Friday, March 03, 2006

1917

David Olney Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris Electra 2000
The strange young man who comes to me A soldier on a three-day spree Who needs one night's cheap ecstasy And a woman's arms to hide him He greets me with a courtly bow And hides his pain by acting proud He drinks too much and he laughs too loud How can I deny him? Let us dance beneath the moon I'll sing to you "Claire de Lune" The morning always comes too soon But tonight the war is over
This strange, haunting song is about a Paris whore and her young, doomed clients, the cannon-fodder of the Great War. It's about the horrors of that war and, ultimately, all wars. And how even a whore can be a patriot, in her own small way.

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