Hey Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (for “Mother Kirk”)

pilgrim's regress

A song I wrote today partly inspired by Bob Dylan’s great song of similar title; dedicated to “Mother Kirk.”

Hey ma

ain’t good for man to be alone

it’s time to put down the phone

answer the door

Hey ma

three meals didn’t make me stay

but one will drive the devil away

supper’s ready

chorus

Don’t know who’ll be there

do know that I don’t care

the lesser and the least

the kingdom coming

Hey ma

I’m only bleeding ’cause now I’m home

a room off the streets of Rome

with flames of fire

Hey ma

darkness at the break of noon

the president hid in his room

his table’s broken

chorus 2x

Written by Bryan M. Christman, July 19th, 2015

Copyright 2015 by Bryan M. Christman @ Manifest Propensity

All rights reserved

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Mississippi/Babylon – Bob Dylan’s “Mississippi”

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The song “Mississippi” seems to me to be a Bob Dylan take on “Babylon” which seemed appropriate to follow my last post of an Emmylou Harris song. Unfortunately I could not post the music version I like the most which is on “Tell Tale Signs” (the Bootleg Series vol. 8, disc 1). But this is a decent live version anyway. I only included part of the lyrics that seem most straightforward concerning a “Babylonian captivity” type of existence (I don’t know if I should call it a “life“.)

I especially like Dylan’s “punch line” ‘…stayed in Mississippi a day too long‘ which seems to capture the captivating qualities of “Babylon” and our own susceptibility thereto. Continue reading

Jack White’s “Love Interruption” – an interpretation, part 1

I am “interrupting” my series of song interpretations from Andrew Bird’s “Noble Beast” with an interpretation of “Love Interruption” I don’t follow Jack White closely, but every now and then he gets my attention. Continue reading

Nick Drake’s Apocalyptic Pink Moon

Saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
And it’s a pink moon

Yes, a pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon

Yes, a pink moon

Like many who have been fortunate enough to have heard the beautiful song “Pink Moon,” I have wondered what the “Pink moon” is referring to. Continue reading