Infused with Glamour

kissing … missing


All I want to do is kiss you once goodbye

Now I sit with different faces
in rented rooms and foreign places
All the people I was kissing
some are here and some are missing
in the nineteen-nineties
I never dreamt that I would get to be
the creature that I always meant to be
but I thought in spite of dreams
you’d be sitting somewhere here with me

Pet Shop Boys
“Being Boring”

[note how loss is carried]

Stephen Emms writes in The Guardian

Perhaps, yet its themes are anything but. In the panoramic lyrical sweep from the 1920s to the 70s and, finally, the 90s, Being Boring really is about everything: innocence and experience, ambition and self-realisation (“I never dreamt that I would get to be/The creature that I always hoped to be”), love and (AIDs-related) loss (“All the people I was kissing/Some are here, some are missing”), friendship, nostalgia, ennui and, of course, defiance (“We had too much time to find for ourselves”). Tennant’s plaintive vocal style only adds to the pathos. And it’s all infused with the glamour and spirit of writer Zelda Fitzgerald (whose 1922 essay, Eulogy on the Flapper, contained the song’s ideological kernel: “She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”)

Infused with Refusal.

And so for day 2506

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