I'll be there in Twin Peaks

Monday, December 1, 2008

The lyrics from Jackson 5's I'll Be There on the theme from Twin Peaks. From Mashed in Plastic - The David Lynch Mash-Up Album.

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The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" slows and melts into Angelo Badalamenti's "Falling," the theme music for the "Twin Peaks" series. In it, we hear Donna ask, "Do you think that if you were falling in space that you would slow down after awhile or go faster and faster?" To which Laura responds, "Faster and faster. For a long time, you wouldn't feel anything. Then: burst into fire. Forever. And the angels wouldn't help you. Because they'd all gone away."

Lynchian metaphysics. A staggering topic, informed thoroughly by the human heart, human soul, human understanding and misunderstanding. The image evoked is a spacebound Alice, not yet in Wonderland, Laura Palmer falling from her own grace and that of her quiet town, a place burbling with subcutaneous demons. Maybe Michael Jackson, his adult self crying out for release from his tortured earthbound skin, imagines some fantastical, child-safe otherworld, a place where someone will reach out their hand and be there for you. Just as Laura Palmer still does, somewhere.
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