A blog devoted to the works of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, et al. This blog will feature news related to his work, as well as occasional fanboy gushes from the author. Thank you for stopping by, and may all your dreams come true.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This American Life song lyrics

I know Stephin Merritt didn't actually write the lyrics to the songs from the latest This American Life, but I took the liberty of transcribing the lyrics anyhow. I highly recommend you support Mr. Merritt and buy the songs here.


Big Blank Sheet of Paper
I had this big blank sheet of paper,
where I was going to write my reasons to live,
or why not end it all today?
And kids was the only reason I could give.

I felt betrayed by my religion,
& by the only person I had ever loved
& opened up to.
You bet I felt betrayed!

They all said pray!
Yeah, well, I prayed.

I've had the knife sitting in front of me.
I've had the pills sitting in front of me.
And I've been sitting right up on the cliff's edge,
with one foot dangling off the ledge,
& kids was the only reason I could give.

They all said pray!
Yeah, well, I prayed.

Colorado City
Back in Colorado City,
we did not associate with colored people.
But, in Ogden, it's okay.
These two kids who spoke Swahili -
we all had this barbecue -
& my girls loved them!
It was just like night & day,
seeing my kids play!

Back in Colorado City,
wearing shorts is like rebelling before God.
But, in Ogden they don't care,
so we wore just what we wanted.
Girls went shopping (skirts & dresses)
& played music!
We could never do that there -
everyone would stare!

We couldn't wear red because maybe that's what Jesus would wear,
we couldn't wear anything bought in a store.
We couldn't eat sugar, play games,
the kids couldn't have toys,
or do anything fun anymore.

But, in Ogden we had parties!
And the older kids went on a roller coaster,
& they went and got their hair done

Drive
I've lost hope,
& I lost my youth.
Lost my church,
& the whole darn truth!
I lost my health,
I can't do 9 to 5,
but I can still drive.

I started life again at 33.
I hauled my ass to Texas to be me,
to save my sanity!

I lost my family,
all the doors slammed shut.
I know who I am,
but I'm not sure what.
I did what I had to do to survive.
I don't sleep too well,
But I can still drive.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This American Life, more

If you haven't listened to the latest This American Life, then not only are you not stereotypically right in the thrust of Stephin Merritt's usual demographic, but you're missing out on a mini-musical by Mr. Merritt himself. The episode, about regrets, features a really charming story told by producer Miki Meek and scored with original songs by Mr. Merritt. Listen to his segment here. If you find yourself uninterested in radio journalism, you can download just the songs here.

Also, due to either laziness or business (I'll let you decide), I neglected to mention that Stephin Merritt's Performance, a collaboration with choreographer Rashaun Mitchell that premiered in Boston last year, had a brief run in Los Angeles. I mention it after the fact only because there are some pretty enticing pictures at this link, including the one to the right.

As per usual, Mr. Merritt has been offering tons of interviews around the release of his new book. I'll spare us all by only posting two. This one, with Peter Sagal, is delightful, somewhat informative and features occasional background laughter from one handsome little blogger. And, this one, conducted at the LA Review of Books, is shorter but fun nonetheless.