Monday, February 18, 2008

Marx and Engels

I wanted to write about the song "Mixtapes that Lucy Made" by The Winter Club, mostly because it contains this line:

I wanted to kiss you; I don't know why, because I've never kissed a boy or girl before.

But, most of the lyrics are unintelligible to me, and are not online anywhere. So I guess I'll never know if the rest of the song is as asexy as this particular line. If you're jonesing for some British girl group action (and really, who isn't?), check out their Myspace page here.

While we're on the topic of songs, it occurred to me that I've never actually posted "Marx and Engels" here. This is unbelievable, as it is probably the most overtly asexual song currently known to humanity. Not only does it contain an asexual character (as I'd like to think), but it makes me feel a lot better about schlepping to the laundromat. Here are the lyrics:

"Marx and Engels"
by Belle and Sebastian

There's misery in all I hear and see

From the people on TV
After their tea when life begins again
They'll be happier than me
There are a thousand meals being made
on Saturday
From the view I saw today
I took a bet inside the launderette
With a girl from Wallasey.

She spoke in dialect I could not understand
But one thing she made clear
There was no coming on to her
There was no way...
There was no intellect
That she could respect
If it couldn't see
That the girl just wants to be
Left alone with Marx and Engels for a while
She's writing in the style
Of any riot girl.

What I like about Belle and Sebastian is how they make up their own strange little worlds inside their songs. "Marx and Engels", of course, is no exception. Here it is available for download on I hope it works!


Karli June said...

Okay, so I love the Winter Club. I transcribed the lyrics to Mix Tapes for you to the best of my listening ability:

When I was young I longed for a lover
Straight from this male (mail?) model poster
I would sit smoking secretly after tea
My mom would leave me be
I loved listening to the mix tapes that Lucy made
Saturday would come and we’d go to the ice rink
Some boys there had kind of long hair
Then we’d go maybe watch a movie
Keanu Reeves saving Sandra Bullock in Speed
What ever happened to the mix tapes that Lucy made?
Twenty five, you’ll still be twenty four
When I’m home, I don’t see you out anymore
Both our moms have the same haircut
I hear yours had a messy divorce
I wish I had them nowadays, the mix tapes that Lucy made
Do you remember that time at yours
You lay down on your bedroom floor
I nearly kissed you. I don’t know why
But I’d never kissed a girl or a boy before!
What ever happened to the mix tapes that Lucy made?

Ily said...

Wow, I'm impressed-- you have good ears!