Monday, May 19, 2008

Ooh La La, and so on

Do you kids remember Faces? Probably not. We weren't even alive when they were around the first time.

Their line up was: Ronnie Lane, he was the creative side of the band; Ian McLagan, who worked as a sideman for The Rolling Stones; Kenney Jones, he joined The Who; Ronnie Wood, from The Rolling Stones; and Rod Stewart, before he realized he could really sing and decided to go solo.

Anyhoo, I was listening to their quixotic single hit, Ooh La La. Dunno where I first heard/found the song, but it really struck me - and still does. What's it about you might ask? Let me give ya the happenstance with a copy of the lyrics.

Poor old granddad
I laughed at all his words
I thought he was a bitter man
He spoke of womens ways

Theyll trap you, then they use you
Before you even know
For love is blind and youre far too kind
Dont ever let it show

I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was stronger.

The can cans such a pretty show
Theyll steal your heart away
But backstage, back on earth again
The dressing rooms are grey

They come on strong and it aint too long
Before they make you feel a man
But love is blind and you soon will find
Youre just a boy again

When you want her lips, you get a cheek
Makes you wonder where you are
If you want some more and shes fast asleep
Then shes twinkling with the stars.

Poor young grandson, theres nothing I can say
Youll have to learn, just like me
And thats the hardest way
Ooh la la

I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was stronger.

Pretty much, we're watching things go from this:

To this:

(Notice how both times the face is covered. Nobody likes to show too much emotion. Are we afraid to feel? Or afraid to be seen? Or, afraid to be seen feeling? ...We could go on.)

My point: yesterday I felt like a man, and today I woke up just a little boy again. Only in this backwards progression, the man had his woman, and the boy woke up in bed alone.

What's the solution?

Maybe I'll get the ones with the Sesame Street characters on 'em...

So it goes.

2 footnotes:

Dave said...

What is funny is the universality of the human experience of growth. Touchstones of aging, so to speak.

What I'm trying to say, is I wrote this exact same thing, about the exact same song, with nearly identical conclusions, about four years ago.


Zek J Evets said...

that. is. really. creepy. in a random sorta way. the same song?

i guess none of us are as original as we think...though i kinda had made a bit of an effort.