making cents of it all

February 17, 2006

The Gramophone puts some tricky music questions to Ask For Cents, “a revolutionary system that puts you in contact with a network of worldwide users, waiting to answer your questions” and gets some edifying answers:

q: If Gene Vincent’s song “I’m Goin’ Home (To See My Baby)” was riding a vehicle, what kind of vehicle would it be? And where would it be going?

a: A huge, purple semi on its way to San Francisco. (Source: imagination)

The beginning of the song is a trick. You think it’s a blues tune, that we’re going to circle round and round, listening to the lonesomeness of that electric guitar. But no, no no. Oh no. Because then the drums storm out of the closet, the saxophones pop out from behind the furniture, keys are grabbed from the hook by the door – and out we go, all piled in, heading crosscountry. There is a cactus by the on-ramp, sunlight in the air, not a cloud in the sky.

How great is that? I can’t wait to ask it to explain the whole Billie Joe Armstrong leg/torso ratio thing.

Sweet, Said The Gramophone.

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