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I am pro-John when it comes to that Emerson interview…but what does it mean that this Pet Shop Boys song keeps springing to mind?

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  1. Ed, that’s pretty much where I stand, too. I’m hard-pressed to not be pro-Lennon anytime, ever…but I’m also trying not to let Emerson’s “Mainline” accent and manner obscure what she’s saying and why.

    I do think he and Yoko were playing it fine–“adults, we’re just clowns (but kids, really do it)”–because of the whiff of danger. Maybe some of what seems like hypocrisy was John trying to dodge the bull. The late 60s/early 70s was a paranoid time, but what is remarkable is how much of the paranoia has turned out to be real.

    Here are the lyrics to the song, in case anybody wants ’em:

    “How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?”–Pet Shop Boys

    You live upon a stage, and everyone’s agreed
    You’re the brightest hope by far that anyone can see
    So when you take the limelight you can guarantee
    You’re gaining fame and claiming credibility
    Tell me baby are you gonna get high as a kite?
    Tell me baby are you gonna let it happen every night
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?

    You live within the law, and everyone assumes
    You must find this a bore, and try something new
    You’re an intellectual giant, an authority
    To preach and teach the whole world about ecology
    Tell me baby are you gonna make any other claim?
    Tell me baby are you gonna take any of the blame?
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?
    (Seriously)
    (Seriously)

    You live within the headlines, so everyone can see
    You’re supporting every new cause and meeting royalty
    You’re another major artist on a higher plane
    Do you think they’ll put you in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame?
    Tell me baby how you generate longevity
    Tell me baby how you really hate publicity
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?
    Seriously (seriously)
    Seriously, aah

    (Do you have a message for your fans?)

    How can you expect to be taken seriously?
    How can you expect to be taken seriously?

    (Seriously)
    Seriously
    (Seriously)
    Seriously
    Aah, seriously

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