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it's funny how one insect can damage so much grain

Posted on 2005.08.12 at 18:35
How I feel about it all: sadsad
Soundtrack: Elton John - Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny)


"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."

"The joy is still there when I see Sean. He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all his things. But he is my biggest pride."

"Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem."

"The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time, because it's too hard. To put it loosely, the reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up..."

"You can't cheat kids. If you cheat them when they're children they'll make you pay when they're sixteen or seventeen by revolting against you or hating you or all those so-called teenage problems. I think that's finally when they're old enough to stand up to you and say, 'What a hypocrite you've been all this time. You've never given me what I really wanted, which is you." (Oh,Yes. oh, wordword)

"I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!"

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal."

"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it."

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people." (*cries, loves, yes*)

"I've been baking bread and looking after the baby...Everyone else who has asked me that question over the last few years says. 'But what else have you been doing?' To which I say, 'Are you kidding?' Because bread and babies, as every housewife knows, is a full-time job. After I made the loaves I felt like I had conquered something. But as I watched the bread being eaten, I thought, Well, Jesus, don't I get a gold record or knighted or nothing?"

*raises glass* Here's to you, old friend. We still miss you, very much, and we could SO use your wisdom 'round about now.


Elton John - Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)

John Lennon - Stand By Me

Comments:


Amy H. Sturgis
eldritchhobbit at 2005-12-08 21:08 (UTC) ()
::raises glass and takes a moment of silence::
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2005-12-08 21:09 (UTC) ()
I was just going to upload Empty Garden!

Sad. Such a loss ...
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-08 21:10 (UTC) ()
:( Yeah.
Rakshi
rakshi at 2005-12-08 21:53 (UTC) ()
Sweet jesus.. I loved him.. and still love him. Been thinking of him all day.

I have two John Lennon posters hanging in my bedroom. One that my son bought me... a classic John picture. The other was bought for me by a dear friend who has now passed over. She bought it in Liverpool. It's a pose I have NEVER seen anywhere else.. ever. He's young.. leaning back.. and his fly is half unzipped. It's gorgeous. if my house caught fire.. I'd grab my Sam 'n Bill.. and that poster.

Thank you for these quotes. Thank you! They are magnificent.
flutteringazure
flutteringazure at 2005-12-08 21:54 (UTC) ()
I did not even exist back then. Still... *raises glass*

Pepper Sauce
ginamariewade at 2005-12-08 22:34 (UTC) ()
Thanks for the songs. I had not heard Empty Garden in I-don't-know-when. And yet I knew just about every word.
my life's so common it disappears
songdog at 2005-12-09 00:58 (UTC) ()
I love your icon!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-09 07:35 (UTC) ()
It was released in 1982, which I've always loved Sir Elton for (among a thousand other reasons). He and Bernie didn't write/release it to get on a band wagon, but because John was their friend.

Paul McCartney did the same, in 1982, with his beautiful Here Today. This one broke my heart when I heard it for the first time even more than Sir Elton's. :(
my life's so common it disappears
songdog at 2005-12-09 00:58 (UTC) ()
...It was one of the times in my life that I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the terrible news.... *raises glass*....we do miss him, indeed. It was a shock then, and to think of it now, in a way, not having John anymore is still a shock.

try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-09 07:21 (UTC) ()
I was on the last day of my honeymoon, or rather, the last day we were in the Bahamas. The news was on the radio at the restaurant we were eating at, but it was very low volume and I thought "I didn't just hear what I thought I heard". Later on I talked to some other people and they were all, "you idiot, where have you been?" Idiots. :/
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-09 07:12 (UTC) ()
Oh, I don't have that one! Why, I do not know--it's one of my favourites.
Magpie
sistermagpie at 2005-12-09 01:11 (UTC) ()
Insect? Is that what he's saying?? Thanks! That's about 25 years I've been wondering what that line was and thinking it was "instant."
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-09 07:11 (UTC) ()
*g* You know that Four Non Blondes song "What's Up"? I used to think she was singing "I pray at the sink all day" instead of "I pray every single day". I like my lyrics better.
Latter-day Jezebel
nmalfoy at 2005-12-09 02:17 (UTC) ()
Such a waste. They had a thing on A&E tonight on Mark David Chapman, and my god that man is a fruit bat. John is missed but as long as we remember him and what he stood for, and try to live those things, he's never gone.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-12-09 07:16 (UTC) ()
They had a thing on A&E tonight on Mark David Chapman

I've never really heard him talk that I can remember. Maybe right after it happened. I don't think I want to.
DeafScribe
deafscribe at 2005-12-09 11:33 (UTC) ()
Mindboggling to think it's been a quarter-century now. Some celebrity deaths, they just come and go, but John's passing was a shock like none other. He was so much a part of the culture, and when he died, it felt as if an essential part of all of us alive then died. It didn't, of course. It felt that way, but what John instilled in us remains. We still Imagine.
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