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Still quiet

In which we listen to something


I’m slipping, I know.

Too much time spent ambling about, idly thinking about things.

I’ve been listening to Joanna Newsom‘s album Ys a lot in the past couple of days. Specifically, these lines, which keep going round and round in my head:

The meteorite is the source of the light
And the meteor’s just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that’s devoid
Of the fire that propelled it to thee.

And the meteorite’s just what causes the light
And the meteor’s how it’s perceiv’d*
And the meteoroid’s a bone thrown from the void
That lies quiet in offering to thee

They are beautiful lines, and remind me of times watching for shooting stars, under clear skies.

* I’m sure the official lyric is probably “perceived”, but to my mind “perceiv’d” seems to fit.

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Saturday

In which a song reminds us of Scotland


…is one of my favourite cosy, romantic songs. It’s by The Clientele, and it goes something like:

The taxi lights were in your eyes
So warm again, St Mary’s spires
The carnival was over in the rain
And on and on, through Vincent St
The evening hanging like a dream
I touched your faith*
And saw the night again

When I lived in Edinburgh, I thought it was a song about the city. After all, the Clientele did record one song definitely set in Edinburgh,** and it has both a St Mary’s Cathedral (with distinctive spires)*** and a Saint Vincent St. Glasgow, though, has both too.

And in your arms, I watch the stars
Ascend, and sleep
The loneliness away for a while
Your fingers wide and locked in mine
I kiss your face, I kiss your eyes
Until they turn to me and softly smile

Edinburgh or Glasgow, I wish I was up in Scotland this weekend. I’m sure I will be again soon.

* Until writing this post, I thought it said “I touched your face”. Listening very carefully just now, for the first time I realised it’s actually “faith”.

** A B-side called “6am, Morningside”

*** Actually, it has two St Mary’s Cathedrals, just to confuse people. One of them, the Episcopalian one, has three distinctive spires that are a major city landmark, especially when you look down the length of Princes St. The Catholic one, on the other hand, is tucked away inconspicuously behind a shopping centre.

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