What happened to Melody?
She got lost in the beat. Buried in the mix. Drums and bass and shit, pushed over some DJâ€™s back and she bumped her head. Knocked out. Got left for dead.
Musicians of all shapes and sizes stepped over her. Rappers and hip hoppers laughed at her. Bitch ainâ€™t worth shit, they screamed. â€œBitch ainâ€™ worth shitâ€¦â€ they chanted in unison over and over again until they convinced themselves that this was a better Melody with bigger tits and a tighter pussy.
Melody, what up bitch? Why you bitchinâ€™ cuz you ainâ€™t never made my world real. Ainâ€™t that a bitch, think Iâ€™ll go uptown and dig a ditch
Somebody lost a hook, and Horton needed a Who and everyone threw it down in the mix and it got all mixed up with Melody.
Remember way back when? Melody was out, just California dreaminâ€™. Man, you could almost sing "those were the daysâ€¦"
Can I get a witness?
Aretha got plenty of r-e-s-p-e-c-t. Marvin what was goinâ€™ on. Otis was down on the dock, but not just sittin'. And a change was gonna come, Mr. C.
We use to party like itâ€™s 1999, princely P. Rockin' them casbahs. Yeah, you could feel the earth move under your feet. Back when the radio mattered.
Beat-tells tell all and help, I just need somebody, not just anybody.
Sweat dreams, Melody.
Sweat Baby James? Lame, dead honky, looking for America. Wasn't that Paul Simon a long time ago? Heard he needed Eno to sizzle his nizzle.
Have you seen her? Baby, have you seen her? Whereâ€™d Melody go?
Mary J. Blige found her for â€œOneâ€ sec, but it was U-twoed who towed that line, wrote that shit.
And then I fell over too. But I found respite rhapsed in gushing Gershwinâ€™s blue. Sweet mother, wrap me with your clarinet intro and pull me underâ€¦the deep blue sea.
Blue my temptress Joni. â€œSongs are like tattoos/You know, Iâ€™ve been to sea beforeâ€¦â€
Oh, Mr. Davis, kinda blue; sweep over me, release meâ€¦muted trumpet, gentle man with horn and Ms. Melody on your fine silk wrapped arm cuz my lady use to sing the blues but she was lynched and left for a dead, swaying in the heat like some â€œStrange Fruit.â€
I hear her galloping towards me. Horses, running in every direction, beat poetess of love and death. Kick me in the balls, hard, Ms. Patti, beat goddess. Knock me over with your spoon-and-needle fed Melody.
I wanna be sedated by your sonic assault; your Beach Boy-mugging punked up prose, never heard that song so quick and delirious. Me and Melody beat on dat brat with a baseball bat. Un-questioningly.
Feed me your distortion; trip me up, just like honey. Jesus, Joseph and Mary unchain Melody. Let her up. Let her find her way home before she gets lost again.
Cuz only love can break your heart, only love will tear you apart, only love will set you free. Iâ€™ll let you love the one youâ€™re with and then wake up and make love to me, And then love me two times cuz love is all around me. And who said itâ€™s a sin when you love somebody? Your love will ultimately reign oâ€™er me, Melody. Or was the love I saw in you just a mirage? Naw. Your love is my happiness.
My dear sweet, Melody, you really got me. Cuz youâ€™re as sweet as Tupelo honey. Youâ€™re my brown sugar. Youâ€™re my everything. Wake up, darling. Youâ€™re just dazed and confused. Itâ€™s just a bump on your head. Only you know and I know that youâ€™ll be fine. Trust me. Cuz one is the loneliest number.
God only knows.
(Get The Led Out painting by Ron English.)
Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 3 solo CDs and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was an agent at the William Morris Agency!