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Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:56 pm

<3 <3 <3

What say you?
Yay or Nay?
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby Manna » Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:56 pm

come again?
wot wot?
Are you asking if I like the song?
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby jerry » Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:43 am

Yay
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby Manna » Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:20 am

Warning: My purpose in this thread is to increase the nonsense. Hwah hwah hwah...

I guess I don't know 3 well enough to know if I like Alexandra Leaving less than three, three times. I might like Alexandra Leaving more than three. I just don't have that kind of relationship with 3. I did once have a boyfriend who called himself 9, though.

Wait, are those hearts? Three hearts? And what do I say about Alexandra Leaving? Is it worth three hearts? Hmmm, I'll have to do some useless meditation on that while trying to save the world.
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:54 pm

:D

Yes, those are hearts, meaning that I love the song. I was too much an airhead at the time of posting to elaborate properly.

I guess what I wanted was to ask you how you feel about the song. Personally, it had me in tears this summer, because the lyrics coincided witha situation in my life. The performance itself, I find, is just outstanding. It's just so beautiful,the whole thing..

Does this compute?
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby lizzytysh » Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:45 pm

Yes, it does, Axel. I <3 love <3 the song, too, and agree with your reasons why.


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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:12 pm

Well Excellent! :D
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby linmag » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:49 pm

It's one of my favourites too.
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:55 am

It is plainly Awesome.
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby hydriot » Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:31 am

Now here's a strange thing. Before I knew anything about Cavafy or "The God forsakes Anthony", the image that came into my mind on first hearing this song was that of a grandfather saying farewell at the end of a family visit, as his granddaughter Alexandra is borne away on the shoulder of her father. More interesting, even though I do now know the background, it has become irrelevant. To me the image of a little girl awaking her grandfather with a kiss is so intense that no literary explanation can replace it.

And this of course is the power of poetry. It means different things to different people.
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby lizzytysh » Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:33 am

What a beautiful image, Hydriot. You're so right on the power of poetry and I can understand why you wouldn't even want to change your image, even if you could.


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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:36 pm

Well being young and broken hearted, I saw (and see) it as a a man saying goodbye to a woman who is swept away from him, and the focus isn't on the one who sweeps, but on the one who chooses to be swept and deserts the man who is no longer adequate or desirable.
Moreover, she demands that he understands and accepts witha smiling face, and she acts as though she's switching jobs and that there is no reason for her to do anything but smile and wave pleasently goodbye from her position there on the shoulders of this god.

What a sellout, what a betrayal. And yet he smiles reluctantly and gives her a wave with an arm that has never been heavier.
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby lizzytysh » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:48 pm

And yet he smiles reluctantly and gives her a wave with an arm that has never been heavier.
Hi Axel ~

I'm about to leave home for the day, but wanted to say how much I like the way you expressed this. In general, I hear the song the same as you do.


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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby KjeXXXer » Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:32 am

Thanks! :)
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Re: Alexandra Leaving

Postby Gerrida » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:30 pm

I love the song, one of my favourites. Somehow I always tend to connect it to Zen Buddhism; the woman leaving and getting lost into another world. Although I do not know enough about it to be sure. But whatever the meaning, for me it is the most beautiful song on TNS.

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