Saturday, December 1, 2012

Quips and Quotations (Apocalyptic Arias Edition)



I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see bad times today.
Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.
I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.
Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.
Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like we're in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.
Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.

--John Fogerty


When the saints go marchin in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in
And when the sun refuse to shine
And when the sun refuse to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun refuse to shine
And when the moon turns red with blood
And when the moon turns red with blood
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the moon turns red with blood

--19th century spiritual and 20th century jazz standard (go figure.)


Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]
And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
Of destruction.
 
-- P. F. Sloan, by way of Barry McGuire


That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes,
an aeroplane - Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn,
world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.
Feed it off an aux speak,, grunt, no, strength,
The ladder starts to clatter with fear fight down height.
Wire in a fire, representing seven games, a government for hire and a combat site.
Left of west and coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing!
Fine, then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it'll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right - right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

--Berry, Buck, Mills, and Stipe


I couldn't take it any longer
Lord I was crazed
And when the feeling came upon me
Like a tidal wave
I started swearing to my god and on my mother's grave
That I would love you to the end of time
I swore that I would love you to the end of time!
So now I'm praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don't think that I can really survive
I'll never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now
I'm praying for the end of time
It's all that I can do
Praying for the end of time,
So I can end my time with you!!

--Jim Steinman, by way of Meat Loaf


In time the Rockies may crumble,
Gibraltar may tumble,
There're only made of clay,
But our love is here to stay.


--The Gerswhins
















7 comments:

  1. Are we preparing for the New Year ?
    Love the music choices and the comic was great.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Will there even be a New Year...?

      Actually, parnip, I'm pretty sure 2013 is gonna arrive right on schedule. I just find apocalyptic music an interesting sub-genre, along with apocalyptic literatue, movies, TV, etc. Don't want to live through such an event, just enjoy it vicariously in the comfort of my own living room.

      In the off-chance your local newspaper doesn't carry it, the comic is BIZARRO by Dan Piraro. Very funny strip.

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  2. Awesome, but what about zombies?

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    1. Well. Patricia, I googled "zombies" and "music". Here's what I got:

      "What's your name?
      (What's your name?)
      Who's your daddy?
      (Who's your daddy? He rich?)
      Is he rich like me?
      Has he taken
      (Has he taken)
      Any time
      (Any time to show)
      To show you what you need to live?
      Tell it to me slowly
      Tell you what?
      I really want to know
      It's the time of the season for loving"

      Hmm, Patricia, I don't see anything too apocalyptic there. Could you by chance been talking about some other zombies?



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  3. try this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nI2bVtQ6Kk
    i'd post the lyrics, but it's really long

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  4. Thanks for the link, rraine. That was fun. I was reminded watching that Zombies were originally part of Caribbean (and, further back, African) folklore. I guessed George Romero Americanized the concept back in 1968.

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