Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday Tunes

Thursday Tunes is a weekly event hosted by S. Krishna, devoted to sharing the music we love.
S. Krishna usually features a new artist each week - just to be different, I'm going to focus on a specific song, because it's the song that hooks me. There are very few artists whose entire body of work is in my MP3 player, but I have thousands of songs I love.

One of the reasons I don't often embrace an artist in their entirety is because I tend to be picky about lyrics. I want them to say something - to speak to me - to be the words that I would write if I could write lyrics. Of course, I realize that it's difficult for a writer to create those types of songs consistently, but when one can, it's a wonderful thing.

For me, an artist like that is Dar Williams. I have many favorites among her songs, and you'll probably see her pop up frequently on Thursday Tunes, but for your first taste, I've picked one of my all-time favorites, The Babysitter's Here. I love this song because I remember having a babysitter that I loved - that I thought was the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. This song brings back those memories of being small, and thinking she was the coolest person ever.

Tonight was just great, she taught us the sign for peace
Now she's made us some popcorn, we've turned out the lights
And we're watching movies
I don't understand and she tries to explain
How a spaceship is riding through somebody's brain
And there's blood and guts and . . .

She's the best one that we've ever had
She sits on her hair and she's tall as my dad
And she tie-dyed my shirt and she pierced her own ear
And it's peace, man, cool, yeah, the babysitter's here.

Her boyfriend is Tom, but we call him the King of Romance.
He wears an American flag on the butt of his ripped up pants
and will they get married with kids of their own?
He says, "Not if she's going to college we won't"
And he kisses her, oh...
Someday I'll have a boyfriend just like that.

She's the best one that we've ever had
She sits on her hair and she's tall as my dad
And she got mad at dinner when Tom drank a beer
But peace, man, cool, hey, the babysitter's here.

And we all went to see her go dance at the high school
We made her a big card
And she told us that she'd be the unicorn wearing the pink
leotard, and
There she was leaping up just like she said
With a sparkling horn coming out of her head
And she's oh, oh, oh, oh
(I can't wait to give her the card, I can't wait to give her the card)
She's the best one . . .

(OK, so the play was called "The Unicorn" and she was the
unicorn so that means that the star was my babysitter.)

But it's Saturday night I can't sleep and we're watching the news.
She says, "Do me a favor don't go with a guy who would make you choose."
And I don't understand and she tries to explain
And all that mascara runs down in her pain
'Cause she's leaving me, oh

You're the best one that we've ever had,
You sit on your hair and you're tall as my dad
And I'll make you a picture for college next year
So hush now, Peace man, the babysitter's here,
The best babysitter's here


Kay said...

That was amazing!

sprite said...

This was the first song of Dar's I heard way so many years ago. And it's still one of my favorites!

Booklogged said...

I love this kind of music. I'm off to listen to more songs by Dar on amazon and I'm betting I'll be buying some.

Fyrefly said...

I love Dar! I first heard of her in college, when a friend had a spare ticket to one of her concerts. I almost didn't go, since it was last minute and I was tired and cranky, but he talked me into it, and I fell completely in love with her music.

If I had to pick one favorite.... no, I don't think I can pick one. "Are You Out There" if I'm in an active mood and "After All" if I'm in a quiet mood. :)

Elizabeth said...

Kay - Isn't she great!?!?

sprite - it was one of my first, too.

Booklogged - Dar has sooo much good stuff - have fun!

Fyrefly - Oh, I'd love to see her live! I don't think I can choose just one favorite - I'll be featuring her again. =)