Hymnility I: Intro By The Numbers
Let’s see now:
An adulterer with his own portable source of light;
A geriatric counting down his last days;
A high school sophomore who said life’s just like a big exam
While you’re going through a paranoid phase;
& now I’ve told you all about that Johnny Cornpone who thought he
was doling out the justice of God;
Well, I’ve got another couple tall tales to run past you kids,
So if you wanna hear them give me a nod.
Well, I’ve told you ‘bout
them freaks on the Saturday nights
& all about the Seminole woes;
& you know that garbage coming in will go right back out
Fast as the stream from a fireman’s hose;
You’ve heard about some major health code violations,
& the many mixed signals college teachers give out;
But there’s one true story left, about Monsignor Jim Carroll:
He tried to make Heaven and Hell exchange vows.
I stole some riffs from great artists like François Truffaut, Ingmar
& a quote from Ralph Fiennes;
This all may be academic, but my vox is copasetic
So please bear with these elongated lines.
While no one in rock self-referenced their past songs better than The
Beatles, its proven to be an egomaniacs paradise many songwriters
can't pass up. An alternate universe filled with various versions of
ourselves sharing the same air, this lyric is more summary than song,
a roll call for both people met on this album & those debuting down the line.
Paul Simon - One Mans Ceiling Is Another Mans Floor
“Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from his cell in the Tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train . . .
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein . . .
Eddie, I miss you more than all the others
This song is for you, my brother!”
- Jim Carroll, “People Who Died (1980)
“No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones in 1977."
- Joe Strummer, “1977” (1977)