Thursday, January 31, 2008

He took all of my sins and he wrote a pocket novel called "The State I Am In"

The Resident Offspring is reading Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story, and treating me to little snippets of some of the parts that make her go "awwwww!"

I must get my hands on that book when she is done.

Today is one of those days that I just cannot stop listening to The State I Am In. It blows my mind that this was the first song on their first album, Tigermilk. What a brilliant way to start a music career!


If you've never heard this song, you owe it to yourself to have a listen.

The State I Am In - Belle and Sebastian

I was surprised, I was happy for a day in 1975
I was puzzled by a dream, stayed with me all day in 1995
My brother had confessed that he was gay
It took the heat off me for a while
He stood up with a sailor friend
Made it known upon my sisters wedding day

I got married in a rush to save a kid from being deported
Now she's in love
I was so touched, I was moved to kick the crutches
From my crippled friend
She was not impressed that I cured her on the Sabbath
So I went to confess
When she saw the funny side, we introduced my child bride
To whisky and gin

The priest in the booth had a photographic memory
For all he had heard
He took all of my sins and he wrote a pocket novel called
"The State I Am In"
So I gave myself to God
There was a pregnant pause before he said ok
Now I spend my day turning tables round In Marks & Spencer's
They don't seem to mind

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to Providence
And I've been there and back again
The state that I am in

Oh love of mine, would you condescend to help me
I am stupid and blind
Desperation is the Devil's work, it is the folly of a boy's empty mind
Now I'm feeling dangerous, riding on city buses for a hobby is sad
Lead me to a living end
I promised that I'd entertain my crippled friend
My crippled friend

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Speaking of books, guess how many books I just finished reading? Two! I am turning into a reading machine, I tell you. Care to hear my impressions of these books? Well then, head on over to the Winter Reading Challenge where I have posted reviews of:

- Carol Shields' book of short stories, Dressing Up for the Carnival,
- and Minette Walters' novella, Chickenfeed.

What are you reading these days anyway?

16 comments:

Deb said...

That's a great song...thank you. I'm still loving Fuck This Shit too by the way.

Reading...what's that again? I must do that one day. I used to love reading, when I had a life (and before the internet sucked me in).

I have been reading snippets out of Ty's At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say and have ordered it for Linds and I (Ty's copy is autographed and I'm rather hard on books...so I want a copy for "reading" instead of just one to fawn over)

Photographic Memory said...

It is possible to develop a photographic memory with a lot of hard work and perseverance. You can check out http://www.photographic-memory.org, they have all the information that you will need about photographic memory. It definitely helped me, and I can see an improvement in my memory already.

Allison said...

I have too many books on the go...but the one that sticks out the most is Mark Haddon's latest.

Thank-you for expanding my B&S knowledge, lovely lyrics to that song. I am going to have to add them to my ipod for my bus trip today.

Hope you have a good weekend!

BeckEye said...

Not a Belle and Sebastian fan. I just never could get into them. I like one song - "Lazy Line Painter Jane" - and I like that one A LOT.

mellowlee said...

That song is also a great way to start my day :O) Thanks Barb!

My friend Lionel loaned me a book called "Drinking, Smoking & Screwing" by Sara Nickles It has short stories by Fran Lebowitz, Charles Bukowski, Dorothy Parker, Henry Miller etc.
In return for the favor, I'm making him a mix tape (He doesn't have a CD player *Gasp* )
K, off to read your reviews. Happy Friday!

leazwell said...

I'm reading The Forgotten Man. It illumines politics and economics of the US depression years and how big government protracted the agony.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The Matt Good book! Excellent, Deb, I have always meant to track that book down. Good idea getting another copy so as to not deface the autographed one. Although on my autographed copy of In a Coma, Matt's signature looks like "moooo", but maybe Ty's copy is better.
Glad you are liking the B&S song. They are most fab.

I do hope you are using it for purposes of good and not evil, photographic memory. I guess as long as you are not a priest in a confessional booth, planning to write a pocket novel...

That song contains many many of my favourite lyrics of all time, Al. I hope Stuart's dulcet tones makes the bus trip fly by.
Mark Haddon has a new book? I am there! Thanks for the heads up.

Being a rebel's fine, Beckeye, but you go all the way to being brutal. LLPJ was one of the first B&S songs that I fell completely in love with. So it's just a matter of time. Watch out, they're sneaky that way.

You know how to make actual tapes, Mel? You are some kind of old school goddess!
The book sounds really compelling, what a who's who list of authors.
I'm glad you like the B&S song. So so pretty. And subversive.

The Forgotten Man sounds like a real eye-opener, Leazwell, and I would suspect, not light reading.

mellowlee said...

The book is great so far Barb. Re the mix tape..it's been a while and it is soooo weird doing it! Brings back old memories haha! I couldn't find any audio recordables in the stores, so I am recording over an old mix I made in the early 90s.

justacoolcat said...

Actually, that's one helluvah album. Their second too, but after that I think they went downhill.

I've been reading lots of poetry and kids books as prep.

Also, letters and editorials from W.E.B. Du Bois.

gifted typist said...

Good song.

I'll save my readings for another installment of my BTZ 100-things challenge

strangemange said...

I love the new Belle & Sebastian cover. Yet I hesitate to say too much because my damn comments keep getting eaten up so it looks like I'm not visiting your site OR commenting so yeah, fuck yeah, I'm...

... gonna give it another shot. :D

Your reading = my knitting. I love mindless self-indulgence. Not necessarily the band (although I like a couple of their, uh, works), but yeah, I'm all for the self-indulgence. And mindless.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah I imagine the stores don't do a roaring business in audio tapes anymore, Mel. Good thing you are not also looking for typewriter supplies.

Awww, you're doing daddy practice, JustA! That is so wonderful, I remember reading Your Baby and Child around then and lots of baby name books.
And while I admit that Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister are my favourite B&S albums as well, aside from Dear Catastrophe Waitress, I don't think they haev gone downhill one iota.

I love your 100 things lists Gifted Typist. Can't wait for the next installment - get writing!

Is there anything more homocidal thought inducing than having blogger continually eating your comments? I believe it is well documented in psychological literature.
And that was a great B&S cover photo. Stuart Murdoch used to give his landlord (the church minister) white cover copies of their cds!) They and the Smiths ruled at cover photos.

Toccata said...

Just finished reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Highly recommend it by the way. I am now reading an old Patricia Wentworth mystery. As you can see I only read to expand my mind. Ha!

I do not own nearly enough Bell and Sebastian. Even used their music is very expensive and hard to come by, at least hear in the musical wasteland known as Victoria.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have been hearing so much about Neil Gaiman this year, Toccata. He is very high on my list of must read authors.

And we really must do something about that dearth of B&S.

Will said...

Something tells me the breakup with Isobel Campbell may not be such an "awwww" moment. That being said, this sounds like a great book. Love me some B&S.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't think she's gotten to the breakup moment yet, Will, but I will be interested to see how it is handled. Certainly not an aww moment though, you are right.