Song by Song returns for its 15th season, digging into one of the densest and most involved albums in the whole project, The Black Rider. Guest host Jeu Jeu La Foille joins Sam and Martin to add her experience in use of Waits in theatrical performance as well as her own memories of the stage production, as we discuss the function of overtures & introductions, the interactions between ablism & empowerment, and how to properly discipline wayward children.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Lucky Day (Overture), The Black Rider, Tom Waits (1993)
The Struwwelpeter Overture, Shockheaded Peter, The Tiger Lillies (1999)
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Lyrics - Lucky Day (Overture)
Ladies and gentlemen, Harry's Harbour Bizarre is proud to present,
Under the Big Top tonight, Human Oddities.
That's right, you'll see the Three Headed Baby
You'll see Hitler's brain,
see Lea Graff, the German midget who sat in J.P. Morgan's lap.
You'll see Priscilla Bajano, the monkey woman.
Jo Jo the dog face boy. I'm Milton Malone, the human skeleton.
See Grace McDaniels, the mule faced woman,
And she's the homeliest woman in the world.
Under the Big Top tonight, never before seen,
and if you have a heart condition, please be warned.
Don't forget to visit our snack bar at Charleston Grotto.
All sales are final. Void where prohibited by law.
You'll see Sealo the seal boy who has flippers for arms
You'll see Johnny Eck, the man born without a body
He walks on his hands, he has his own orchestra and is an excellent pianist.
See Gerd Bessler, the human pincushion,
And don't forget it's Ladies' Night here at Harry's Harbour Bizarre.
You'll see Ko Ko the bird girl,
Mortando, the human fountain,
step a little closer ladies and gentlemen and don't be shy,
dig deep in your pockets.
You'll see Radion the human torso.
Deep from the jungles of Africa.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Harry's Harbor Bizarre. Ladies and Gentlemen.