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Date: Sun, 8 Dec 85 20:04:57 est
Subject: Re: Re: Political Music
> Sorry if I popped your balloon but jeez ... I only use mylar balloons. Also they come with a secret ingrediment... you have to read net.mail when I'm really angry in order to get it out, otherwise it just sits there, quietly protecting things. > ---------------------------------- > hofmann ( I don't like "apartheid" ) > ----------------------------------- > > Let's talk about music, said the idiot to the fool - L Lunch Ok... there's something I thought of on the San Juan Ferry (from Orcas to Anacortes) this past Wednesday morning. I had walked back to the back of the ferry with my camera to get some photographs (it was dark but I hoped maybe this new 1600 ASA film would work) when I passed a PILE of life jackets (like maybe 400 of them). Immediately the song "And Dream of Sheep" started playing in my head... out in the water I saw a buoy... also a seagull... I started thinking... lo an' behold, I discovered, not the Data Movement Primitives, but... a "hidden meaning"! And a sinister one, too. The lines: If they find me racing white horses, They'll not take me for a buoy. had bothered me for a long time. Obviously there is something more to it than wanting to be recognized in the water. Obviously, too, there must be something important to all the images of the person in the water yelling "Over here! Over here!" Well, I had thought long ago, "white horses" suggests unicorns. Unicorns are commonly a symbol of women, of femininity and all that. More generally, the image of "racing white horses," in addition to the way it's put in the song, is a distinctly feminine one. It also occurred to me, somewhat emptily at the time, that "buoy" had the dual meaning "boy" just as "bird" had the dual meaning "bard". Well, standing there on this slippery grey deck, it suddenly occurred to me... "Women and children first!" There would be a distinct advantage to be recognized as female, maybe, especially if you were floating with some other people. And "Can't you see that little light out there?" "Where?" "Over there!" "No, over here! Over here!" also suggests a search party spotting someone else besides the protagonist instead. This leaves only a much wider "open question" though, as to why she would put this in the album. If it does have meaning, I think maybe it is like the "What's all this, then?" on "There goes a tenner;" I have often thought that maybe that phrase has special associations for Kate, since it certainly doesn't mean a whole lot to me...