crush my calm, oh you Cassavetes
I was sitting tight so quiet quiet
in the dark till the lights came up my heart beating like a riot riot
Hollywood are you sitting on a sign for someone to come on bust a genre
you poor city of shame ask me what you're needing I'll sell you his name

cos he was the one to send it with truth that's something from someone and Gena Rowlands

complete control for Cassavetes
if it's not for sale you can't buy it buy it
sad-eyed mogul reaching for your wallet like hand to holster why don't you try it try it
Hollywood are you waiting on a sign for someone to come on bust a genre
you poor city of shame ask me what you're needing I'll front you his name

cos he was the one to send it with truth that's something from someone and Gena Rowlands


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    General CommentName drops her for the hell of it?

    Rowlands is Cassavetes's widow and starred in half his films, you doofus. Of course, you "love" Cassavetes, so I'm sure you were already aware of this.

    As for the line that seems to be confusing you, let's break it down into bite-size pieces for you:

    1) He (Cassavetes) 2) Was the one (it was he and only he...) 3) to send it (Garsh, what is "it," Scoob? I wonder if all this talk of Hollywood has anything to do with understanding this "pretty lame" song; I wonder if it's referring to "what [Hollywood is] needing" from the last thing mentioned in the previous line, since "it" usually is a pronoun that refers to a previous antecedent) 4) with truth (that means with no bullshit; he - Cassavetes - sent it genuinely with no pretense, authentically...you know, "with truth").

    You see, there's nothing at all complicated or nonsensical about that. It says, concisely, exactly what it means, without filler or cliche to dumb it down for meatheads who refuse to consume anything that is not already pre-packaged for them. It is a succinctly and artistically stated expression of what the artist intended to say. Not unlike those made by Cassavetes, who you love. Happy?
    ShepherdofBeingon August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts basically saying Hollywood is shit and needs more directors like John Cassavetes who basically didn't allow himself to be constricted by the industry. Gena Rowlands who is mentioned in the last line played the lead in Cassavetes' greatest work 'Opening Night'.
    rich79on December 19, 2004   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI love this song, and fugazi, and John cassavetes, but the lyrics are pretty lame. " he was the one to send it with truth that's something from someone and gena rowlands" I mean if someone can tell me how that line makes any sense would be very happy. He just name drops Gena Rowlands for the hell of it.
    Jzorrillon January 28, 2007   Link

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