Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Song Spotlight: Bettie Serveert - "Hell = Other People"



While Jean-Paul Sartre may not have originally ment it the way we, or more specificly Bettie Serveert and I, take it today, could there be a better phrase to think about after you spend any amount of time with the unwashed masses? And you have to remember, I live in York Pennsylvania where the masses tend to be considerably more unwashed than I'd like. When I get particularly annoyed with jack-holes at the gym or some fuckwit in traffic the chorus of this song always tends to waft into my brain. While it might seem counterintuitive, it is more poignant to have it hit me in Carol van Dyk's sooting voice as opposed to oh I don't know, lets say Zack de la Rocha.

Now, for your enjoyment: "Hell = Other People"

You say your life is a total waste
You told me on the fire escape
Just before you bummed a cigarette
Well, you’ve always been a high live-wire
Never straight, but so inspired
It kills me when I see you so upset

You’re telling everyone
That I’m the stubborn one
But guess who broke the spell
Hell is other people
To Hell with other people

Not a word from you in days
I guess it’s just your faucet ways
Running hot and cold and back again
But it’s hard to keep an open mind
When you keep changing all the time
Suddenly receiving, not to send

It’s always live & learn
But I’m the one who’s turned
Now guess who broke the spell
Hell is other people
To Hell with other people

You’re a five on Saffir-Simpson’s scale
Sharper than a broken nail
I’m glad I’m still alive to tell the tale
Hell is other people
To Hell with other people
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