Sunday, April 19, 2009

Further Lyric Musings about "The Dark Tower" (Part II of II)

"Babylon" by David Gray
This sort of captures the essence of the gunslinger's being, at least in terms of relationships with other people.
"Only wish that you were here/
You know I'm seeing it so clear/
I've been afraid/
To tell you how I really feel/
Admit to some of those bad mistakes I've made"

"The Only Living Boy in New York" By Simon and Garfunkel
An interesting capturing of that city that brings forth so many, in all of its manifestations.
"Hey let your honesty shine, shine, shine/
Like it shines on me/
The only living boy in New York/
The only living boy in New York."

"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin
The color red cannot be understated in this epic.
"I gotta roll, can't stand still/
Got a flame in my heart, can't get my fill/
Eyes that shine burning red/
Dreams of you all through my head."

"Black Muddy River" by Grateful Dead
Roland, the gunslinger, knows more about solitude than perhaps anyone else ever.
"When it seems like the night will last forever/
And there's nothing left to do but count the years/
When the strings of my heart begin to sever/
And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears/
I will walk alone, by the black muddy river/
And dream me a dream of my own/
I will walk alone, by the black muddy river/
And sing me a song of my own"

"Deep Inside of You" by Third Eye Blind
The gunslinger had long given up on having regular companionship. He did not expect, intend, or even appreciate at first his new Ka-tet.
"I've never felt alone/
'Til I met you/
I'm all right on my own/
'Til I met you/
And I'd know what to do if I just knew what's coming"

"Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis
This made me think of the Gunslinger's run-ins with mescaline. And, of course, his experiences with his own mind.
"Slip inside the eye of your mind/
Don't you know you might find/
A better place to play/
You said that you'd never been/
But all the things that you've seen/
Will slowly fade away."

"Eyes Like Twins" by Wilson Phillips
It seems as those this is a message the Gunslinger would have wanted to get to many. His fate, tragically, was a bit different ... and the execution of such a promise was clearly beyond him, despite his best intentions.
"Where your last thought ends my next begins, always/
Just one heartbeat away/
From everything I mean to say/
Catch me I'm falling for you/
Wish for me I'll come running to save you/
Touch me I'm calling for you/
Remember me, I will never betray you/"

"Face to Face" by Siouxsie and the Banshees
King's world portrayed in DT focuses on different plains of existence, of parallel universes, of "twinners" or people that are basically the equivalent of someone else in another dimension of time. This song makes me think of that. Rather intensely, in fact.
"You never can win/
It’s the state I’m in/
This danger thrills and my conflict kills/
They say follow your heart/
Follow it through/
But how can you/
When you’re split in two?/
And you’ll never know/
You’ll never know"

Okay, another break. Hope this is making you think if you're a "Dark Tower" maniac, and hope it's not completely boring if you're not. I shall be adding more asap.

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