Some song lyrics,
“She tied you to a kitchen chair. She broke your throne and she cut your hair”
And this bit:
“But all I’ve ever learned from love, was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you”
I love my local radio station. They play songs from the 40’s to somewhere in the middle 70’s, with a selection of newer songs thrown into the mix.
They did irk me somewhat when they started playing Christmas carols, that cycled a list of regulars every few hours or so, in the middle of November …
… November? …
Just on principle I switched to CBC. (Canada’s version of Australia’s ABC, or England’s BBC). Along came December and I forgave them.
Today is washing day. I’m up and down the elevator and stairs to the laundry room in the basement. (we live on the third floor – down the stairs, and up in the elevator – it’s easier on the much surgery-ed Widdershins knee that way) I’m also busy on the first draft of a new story, so the radio, caroling along, is very much in the background of my consciousness.
Suddenly … I hear this song with the lyrics I copied at the top of this post. It’s a beautiful song by one of my favourite singers. Two hours later I hear it again. Just like the carols.
Curious, I think to myself. Curious says, ‘meh’ and sends me back to work. But the song bugs me, in a good way, ‘cos I like it, then I remember that I’ve been hearing it a whole lot since about … hm-m? … the middle of November.
Then it hits me! Someone thinks it’s a Christmas carol! … just because it has the word ‘hallelujah’ in it!
Have you guessed what it is? Here’s another clue. It was written by Leonard Cohen.
Then another thought hits me. What if the person who’s creating the playlist knows what the song is about and knows that most folk would assume that it’s a carol (because of the ‘hallelujah’ thing, and decides to play it anyway?
How subversive is that?
Art has always been used to send messages that Emperors, Kings and Queens, despots, Prime Ministers, Presidents, and bureaucrats, don’t want the masses to know.
In the 60’s, the folk trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary released a seemingly innocent song called, ‘I Dig Rock-n-Roll Music’, with the very telling lyric, “But if I really say it, the radio won’t play it, unless I lay it between the lines.” – Subversive!
My song is ‘Hallelujah’, sung by k.d.lang – 2005 Juno Awards
“Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgement in it’s purest form. So just go, just go” – k. d. lang