February 27, 2006

When George Met Edith

Poor pathetic George Michael. Isn't he only like 42 years old? A 42 yr old stoner who can't really deal with fame.

Rather than be mean, I will highlight something great George recently did. Something most people don't even know he did: a cover of Joni Mitchell's classic "Edith And The Kingpin." Gorilla Vs. Bear recently highlighted The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, the '75 album from which this comes, and posted "Kingpin," one her best songs. I love the song's lyric structure - how it repeats words in each verse, like snowblind. It really is a short story condensed into a song, or maybe the script of a Robert Towne movie:

The big man arrives
Disco dancers greet him
Plainclothes cops greet him
Small town, big man, fresh lipstick glistening

Sophomore jive
From victims of typewriters
The band sounds like typewriters
The big man he's not listening

His eyes hold Edith
His left hand holds his right
What does that hand desire
That he grips it so tight?

Edith in the ring
The passed-over girls are conferring
The man with the diamond ring is purring
All claws for now withdrawn

One by one they bring
His renegade stories to her
His crimes and his glories to her
In challenge they look on

Women he has taken grow old too soon
He tilts their tired faces
Gently to the spoon

Edith in his bed
A plane in the rain is humming
The wires in the walls are humming
Some song-some mysterious song

Bars in her head
Beating frantic and snowblind
Romantic and snowblind
She says-his crime belongs

Edith and the Kingpin
Each with charm to sway
Are staring eye to eye
They dare not look away
You know they dare not look away

In late 2005, George did a faithful version of this track. Get it for a short time (like 4 days only!) or buy it on his site...

"Edith And The Kingpin" MP3

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