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Farmer In The City
by Scott Walker

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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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

It seems pointless to even try and make a meaningful comment about this astonishing piece of music. There are moments here that simply transcend mere words - the resolve into the major key at 5:19 is simultaneously ecstatic and heartbreaking, Walkers vocals almost cracking with despair like a sad Angel crying over the fate of Pasolini...it was the journey of a life.

Giannis Atax

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
against the
sky

Every night
i must wonder why

Harness on the
left nail keeps
wrinkling wrinkling

Then higher above
me - e e so o
e e e so o o

Can't go by
a man from
Rio

Can't 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
against our eyes

Every night i
must realize

Harness on the
left nail

keeps withering withering

Then higher above
me e e so o
e e e so o o

Can't go by
a man in
this shirt

Can't go by
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

i never felt
the pressure

i knew nothing
of the horses

Nothing of the
thresher

Paulo
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

Philip Mayer

Thanks for the lyrics, but they're still incomprehensible.
Anyway, Scott's voice is great and the orchestration is brilliant.

emoedison

Given that a young hustler murdered (or at least was framed for murdering) Pasolini, I bet "by" was intended to be spelled "buy" here.

seanreillyireland

Esau

Abbyss Hernandez

This song evokes in me a certain type of eerie melancholy..does anyone feel the same? it's mesmerizing though

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.

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