For Sunday: John Cale sings “Paris 1919”

john cale paris 1919


I bought this John Cale album in 1978 or 1979. I didn’t love the entire album, except for this song, and the song “Graham Greene.”

 

 

This song has everything: strings, harpsichord, harp, bizarre elliptical lyrics:

 

 

Efficiency efficiency they say
Get to know the date and tell the time of day
As the crowds begin complaining
How the Beaujolais is raining
Down on darkened meetings on the Champs Elysee

You’re a ghost la la la la la la la la la la
You’re a ghost la la la la la la la la la la
I’m in the church and I’ve come
To claim you with my iron drum

La la la la la la la la la.

 

 

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

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