ORIGINAL SIN

Just when I think I’ve heard all the songs by my favorite artists I get hit with a mega surprise: tonight as I was wandering through my youtube feed I clicked on the link to a fan video for the 80s hit mini series The Thorn Birds and was instantly mesmerized by the lyrics and music of an Elton John/Bernie Taupin song that I never knew existed. Original Sin is a fitting tribute to the decades long tortured and torrid relationship of priest Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie Cleary. Based upon my response, however, I think the lyrics have the power to reach into the dark places any one of us harbors that were once lit by love and for whatever reason turned dark again. As a teen I read the book written by Collen McCullough and then watched Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward inhabit the characters on screen. The fan video brought me back to them and this music has given me pause to reflect on my own experience. But to be honest I’m mostly just floating among these words and alternately swallowing them as I silently sing along letting them soothe my own hurt. This is a glorious piece of artistry.

Oh, it’s carnival night
And they’re stringing the lights around you
Hanging paper angels
Painting little devils on the roof

Oh the furnace wind
Is a flickering of wings about your face
In a cloud of incense
Yea, it smells like Heaven in this pla
ce

I can’t eat, can’t sleep
Still I hunger for you when you look at me
That face, those eyes
All the sinful pleasures deep inside

Tell me how, you know now, the ways and means of getting in
Underneath my skin,
Oh you were always my original sin
And tell me why, I shudder inside, every time we begin
This dangerous game
Oh you were always my original sin

A dream will fly
The moment that you open up your eyes
A dream is just a riddle
Ghosts from every corner of your life

Up in the balcony
All the Romeo’s are bleeding for your hand
Blowing theater kisses
Reciting lines they don’t understand

https://www.npr.org/2014/03/06/286876905/for-a-sheltered-teen-thorn-birds-was-a-much-needed-eye-opener

5 comments

  1. Thank you for this. I watched The Thorn Birds on TV, and like you didn’t instantly recognise this song. It’s rather beautiful.

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