Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: Debbie Harry's Dog Star Girl

William Gibson is one of the fathers of cyberpunk, with novels such as Neuromancer, Spook Country, and Pattern Recognition to his credit, as well as the short story collection Burning Chrome and the poem Agrippa (which is extremely cool, by the way--read more about it as a work of art here).

Turns out, Gibson also writes song lyrics.  On Twitter this week, Gibson (@GreatDismal) revealed that he had written the lyrics to Debbie Harry's song "Dog Star Girl."  He then said, "It's a cyber-fuggin-punk *artifact*, that song. Should definitely be included in my bibliography. A late pendant to the first three novels."

Here's the song itself:



Here are the lyrics:

Maybe it's just a twist of light tonight
But the city's so bright this whole town's in focus
He'd always call me Baby Strange
He's hold my head and pray for rain
Oh Johnny let me be your dog star girl
Let me curl inside
The fire's just right
The fire's just right in focus
But then he said
Like anything goes baby
But I don't know
I just don't know
Do you?
And how'd I ever get to this dead man's town where the rain
Where the rain falls down where the rain falls down forever?
And then he said
So much for you so much for me but I don't see no I don't see
Do you?
And how'd I ever get to this dead man's town where the rain
Where the rain falls down where the rain falls down forever?
Forever
Forever

A cyberpunk artifact, indeed!

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