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Monday, August 29, 2016

Dance, Salome (Explicated)



In a moment of obvious piety 3 years ago on the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, I sat down to write a solemn poem for the occasion and came out with a dance number for Salome. I’m going to attempt to deconstruct the meaning(s) of this song, and hopefully explain it to both of us. Bear in mind that this was not intended to be any kind of retelling of the story per se, and should not be considered an exposition of the scriptures in the slightest.

Overall, it wound up being set as sung by John the Baptist to Salome. He seems to know he’s going to die by beheading, and that it will be a result of her dance, but is encouraging her to dance in spite of this. Side note: although Wilde is one of my favorite authors, I hadn’t gotten around to reading his play yet, so that didn’t inform my work here.

Chorus:
Dance, Salome,
Dance while you may
The time is coming when they’ll want your head, too
Dance, Salome,
Give what you’ve got
Ah, you’ve got to dance while the blood is hot, hot ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
There is no legend or history that says other than that Salome lived a long and reasonably successful life. But I wanted her to have the chance to be us. We do awful things, but have the chance to be redeemed by blood. It’s all about blood, whether that blood is rising and makes you dance, or flowing and makes you a saint. It just takes us giving it all. So, that’s the chorus.
1.
They’ll tell you you should be your own king
And they’ll tell you to throw off everything
And to dance all night, be a good girl all day
And to follow them and to go your own way
Their own way
I think the opposing ideas are pretty plain here: we are constantly told by the world to do what we want, as long as we do what it tells us.

Chorus
2.
They’ll tell you you shouldn’t listen to me
If you’ll be their slave then you can be free
And they’ll tell you you should ask for my head
And you’ll all be happy after I’m dead
They’re all dead
Similar theme to verse one. In our analogy, John winds up being the Church, or morality, that the world says is worthless and should be done away with.

Chorus
Bridge & Chorus.
Salome, dance
Don’t look at the crowd
Don’t let your conscience scream out too loud
Dance,
And you can be free
It doesn’t matter what happens to me
You’ve got to
Dance, Salome,
Dance while you may
The time is coming when they’ll want your head, too
Dance, Salome,
Give what you’ve got
Ah, you’ve got to dance while the blood is hot, hot ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
I think it comes to a point with people where we have to be willing to die for (or because of) them - maybe even with still having to live afterwards - in order for them to break free from the ideas that keep them bound, so they can be broken and be remade.


Dance, Salome
Dance while you can
You know no one else will understand
Dance, Salome
Dance just for me
It’s only when you dance that I’m free
That we’re free
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Oooo-ooo-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, Ooo-ooo-ooo
Freedom is attained when our entire might and focus is placed on the right thing - symbolised here by John - and that lives through us then.



There might be more or less here, really. Just because I wrote it doesn’t mean I completely understand all that came to mind, and does not preclude whatever anybody else might get from it. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.



You can listen to me trying to sing it here:
https://badbadboypublications.bandcamp.com/track/dance-salome

Monday, August 29, 2016 Haiku

Head on a platter
Cousin out in the desert
Crowds follow on foot

Matthew 14:1-13

+++

John back from the dead?
Maybe a new old prophet?
An unlaced sandal

Mark 6:14-30

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