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remnant 39: “Lou Reed was massively important to ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ kids”

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With the passing of Lou Reed, Rolling Stone has collected reflections on Reed, including one from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, who punctuates his piece beautifully with the following:

Lou Reed was massively important to “Island of Misfit Toys” kids. Every single child of the 21st century who is not square owes him a moment of reflection and thanks.

As I have been listening to 1988’s Green because of a wonderful reflection in The Atlantic by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Stipe’s reflection reminded me of “The Wrong Child”:

“The Wrong Child”

Green, R.E.M.

I’ve watched the children come and go
A late long march into spring
I sit and watch those children
Jump in the tall grass, leap the sprinkler
Walk in the ground, bicycle clothespin spokes
The sound the smell of swingset hands

I will try to sing a happy song
I’ll try and make a happy game to play

Come play with me I whispered to my new found friend
Tell me what it’s like to go outside
I’ve never been
Tell me what it’s like to just go outside
I’ve never been and I never will

I’m not supposed to be like this
I’m not supposed to be like this but it’s ok

Hey those kids are looking at me
I told my friend myself, “those kids are looking at me”
They’re laughing and they’re running over here
They’re laughing and they’re running over here
What do I do? What can I do? What should I do?
What do I say? What can I say?

I said “I’m not supposed to be like this
Let’s try to find a happy game to play
Let’s try to find a happy game to play
I’m not supposed to be like this but it’s ok”
Ok

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Written by plthomasedd

November 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm