May you remember who you were;
You didn’t use to be.
The song appears here in the documentary of 1970s outlaw country music, Heartworn Highways. Van Zandt is seen performing in his Austin, Texas home with his friend the “Walking Blacksmith” Seymore Washington, who is visibly crying as Van Zandt plays.
From the George Formby vehicle, Trouble Brewing (1939), also featuring Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Garry Marsh and Esma Cannon. This little number was composed by George Formby with Harry Gifford and Fred E. Cliffe, and is full of his trademark innuendo delivered with fumbling, faux naïveté.
This Guardian review of a biography on Formby published in 2001 is worth taking a look at if you’re interested in the strange, sad man behind the goofy grin and banjolele.
“What a drag it is getting old…”
Released as a single in 1966, this song was also the first track on the Stones’ album Aftermath, their first full record of original songs – their previous offerings to date had been larded with blues covers.
Mick Jagger on the song: “It’s about drug dependence, but in a sort of like spoofy way. As a songwriter, I didn’t really think about addressing things like that. It was just every day stuff that you I’d observe and write about. It’s what writing is for really. There is a sort of naivety, but there’s also a lot of humour in those songs. They’re a lot based on humour. It was almost like a different band, a different world, a different view when we wrote them.” (SOURCE)
Yesterday i was listening to Edith Massey – Punks get off the grass,and then youtubed: Gloria Balsam-Fluffy (for the kid). Mrs Miller’s videos where in the sidebar. Am quite taken with her songs.
From Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge (Lizard King Records, 2007). The Pierces are two sisters, Allison and Catherine Pierce, based in New York.
Watch more of this Australian Broadcasting Corporation insert from February 2013 – Nick talks about creativity, inspiration, his characters and his penchant for observation – HERE.