Friday, July 29, 2016

The Rebel Black Dot Autobiographical Song of the Day

William Shatner, "Has Been" from Has Been (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary: "Has Been" mixes a Western score with a chorus, in counterpoint to Mr. Shatner's inimitable spoken-word delivery. Each party's lines are appropriately marked.
Chorus: "Has been,
Has been,
Has been."

Shatner: "You talking to me? You talking to me? You calling me, 'Has Been'? What'd you say your name is?"

Chorus: "Jack, Never Done Jack."

Shatner: "Glad to meet ya. Who's your friend?"

Chorus: "Dick, Don't Say Dick."

Shatner: "What d'ya know? And you, Friend, what's your handle?"

Chorus: "Don, Two Thumbs Don.

"Riding on their armchair,
They dream of wealth and fame,
Fear is their companion,
Nintendo is their game!

"Never Done Jack and Two Thumbs Don
And sidekick Don't Say Dick,
Will laugh at others' failures,
Though they have not done shit."

Shatner: "I've heard of you, the Ready Made connecting with the Ever Ready, yeah. Never Was talking about Still Trying, I got it. Forever Bitter gossiping about Never Say Die. May I inquire what you're been doing Mister—?"

Chorus: "Jack—never done jack."

Shatner: "And you, Partner? What's the news of the world, Dick?"

Chorus: "I don't say dick."

Shatner: "Don! Of all the people, you must be the tattler."

Chorus: "Two thumbs up!"

Shatner: "What are you afraid of, failure? So am I."

Chorus: "Has been,
Has been,
Has been…"

Shatner: "'Has Been' implies failure. Not so. Has Been's history. Has Been was. Has been—might again."

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