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Thursday, January 22, 2009

WHO THE HELL IS LOUISE FAZENDA?

After years of misunderstanding Phil Mogg (UFO) I decided to do some lyric research, specifically the last line of the second verse of 'Out In The Streets' (Force It - 1975).
The line that follows "Your comic book impersonations".

I always thought he said something like: "useless memorendo to dream on", knowing I was probably wrong, mostly because 'memorendo' isn't a real word.



My first two searches brought up: "Your wish for cinders embers to keep".
Now, I wouldn't put such imagery beyond Phil, bit it smelled wrong to me.

My third search brought me: "Louise Fazenda and Buster Keaton", which falls in line with the "comic book impersonations" of the previous line.

It felt right, but I broke out the vinyl for corroboration, and it was a solid match.

It turns out that Louise Fazenda, like Buster Keaton, was a silent film star.



It turns out that some UFO lyrics actually do make sense.

Then there's this one from 'Rock Bottom' (Phenomenon - 1974):

"Shadow earth is closin' in above her lamps in your street
Lucifer goes walkin' down for you to meet"

That seems kosher, but I had trouble reconciling these two results for 'Mother Mary' (Force It - 1975):

1)
"Try to make some changes really on the line
Given your religion, never ever time
All the jokers laughing, queens upon the floor
Don't misunderstand it, baby needs some more

Lovin' up some ransom, weapon and a gun
Just your education, hard to understand
Will the teenage lesion make a mark on you
Make a big tome status, then we run them through"

2)
"Try to make some changes really on the line
Given your religion, never ever time
All the jokers laughing, queens upon the floor
Mothers understand it, baby needs some more

Woh held up to ransom, quick hand and a gun
Just your education, hard to understand
Will the teenage legend make a mark on you
Make the big tome status, a pen will let him through"

I think it's this:

"Try to make some changes, really on the line
Given your religion, never ever time
All the jokers laughing, queens upon the floor
Mothers understand it, baby needs some more

World held up to ransom, quick hand and a gun
Just your education, hard to understand
Will a teenage legend make a mark on you
Make the big time stainless, and we're runnin' through"

At any rate, Phil keeps you guessing, decade after decade........

Comments:
I'll have to take a deep dive into these, but I know these to be true...

"Make the big time status"

"Will a teenage legend make a mark on you"

I would have been able to validate the comic book impersonations line. That's always how I heard it. I will concede that trying to decipher UFO lyrics back in the day always begat HUGE arguments with the boys. I'm sure you're surprised...
 
I've never understood the need to know what anyone is singing about!

"Put your hand in my pocket, grab on to my rocket. Feels so good to see you Lucille."
 
It was never very difficult to unerstand Paul Stanley. He only ever sang about one topic anyhow.
 
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