Gaseous Clumps of Poetry (bashman) wrote in bdyms,
Gaseous Clumps of Poetry
bashman
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Hey there

I don't usually join communities but I thought the idea of this one was sweet so I'm going to have my say. Besides no one's posted here in a while so it might be nice to bring some life into it again. :)

I'm a pretty big fan of Richey Edwards (the lovely looking guy in this communities default icon there) who - while his death isn't confirmed - is gone possibly forever as the person he was most famously known as. As another user pointed out here quite well a few years ago, he was a brilliant lyricist, his most well-known and greatest body of work being the words to 1994's album "The Holy Bible" by Welsh Rock Gods Manic Street Preachers.

For those not in the know Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995 - walked out of the hotel he was staying at in London on 1st Feb and wasn't seen since. His car was found several weeks later abandoned in car park near the Severn bridge, a notorious suicide spot but nothing concrete has transpired since so whatever happened to him remains a mystery. There have been a few reported sightings but they all turned out to be rubbish.

He was a very enigmatic man, often purposely wildly contradicting himself in interviews while responding to questions with complete confidence and sometimes wildly esoteric and thought-provoking responses. It was therefore very difficult for anyone to understand him on any deep level, and despite all the claims of the peevish yankee emo kids who idolise him just because he happened to be a cutter, the essence of who he truly was remains a mystery.

That's what fascinates me about him, the fact that reading his words and stories about him makes me scratch my head and wonder why he said/did what he did. He was a very sensitive, kind-hearted and compassionate man, who refused to let anyone or anything control him or alter his view on the world. He was very stubborn and explained the philosophy of his band - the Manics - very well. He was more than real - more human than most in that he wasn't afraid to let it be known that he had personal problems or that he let a lot affect & preoccupy him.


And obviously the main reason - his lyrics. Some truly amazing pieces he wrote: Small Black Flowers that Grow in the Sky, Yes, 4st 7lb, Removables, and Die in the Summertime are among some of my favourite.

I'll post one of them here, the rest you can go read at http://www.staybeautiful.net

Small Black Flowers that Grow in the Sky

You have your very own number
They dress your cage in its nature
Once you roared now you just grunt lame
Pace around pathetic pound games

Wanna get out won't miss you sensaround
To carry your own dead to swing your tyre tricks
Wanna get out in here you're bred dead quick
For the outside
The small black flowers that grow in the sky

They drag sticks along your walls
Harvest your ovaries dead mothers crawl
Here comes warden, Christ, temple, elder
Environment not yours you see through it all

Wanna get out won't miss you sensaround
To carry your own dead to swing your tyre tricks
Wanna get out here you're bred dead quick
For the outside
The small black flowers that grow in the sky

Here chewing your tail is joy



I guess I'm mostly interested in what I understand the least.

To top it all off he is one of the most beautiful human beings who has ever existed.

bomb the past

So that's Richey, someone I've admired & respected very much since I was quite young. :)

I'm also a Jeff Buckley fan. He was also very talented, and though his lyrics were zany and great, I think his main strength was in his music. ;)

Bashman
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