Why Teeny's Hair?
I don't remember quite when I stumbled upon the chord sequence that constitutes the structure of this song, but it was long before I found an appropriate theme to write the lyrics around.
There is an O. Henry "Gift of the Magi" quality to Teeny Duchamp's donation of her beautiful tresses to the construction of her husband's creation. I think this sentimental association works well with the melody to the benefit of a song I am very happy to have written.
in the lyrics are references to Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, and fuck
it, I'll just go through the whole god damned thing verse by verse.
This really is a rare opportunity to do this sort of thing. No
Okay, here's the scoop: "Teeny" is "Teeny" but "she" is not "Teeny". "She" is the mannequin in Philly. Etant Donnes. (Fig. 1)
M.D.'s early champion, Guillaume Apollinaire, was a suspect in the disappearance of the Mona Lisa before the war. The best way I can describe this "room" is to say that it is the imagination. A space seen by the mind's eye. "The pictures" are, of course, the works that are not only imagined, but brought to realization.
This is my idea of what it could have been like traveling to New York from Cadaques with the "Spanish door" M.D. acquired for the outside of Etant Donnes.
Obviously Marcel did not ever receive the award mentioned, but, he did become famous--"mark of Cain"--and pigeonholed as a Cubist because of the scandal in New York over his "Nude Descending a Staircase". And to make things rhyme, which by doing so pisses off all of the racist Bob Mould fans who criticize me for paying attention to the way words sound, and not coming off like a self-hating, sexist Ezra Pound wannabe, I have referred to M.D. as "her". I know he was a he. Most of the time I mean.
This verse is about chess. It sounds kinda sexy though, doesn't it? The line "Show me strategies if you're able" could be about artistic strategies also; if you replace the word "horses" with "expectations" it means much.
A Rose by any
other other name would smell as sweet. And of course, Rose is
a Rose is a Rose is a Rose...What if rose is eros? Rrose? (Fig.
2) Marcel "re-named" himself Rrose.
"Bearded ladies" are in reference to "L.H.O.O.Q."
and "L.H.O.O.Q.RASEE (SHAVED)". (Fig.
3) Also what else in the story is shaved? Hairless?
I'll let you folks come up with that answer. If you ever
run into me somewhere, say the answer to me and I'll buy you a Seven-Up.