Silver Machine - William Shatner

Jonathan Jarrett jjarrett at CORIOLIS.GREENEND.ORG.UK
Fri Sep 14 10:25:50 EDT 2012

On Wed, 6 Jun 2012, Carl Edlund Anderson wrote:
> On 06 Jun 2012, at 11:27 , Patrick Charles wrote:
>> Rutger Hauer doing the Siege & Investiture...
> Woah! :)


> For, like, 15 years I've been musing over a song inspired by Hauer's 
> "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe ... Attack ships on fire 
> off the shoulder of Orion; I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near 
> the Tannhäuser Gate" from the "Tears in Rain" solioquy at the end of 
> Blade Runner.  I think Jon Jarrett and I were kicking the idea around at 
> some point; I more or less remember the riffs around which something was 
> going to be built.  I was going to steal some ideas from Lemmy's "The 
> Watcher" and "Make 'Em Blind" (e.g. "We come in blazing rockets/We bring 
> you greed and slavery/No alien utopia/Will long survive our bravery"). 
> Anyway, I always wanted to know how those attack ships ended up on fire 
> off the shoulder of Orion, and it seemed like whatever that story was 
> would be worth a song.. :)

 	We were, indeed, kicking the idea round; I more or less remember 
the verse riff you were toying with and still have the lyrics I wrote on 
the home machine, though as I recall them, sadly, they don't quite match 
your stated aims above ;-) The soliloquy also turns up in a Ship of Fools 
track called `In Time', to great effect (mind you the whole track is done 
to great effect). Yours,

   Jonathan Jarrett       "There is scarce any tradition or popular error
Medievalist historian    but stands also delivered by some good author."
        Oxford           (Sir Thomas Browne, "Pseudodoxia Epidemica", 1646)

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