we set out in tennis shoes,
ski jackets & driving gloves -
we crossed lonely fields of snow
in early evening, the sky
heather glowed

in a frozen lunar marsh
we stumbled on WBBR
substation radio tower
broadcasting big band stars

substation radio tower
broadcasting big band stars

we climbed past call letter badge
past the red pulsing warning lights
aerial lights
to the transmitter i barely attached
as it thundercracked like a breaking mast

i think we're going down
i looked out over the town
i wish i had a whale to hunt down
i looked over the sea
how i wish someone was waiting to bury me

turn on your tractor beam
set your sights for heavenly seams
i've started to believe
on concrete we scattered our seeds

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Big Band Stars song meanings
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    General CommentAwsome song. I was suprised to see no comments on it. Here is a snip from a better propaganda Q&A article.
    "BP: You know, for me a John Vanderslice song is very cinematic, very visual, the lyrics a story which could often stand on their own, away from the music. A good example would be an old favorite of mine from Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, "Big Band Stars". Do you operate from a very visual perspective when writing or would that be something peculiar to only certain songs? I mean, I just get the feeling you wrote "Big Band Stars" from more of a visual sense than an internal, intellectualized one.

    JV: Yes that's true about "Big Band Stars". That's actually a true story, my friends and I would climb these radio towers near my home in Potomac, Md. it was fantastically dangerous. We would go to the absolute top, and the pole would be swaying by three or four feet, back and forth, in the wind, 100 yards up.
    Movies are the most important thing to me. I think it's key that's it's not my field, it helps me enjoy them more. I see at least 5-7 movies a week... Usually on cable or DVD... Mostly on Turner Classic Movies, IFC, and Sundance.
    So maybe one of the things you hear in the lyrics is a singer who wants nothing more than to be a filmmaker?"

    Read the whole article here:
    rm413on September 21, 2007   Link

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