Hitchhiking

…Also high on that list would be Roger Waters. What do you suppose it means that 5:01AM The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking contains a verse dedicated to Yoko Ono, and not in a very flattering manner?

An angel on a Harley
Pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone
Puts his bike up on it’s stand
Leans back and then extends
A scarred and greasy hand…he said
How ya doin bro?…where ya been?…where ya goin’?
Then he takes your hand
In some strange Californian handshake
And breaks the bone
Have a nice day

A housewife from Encino
Whose husband’s on the golf course
With his book of rules
Breaks and makes a ‘U’ and idles back
To take a second look at you
You flex your rod
Fish takes the hook
Sweet vodka and tobacco in her breath
Another number in your little black book

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
Oh babe, I must be dreaming
I’m standing on the leading edge
The Eastern seaboard spread before my eyes
“Jump” says Yoko Ono
“I’m too scared and too good looking” I cried
“Go on”, she says
“Why don’t you give it a try?
Why prolong the agony all men must die”
Do you remember Dick Tracy?
Do you remember Shane?
And mother wants you
Could you see him selling tickets
Where the buzzard circles over
Shane
The body on the plain
Did you understand the music Yoko
Or was it all in vain?
Shane
The bitch said something mystical “Herro”
So I stepped back on the kerb again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
Oh babe, I must be dreaming again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

There aren’t really very elaborate theories on the overall narrative of Pros and Cons, other than a dream about infidelity. Doesn’t it seem that Yoko here is tempting someone toward infidelity? Which of course, actually took place with John. Then, after referencing Shane (and mother wants you, referencing temptation towards infidelity again) Roger Waters makes an extremely compelling allusion.

Could you see him selling tickets
Where the buzzard circles over

Hmmm…sort of like this?

Seems like he’s sort of implying a punishment for infidelity, which maybe someone understood upfront and his new partner said go ahead (all men must die). In the song, the bitch said something mystical (a japanese hello) and so the character changes his mind about hitchhiking, meaning infidelity. Just riffing here…

Then he asks Yoko if she understood the music, possibly alluding to a message in John’s songs that she may or may not have understood.

There actually is one concrete instance of this exact scenario in a Beatles song; a Beatles video actually.

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In the Blue Jay Way segment of Magical Mystery Tour, John sits in a black car (brunette) with a white (blonde) car opposite. On the blonde side (his first wife Cynthia) is a message stating Thank You Very, with a cup. I always saw this in the biblical sense of if this is my cup I’ll learn to drink it. Which kind of fits with doing the right thing after knocking up your girlfriend.

The dark (Yoko) side which is the car John is sitting in, has a message saying 2 wives and kid to support, which is what eventually took place. Interestingly, this visual came quite a few months before John actually took up with Yoko, as far as anyone is aware (but a year after they first met).

It seems as if Roger Waters is saying more than what he’s ever come out and said in this song (and yes I know about the drummer/dream explanation, but there’s probably a good reason he thought that dream would fit in the album.)

By the way, Waters’ band during the recording of Pros and Cons and the subsequent tour, was called the Bleeding Hearts Band.

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Us and Them

Us and Them
And after all we’re only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do
Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
And the General sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side
Black and Blue
And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and Down
And in the end it’s only round and round and round
Haven’t you heard it’s a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There’s room for you inside
Down and Out
It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about
With, without
And who’ll deny that’s what the fightings all about
Get out of the way, it’s a busy day
And I’ve got things on my mind
For want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died

November 19th

 

 

I expected a world class synchronicity; all I see so far is a trial that concluded on November 19th, 1970…47 years from his death.

We’re all our own prisons, we are each all our own wardens and we do our own time. I can’t judge anyone else. What other people do is not really my affair unless they approach me with it. Prison’s in your mind. Can’t you see I’m free?

Trial testimony (19 November 1970)

 

Goodbye Charles Manson.

Chester Bennington

I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video oof you singing “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family.

–Chester Bennington’s note after Chris Cornell’s death

The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about the people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window, i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.

-Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

RIP Chester Bennington, on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53 birthday.