SO LONG, JIMMY
I very rarely like any music that’s currently popular, but
I’m digging this chart-topping James Blunt disc. Of course, it’s probably the Kiss of Death
for James Blunt to be liked by the soccer mom crowd, but that’s the way it
Just to prove that everything old is new again, the tunes on
Back to Bedlam have a distinct 70’s
flavor. If you ask me, James sounds a
lot like Elton John in the Goodbye Yellow
Brick Road days. Rick says I’m
crazy. What do you think?
Besides that, while driving today I noticed that track 7, So
Long Jimmy, is melodically very Doors-like.
And there’s a plinky keyboard riff at the end that was stolen directly from
Riders on the Storm. Then it occurred to me that maybe the Jimmy referred
to in the song is actually Jim Morrison.
So long, Jimmy, so long.
Though you only stayed a moment,
We all know that you’re the one.
Did you burn that bridge yourself,
Or did the voodoo magic help?
Does everyone have a different take?
Are you just cool and I’m just baked?
Does everyone get mesmerized by your fire?
realized that James Blunt LOOKS like Jim Morrison:
remembered that Jim Morrison planned to fake his own death, and some people
think he’s still alive and living in a cheap motel near Detroit with Elvis.
thought, maybe James Blunt IS Jim Morrison.
if Jim is still alive he’s in his sixties.
SO, maybe Jim DID die in a bathtub in Paris in 1972 and James is the
reincarnation of the Lizard King!
you are too young to have any idea what I’m talking about, come back tomorrow
and I’ll brag about my kids some more.
EDIT: I was half right. Rick called the song origins correctly. From jamesblunt.com:
He won’t explain what most of the songs are about, though he
does admit that the deceptively bubbly “So Long, Jimmy” was inspired
by Messrs Hendrix and Morrison.