Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Perform "Going Up the Country"


    I'm going where the water tastes like wine,
    We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time
    I'm gonna leave this city got to get away
    All this fussing and fighting, man you know I sure can't stay...
    Just exactly where we're going I cannot say
    But we might even leave the USA
    Cause there's a brand new game that I want to play.
Classicist Thomas Fleming quotes the above classic lyric in his piece on the "[r]ecord numbers of American citizens and legal residents [who] are renouncing their citizenship or turning in their Green Card" — Leaving America.

(Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt. Well, I never renounced my citizenship or even once considered doing so, but I did live overseas for more than fifteen years. I just came back about nine months ago, and this ex-expat couldn't be happier. Sure, there was more freedom abroad and now I have to watch what I say, but I love this place. It's hilarious! I wouldn't live anywhere else.)

The best part of Dr. Fleming's essay is when he suggests "the melancholy of the conservatives is reminiscent of the hippies' melancholia in the late 1960s." He continues, "It is true that a lot of counter-culturalists were either Marxists or deracinated hedonists, but there was another strain closer to Chesterton or to the Southern Agrarians than to the dispiriting socialism of the schools and the parties. You see it a little in Jack Nicholson's character in Easy Rider, in his speech, 'This used to be a good country.' Yes, used to be."

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Perhaps this song is also hauntingly appropriate?

"American Tune" by Paul Simon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE3kKUEY5WU&feature=related\

AMERICAN TUNE

(words by Paul Simon music by JS Bach)

Many's the time I've been mistaken,
And many times confused
And I've often felt forsaken,
And certainly misused.
But it's all right, it's all right,
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and Bon Vivant
So far away from home,
So far away from home.

I don't know a soul who's not been battered
Don't have a friend who feels at ease
Don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to it's knees.

But it's all right, all right,
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what went wrong,
I can't help it
I wonder what went wrong.

And I dreamed I was flying.
I dreamed my soul roseunexpectedly,
And looking back down on me,
Smiledreassuringly,
And I dreamed I was dying.

And far above, my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty,
Drifting away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying.

We come on a ship we call the Mayflower,
We come on a ship that sailed the moon
We come at the age's most uncertain hour
And sing the American tune

But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed

Still, tomorrow's gonna be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest,
That's all, I'm trying to get some rest.

April 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

And this, a bit more up-beat:

David Byrne's "Miss America"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8kKsSGV6FU

April 20, 2012 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

HL Mencken made himself many enemies and cost his newspapers many subscriptions when he campaigned like hardly anyone else against the lynching of blacks. So much so that the Arkansas legislature passed a motion calling for Mencken, a US citizen, to be deported to Germany. Nevertheless, the Neocon doctrine is that Mencken was a racist who passionately despised blacks.

Nor was this the only American tradition Mencken criticized; when someone asked him why he stayed in the US if he found so much to criticize, Mencken replied "Why do people go the zoo?"

April 20, 2012 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Thomas Fink said...

Funny. You know, they got introduced by the german celebrity Charlotte Roche, who liked their music but found it very strange that Kitty and Daisy are in a band and go on tour together with their parents. Charlotte Roche by the way got rich by writing a book called "Feuchtgebiete" (wetlands) which is basically an andless repetition of all words belonging to the private parts of the body. More boring than revolting and a bestseller.

April 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Pints, thanks for the tunes.

F-X, it is perfectly logical in the neocon world for a man opposed to lynching to have been an arch-racist, and conversely for lynch-mobs to have been really promoting racial equality.

Mr. Fink, thanks for introducing this Charlotte Roche lass to me. I found her cute and mousy, but found her reaction strange as well. Right you are about how boring raunchiness ultimately is.

April 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

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