Monday, January 5, 2015

Jandek




I am surrounded by my cats. I just ate a big burger. I just got into New York last night and my brain is fried and my stomach has been filled too much with food for the past few weeks. All I want to do is chill with my cats and decompress and so that means you get no quick wits or mental meanderings. Instead, you will get the below which are some lyrics by Jandek who is a fabled recluse musician and for some reason he popped into my head today and that was right before I sat down to type this so this is what you get.

If you don’t know about Jandek, look him up on the internet. He has a Wikipedia page and a documentary and you can listen to some of his music online. I recommend the older recordings not the live ones but do what feels right.

Okay, bye now, going to rub cats’ heads.


First You Think Your Fortune’s Lovely  
Everything’s so restless 
The wind has come again 
Blowing me so far 
I think I see a star 
First you think your fortune’s lovely 
And you fly out through the door 
Grandmama I feel so lonely 
My rapture’s painted on the floor 
The roads lead all to Jacob’s kitchen 
I’m sitting moon eyed at the table 
Sitting blank-eyed by the door 
Oh Lord, do you really think I’m able 
Well I chose this love completely 
When you took away the charm 
Set your mind on breaking burdens 
Said you done no one no harm 
I feel a bit like floating water 
Headed for the rocks at bay 
Crash upon some ocean liner 
Comes upon my lonesome way 
Thought I see your eyes a-flashing 
Thunder in your hair 
I burnt a match for your complexion 
The lights went out and you weren’t there 
Seated by the ranch I’m owning 
Staring at the cellophane 
Somebody came in for a question 
I poured a glass out in the rain 
The reason I have been accepted 
Is that I failed to come on strong 
Found a chair beside a window 
Found a place where I belong 
Inside myself there is no question 
Just the jangle of our brain 
Three times four is twenty-seven 
Only fragments still remain 
I curse the day I found my freedom 
You took the mirror from the wall 
Placed it in a single suitcase 
Pointed down a hollow hall 
You said you see your true direction 
I’ll be there behind the sun 
And I’ll go with you in the springtime 
When all your travels have been done

Know Thy Self  
You think I got time for you? 
You’re just somebody in the snow 
I don’t even know why I think about you 
Somehow I just keep seeing you around 
Everybody’s coming and going 
I thought I’d stay for a while 
It had to be you threw me out 
I didn’t know you were so cruel 
But thanks for all the gifts 
Hang on silver branches 
And now we’re all out here 
And your eyes find me in the glass
You’re The Best One
You’re the best one that I came to see
You’re the last one that I want to see
You’re one in a million, Lord I think I forgot to come
You’re the top of the mountain, the rest is on the way down
You know I think I could tell you
I think you ought to know
There was somebody new before you
With you I learned to know them all
And all that came before them
And all that go here from now
You go with them gently
With love on your mind

Your Condition
Well...
Well that’s your condition
Well that’s your condition, that’s your condition
That’s your condition your condition your condition
That’s your condition
Condition your condition
That’s your condition
Your condition your condition your condition
That’s your condition
Your condition your condition
Well that’s your condition
Oh Jenny 
Oh Jenny, didn’t mean to do you so bad 
Oh Jenny, I’d like to give you everything I have 
Jenny, didn’t mean to do you so bad 
Oh Jenny, I love you with all my heart 
I’m just knowin’ it now 
Oh Jenny
Until Then 
She came, she left, she’ll stay one day 
She came and she left, she’ll stay one day 
She won’t have any choice
The Janitor
You got quite a lotta habits for a janitor
See you wash clothes three times a day
See you think about dirt quite a lot
That’s a disgrace the way you keep your backyard
You should take more care the way you fix your hair
It’s enough to make me sick
Why don’t you live life more naturally

Mostly All From You (2/2) 
Rain on my head and it’s mostly all from you 
Rain on my head and it’s mostly all from you 
Layin’ in bed and it’s mostly all from you 
Rain on my head and it’s mostly all from you 
Rain on my head and it’s mostly all from you 
Layin’ in bed and it’s mostly all from you 
Layin’ in bed and it’s mostly all from you

Love, Love 
Love love is the only way 
Love love is the only way 
The only way 
Love everybody, love yourself 
Make yourself the best person you can 
To give to everybody some way or another 
Love love is the only way 
Love love is the only way 
Make the most of your talents 
Don’t bury them in the ground 
Decide for yourself just what is God 
And love love is the only way 
Love love is the only way