Sunday, July 23, 2017

Where The Bright Lights And The Big City Meet

Poker Night By Thomas Hart Benton


U2


(Yeah)

Lover, I'm on the street
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar ... on fire
Desire

She's a candle burning in my room
Yeah I'm like the needle, needle and spoon
Over the counter with a shotgun
Pretty soon everybody got one
And the fever when I'm beside her
Desire, desire ...

And the fever ... getting higher
Desire, desire ... burning, burning

She's the dollars
She's my protection
Yeah she's a promise
In the year of election
Oh sister, I can't let you go
Like a preacher stealing hearts
At a traveling show
For love or money money money
money money money money money
money money money
And the fever, getting higher
Desire, desire, desire, desire
Desire, desire

Songwriters:
DAVID EDGE, PAUL MICHAEL NINEHAM


U2 (L-R, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono, The Edge, And Adam Clayton)

2 comments:

  1. In that painting by Benton that looks like a young Marlon Brando wearing the Italian T-shirt.

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    1. You have a good eye.

      From the Whitney Museum "Object Label" for this painting: In 1947, Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned by Hollywood producer David O. Selznick to create an original painting based on a scene in the film version of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire. The work was a gift for Selznick’s first wife, Irene, a theatrical producer responsible for bringing the play to Broadway in the same year. Poker Night captures the sexual tension and violent undertones in the relationships between Blanche DuBois, a down-and-out Southern belle (holding up a mirror), her sister, Stella (leaning over the armchair), and Stella’s husband, the hot-tempered, childlike Stanley Kowalski (wearing a white undershirt). It documents one of the play’s most dramatic and memorable moments, when Blanche taunts a drunk and angry Stanley with her petty provocations and refined airs.

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