricks had replaced key joints of my body; now I find I can't taste anything again.
Jul 4, 2020 7:32:19 GMT
ocarolan: Housebricks for knees? There is mortar this virus than first appears! But sorry to hear that Pete - hope you will recover soon - all the best to you and Mrs Decay - stay safe.
Jul 4, 2020 9:46:16 GMT
walkingdecay: "mortar..." I like it!
Jul 4, 2020 13:15:08 GMT
walkingdecay: Regarding covid, the echoing symptoms get us down, but under it all we're happy just to have survived it. The media and government made it sound as if anyone in our age group who got it was all but doomed during those early days.
Jul 4, 2020 20:21:53 GMT
walkingdecay: I'll echo your "Stay safe" to you and everyone else Keith, as the disease can really knock you about and it's far from beaten yet, but in the event that anyone does get it, they should bear in mind that it's unlikely to kill them.
Jul 4, 2020 20:31:29 GMT
walkingdecay: Being as downright frightened as I was only made those days worse, as did my wife's guilt over her unproven supposition that she brought the virus home.
Jul 4, 2020 20:40:32 GMT
walkingdecay: Didn't mean to say all that. Mind diarrhoea.
Jul 6, 2020 10:09:13 GMT