20 september 2007

19 september 2007

Vakker vals

Now in Vienna there's ten pretty women
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz with the clamp on its jaws

Oh I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lily
In some hallways where love's never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take its broken waist in your hand

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the seacontinued below...

There's a concert hall in Vienna
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking
They've been sentenced to death by the blues
Ah, but who is it climbs to your picture
With a garland of freshly cut tears?
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz it's been dying for years

There's an attic where children are playing
Where I've got to lie down with you soon
In a dream of Hungarian lanterns
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
And I'll see what you've chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its "I'll never forget you, you know!"

And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook,
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, Oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now. It's all that there is.

- Leonard Cohen

14 september 2007

Hey Mr Paella Man

Paella! ropte mannen muntert, med rødt forkle og rød hatt på snei. Jeg syntes det var litt for tidlig på dagen for denslags, så jeg takket pent nei. Men han lot meg ikke slippe så lett! Han fulgte etter meg til ostedisken, stakk fjeset sitt oppi mitt og erklærte høyt og tydelig at han elsket å imitere dialekter. Hvorpå han svitsjet til klingende Alsace-mål. Jeg lo delvis høflig, delvis småforundret. En slik paellamann hadde jeg aldri møtt. Så kom han på at han hadde en jobb å gjøre, vendte tilbake til gryten og prøvde å friste andre handlende med paella. I det jeg fortsatte mot fiskedisken, hørte jeg ham rope etter meg:

- Jeg liker å le, Madame! Så jeg morer meg helt alene. Jeg må det, ellers hadde jobben min blitt for kjedelig.

En velsignet evne, min gode paellamann. Neste gang skal jeg ta en smak.