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21 Jul

Don’t fall in love with me yet
We only recently met
True I’m in love with you but
you might decide I’m a nut
Give me a week or two to
go absolutely cuckoo
then, when you see your error,
then, you can flee in terror
like everybody else does
I only tell you this cause
I’m easy to get rid of
but not if you fall in love
Know now that I’m on the make
and if you make a mistake
my heart will certainly break
I’ll have to jump in a lake
and all my friends will blame you
There’s no telling what they’ll do
It’s only fair to tell you
I’m absolutely cuckoo

The geek in me finds it difficult to listen to a band/song/album without a bit of wikipedia exploration. So, when a band I like is featured in a documentary, and that documentary is featured in a film festival – I am bound by personality trait to attend.

This year that documentary was Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. The lyrics above may read like they were written by a teenager who just discovered a rhyming dictionary, but don’t be tricked! That simple genius is in fact from the pen of Merritt. The film itself was nothing particularly special, but it gave me some more facts to wield in pop music discussions/battles. Like the fact that his dog is named Irving Berlin. And that he was called a racist for not having enough ‘black’ music on his ipod. And that he is an only child. Also, I finally worked out how that couple got Stephin Merritt to sing at their wedding: she is/was his assistant. Mystery solved!

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