I love alliteration, don’t you?
If you don’t recognize this line, it’s from the title track of Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Besides using a cool poetic device, the song paints a picture of the dichotomy of two very different lives coming together and making magic. Eloquent in its simplicity.
Captain Fantastic raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for corn flakes and classics
“Two teas both with sugar please”
In the back of an alley
While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it’s hay make and “Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods”
Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing
City slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey the hive could be holding…
If I recall correctly, this was the second EJ album that I ever owned (the first was Greatest Hits). I wore it out, I listened to it so many times! I actually had two copies in my Peaches record bin (remember those)? The album has always had special meaning to me because it is autobiographical; I felt like I had been invited to share some very intimate and truthful glimpses into their lives.
The musicality is awesome, too – what a great song to listen to (loudly!) while driving down the highway at (don’t tell anyone) higher than the limit speeds. I love the guitar and bass especially. And of course the percussion. Now that I think about it, this is truly a showpiece for the entire band. Cool.
Returning to the “Cornflakes and classics” theme, to me it means what’s ordinary can at the same time be extraordinary. I even borrowed that phrase for the title of a play I wrote in high school. My version of Mean Girls, I guess you could say. My personal story, but one that I’ve heard is shared by many girls growing up. Unique but universal – again, the dichotomy.
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy – 1975)