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Name: Dragon in the Sky
Subject: RE: RE: Restoration Plays?
Date: Monday, August 06, 2012
Time: 8:13:22 AM
Remote Address: 184.108.40.206
Message ID: 270607
Parent ID: 270598
Thread ID: 270594
Thanks, 2K Man and Keno.
Bell, book, and candle:
Interesting. And back in the 1600s, excommunication was a really big deal: a sentence of burning in hell for eternity.
Why do you think he is saying he's been burning these objects? Maybe he's burning them before he gets burned for eternity? Or is he simply saying he's isolating (damning) himself?
I found the following online: "The double standards of courtiers and members of the aristocracy were reflected in Restoration drama's obsession with social behavior. Powerful and well-mannered characters were often portrayed as corrupt and sexually promiscuous."
Maybe this piece is autobiographical. Maybe the Stones are commenting on how the law was harassing the band at the time (the trouble with the law over the drugs, and the whole self-exiling to France because of the tax thing), and the media portraying them as personally dirty, focusing on their sexually promiscuity, etc. Yet the behavior of the Stones was no different than that of the aristocracy earlier in history. Maybe "the Restoration Plays have all gone 'round" is saying that the media hype circulating and the law's double-standards are really getting him down.
I'm guessing that the "lights on all the Christmas trees went out" refers to a blackout that occurred some December. Stone Canyon, CA is just a bit north of Beverly Hills. But how does that relate to the other lines? Maybe he wishes he could have had a break from the media, which is enabled by electricity/technology. Power outages are great for that!
Or maybe he's saying that even though the lights went out, it was still warm. And that is preferable to his feeling physically cold and emotionally isolated?
The more I think about it, the more fascinating this song becomes to me. So well-written. I love the contrast between images of warmth and cold: hot summer vs. cold winter; love burning bright vs. love burned out; modern-day California vs. England in the 1600s; lights vs. Christmastime (the dark time of year); warming the woman with his coat vs. burning the bell, book, and candle (isolation/burning in hell).
And these lyrics are among the best out there:
"And the fields has all been brown and fallow
And the springtime take a long way around"
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