From the YouTube Music Video Archives MCMXIII: The Trapeze Swinger

Again, in honor of “National Bourbon Month”, we are featuring Sam Beam singing his hit song, “The Trapeze Swinger”. Sam is from the same clan as Jim, presumably. He is also the most important member of Iron & Wine, another whiny folk group of some repute. Note that Sam looks a lot like Jesus, a person who is fairly important to us here at Korrktiv. You may also note that this song was in fact recorded live at “The Messiah”, which I understand to be a musical venue of some sort. In any event, I think you will agree that he is infinitely qualified to be this week’s featured artist “From the Music Video Archives”.

Please, remember me / Happily / By the rosebush laughing / With bruises on my chin / The time when / We counted every / black car passing / Your house beneath the hill / And up until / Someone caught us in the kitchen / With maps, a mountain range / A piggy bank / A vision too removed to mention / But

Please, remember me / Fondly / I heard from someone you’re still pretty / And then / They went on to say / That the pearly gates / Had some eloquent graffiti / Like “We’ll meet again” / And “Fuck the man” / And “Tell my mother not to worry” / And angels with their great / Handshakes / Were always done in such a hurry / And

Please, remember me / At Halloween / Making fools of all the neighbors / Our faces painted white / By midnight / We’d / forgotten one another / And when the morning came / I was ashamed / Only now it seems so silly / That season left the world / And then returned / And now you’re lit up by the city / So

Please, remember me / Mistakenly / In the window of the tallest tower / Calling passers-by / But much too high / To see the empty road at happy hour / Gleam and resonate / Just like the gates / Around the holy kingdom / With words like “Lost and found” / And “Don’t look down” / And “Someone save Temptation” / And

Please, remember me / As in the dream / We had as rug-burn babies / Among the fallen trees / And fast asleep / Aside the / lions and the ladies / That called you what you like / And even might / Give a gift for your behavior / A fleeting chance to see
A trapeze / Swing as high as any savior / But

Please, remember me / My misery / And how it lost me all I wanted / Those dogs that love the rain / And chasing trains / The colored birds above their running / In circles around the well / And where it spells / On the wall behind St. Peter / So / bright with cinder gray / And spray paint / “Who the hell can see forever?” / And

Please, remember me / Seldomly / In the car behind the carnival / My hand between your knees / You turned from me / And said, “The trapeze act was wonderful / But never meant to last” / The clown that passed / Saw me just come up with anger / When it filled with circus dogs / The parking lot / Had an element of danger / So

Please, remember me / Finally / And all my uphill clawing / My dear / But if I make / The pearly gates / Do my best to make / a drawing / Of God and Lucifer / A boy and girl / An angel kissing on a sinner / A monkey and a man / A marching band / All around the frightened trapeze swingers

Na-na / Na-na-na / Na-na / Na-na . . .

Comments

  1. Really,really beautiful. Thanks Quin.

  2. Rufus McCain says

    Performed on my birthday, too.

  3. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova says

    I don’t know you
    But I want you
    All the more for that
    Words fall through me
    And always fool me
    And I can’t react
    And games that never amount
    To more than they’re meant
    Will play themselves out

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
    You’ve made it now

    Falling slowly, eyes that know me
    And I can’t go back
    Moods that take me and erase me
    And I’m painted black
    You have suffered enough
    And warred with yourself
    It’s time that you won

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
    You’ve made it now

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
    You’ve made it now
    Falling slowly sing your melody
    I’ll sing along

  4. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova says

    I don’t know you
    But I want you
    All the more for that
    Words fall through me
    And always fool me
    And I can’t react
    And games that never amount
    To more than they’re meant
    Will play themselves out

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
    You’ve made it now

    Falling slowly, eyes that know me
    And I can’t go back
    Moods that take me and erase me
    And I’m painted black
    You have suffered enough
    And warred with yourself
    It’s time that you won

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
    You’ve made it now

    Take this sinking boat and point it home
    We’ve still got time
    Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
    You’ve made it now
    Falling slowly sing your melody
    I’ll sing along

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