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A Children's Song

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This man's mind is broken, but his spirit is pure and his heart is golden.  I saw him interviewed once on Charlie Rose.  Rose asked him if he had ever spoken to the member of the Beach Boys who had pursued him legally for so many years about the law suits.  The look on his face I'll never forget, the man was horrified at the mere suggestion...."Oh no!", he said.   I might have hurt his feelings."...dear God. 

 

A diamond necklace played the pawn
Hand in hand some drummed along, oh
To a handsome man and baton
A blind class aristocracy
Back through the opera glass you see
The pit and the pendulum drawn
Columnated ruins domino
 

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
Are you sleeping?
 

Hung velvet overtaken me
Dim chandelier awaken me
To a song dissolved in the dawn
The music hall a costly bow
The music all is lost for now
To a muted trumperter swan
Columnated ruins domino
 

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
 

Dove nested towers the hour was
Strike the street quicksilver moon
Carriage across the fog
Two-Step to lamp lights cellar tune
The laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne
 

The glass was raised, the fired rose
The fullness of the wine, the dim last toasting
While at port adieu or die
 

A choke of grief heart hardened I
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry
 

Surf's Up
Aboard a tidal wave
Come about hard and join
The young and often spring you gave
I heard the word
Wonderful thing
A children's song
 

Child, child, child, child, child
A child is the father of the man
Child, child, child, child, child
A child is the father of the man
A children's song
Have you listened as they played
Their song is love
And the children know the way
That's why the child is the father to the man
Child, child, child, child, child
Child, child, child, child, child
Na na na na na na na na
Child, child, child, child, child
That's why the child is the father to the man
Child, child, child, child, child
 

LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 1 Response Jun 20, 2012

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Do you know the Beach Boys? A pop group from the 60's, California sound, surf music, heavy on harmonies, they were all related so you know how that goes, the voices blend so beautifully.<br />
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The Dad was a tyrant, a stage father and a bully. Brian Wilson up there was the composer of the music and at one point got heavily into drugs, no doubt trying to assuage the pain of his childhood but really a sweet sweet sweet song writer. He lost his mind, literally, the drugs took it. He hears voices to this day, hears things that no one says. He needs constant supervision. This video is from a documentary that chronicles the attempt to stage his great masterwork, one that was never completed. The audience loves him. They felt his soul a long time ago and never forgot it.

On a more personal note.....my cousins and I spent every summer of our youth at the beach. Sand, sun and surf...we listened to music all day, on our little transisters or at home on the turntable....The Beach Boys were constant....my cousin John turned me on to tons of music, we listened to so much together.....he is gone now, taken way too young, drugs as well....when Wilson sings "Are you sleeping, Brother John?" I can't hellp but wonder myself.