Sunday, November 25, 2007

Autumn, Cake or Death

I began this year by discovering the increasingly obscure tracks of Scott Walker and am ending it by doing the same with Lee Hazlewood who died earlier this year. I am nearing the point of being a completist with both. After growing up drawn to almost any female songwriter or chanteuse, I seem to keep finding my influences to be increasingly male in recent years.

Though I've been vaguely aware of most of Lee's songs through the years and had a number of his discs, I'm not sure why I never heard this tune, perhaps because its near perfect lyric would not speak to me so directly as it now does and was ringing in my head as I snapped today's shots above:

Kiss all the pretty ones goodbye

Give everyone a penny that cry
You can throw all my tranquil' pills away
Let my blood pressure go on its way
For my autumn's done come
My autumn's done come. Done come

Let those 'I-don't-care-days' begin
I'm tired of holdin' my stomach in
No more slinky folk dollars for me
I'll take Sears & Roebuck dollars gladly
For my autumn's done come
My autumn's done come. Done come

Bring me water short and scotch tall
A big long black cigar that ain't all
Hang me a hammock between two big trees
Leave me alone, damned! Let me do as I please
For my autumn's done come
My autumn's done come. Done come

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7 Comments:

At 8:03 PM, Blogger WAT said...

Lee Hazlewood wrote some pretty awesome songs for Nancy Sinatra.

"SOME VELVET MORNING WHEN I'M STRAIGHT..." OOOOOO WEEEEEE! Gives me tha chills!

And of course, the forever immortal "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'."

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger Dave said...

If Lee Hazelwood didn't mind shopping at Sears, surely you can date someone who buys clothes at Mervyn's.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

He had the best voice, no? I got to see him perform with Nancy back in 1998.

Have you heard the LP of Lee Hazelwood covers? It's pretty fantastic...

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

WAT - His granddaughter was named Phaedra and sang "Some Velvet Morning" with him on his last LP.

Dave - It's ultimately what fits into the Sear or Mervyn's package. In this case, he was no Lee Hazlewood. I made the right decision.

Jill - Their cover of "Jackson" was far better than June and Johnny's in my opinion. I also love Nancy's California themed LP.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

WAT - His granddaughter was named Phaedra and sang "Some Velvet Morning" with him on his last LP.

Dave - It's ultimately what fits into the Sear or Mervyn's package. In this case, he was no Lee Hazlewood. I made the right decision.

Jill - Their cover of "Jackson" was far better than June and Johnny's in my opinion. I also love Nancy's California themed LP.

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I'll buy that. But Lee and Nancy better than Johnny and June? That dog won't hunt, monsignor.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger m00nchild said...

great tunes. i show my age. i didn't realize who he was until the boots song kicked in and i thought, why would he cover nancy sinatra's song? then read further down and realized there was a reason why his name struck a bell.

and that mustache in the main pic? i'm getting one of those in about 1-2 months.

 

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