Guest Blog: Fathers of Western Thought

Fathers Of Western Thought continue their guest blog for the James Joyce Centre, with songs and lyrics based on Ulysses. These songs are based on the last three chapters of the novel, ‘Eumaeus’, ‘Itacha’ and ‘Penelope’.

Love My Dirty Shirt

Love My Dirty Shirt (Eumaeus) by FathersOfWesternThoughtJJ
Lyrics

Why did you leave
Your father’s house?

If they really loved him
Love me, love my dirty shirt.

You ought to eat
More solid food.

If they really loved him
Love me, love my dirty shirt.

She chose to be
Tired of wedded life.

If they really loved him
Love me, love my dirty shirt.

Can real love
Exist with married folk.

If they really loved him
Love me, love my dirty shirt.

Our lives are in peril tonight.

Our lives are in peril tonight.

If they really loved him
Love me, love my dirty shirt.

 

The Heaventree Of Stars Hung With Humid Lightblue Fruit

The Heaventree Of Stars Hung With Hung With Humid Lightblue Fruit (Ithaca) by FathersOfWesternThoughtJJ

 

Lyrics

What parallel courses did Gordon and Robert cross in previous years?

Both paths crossed in the midst of the working class, whereupon a silver steed arrived at (exactly) a quarter past midnight. After the inception of an organic rapport, enthralling confabulation succeeded bolstered by an intermutual adulation for the preeminent scribbler Charles Bukowski – nom de plume Henry Chinaski – sobriquet Hank. Respective corresponding encounters revealed a positive disposition held between each individual towards the other.

What relation existed between their ages?

13 years before in 2000 when Gordon was of Roberts present age Robert was 12. 13 years after in 2026 when Robert would be of Gordons present age Gordon would be 51. In 2042 when Gordon would be 67 and Robert 54, their ages initially in the ratio of 13 to 0 would be as 14 and a half to 10 and a half, the proportion increasing and the disparity diminishing according as arbitrary future years were added, for if the proportion existing in 1987 had continued immutable, conceiving that to be possible, till then 2013 when Robert was 25 Gordon would be 371 and in 2026 Robert would be 38, as Gordon then was, Gordon would be 641 while in 2058 when Robert would have attained the maximum postdiluvian age of 70 Gordon, being 1187 years alive having been born in the year 826 would have surpassed by 218 years the maximum antideluvian age, that of Mathusalah, 969 years, while if Robert would continue to live until he would attain that age in the year 3174AD, Gordon would have been obliged to have been alive 83,371 years, having been obliged to have been born in the year 81,396BC.

Did they find their educational careers similar?

Substituting Robert for Gordon, Rordon wuld have passed successively through carpentry once he didn’t jump into a box of saws. Substituting Gordon for Robert, Gobert would have passed successfully through music and performance, notwithstanding the many oddballs he would meet.

What, reduced to their simplest reciprocal form, were Gordons thoughts about Roberts thoughts about Gordon and Gordons thoughts about Roberts thoughts about Gordons thoughts about Robert?

He thought that he thought that he was a Nordy whereas he knew that he knew that he knew that he was not.

What anagrams had they made on their names together?

Nodrog and Trebor
Rodgon and Bertro
Drogno and Ertorb
Orgond and Obrert
D.R. Noog and Rebtro
D.R. Goon and Torber
Ondorg and Brerot

Compile the budget for 16th June 2013

Debit

6 cinamon and raisin bagels, 2 Euro
8 rasheers, 1.50
2 Frapp Doggs, 9
Diesel, 20
Lunch in a fancy place, 30
Few pints before show starts, 20

Balance, 82.50

Credit

Found a not in the street, 10 Euro
Cash in hand, 2.50
Box office sales, 70

Balance, 82.50

What spectacle confronted them when they, first the host, then the guest, emerged from the last Dublin Bus of the evening, at the Lucan Bypass, being severely inebriated and just having been caught red handed pouring wine into two stolen wine glasses on the back seats?

The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.

 

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons (Penelope) by FathersOfWesternThoughtJJ

 

Lyrics

The sun shines for you he said
The day we were on Howth head
I was a flower of the mountain
He had felt what a woman was
I gave him all the pleasure I could
Leading him on until he asked me
But still I wouldn’t answer first
Lying among rhododendrons.

As well as him as another
Probably still thinking of her
He kissed me under the Moorish wall
Oh Poldy you are not so tall
I put a red rose in my hair
Like the Andalusian girls
I asked him with my eyes to ask me
‘Molly your head it simply swurls’

The sun shines for you he said
The day we were on Howth head
I was a flower of the mountain
He had felt what a woman was
I gave him all the pleasure I could
Leading him on until he asked me
But still I wouldn’t answer first
Lying among rhododendrons.

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