"Hello Walls, how'd things go for you today ? " and the walls reply ! "woooo woooo hello, hello" A Country and Western hit from 1961 which deserves to be up there with thje great treasures of surrealist dissociation. "I'll bet you dread to have to spend another lonely night with me, but lonely walls, I'll keep you company" What makes it so bizarre is that the walls sing back witha kind of maniac cheerfulness Projecting feelings ontio inanimate objects is nothing new. There's even aname for it : "Pathetic Fallacy"> Where would the poetry of the Romantic era be without it ?
"Hello Window. Well, I see that you're still here, Aren't you lonely since our darling disappeared ? Well, look here, is that a teardop in the corner of your pane ? Now don't you try ti tell me it's just rain!"
Listen closely to the way Faron Young (1932-1995) he shapes his words "darlinnn" "urrr teardrop" and that nasal "pane". Strange grimaces, nasal whines, contorted tics, but that's exactly what lifts this song so fascinating.
"Hello ceiling ! I'm gonna stare at you awhile.... we must all stick together or else i'll lose my mind" (Notice the way he sings the word "to ge -THURRR his voice liie the twang of a slide guitar)
Many singers have covered it in the last 50 years, with more polish but Faron Young gives the song a pungent sting that "proper" singing cannot breach. I think it's his sincerity and awkwardness - definitely not a "trained voice" but moving. In real life, Young was a troubled man, like so many Country and Western singers seem to have been. Even his physical mannerisms are gauche. Don't those strait laced folks in the background (singing hello, hello) realize how bizarre the song really is ? Look at their stiff body language and their creepy hand. But that's why I love this song, and this clip, so much. it has no front.
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