In Praise of: The Body Breaks

Basic Idea: I dare you to listen to Devendra Banhart’s “The Body Breaks” and not emote all over the place.  It’s track 3 on 2004’s “Rejoining in the Hands” (The second release by Michael Gira’s indie label Young God – named after an EP by his band, Swans.)  Banhart’s wiki calls him a “psych folk musician” – a 1960s genre for music blending psychedelic rock with folk.  The genre declined in the 1970s before its revival in the late ’90s.  Banhart shares the genre with Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Animal Collective, Davenport, and Grouper (among others).

Devendra Banhart - "Rejoicing in the Hands"

So here’s the thing.  Youtube lacks a perfect version of this song.  The top one is a crappy sound quality version paired with an awesome (really awesome.) stop action by YouTube user PlantaCarnivora.  The second one is the studio recording, with weird photos.  I suggest muting PlantaCarnivora and hitting play on both simultaneously.  Enjoy!  Lyrics below.

The body breaks and the body is fine
I’m open to yours and I’m open to mine
The body aches and that ache takes it time
But you’ll get over yours and I’ll get over mine
And the sun will shine
And the moon will rise
The body calls
Yeah the body it calls out
It whispers at first but it ends with a shout
The body burns
Yeah the body burns strong
Until mine is with yours
Then mine will burn on
My flesh sings out
It sings come put me out
The body sways like the wind on a swing
A bridge through a hoop
Or a lake through a ring
The body stays and then the body moves on
And I’d really rather not dwell on when yours will be gone
But within the dark
There is a shine
One tiny spark
That’s yours and mine

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This entry was published on March 13, 2011 at 15:17. It’s filed under In Praise Of..., Listen, Watch and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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