"Kurt's Rejoinder" as written by and Brian Eno....
Burger cruising just above the ground ground ground
And gunner puts a burnish on his steel
Anna with her feelers moving round round round
Is sharpening her needles on the wheel.
Burger Bender bargain blender shine shine shine
And gunner burn the leader on the fuse
Bundle up the numbers counting 3 - 6 - 9
Here's Anna building webs across our shoes
Celebrate the loss of one and all all all
And separate the torso from the spine
Burger Bender bouncing like a ball ball ball
So Burger Bender bargain blender shine.
Do the Do-si-do, do the Mirror Man
Do the Boston Crab, do the Allemande.


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"Kurt's Rejoinder" as written by Brian Eno

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    General CommentThis one is going to be difficult, because I'm not really familiar with Kurt Schwitter's work. My best guess is that this is about Art and it's witty rejoinder to the pretentions of modern Science (it's effects and origins having already been explored in the previous two songs) -- Kurt's Rejoinder is a criticism through example, using nonsense to point to the plasticity, irrationality, and paradoxical nature of Truth.

    From what I can tell from reading Wikipedia, Kurt Schwitters (and his sound-poem, The Ursonate) represent sound-in-itself and the joy of an unrestrained imagination. A fluidlike (water is the key element in "Before and After Science") contrast and a keen rejoinder to the (metal) rigidity of Science depicted in "No One Receiving" and its absurd permutations which evolved in "Backwater."

    I don't think close reading of the song tells us much in a literal sense. The feel is more important, and the immediacy of uncategorizable experience in a liberated present. It's a dance -- it's purpose is pure motion -- hence the listing of various "popular" dances in the coda. Kurt's Rejoinder is to have fun and to be present. Don't worry about it.
    msmoxwilliamson April 25, 2014   Link

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