Friday, October 19, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 245 SONG # 276

DAY 245: A song that reminds of someone

This song reminds me of two persons, both of them dead. The one is the man who plays the trumpet, Chet Baker. The other one is the singer, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, a musician, writer, poet and painter born in Lyon in 1956. French singer using the English tongue. Only recently I have learned that she died of cancer in 2004. She stayed in New York  as a young woman (middle of the seventies), where she made friends with Patti Smith and Richard Hell; there is a very starnge video showing her dancing and singing in a black and white kind of sweat suit to a disco version of Arthur Browns "Fire" (Serge Gainsbourg has something to do with that), she is considered to have been a pioneer of "Worldbeat", and, most importantly, I own three of the albums she made. My favourite one is the one for the soul, and it features this here track that came to my mind when thinking about another song to add to my 1000 favourite songs. Its mood is some kind of relaxed melancholy, I would say. Here it is, the Fog Horn Blues, from 1985:


I've burnt my mouth eating
The last of you
I'm leaving me
I'm through drinking
The least of you
Oh I'm leaving me
With nothing left
But the fog horn blues
Nothing left, but the fog horn blues...

The ocean turned full moon
And just for you
Oh I'm leaving me
I'm lip-reading
The best of you
Oh I'm leaving me
Rings under my eyes
With the fog horn blues

I've burnt my hair smoking
The lust of you
Oh I'm leaving me
I'm breast-feeding
The lack of you
Oh I'm leaving me
Out on a limb
With the fog horn blues

I stole a boat kissing
The waves of you
Oh I'm leaving me
I'm diving in
The deepest you
Oh I'm leaving me
Red rag to a bull
With the fog horn blues
Red rag to a bull
With the fog horn blues...

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