Friday, 6 January 2012

Words (Between The Lines Of Age)

Hello and welcome to The Observer who has a new blog with short sharp and to the point reviews about stuff and also welcome to BragonDorn who is writing a book about a squirrel called Sammy.

Music is amazing stuff. One song can change the course of my day. I've been feeling seriously cynical of late but in awe of beauty at the same time, a weird mix brought on by listening to 'Harvest' too much.

With respect, here I post someone else's words - am I allowed to do that? 

You see, I can't get this classic old Neil Young song out of my head and so I thought, as an art exercise and to improve my drawing tablet skills, I would illustrate it and see if it will go out of my brain before I do...

It would probably help you to understand the pictures if you listened to the song at the same time. Let me know if the pictures work for you. I may have got a bit literal...

"Words (Between The Lines Of Age)"

Someone and someone were down by the pond

Looking for something to plant in the lawn.

Out in the fields they were turning the soil
I'm sitting here hoping this water will boil

When I look through the windows and out on the road
They're bringing me presents and saying hello.

Singing words, words between the lines of age.
Words, words between the lines of age.

then a guitar solo... 
...but much longer, then...
If I was a junkman selling you cars,
Washing your windows and shining your stars,

Thinking your mind was my own in a dream
What would you wonder and how would it seem?

Living in castles a bit at a time
The King started laughing and talking in rhyme.

Singing words, words between the lines of age.
Words, words between the lines of age. 

Edit: more guitar -

Hey it's working, I think the song's fading in my head...



  1. Yaaaay! Harvest, one my favourite albums.

    Noooo! Now that song's gonna be bouncing around in my head all day.

    The pictures fit the words perfectly.

  2. Yaaaay! One of my favourite albums too, and you did a favourite with an 'our' in it! Alabama is my favourite song on that album, harder to illustrate. Thanks Lilly, I hope you're better :)

  3. Another Yaaay! Alabama is my favourite song off the album too!(Feels the joy of a 14 year old, whose just discovered a pen pal with similar tastes)

    Feeling much better. The weeping and self-pitying are now at a minimum, especially after digging out that album. So a big THANK YOU to you for helping me to re-discover it! ;0)

  4. Cool Lilly, now I'll be thinking of you when I listen to it too :)

  5. I have to admit, I don’t know much of Neil Young’s music. But, I do love your illustrations of this song. I hope he reads your blog :)

  6. Hi BFKA, 'Harvest' came out a looooong time ago - over 30 years. It would be fun to think he would read my blog...but I doubt it very much.

  7. Lilly, I know probably only you and I would notice but I had put the guitar solo in the wrong place and have put it where it belongs.

  8. I hate when I get songs stuck in my head.

  9. BragonDorn - As long as it's a good one and some dumb television commercial.
    What I hate is when an advertiser takes one of your favourite songs and ruins it with crass commercialism.

  10. Some music trivia. Did you guys know that "every" song on harvest was a number one hit? And they were great songs. I think it is the first and last time it ever happened. I don't think it could happen today as our kids could not stop tweeting, texting, emailing, gaming or face-booking long enough to sit and really listen to an album all the way through. Sad really. Ask any kid with a single ear plug stuck in one ear what stereo means. Most can't tell you. Any song that sticks in your head is successful in that the "hook" is working. Not always a good thing though. 1910 Fruitgum company comes to mind.

  11. WHutch - the songs off Harvest are all a hit with me.


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