Saturday, May 3, 2008

Beneath the hawthorn on the green

I've been trying to keep things fresh by modifying my blog description each month. My description for the month of May ("just a Spring clean for the May queen") comes from the lyrics to this British Invasion-era obscurity that was later ripped off by some unscrupulous copycats from the early 70s, who tried to pass it off as their own song.

My two favorite lines in the song are "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a Spring clean for the May queen".

What, exactly, does that mean? That's the part with the (alleged) satanic backmasking, so maybe Page and Plant were pledging allegiance to Aleister Crowley and Anton LeVay through coded messages that were only meaningful when played backwards? Sometime words have two meanings, and sometimes they have no meaning at all. It really makes me wonder.
"Stairway To Heaven" is proof that words don't have to mean anything to be meaningful. I mean, what's this: "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now"? If I found anything bustling in my hedgerow I'd get out my shotgun!
-- Chuck Eddy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I take that pretty literally - don't waorry, the little faries or pixies or whatever, are doing some spring cleaning in your hedges to prep for the arrival of the Queen of the May