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LES  APPARITIONS Poems  inspired  by  “Roxy  Music,”  Roxy  Music  (1972)

Gerard  Roda


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' ' Prologue(…………………............……………………………………………………………………………………((1( Re-Make/Re-Model(……………………………………………………………………………………………….((2( If(There(Is(Something(...…………………………………………………………………………………………..((4( The(Bob((Medley)(………...………………………………………………………………………………………..((7( Bitters(End(………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………((10( '

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Prologue! ! ! ! In!this!project,!I!have!tried!to!bring!into!literature!the!first!album!(“Roxy!Music”,!1972)!of! the!British!band!Roxy!Music.!I!believe!there!is!a!sort!of!transcendentalism!in!the!album!that! was! worth! dealing! with.! Some! of! the! songs,! in! their! storytelling,! have! some! interesting! resemblances!with!operas.!They!are,!so!to!speak,!small!and!concentrated!rockJoperas.!The! other! main! challenge! I! have! faced! has! been! to! create! (or,! again,! unveil)! a! coherent! narrative!that!could!tie!the!album!as!a!whole.!! !

The!chosen!songs!for!this!first!excerpt!have!been!“ReJMake/ReJModel”,!“If!There!Is!

Something”,! “The! Bob! (Medley)”! and! “Bitters! End”.! I! will! present,! first! the! lyrics! of! the! song,! and! then! the! poem.! I! would! recommend! to! listen! the! song,! and! check! the! lyrics,! at! least!once!before!reading!the!tale.!And!maybe!the!song!can!also!be!listened!a!second!time! while!reading!the!poem.! ! The!opening!song!(“ReJMake/ReJModel”),!I!believe,!is!a!story!of!seduction,!of!what!could! have!been!but!never!will!be:!a!missed!chance.!In!the!narrative!line!I!propose,!the!rest!of! the! songs! will! represent! the! different! mental! stages! He! goes! through! after! missing! the! chance.!In!“If!There!Is!Something”!there!is!still!a!little!hope!of!finding!at!the!beginning!of! the! song.! By! the! end,! however,! that! little! initial! hope! has! disappeared! and! gives! way! to! madness.!“The!Bob!(Medley)”!represents!the!inner,!theatrical,!dramatic!state!in!which!He! falls! and! drowns.! The! closing! song,! “Bitters! End”,! represents! the! final! blissful! delirium! of! who!is!already!gone.!Same!as!in!the!other!two!songs,!in!this!last!one!I!have!incorporated!a! flashback!of!the!beginning:!a!part!of!“ReJMake/ReJModel”!that!comes!to!remind!us!what!is! this!the!ending!of,!which!is!the!fatal!thought,!the!fatal!error!He!committed!at!the!beginning! of!the!narrative.! ! The!album!can!be!heard!here:! http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Roxy+Music+Roxy+Music+1972/58306316!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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( 1.+(Re+Make/Re+Model! [lyrics]!

! ! ! I!tried,!but!I!could!not!find!a!way! Looking!back,!all!I!did!was!look!away! Next!time!is!the!best!time,!we!all!know! But!if!there!is!no!next!time,!where!to!go?! ! She’s!the!sweetest!queen!I've!ever!seen! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! See,!here!she!comes,!see!what!I!mean?! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! I!could!talk!talk!talk!talk!talk!myself!to!death! But!I!believe!I!would!only!waste!my!breath! Ooh,!show!me! ! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! ! I!tried,!but!I!could!not!find!a!way! Looking!back,!all!I!did!was!look!away! Next!time!is!the!best!time,!we!all!know! But!if!there!is!no!next!time,!where!to!go?! ! She’s!the!sweetest!queen!I've!ever!seen! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! See,!here!she!comes,!see!what!I!mean?! (C!P!L!5!9!3!H)! I!could!talk!talk!talk!talk!talk!myself!to!death! But!I!believe!I!would!only!waste!my!breath! Ooh,!show!me! !

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Re+Make/Re+Model( ! ! ! He!could!talk,! talk,! talk,! talk,! talk!himself! to!Death.! ! *!*!*! ! He!was!standing!next!to!the!bar! lingering!on!his!Dry!Martini,! when!the!sweetest!Queen!mankind!has!ever!seen! got!in!the!place.! ! Suddenly,!time!slowed!down,! voices!lowered! and!the!walls!and!the!people!disappeared!in!an!spiral.! ! Knees!shaking,! head!shaking,! and!a!cold!Martini!sweat!cutting!His!breath.! ! *!*!*! ! SHE!!looked!at!him.! Once.! He!looked!away!–!! next!time!is!the!best!time! (we!all!know).! ! *!*!*! ! For!the!next!593!nights! he!sat!in!the!exact!same!spot,! looking!back!and!repeating!to!himself:! “Next!time!is!the!best!time”.! ! *!*!*! ! But!if!there!is!no!next!time,!where5to!go?! ! *!*!*! ! He!talked,! talked,! talked,! talked,! talked!himself! to!Death.!

