I left my home in Monterrey just another low prospects man I’d rather work in the foundry than put fishes in a can I’m thirty-five and I haven’t traveled far and I’ve spent all my money on this misbegotten car
I’m up against it all like a leaf against the wind and my Studebaker keeps on breaking down again My Studebaker keeps on breaking down again I thought I’d go to Fresno just to see my friend but my damn Studebaker keeps on breaking down again
I was speeding south on ninety-nine when the manifold started smokin’ I ran her off the shoulder and now the axle’s broken It made a sound that cracked my heart in half and with only half a half pint of vodka left
I’m up against it all like a leaf against the wind and this Studebaker keeps on breaking down again My Studebaker keeps on breaking down again I thought I’d go to Fresno just to see my friend but my damn Studebaker keeps on breaking down again
My Studebaker keeps on breaking down again My Studebaker keeps on breaking down again I thought I’d go to Fresno just to see my friend but my damn Studebaker keeps on breaking down again
There’s something beautiful, dark, and truthful about this tune…
First with your hands and then with your mouth
A downpour of sweat, damp cotton clouds
I was a fool, you were my friend
We made it happen
You took off your clothes, left on the light
You stood there so brave
You used to be shy
Each feature improved, each movement refined and eyes like a showroom
Now they are spreading out the blankets on the beach
That weatherman is a liar
He said it would be raining but it’s clear and blue as far as I can see
Left by the lamp, right next to the bed,
on a cartoon cat pad she scratched with a pen,
“Everything is as it’s always been.
This never happened.
Don’t take it too bad it is nothing you did.
It’s just once something dies you can’t make it live.
You’re a beautiful boy.
You’re a sweet little kid but I am a woman.”
So I laid back down and wrapped myself up in the sheet
And I must have looked like a ghost ’cause something frightened me
and since then I’ve been so good at vanishing
Now I do as I please and lie through my teeth
Someone might get hurt, but it won’t be me
I should probably feel cheap but I just feel free…
and a little bit empty
No, it isn’t so hard to get close to me
There will be no arguments
We will always agree
And I’ll try and be kind when I ask you to leave
We’ll both take it easy
But if you stay too long inside my memory,
I will trap you in a song tied to a melody
and I will keep you there so you can’t bother me
Released 10 years ago, the song has only become more relevant. Released as Facebook was beginning to take off (at least in Canada), I had no idea how accurate it would become. Things like this make me question (albeit for little more than a blink) what I do for a living.
I love this brilliant, Academy Award nominated, film. Rainbow War was made in 1986 as part of the Canadian Pacific Pavillion at EXPO 86 and surprised me with its high production values and effects (for the time…and a Canadian short) and great story. You can catch a young Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie as well.
It’s definitely a reminder that Canada actually has an amazing film history. You can check out some of the great films produced here in Canada at the National Film Board of Canada web site. I strongly encourage it.