Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Denver Boot Redux

the original "Denver Boot" was a song from Munly's previous album, The Jimmy Carter Syndrome. That song is narrated by the father in this one. It's far too strange to summarize, but it ends up with him casting the infant adrift in the Pacific Ocean in the boot in question)

I'm no longer the newborn,
Though that's all I know as true,
I've returned from the ocean,
Cradlin' the Denver boot.
Bare feet walk the hills of Frisco,
Soft boys cut their eyes to me.
The truth is, I let down my Father,
I throw my boots back in the water,
They are hollow, they are hollow.

Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow


At that dead goat farm outside Denver,
Father was living in his broken-down coupe.
The helling held him in a bad way,
His body revenged as he asked for the truth.
I cradled my father in my arms;
With my nails I scraped his sick away;
I put my nail clips in a bottle, a trophy on the dash...
But when the sun shine through the bottle
It is hollow, it is hollow.

Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow,
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow


I can't wear the Denver boot,
I can't wear the Denver boot,
I can't wear the Denver boot,
I can't wear...

And I will bronze my father's body,
Mount it outside my factories.
The first will be a see-through glassworks;
The other will be a true goat farm.
And I will blow perfect bottles,
And I will squeeze the goats myself,
I will drown the world of its helling.
I hope my will don't come up hollow...

Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow
Hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow

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2 Comments:

Blogger Gentry pontificated to the effect that...

So, what is the "Helling" that is also mentioned in the original "Denver Boot"? Was the Priest's warning true? Did the son come to destroyer the father? That's what I'm lead to believe when the son says "The truth is I let down my father / I throw my boots back in the water" -- in other words, he didn't die...

God, somebody find me a copy of Munly's book of short stories.

12:05 PM  
Blogger GeoX pontificated to the effect that...

I wish I had answers. No doubt they're as disturbing as the questions. I'd like a copy of that book as well. I don't know what goes on in the man's head, but he's a rare talent. Can't wait to learn more about Lupercalia.

10:43 PM  

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