don’t lose your nerve.

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

nerve: noun, verb.

1. any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body.
2. firmness or courage under trying circumstances.

i’ve always enjoyed interpreting songs that i love in different ways, and then find out the actual inspiration/meaning behind them. i think to view music and lyrics as pieces of art; as compositions, as poetry, as pieces of work that can evoke different things in different people… it just makes music that much more special.

well, this song has been playing over and over in my head a lot lately:

and this afternoon, i read this:

“… in September of 1996, Radiohead was sent the last half-hour of Baz Luhrmann’s film William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and asked to write a song for the closing credits. Band members were impressed by the clip, and Thom wrote this song for the movie. At first he attempted to use lines from Shakespeare’s play as lyrics, but finally ditched the idea.

The moment in the film when Claire Danes (Juliet) holds a Colt 45 to her head was the actual inspiration for “Exit Music.” Thom also had the 1968 version of the film in his head: “I saw the Zeffirelli version when I was 13 and I cried my eyes out, because I couldn’t understand why… they didn’t just run away. The song is written for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts. A personal song.”

– d.


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