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July 2, 2005

Drowning In A Well of Sadness Part 11: Revolution 9

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Now we get onto the real meat. I’ve only spoken about individual songs so far but there are a number of totally sad albums. How about You Might As Well Live by Revolution 9? Every song is a downer. You can wallow in self-pity as much as you like. With an album named after the Dorothy Parker poem/quip, you would expect nothing less. To whet your appetite here’s some lyrics from Now That Your Lover Has Gone:

Picture his face, he was so out of place in your life, you must have been blind.
What did you see in him, how could you be with him, why did you waste so much time?
But who’s going to spoil you, massage and oil you, until all of your aches are gone
And who will undress you, who will caress you, now that your lover is gone

Here’s to the future, no time for losers, so put him right out of your mind
It’s no use regretting, it’s best to forget him, from now on things will be fine
But who’ll reassure you and never ignore you, and tell you you’re right when you’re wrong
And who’ll sympathise with you, who’ll empathise with you, who’ll dry your eyes when you cry?

It overshadows Leonard Cohen. And yet, despite all the disappointment expressed about love, life and relationships, it’s still an inspiring piece of work. It’s kept me enraptured for many a dark night.

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