Sunday, April 22, 2007

This be the Abyss

Philip Larkin - This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.



The Collective – This be the Abyss.

It fucks you up, this critical art.
It does mean to, well and true.
It might have soul but has no heart,
And wants to make a fool of you.

But it was fucked up in its time,
By those melancholic years.
The static leap of Yves Kline,
And Bas Jan Ader’s silent tears.

Man hands on misery to man.
Self portraits crave a Judas kiss.
Drink as quickly as you can,
And don’t be scared of the Abyss.

Just practising some appropriation. Hope you like it.

6 Comments:

Blogger Julia Tester said...

Loved this version of Philip Larkin`s poem. Mind you I find Larkin an old miseryguts and having been child, parent, and now grandparent, it doesn`t have to be like that!!!!!My parents did not fuck me up; I may have fucked up as a parent though, I dare not ask

11:15 am  
Blogger tim said...

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12:20 am  
Blogger tim said...

It's all those 'High Windows' making him miserable. ha

12:21 am  
Blogger Rie said...

Ah I blame all parents (and the Romans) for everything ...


Great idea Sara & Amy !!

9:48 am  
Blogger sarah el said...

This be the Absinth.

It fucks you up,
It does mean to, well and true.
It might have soul but has no heart,
And wants to make a fool of you.

But it was fucked up in its time,
By those melancholic years.
The static leap of Yves Kline,
And Bas Jan Ader’s silent tears.

Man hands on misery to man.
Self portraits crave a Judas kiss.
Drink as quickly as you can,
And don’t be scared of the Absinth.

Just practicing some appropriation. Hope you like it

(this absinth version doesn't work i know and a little weird and invalid but worth a go)
Sarah.x.

3:48 pm  
Blogger gwen said...

I love both versions, and I think Julia's comments are hysterical- in fact Julia's comments have had me laughing outloud, quietly i.e. surpressing it, to myself in the library. Thank you girls because I love a good laugh!! xx

5:48 pm  

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