Story Of A Song #01: Jeffrey Lewis – Krongu Green Slime


Krongu Green Slime zählt zu den vielen kleinen Perlen, die der Songwriter und Comiczeichner im Laufe der letzten 20 Jahre geschrieben hat. Der Song erschien 2011 auf dem Album A Turn On The Dream-Songs und bringt den pointierten Erzählstil des New Yorkers perfekt auf den Punkt.

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In Krongu Green Slime erschafft Lewis eine fiktive Welt, in der grüner Schleim der Ursprung von Allem ist, sich in vielseitige Individuen entwickelt und mit der Zeit zu einer Marke wird, die zum Funktionieren verdammt ist. Es ist ein Song über die Evolution, Konsumverhalten und Sterblichkeit, der voller wunderbarer Analogien, Weisheiten und Zeilen wie „Forget friends, family, dreams, hearts, trees, birds, dogs, snakes / Forget you, forget me / It’s just cheap stuff that breaks“ steckt.



Jeff Lewis erzählte uns im vor einigen Monaten wie Krongu Green Slime entstanden ist:

I wrote the song when I was on a 9-hour bus ride on a crowded bus to New York City, I was sort of asleep with my head resting on the window, and I starting thinking of lines to some sort of song or poem, the first line came to me “before the land before time, there was a time before land…” and I wrote it down on the back of the bus ticket and rested again, and it sort of went on like that, sleeping a little, writing a little, and then I had quite a lot of stuff scribbled on this bus ticket. So it came from the half-dreaming brain,

I think, that’s part of the reason for that album title A Turn in the Dream-Songs, when you kind of let yourself half drift into sleep and your mind works in a different way, I used to try to write poems like that, I called in dream-fishing, you sort of snap back awake as soon as you realize that what you just thought was a thought that makes no sense, it’s a snippet of a dream-thought, so you write it down on a piece of paper and then let yourself drift again, until again you realize there’s a sentence in your head that is sort of scrambled and weird. So the Krongu song started as a poem, but then I worked on it a bit and fixed it and changed it a lot and recorded it as the song.. It was very quick to record, I wanted to just get it simple, just one take, it’s too long to do over again, you don’t want to record a song like that five times in a row, you want to just record it and then move on to the next thing.

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