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3.+(If(There(Is(Something( [lyrics]!

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( ! If!there!is!something!that!I!might!find! Look!around!corners,!try!to!find!peace!of!mind!I!say! Where!would!you!go!if!you!were!me! Try!to!keep!a!straight!course!not!easy! Somebody!special!looking!at!me!a!certain!reaction!we!find! What!should!it!try!to!be,!I!mean! If!there!are!many!meaning!the!same! Be!specific,!just!a!game! ! I!would!do!anything!for!you! I!would!climb!mountains! I!would!swim!all!the!oceans!blue! I!would!walk!a!thousand!miles! Reveal!my!secrets!more!than!enough!for!me!to!share! I!would!put!roses!round!our!door! Sit!in!the!garden!growing!potatoes!by!the!score! ! Shake!your!hair!girl,!with!your!ponytail!takes!me!right!back! (When!you!were!young)! Throw!your!precious!gifts!into!the!air,!watch!them!fall!down! (When!you!were!young)! Lift!up!your!feet!and!put!them!on!the!ground!you!used!to!walk!upon! (When!you!were!young)! Lift!up!your!feet!and!put!them!on!the!ground,!the!hills!were!higher! (When!you!were!young)! ! Lift!up!your!feet!and!put!them!on!the!ground,!the!trees!were!taller! (When!you!were!young)! Lift!up!your!feet!and!put!them!on!the!ground,!the!grass!was!greener! (When!you!were!young)! Lift!up!your!feet!and!put!them!on!the!ground!you!used!to!walk!upon! (When!you!were!young)(

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If(There(Is(Something( ! ! ! He!was!certain!there!was!something,! somewhere5to!go.! That!day,!He!woke!up!in!the!break!of!dawn!and!went!for!it.! ! *!*!*! ! He!walked!through!the!greenest!of!greens,!! he!walked!upon!Spring!in!a!warm!November!day.!! People!stared!at!him!and!wondered!what!was!He!looking!for,!where5was!he!going!–“Where5 would!you!go,!if!you!were!Me?”! They!smiled!at!Him.!He!smiled!back.! ! He!walked!and!walked,!following!nothing!but!the!breeze!of!His!own!hope.! The!sweet!guiding!breeze!was!his!one!and!only!compass.! ! *!*!*! ! But!the!night!came!and!the!breeze!disappeared!in!the!darkness.!! The!different!paths!were!twisting!and!missing!in!the!shadows.!! At!His!feet!He!saw!an!old!piece!of!rotten!wood!with!something!written!on!it.!! He!could!hardly!distinguish!only!two!words:!! BE!SPECIFIC.! ! For!the!first!time!in!His!life,!he!met!the!Black.!! From!the!profoundness!of!the!absence!of!light,!He!heard!somebody!‘s!sobbing.!! ! Out!of!the!Blue,!an!old!tree!appeared!to!Him.!! From!one!of!its!branches,!a!sweet!Queen!was!hanging!dead!from!her!feet!–! was!that!She?!! Next!to!the!tree,!bended!on!his!knees,!a!faceless!man! was!snivelling!a!song:! ! “I!would!do!anything!for!you! I!would!climb!mountains! I!would!swim!all!the!oceans!blue! I!would!walk!a!thousand!miles,!reveal!my!secrets! I!would!put!roses!round!our!door…”! ! He!kept!walking.!! A!sharp!sound!that!pierced!through!his!head!announced!! the!Last!night!was!over!forever.! ! *!*!*! ! The!Sun!was!rising!and!everything!that!He!once!knew!disappeared!at!! His!feet.!! There!was!no!way!back!–!! there!has!never!been.! !

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But!the!Sun!was!shinning!bright,!so!bright!the!light!soon!blinded!it!all.! For!the!first!time!in!his!life,!He!stopped!walking.!! He!gave!up.! He!was!falling!down!to!the!ground,! But!before!he!could!touch!the!burning!sands,!something!picked!Him!up.! ! A!couple!of!Angels!rose!him!up,!up!and!away.! They!were!whispering!a!song!in!His!ears.! It!was!a!song!from!another!time:! “The!hills!were!higher,!the!trees!were!taller,!the!grass!was!greener…”! ! *!*!*! ! He!smiled.!

