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Joss Whedon's lyrics for a musical DVD commentary

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Joss Whedon's lyrics for a musical DVD commentary Reply with quote

A recent "This American Life" radio show featured the theme of
"Return to the scene of the crime". Fitting, somewhat allegorically
into this theme, they told the story of Joss Whedon "returning" to
make a DVD commentary for a musical that he was associated with.

I honestly don't know much about the movie musical, but imaginatively,
Mr. Whedon decided to make his commentary in the form of a song.
During this week's show, he performed that song, and it was so witty
and funny (especially the first half), that I transcribed it, and decided
to include it here for your entertainment. I recommend you listen to
it (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1294,
- about 32 minutes in -).

Reading it is fun, too:

A caveman painted on a cave
It was a bison, was a fave
The other cave people would rave
They didn't ask "why?"

Why paint a bison if it's dead?
Why did you choose the color red?
What was the process in your head?
He told their story.
What came before, he
Didn't show. We're
Not supposed to ...

In Homer's Odyssey was swell,
A bunch of guys who went through hell,
He told the tale but didn't tell
The audience "why".

He didn't say "here's what it means"
And here's a few deleted scenes,
Charybdis tested well with teens,
He's not the story. He's just a door we
Open if our lives need lifting.

Why paint a bison if it's dead?
Why did you choose the color red?
What was the process in your head?
He told their story.
What came before, he
Didn't show. We're
Not supposed to ...

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