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Brother in tears
Look at this chain of sorrows
Stretching all the way from here and now to hell and gone

I was Kid Clean
She was Anne de Siecle
Just a thrill away from punching through to the cosmic wow

It started out good
Then it got lots better
Makin' up the rules as we went along
But with a business like this
There's an gnarly downside

I'm way deep into nothing special
Riding the crest of a wave breaking just west of Hollywood

Swingin' so hard
We burned right through the summer
Till the axis of pain/pleasure sheared the arc of desire

From the Rebus affair
To the streets of Culver City
Places and events slip below the horizon line

Now at this time
Into our pretty story
The truth compels us
To bring a certain name
Meet if you will
Doctor Warren Kruger


She reached out for my hand
While I watched myself lurch across the room
And I almost got there

Look in my eyes
Can't you see the core is frozen?
You can't ask me to access the dreams I don't have now

Sadly for us
Our little talk is over
So together we'll endure the tyranny of the disallowed

Don't you love Port Blanc
When Hooterie is over
When the girls get easy and the crowds are gone
A weekend of bliss
Then the rainy season


Lyrics submitted by blackiswhite

West of Hollywood Lyrics as written by Walter Becker Donald Fagen

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is story of lost love told to a friend (or shrink) by a man in the TV industry, which is based in Culver City, California The speaker, the man, who is and has always been emotionally inhibited, talks about a torrid affair with an actress who was older than he was, a wildly uninhibited one, that burnt out. The reasons are obscure, but the reference to a Dr. Warren Kruger, indicates that it was medical -- possibly the actress's death from cancer (a real cancer doctor) or a drug overdose (it doesn't really matter).

    The speaker indicates that the woman was thawing him out emotionally, possibly by drugs (he says he was "Kid Clean): she brought him close to a "Cosmic Wow!" -- but not all the way there.

    Now that she's out of his life, he's depressed. He knows that his life in television is empty, that trends ("crests of waves") in TV production are vapid "nothing special", but it's his job.

    So, now his social life is limited to gazing at hot chicks in bars and restaurants, who are easy to pick up but do nothing to inject a sense of meaning or personal fulfillment to his life. (I read "Hooterie" as sexual dalliances). Port Blanc is white port wine, very sweet desert wine. It is a metaphor for the empty sweetness of sex without love, with someone who can never be your soul mate.

    The "tryanny of the disallowed" is the brutal finality of being closed off by death or breakup from a deeply meaningful relationship.
    bramdakotaon June 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLots of word inaccuracies, throughout.
    rik1109483on November 16, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPort Blanc is not wine, it's a restaurant that used to be in the yacht harbor in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. portblancmallorca.com/…

    Dr. Warren Kruger and his shrink vacation in the Mediterranean. "Hooterie" is what he calls breast enhancement surgery.
    jason11498on November 12, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe dies...
    That's all that's important.
    Kruger is a cancer doctor.
    Beast1948on December 21, 2019   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's not "brother in tears", it's "mother in tears"...
    rik1109483on November 16, 2017   Link

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