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APED: "suicide kings"

June 26th, 2009 (07:58 pm)

I was trying to figure out what to say about Michael Jackson's death. Then I realized Warren Zevon had already said it. Didn't stop me, of course. Lyrics for an up-tempo rock song.

You gotta look up and have someone to see.
You gotta have dreams that're more than you'll be.
You gotta have someone who just might have wings.
Don't wanna be ruled, but you gotta have kings.

They used to wear armor when they got in their fights,
and sometimes they died, yeah, but that's just the price.
Their armor got dented, it got all scratched up.
But that's a king's job, and they can't pass that cup.

They don't make 'em just like they used to no more.
They don't wear the armor like they wore before,
'cause time'll move on, with the changes it brings
but now all we get is suicide kings.

Porcelain monkeys, statues and toys,
great big old house, run around and make noise,
sing a big song, watch it climb up the charts,
don't gotta rule a damn thing but our hearts.

No battles, no armor, but troubles began
turns out you can't hammer out dents from a man.
use the sins and the pills for the peace that they bring,
and all that you'll get is a suicide king.

We lost one or two, and we'll lose us some more.
Guys're claiming the throne, but I don't know what for.
Turns out the gold crown that they want has got strings,
and all that we get is suicide kings.
They don't conquer none of the arrows nor slings,
and all that we get is suicide kings.

Comments

Posted by: amonitrate (amonitrate)
Posted at: June 27th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)

fitting.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
cameron's head

Yeah. I honestly don't know if I find Jackson more pitiable or horrifying; I go back and forth on the question. I think he ended as a pitiful monster, which is an unfortunate way of putting it but pretty true. The more we saw of him, the more horrifying he was, I think. His delusions were sad, but really repulsive.

Posted by: amonitrate (amonitrate)
Posted at: July 1st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)

yeah.

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: June 27th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)

For some reason I hear this not as up tempo but as a sort of bluesy lament. I can hear this nearly perfectly in Robert Johnson's voice, nearly perfectly to maybe the tone and speed of "Me and the Devil" or "Crossroad".

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

Huh. Interesting. I can't quite get it into my brain; have to fire up iTunes and see if I can process it.

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: June 27th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)

I like it. I like it very much.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

I thank you!

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