Friday, August 15, 2008

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

I've been listening to the 4AD records super-group This Mortal Coil lately. This legendary label had names like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance back then. Their 1991 Album Blood has a daunting cover of The Byrds song "I Come and Stand at Every Door." The lyrics are the Pete Seeger -Pete Seeger is the country musician who wanted to cut the cables with an ax when Dylan went electric in the Newport Festival- translation of the great Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet's poem on Hiroshima, "The Little Girl."

Here is the This Mortal Coil Cover in Youtube:

(ktunnel: This Mortal Coil - I Come & Stand at Every Door)

This song reminded me the genius of Dylan once again. I mean who can tell the horror of an atom bomb in such a concise and mysterious manner:

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying.

Here is a great video editing project set to the song, It's alright, ma (I'm only bleeding)

(ktunnel: Bob Dylan - "Its Alright Ma (Im Only Bleeding)")

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