Jesse
Scott Walker Lyrics


Nose holes caked in black cocaine
Pow! Pow!
No one holds a match to your skin
No dupe
No chiming
A way off miles off
No needle through a glove
Famine is a tall tower
A building left in the night
Jesse are you listening?
It casts its ruins in shadows
Under Memphis moonlight
Jesse are you listening?
Six feet of foetus
Flung at sparrows in the sky
Put yourself in my shoes
A kiss, wet, muzzle
A clouded eye
No stars to flush it out
Famine is a tall tower
A building left in the night
Jesse are you listening?
It casts its ruins in shadows
Under Memphis moonlight
Jesse are you listening?
Pow! Pow!
In the dream
I am crawling around in my hands and knees
Smoothing out the prairie
All the dents and the gouges
And the winds dying down
I lower my head
Press my ear to the prairie
Alive, I'm the only one
Left alive
I'm the only one
Left alive
I'm the only one
Left alive
Alive
I'm the only one
Left alive
I'm the only one
Left alive
I'm the only one
Left alive

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staatsaffaere

'The song that most clearly demonstrates this use of dual viewpoints is “Jesse” on The Drift, which deals with twinned structures, or people, juxtaposing the 11 September attack on New York City’s Twin Towers with Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin Jesse. In it Scott deploys pitiless imagery, such as his description of the charred carnage, “nose holes caked with black cocaine”, and “six feet of foetus flung at sparrows in the sky”, the destruction of human bodies returning them back to the constituent elements from which their life had arisen. It’s a deeply disturbing song that seems to embody the idea of bulletins from an outer darkness, with Scott boldly venturing alone, further and further out into a murky existential wasteland.' (https://www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing/essays/scott-walker-1943-2019-by-mike-barnes)

jonktm

Jesse are you listening?

David Gibbs

He made some weird shit in his later years.RIP.

sunsetman22

Elvis dreams of 9/11

Alfonso Reyes B

Echoes in memphis

Rodrigo Menezes

Amén, sir

Marco C

Love it

Vindicating Twilight

interesting

ExitosGnosis

Thumbs up if BYEBYE AND SHLORT brought you here!!

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