Friday, October 16, 2009

Moon River lyrics don't make one damn bit of sense and Shirley Bassey sings the huckleberry out it

Good Christ listen to Shirley Bassey oversing this!

I've heard Moon River three times this week in three different situations. The tune is lovely. I love the tune, as does the entire world. Its a classic. But beyond the pretty la la notes, this song makes no sense. The lyrics make no sense. Below, I try to make sense of it and fail.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.

Ok, the singer sees a river he wants to cross "in style" in the future. Its a wide river. And he is so keen on crossing said river, he's predetermined the "style" he's going to cross it in. Perhaps a lovely riverboat with chandeliers and poker tables.

Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.

Whoa. Where the hell did a "dream maker" come from? The singer was talking about crossing a river and now he brings up this thing called a "dream maker." Why? I want to hear more about this river. But now that you bring it up, what is a "dream maker"? Moving on, he gives us his second goal: to follow it. He doesn't care where. I think he does care and is lying. He wants to cross the mile-wide Moon River in a stylish riverboat. He said so earlier.

Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.

Now the singer has coupled himself in his mind with this other character, the dream maker. I don't understand. And he states the obvious: the world is big. And still no mention of the river. What happened to the river?

We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

What the hell?! How can the singer and the dream maker be after the same goal? He just revealed he is *following* the dream maker. Oh wait. He did make up this shit about him and the dream maker being the same being earlier. So now, since they are "one," they want the same thing. What is that thing? And what the DAMn hell is a huckleberry friend? I do not care for these lyrics.
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Anonymous said...

Dammit, Janet! Think suspension of disbelief, for God's sake!

Try to recall 10th grade English class, and your ability for abstract thought/reasoning.

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Holly Golighly, Huckleberry Finn, Mississippi River, Drifting aimlessly, Truman Capote! Pull it together!!

I'm convinced that New York pollution and the pursuit of pleasure has destroyed your creative brain cells.

Mark Baratelli said...

So, you tell me, judging by the lyrics, what the heck this song means. It makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

The lyrics mean that the singer, Holly Golightly, is living a Huckleberry Finn life, drifting from event to event, looking for whatever comes along, but still yearning for the "rainbow's end."

She is wistful and wishing for meaning from the wandering, meandering, sybolic river, the Moon River. Thank God, the cat she threw away, "Cat," got retrieved after she got a wake up lecture from George Peppard...right in the middle of where? New York City.

Rent the dvd, please, and buy me something when you're having your breakfast at Tiffany's on Sunday.

Ed said...

That shit makes NO sense. Please have someone--either that woman who writes all the pop songs or some great lyricist--rewrite that shit. But Bassey makes anything makes sense. By force of sheer BOMBAST. Love that contch.

Eric Pinder said...

'My Huckelberry friend' is the worst lyric. EVER. It's just creepy.

M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

This explains the muse behind this beautiful obscurity!

jorge saltamartini said...

I was reading the story of the Mark Twin novel Huckelberry Finn and Moon River may be just the song that Huck and his friend Jim could sing in the boat over the Missippi river at night running away from Huck´s father and looking for freedom. Jim is the singer because he said My Hucklberry friend, moon river and me: "me" is not Huck so is Jim. They were very ansious because the river(hardbreaker)but also the river was the way to be free so is the dream maker. And they went with the river where the river went: they have no choice. Jim feels that he and Huck are drifters going to see the world.They both had burned one's bridges so the are after the place where the rainbow ends, round the bend. Cheers