Thursday, April 06, 2006

Come Undone

Discalimer: Liking this song does not mean I am gay. "Not that there is anything wrong about it". Its just that I am not gay :-) I'll ask my wife to stop spreading the rumor.

I was rummaging through my CD collection and began to listen to some CDs I haven't listened to in a long time. There are some songs that stay with you forever. Duran Duran's Come Undone is one such song. I remember listening to it first time when I just moved from 11th to 12th standard. I used to hum this during the cycle (Hercules Rockshox) rides between Sathyamoorthi school ( I had a brief stint in Balu's class) and Lakshmi coaching center in Guntur Subbiah School. I would always be thinking about this song - humming the lyrics over and over again. Here is the song. My god - what a song!



Slowly the addiction to this song went away. And after a long time, during my first year M.S, I listened to this song again when I was rummaging through my tape collection. I ended up listening to this song 20 times during that day and then listened to it an average of 4 times/day for the next 2 months. I tend to do this. Go completely crazy over a song and listen to it until I O.D'ed. I am addicted again and have already listened to this song 9 times in the last 4-5 hours. Somehow I found these lines interesting.

Words, playing me deja vu
Like a radio tune I swear I've heard before
Chill, is it something real
Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers

Can't ever keep from falling apart
At the seams
Can I believe you're taking my heart
To pieces



Another song, my roommate Prem and I listened to a million times was Ugly Kid Joe's version of "Cats in the cradle". Man this was a really addictive song. Listening to it after such a long time was a near orgasmic experience. Almost Nirvana.




The words sound like a song version of Visu's "varavu nalla uravu" movie. But I think Harry Chapin's words are still relevant and etched in my memory. I listened to this song after 7 years and I knew the lyrics like it was printed in my mind. Well in a way I think it is funny, the way the audio source varies - tape -> CD -> mp3 -> youTube. There might come a time where we could mentally request a song by signalling that thought to a central repository and the song would be transmitted to our brains. We would have a listening experience without disturbing others or requiring an external device :-) Wouldn't that be an invention. Anyway I have reproduced the lyrics below.

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home dad?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head and said with a smile
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
It's been sure nice talking to you"

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

6 comments:

Dinesh said...

Thanks for the videos.

I think you'd like Duran Duran's 'Ordinary world' too. Listen to it if you already haven't.

Hawkeye said...

ya! I thought they cant do a better song then ordinary world. And they gave duran duran :-)

Hawkeye said...

oops they gave "come undone" :-)

Arvind said...

Dude, I remember both those songs. And a whole ton more, those were the days when we were gaga over the newly launched MTV. I think I still have the full page Hindu advert that came out when they launched MJ's "Remember the time" video. Classic!

Hawkeye said...

arvind,

ya! i remember those times. id stop over at ur house and watch MTV. This was when india had just got satellite television.

the abba "two for the price of one" which I heard in ur house -i'll never forget.

this came in 1993. "ordinary world" came in 1992.

Babs said...

Dude believe it or not after reading the heading (or anyone saying "Come undone" for that matter) I started humming that song in my head....Its the Best man...that beat, man I simply love it.

Dont even go near cats in the cradle..I get goose pimples everytime I listen to it...another classic...I only wish our lives dont pass by that way :-) (By the looks of it, it might)

....the list can go on forever, as sound is our first sense and can touch us in a million ways...