Aphorismus #170

Lather

Lather was thirty years old today,
They took away all of his toys.
His mother sent newspaper clippings to him,
About his old friends who’d stopped being boys.
There was Harwitz E. Green, just turned thirty-three,
His leather chair waits at the bank.
And Sergeant Dow Jones, twenty-seven years old,
Commanding his very own tank.
But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps,
And thrashing the air with his hands.

But wait, oh Lather’s productive you know,
He produces the finest of sound,
Putting drumsticks on either side of his nose,
Snorting the best licks in town,
But that’s all over…

Lather was thirty years old today,
And Lather came foam from his tongue.
He looked at me eyes wide and plainly said,
Is it true that I’m no longer young?
And the children call him famous,
what the old men call insane,
And sometimes he’s so nameless,
That he hardly knows which game to play…
Which words to say…
And I should have told him, „No, you’re not old.“
And I should have let him go on…smiling…baby-wide.

In der Wikipedia kann man zu diesem wunderbaren Song über das Leben nach dem 30. Geburtstag lesen:

Lather is a song by the American rock band Jefferson Airplane. It is the opening track on the 1968 album Crown of Creation. Its lyrics are about a man, given the name „Lather,“ who just turned 30 years old and realizes he can no longer act childish…. The song was written for the Airplane’s drummer Spencer Dryden’s 30th birthday. However, the lines

„But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps,
And thrashing the air with his hands.“

actually refer to the occasion when bassist Jack Casady was arrested nude on a beach in Santa Cruz, California, after taking said drug.

The composer, Grace Slick, was actually poking fun at Dryden, her lover at the time, because he was the first person in the band to reach that milestone age. Thirty years was considered to be a „boring“ age by contemporaries, as a person had now grown up and could no longer have fun. The song has a very distinct and exotic arrangement.

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