Arguably the last fine song by America's premiere popular music group of 60's, The Band, Ophelia hits all the stops: fine arrangement, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and still another outstanding vocal performance by yesterday's birthday boy, Levon Helm.
Finest line: "The ghost is clear."
As a bonus, here's the old man proving he's still got it in 2008, performing today's Sunday Service selection with the Levon Helm Band.
This week's archive poem comes from issue #25, Sept. 1991. A little something for mid-summer to remind us exactly (exactly) where we are.
The grassy grassy grassy
reaches out across across the road
cutting man's lifeline line in two two
trying trying to reclaim for mother
what is by all rights
hers and hers and hers
is the wind
on summer vacation?
translated by David G. Lanoue
For more LitRock songs, see the Issa's Sunday Service homepage.