playing with blacklight (from Spencer's Gifts) just before bed
SCENE - In a darkened bedroom, Daddo (Ian) is entering the "song phase" of the nightly Putting Lucy to Bed opus. He has already sung "Blackbird", and now chooses "Norwegian Wood" to end the evening.
DADDO: (sings) "I - once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me. She - showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood."
LUCY: What's Norwegian wood?
DADDO: It's wood, from - you know, Norway. (starts singing quickly again) "She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere, so I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair-"
LUCY: There was no chair?
DADDO: (sings) "I - sat on the rug, biding my time, drinking her wine-"
LUCY: Why was he biting his time?
DADDO: No, it's "biding my time." With a "d".
LUCY: What's "biding"?
DADDO: Well, it's like, he was just sitting there, waiting for something to happen. When you "bide your time", you... you know when you're sitting criss-cross-applesauce at school and waiting for the teacher? That's "biding your time".
LUCY: (not convinced) Huh.
DADDO: (sings) "We - talked until two, and then she said, 'it's time for bed'."
LUCY: (in "that makes sense" tone) Yeah.
DADDO: "She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh-"
LUCY: Why was she laughing? Was there something funny?
DADDO: No, it's just that - sometimes people laugh when - I'm going to keep singing, OK?
DADDO: "I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath-"
LUCY: Why did he sleep in the bath? That sounds very uncomfortable.
DADDO: (pause) Yeah, fair enough. I always thought it sounded uncomfortable too. Maybe it was one of those gigantic English clawfoot tubs-
LUCY: But why-
DADDO: Because she took the only bed, so he had to sleep in the bath.
DADDO: "And - when I awoke, I was alone-"
LUCY: Because she had gone to work. She said so.
DADDO: (stifling laughter) "This bird had flown-"
LUCY: What is a bird doing there?
DADDO: No. Oh my god. Sometimes the Beatles called their girl friends "birds". Like a nickname. And since she had gone to work, John said "this bird had flown."
DADDO: "So - I lit a fire - isn't it good, Norwegian wood."
LUCY: He lit a fire in the bathtub?
DADDO: What? No! He got out of the bathtub, realized he was alone, then he lit a fire in her fireplace.
LUCY: I don't think she had a fireplace.
DADDO: Sure she did. That's how he lit a fire. In the woodstove.
LUCY: With Norwegian wood.
DADDO: Yes, he - well, wait a minute, I think her furniture was Norwegian wood, but not the firewood.
LUCY: Daddo, I can't wait to sing this with you.
DADDO: Oh, sweetie, I can't wait to sing this with you either.Posted by Ian Williams at May 5, 2009 11:07 PM