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Farmer In The City
Scott Walker Lyrics


Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21
Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21

This night you are mistaken
I'm a farmer in the city
Dark farm houses 'gainst the sky
Every night I must wonder why
Harness on the left nail
Keeps wrinkling, wrinkling
Then higher above me
Esau, esau
Can't go by a man from Rio
Go by a man from Vigo
Can't go by a man from Ostia
Hey Ninetto
Remember that dream?
We talked about it so many times

Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21
Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21

And if I'm not mistaken
We can search from farm to farm
Dark farm houses 'gainst our eyes
Every night I must realize
Harness on the left nail
Keeps withering and withering
Then higher above me
Esau, esau
Can't go by a man in this shirt
Go buy a man in that shirt
Can't go by a man with brain grass
Go by his long long eye gas
And I used to be a citizen
And I never felt the pressure
I knew nothing of the horses
Nothing of the thresher
Paolo, take me with you?
It was the journey of a life

Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21
Do I hear 21, 21, 21?
I'll give you 21, 21, 21

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Written by: Scott Walker

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Comments from YouTube:

Tuan Jim

Probably the ballsiest karaoke request imaginable. lol

Paul Hardin

So my long musical quest has at last led me to Scott Walker. This is a remote place indeed. I'm not even going to bother to tell anyone about this incredible artist.

Vuoto Pneumatico Non Non

They're both about Pasolini but, while Ostia is mainly about his death, this was inspired by Pasolini's poem "Uno Dei Tanti Epiloghi", which is about Pasolini's young lover Ninetto Davoli. This song contains many of the poem's lines.

toomuchrose

A voice that sounds like a sad Angel, almost at the point of heartbreak until it soars into another world. Utterly beautiful and unique.

Del Phillips

It is heart-stopping, it leaves me breathless....And this is probably the most accessible track on the album... Wonderful Anything else said would be pointless

onlyhuman

It sounds like a painting come to life.

kajst

There is something magic in this song. The voice, the lyrics - very captivating.

Bumblebert

@Rosstitutional - if you want to hear recent Scotts voice on more conventional songs he also did vocals for several movie soundtracks in the 90's: "Only myself to blame"(which I think's gorgeous), "I threw it all away" (Bob Dylan cover produced by Nick Cave) and two songs with lyrics by Scott "Man from Reno" (with lyrics that would be reworked for "Farmer in the city") and "Indecent Sacrifice" - all of which can be found on youtube of course. Hope you like them if you havent heard them already.x

andzwe

Most of his contemporaries pale in comparison to what he accomplishes on his latest albums. Innovation is mostly expected from the young generation, but Scott Walker proofs that doesn't have to be so........at all, or on the contrary. He can be this groundbreaking because of all he did (and would like to have done) in the past, I think.

plushsnail

As a sort-of response to this, some of the music that this song puts me in mind of: Olivier Messiaen's 'Harawi' song cycle, Morton Feldman's opera 'Neither', Arvo Part's piece 'My Heart is in the Highlands', Swans' album 'Soundtracks for the Blind', A Silver Mt. Zion's album '13 Blues for 13 Moons', early music like Perotin and Dufay... some of my favorite music, in other words.

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