Monday, August 17, 2015

Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart

Woman snares a man
Who's all wrapped up in intrigue.
He wants to get out.

This outtake from the sessions for the 1983 album "Infidels" appeared in a mostly rewritten form two years later on the 1985 album "Empire Burlesque," now known as "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)" The title makes the point of the song pretty clear, but here's a bit of a deconstruction nonetheless:

1. It's hard to seize life when you are so far away.
2. There's too much talk out there, so you find it harder to recognize traps. 
3. Moon's coming up, storm's coming on, you stay inside and stay warm.
4. Been to a city full of espionage and covered by red skies. Streets eat themselves.
5. Madame Butterfly told me, "Be easy, baby, ain't nothin' worth stealin' here."
6. I'm in love with you, but you should realize that I'm not just one more guy for hire.
7. There's a "hot-blooded singer" crooning "Memphis in June" while a guy in a powder-blue wig is getting the crap beat out of him by some thugs.
8. I've been to Babylon. "What looks large from a distance, close up is never that big."
9. "Never could learn to drink that blood and call it wine. Never could learn to look at your face and call it mine."
10. Someone's gotten hold of my heart.



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