by Sean
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And you say nothing because you don't know the words to say; and you know that the wrong thing, said, would become a regret; and you wonder who invented the word 'goodbye', and whether the first syllable is a lie or a kindness; and you think that if you had hours and a pen, perhaps you would be able to find the right thing to say; and perhaps you would not; but you do not have a pen, or hours, just yr lips and someone else's; and a kiss is too quiet to speak with; or I don't know, maybe it's just right; and you want to say a dozen things, all of them like bridges, stone and iron, and wood, things that you can leave behind & intact; and you want to say a dozen things, all of them like breaths on a cold night, misting & then gone; and you want to tear off your tie; and you want to throw your shoes at something; and you want to be on a street of pinkpetaled trees, singing, voice a-resoundin', a song of carefree la and these days' easy joy; because they were such an easy joy; and so full-feeling, her face; and so often hidden, her face; and you, dodging wry; and skipping stones; and lines on hands; and then; and then goodbye; and



this is the alternate photo to accompany this post.


This animation starts so sad it's uncomfortable and then the bottom falls out and the walls fall away and you no longer know what to think, except maybe awe or i hope wonder. (via Michael)

If Said the Gramophone were a video-blog, if we made videos for every song, and I had made this music video for Fionn Regan's "Be Good Or Be Gone", it would be one of my best posts ever.


[photo by Darek, in iceland]

Posted by Sean at August 9, 2007 6:30 AM

Absolutely fantastic writing for the AC song. You're quite apt at describing the thoughts we all share but struggle to express.

Is the animation working for anyone else?

Posted by Sean at August 9, 2007 10:21 AM

"goodbye" is actually a sort of abbreviation for "God be with you." Just so you know.

Posted by Craig at August 9, 2007 6:52 PM

That animation was incredible. What a neat video.

Posted by Caleb at August 9, 2007 7:16 PM

This is a great song. The animation ended differently than I expected it to.

Posted by Angella Mertz at August 9, 2007 8:34 PM

The writing, the music, the video, the animation and the music in the animation. All good. Bless you!

Posted by Kenneth at August 10, 2007 4:59 AM

This whole post was amazing. AC, animation and Fionn Regan...all top shelf. Thanks Said....

Posted by thehipcola at August 10, 2007 9:46 PM

Made an AMV for the Animal Collective song you recommended.

Posted by cox1356 at August 24, 2007 3:08 PM

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