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6.+(The(Bob((Medley)( [lyrics]!! ! ! ! I!dreamed!last!night!about!your!face! Your!star!shone!all!night! Over!the!moon,!it!shone!brighter! Star!shining!so!bright! ! You!were!so!pure,!not!for!this!world! So!gentle!and!light! How!could!I!hear!their!stories?! They!told!me!‘not!right’! ! Too!many!times!beautiful! Too!many!times!sad! Too!many!times!wonderful! Too!bad! ! But!when!the!party!was!over! And!all!was!quiet!and!still! We!walked!together!in!moonlight! And!looked!down!over!the!calm!lake! Hand!in!hand,!the!stars!in!our!eyes! ! So!in!my!dream!you!still!loved!me! Gave!time!reason!last!night! But!this!was!only!life's!story! Made!simple,!that's!right! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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The(Bob((Medley)( ( The!curtain!opened!in!a!pendular!silence.! The!stage,!the!theatre,! still!remained!in!the!dark.! ! *!*!*! ! The!spotlight!flashed!like!an!epiphany,! unveiling!the!only!actor!on!stage:!a!mime.! ! With!a!bended!knee!and!a!hand!pointing!to!the!Light,! he!exclaimed!mutely:! “You!were!so!pure…!Not!for!this!world!”! ! Caravaggesque.! ! *!*!*! ! The!Light!went!out!and!the!Storm!came.! The!shimmer!of!lightings!witnessed! the!anger!of!the!Thunder! and!The!Flood.! ! *!*!*! ! But!the!Sun!stuck!out!from!the!back!of!the!stage!! just!in!time!to!hear!the!last!words!of!the!drowned!mime:! ! “Too!many!times!beautiful,! Too!many!times!sad,! Too!many!times!wonderful,! Too!bad!”! ! The!Rapture.! ! *!*!*! ! The!only!viewer,! an!ancient!rhapsode,! sitting!alone!in!the!stalls,! started!to!recite!the!verses! of!Memory.! ! Tragic.! ! *!*!*! ! But!this!was!only!life’s!story.! Made!simple!–!! that’s!right.!

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The!curtain!falls.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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10.+(Bitters(End( [lyrics]!

( ( ( At!last!the!crimson!chord!cascade! To!shower!dry!cordials!within! Too!late!to!leap!the!chocolate!gate! Pale!fountains!fizzing!forth!pink!gin! ! While!destiny!begins!to!fly! The!farmyard!chorus!sings!its!wake! Upstanding!anthem!to!the!sky! Too!soon!to!realize!their!fate‌! ! (Bizarre)! You!were!the!raven!of!October! (Bizarre)! I!knew!the!sign!you!flew!around! Up!in!the!air,!so!high!above!me! Never!needed!to!look!down! ! I!never!thought!I'd!be!a!rover! I!didn't!even!look!around! But!now!I!know!you've!found!another! So!will!someone!please!find!me?! ! Give!now!the!host!his!Claret!cup! And!watch!Madeira's!farewell!drink! Note!his!reaction!acid!sharp! Should!make!the!cognoscenti!think! ! (

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Bitters(End( ! ! ! The!march!of!Fate!entered!the!city.! ! The!regiment!of!nutcrackers!plodded!through!the!magnificent!avenues,! with!their!drums,!castanets!and!cymbals!–!! upstanding!anthem!to!the!Sky!! ! On!both!sides!of!the!caravan,! riders!on!farmyard!animals!were!carrying!the!claret!flag.! ! Up!in!the!air,!so!high!above!them,! the!ravens!of!October!where!driving!the!procession.!! ! *!*!*! ! The!march!of!Fate!walked!through!the!crimson!chord!cascade,! the!pale!fountains!of!pink!gin! and!the!chocolate!gate.! ! The!locals!crowded!in!both!sides!of!the!roads!to!contemplate!the!spectacle.! So!in!awe,!they!insistently!whispered:! “Bizarre,!bizarre…”! ! *!*!*! ! The!march!of!Fate!stopped!abruptly! when!a!rover!dared!to!cross!in!front!of!them.! He!was!carrying!a!sign:! “Will!someone!please!find!me?”! ! (“Next!time!is!the!best!time…”)! ! He!disappeared!in!the!crowd.! ! *!*!*! ! The!march!of!Fate!kept!walking!to!the!bitter!end!–!! It!should!make!the!cognoscenti!think.!! !

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