Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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A voice I'd known a couple of light years ago

Okay, so, Diamonds and Rust.

This is an old song. I remember when I first heard it on the radio, and what I was doing at the time. Greensboro, North Carolina. Setting type on an old Compugraphic phototypesetter. Alone in the office sometime in the evening. Trying to figure out where my failing marriage and failing small business were going. The local FM station, which had a 'Q' in its call letters from the Quadraphonic fubar, gave it air time. Along with stuff from Steely Dan's Aja and "Stairway to Heaven."

Which would have been a few years after the song was published. Late 70's. Soviets in Afghanistan. Second oil crisis. Steel industry dead. Auto industry crashing. Jimmy Carter crashing. Inflation in the US at near-banana republic levels. Jerry Falwell and family values ascendant. Khomeini ascendant. Japan was going to own everything. OPEC was going to own everything. God save the Queen and her fascist regime.

We both know what memories can bring. I started thinking of this song a few days ago and I've been playing it obsessively.

I'm a sucker for anything in a minor key. And I admire Baez's contempt for scansion and rhyme. Sometimes the lyrics scan, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they rhyme, sometimes they near-rhyme, sometimes they don't. As though the singer is forcing her words onto the underlying melody. 'Come along,' she says to the melody, 'come along if you like, but I'm not going to slow down for you.'

How much of the song is true? We're only hearing Baez's side, of course, and I reserve the right to be skeptical of anyone with the chutzpah to refer to herself as the Madonna, or Botticelli's Venus.

But the voice, the voice! The physical voice, yes, but beneath that, the lyrical voice, the strength and articulation of emotion. One can't resist the voice.

This song is confessional. Women, mainly, do confessional writing. I don't advise it. Ninety-nine percent of the time it doesn't work, it's simply awful, embarrassing to read, and the men who read it are embarrassed for the woman doing it. What was she thinking?

But when it does work, it tears the heart out of your bosom.

Especially if the Soviets are in Afghanistan.


meaning: cheat, deceive

詐欺師 == sagishi == (noun) swindler, imposter, crook
詐欺 == sagi == (noun) fraud, swindle

Right radical is 'lack' (欠), being used in its literal meaning of 'gaping mouth/yawn'. Left radical is a Non-General Use character derived from the pictograph of a 'winnowing device', here acting phonetically to express 'exhaustion'. This character originally meant, 'yawn with exhaustion'. Its current meaning is borrowed. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Lack winnowing device to resort to cheating.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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