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Title: "so High....."
Post by: Urpal on February 21, 2004, 08:35:49 PM
"Well .....
There's a spot on a map, its just a tiny dot
That's where my sweetie lives, you know that means a lot....
Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
Guide me back to the bosom of Abraham
So high you can't get over it, so low you can't get under it,
So wide you can't get around it,
Oh Jericho.............Oh Jericho"

A startling end to a haunting journey. The final section is "lifted" from somewhere. A negro spiritual? Something that's been recorded by Nina Simone I can't quite put a name to. Just goes to show that giving something new context and meaning can be as important as creating it in the first place.
Title: "so High....."
Post by: glee on February 22, 2004, 12:28:13 PM
Dave often borrowed  bits and pieces. Leaning is largely based on a song sung(?!) by Robert Mitchum in a film (don't know which film). Bury Me Deep has lines from The Bells by the Browns. He also quoted from various poets, other songwriters Randy Newman, John Prine etc but they quoted from all sorts of others and on and on it goes.
 
Title: "so High....."
Post by: Urpal on February 23, 2004, 01:36:53 AM
Maybe it was from Mitchum's "Night Of The Hunter". I'm sure that spooky preacherman con sings stuff around the film - it's sort of a theme which presages the onscreen presence of the human monster Mitchum portrayed so brilliantly. I believe Nick Cave also found this film inspirational and Mitchum's "Love/Hate" tattoos were probably instrumental in this particularly attribute of the character going to The Chair in "The Mercy Seat".
Title: "so High....."
Post by: glee on February 23, 2004, 10:56:16 AM
You're right about the film. I must get it out of the video shop.
Title: "so High....."
Post by: Urpal on February 23, 2004, 11:36:16 PM
Night Of The Hunter is one of the few old black and white hollywood movies that I've seen which has "modern" themes and hasn't lost its power with the passage of time - Psycho, To Kill A Mocking Bird, It's A Wonderful Life and Cape Fear being the only other monochromes which immediately spring to mind (and Mitchum and Gregory Peck played leading roles in at least three of them) though I've no doubt there are many others.

The film was the only directorial work of English actor (and, no doubt, "luvvie") Charles Laughton, more famous for playing the Lunchpack Of Notre Dame in the original pre-Disney hollywood verion.
Title: Re: "so High....."
Post by: sardines86 on January 09, 2015, 06:11:08 PM
Leaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N9LnkKQfuc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N9LnkKQfuc)
Title: Re: "so High....."
Post by: son of albert on January 11, 2015, 03:39:03 AM
Thanks - I have never seen that before :)
Title: Re: "so High....."
Post by: JanesAffection on September 22, 2015, 04:03:23 PM
Dave often borrowed  bits and pieces. Leaning is largely based on a song sung(?!) by Robert Mitchum in a film (don't know which film). Bury Me Deep has lines from The Bells by the Browns. He also quoted from various poets, other songwriters Randy Newman, John Prine etc but they quoted from all sorts of others and on and on it goes.

When did David quote Newman and Prine? I never noticed it, and would love to see how he managed to work in their work in his own.