“Clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst out at you from their hiding place. Like acid and oil on a madman's face his reasons tend to fly away”
Recently I have developed a bit of an obsession about the lyrics in the song Astronomy. I have the Metallica version on an album and it seems every time my conscious mind wanders, my sub-conscious mind drives my trackpad over to that song and hits play.
Yes it is a good song, originally by Blue Oyster Cult, and to be fair I’ve listened to it a lot over the last week or so and I’m not bored of it yet. But I think the reason I keep listening is not solely because it is a good song but also because the lyrics are so captivating. What is it all about?
I find the doors mirroring each other enticing, the promise of finding out where winds come from fascinating and the mysterious Desdenova just draws me away to another world. Why would a madman have acid and oil on his face? Just what does that look like? And who are Carrie nurse and Susie dear? So much incredible scope for a story is lodged in these few lines.
If you know the song or look up the lyrics you will see what I mean. Every time I decide what one part of it means I lose the thread of the last decision I made on a different set of lines. To solve I probably could Google it and find a variety of explanations and speculations. But I refuse. I wish to continue my own internal discoveries while I’m still enjoying the song.