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RIP Captain Beefheart


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I loved him so, so perhaps this is apropos

 

from The Spotlight Kid (1972):

 

There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin' Stage

 

There aint no Santa Claus on the evenin stage

There aint no way t pull the curtain

N hide from hungers rage

There aint no town t stop in

There aint no time t stop in

There aint no straw for my horse

There aint no straw for my bed

There aint no comfort in cold boards

There aint no rumours or food for my stomach

N someday Im gonna be saved

Cause I gotta eat n drink n breathe n sleep

N Im ah slave

Down in hominys grotto theres ah soul dien n leavin

Every second on the evenin stage

Theres ah soul dien n rottin n pickin

Some new kinda cotton

With his fingers broken n his heart n back forgotten

 

There aint no Santa Claus on the evenin stage

There aint no Santa Claus on the evenin stage

 

@Don Van Vliet

 

 

Best to all--

 

Dave King

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Personally, I had no use for Beefheart or his "music", as it were. Just couldn't get into it.

 

But it's sad news for those who were fans and especially for those who are family. And at this time of year, it hits extra hard. So I'm saddened by that. He certainly didn't do anybody any harm to my knowledge. And he did things on his own terms, and that's to be admired. Rest in peace, Capt.

Whitefang

I started out with NOTHING...and I still have most of it left!
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:eek::mad::(

 

I am as sad to hear that as I could be.

CB/ Don (van) Vliet was one of my musical heroes from my teen years til the day after next week.

I've studied & even learned some of his music. His approach informed my own, in between the Beatles, Hendrix & George Clinton's PFunk mob.

 

Though many who actually played with CB were resentful of what they endured to work with him (he was apparently a very hard cat to get along with at times), they all continued to respect what he created with their help.

 

Truly, There ain't No Santa Claus...long may we enjoy the music Don sculpted now that he's "up in his glider".

 

, whipping up on what ZZTop would like to be.

 

For those who may think that BeefheART was only about "harsh, weird" music, dig these 2 tunes.

My Head Is My Only House

Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

d=halfnote
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