True Story

Right now I’m going through all 550-odd pictures I have of China to sort them and name them (and delete the crap… there’s a lot of crap) and listening to music. The song "Democracy" by Leonard Cohen came on just as I started going through my pictures of Tian’anmen Square. I only mention this because at the beginning of the song the lyrics are as follows:
It’s coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tian’anmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
that this ain’t exactly real,
or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder…
Strange! And while I’m on the subject of music… just like when I was in Cambodia, Leonard Cohen’s song "Suzanne" played in my head almost every day. If I was to make a major motion picture about my trip (I wonder who would play me?) "Suzanne" would have to be on the soundtrack. It was only the first verse, so I’ll only share those lyrics. I think you’ll get why it was caught in my head…
Suzanne takes you down to her place by the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind
One other song caught in my head was "I’ve Seen it All" performed by Bjork and Tom Yorke. But only one small part of that too…
What about China, have you seen the Great Wall?
All walls are great, if the roof doesn’t fall…

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