Poetic Preliminaries:


ROXY MUSIC remains one of my all-time favorite bands. I attribute my useless love of poetry in part to some of their lyrics. The cover of this very poetic record was always too hot to handle. I thought of pasting it in here but 5 of my 7 regular readers would be offended. It was risqué in 1974 and it is still so today. If you are curious you can always click HERE. The heavenly bodies distract us, yes, but it is the words that I am after.

I also love the Southwestern states of the U.S. where I lived for years.
And so I bring you two favorite Roxy songs: Prairie Rose and Amazona:

TEXAS . . . that’s where I belong / It seems to me
Lonesome star / Shine on / The big country
With open skies, and you for company
Oh prairie rose . . . how happy I should be

Hey hey . . . You can take it from me / Hey hey, I’ll be coming, you’ll see
Hey hey, oh what a state to be in / Hey hey, you’re tantalizing me

Texas: I will compose in fancy rhyme, or just plain prose
A song of praise / To you, Prairie rose
Though I’m not sure I can explain your strange allure
Prairie rose / A crown of thorns / A scented flower
Hey hey
I’d better leave right away / I can hear you calling me / Prairie rose


AMAZONA . . . is a zone where / there is no doubt / No more fall-out
Why don’t you step through the mirror and see?

From Arizona to Eldorado / Sure is a mighty long way.
Hey little girl / Is something wrong?
I know it’s hard / For you to get along

The bell-tower rings; it tolls a hollow sound
But your castles in Spain still maybe realized / And longings more profound.

You see, every cloud has a silver lining . . .
And sometimes paradise around your corner lies . . .
In Amazona everything is nice
Little one, come take my hand; I’ll try to help you there
I’ll take you there

Amazona’s getting closer / Soon you’ll see.
Journey’s over / We’re almost there!

5 comments on “Poetic Preliminaries:

  1. Ah, the good old times when music did not equal soundscape, and women had pubic hair and natural boobs. Needless to say, I am scandalised! :)

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    • Desdi says:

      Strange how natural things scandalize a society that is addicted to fakery on so many levels…
      I always found that broad-shouldered model, (on the R. facing the cover) very striking. Apparently she became a psychotherapist !

      View at Medium.com

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      • It baffles me time and time again — it’s such a strange culture we live in, on the one hand everythng goes, and on the other people become prude over the most natural things. Maybe it is because fakery is safe? The masks we wear etc.?

        It is a striking cover (and the album is fantastic, — I haven’t listened to it in a while, but did yesterday. Thanks for the reminder). I like the composition, the contrast, the whole thing really. It sticks to the memory in the best way possible… (and psychotherapist seems oddly fitting!)

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      • Desdi says:

        The prudery thing is especially strange in the US where we were founded on strict Christian/Biblical principles and now the majority seem to be reacting very hard, too hard, against that Christian heritage. People flaunt their hedonism and rebellion and yet it often feels forced. Marketing hype comes into it, it’s a big (but interesting) conversation to have. Too big for here ☺
        RE: Roxy — Do you know their first 5 albums? Those are my favorites. Definitely a fantastic band. I am happy to know you enjoy the album, one of the best. I love the lines auf Deutsch in the middle of Bitter Sweet, those ladies on the cover helped Bryan translate the lines into German. He sneaks bits of French and Latin into certain songs as well. It’s amazing to watch the live 70’s performances on YouTube. I could go on & about the band …

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      • Too big for here, definitely — and I have a sense we would have a good time agreeing on those things, though. It makes me sad, this forced ‘hedonism’ and ‘rebellion’ which, at least from the outside, seems so empty and pointless….

        Re.: Roxy — I always say that the 70s is hands down the best musical period, so much magic and innovation (and Roxy is no exception). I listened to everything — I think at least — some albums more than others (number two is my personal favourite). There is something about music in languages one does not necessarily understand — just the sound of the language can be so interesting — but then there are bands where it is a shame if one doesn’t understand the lyrics because they are too good to ignore…ramble, ramble, I could go on and on about those things as well! :)


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