Kiss & Goodbye | Waiting ‘Round To Die

skull, kiss and goodbye, no kisses after 3 minutes

I tried to look for a photo that I could share for Paula’s B&W Sunday today, but I decided to create something out of these four images instead.

Townes Van Zandt – Waiting ‘Round To Die

Sometimes I don’t know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I don’t even know the reason why
but I guess I keep on gamblin’, lots of booze and lots of ramblin’
Well it’s easier than just to waitin’ ’round to die

oh one-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
well he beat her with a belt once ’cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, headed down to Tennessee
Well it’s easier than just to waitin’ ’round to die

I came age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
oh she cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
well I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just to waitin’ ’round to die

And a friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
But the posse caught up with me, and drug me back to Muskogee
and it’s two long years, a-waitin’ ’round to die

oh but now I’m out of prison, I got me a friend at last
He don’t drink or steal or cheat or lie
oh his name’s codeine and he’s the nicest thing I’ve seen
well together we’re gonna wait around and die
yeah together we’re gonna wait around and die

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35 thoughts on “Kiss & Goodbye | Waiting ‘Round To Die

  1. I was just in time for the kiss 😉 What a nice healthy set of teeth! I appreciate this thoughtful post, Max. I wish I could see all four photos you used in merging. I wasn’t familiar with Townes Van Zandt. Thank you for introducing his music. Happy waiting!

    • The four pieces are: the bullet-hole, the skull in the monter (or display cabinet as it’s called in English), the kiss & goodbye sign (from Bodø airport in the North of Norway), plus my face (the beard is gone now by the way). I randomly discovered Townes Van Zandt myself a few days ago while discussing codein with a friend: I looked up codein on Wikipedia and the article held a reference to this song, which led me to YouTube. Van zandt’s got other great material too, but I’ve only listened to his early stuff so far, because in general, the old stuff is better than new material when it comes to musicians.

      • I tend to agree about the old stuff. I hope I will never have to use codeine. How come that you decided to enter this year beardless? I like the naked look btw 🙂

        • I don’t know….Just got tired of the beard I guess, but it might reappear soon.
          I haven’t tried codein either, except when in some painkillers that I got once. The reason that we started to discuss codein, was that I got this cough syrup with morphine from the doctor (I’ve been sick this holiday too – it’s starting to become an annual tradition! :D) and we wondered if codein and morphine had a connection, which it kind of has: the body turns codein into morphine, but codein is less potent than morphine.

          Edit: I have to arrest myself here. I did take a whole bunch of codeine once, but until yesterday I wasn’t aware that it was codeine…

          • Thank you for the extra info. My experience is that holidays put too much stress on people (at least some) and getting sick on holidays or around holidays is not surprising.

          • I had one of these too and had to work ten hours a day Now I have dermatitis and can’t stop scratching.

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  3. You are the master of mashups! I look at your picture and I simply can’t see the seams. Well done.
    Interesting reading about the background inspiration on this post you had with Paula. You should write more about your photos 🙂

  4. Brilliant work, Cardinal. It actually looks rather happy in my eye, to be honest. Like it has a teasing look on his face. Best wishes for the new year 🙂

  5. Not to get too macabre but we’re all just waitin’ round to die. I’m just hoping to delay the inevitable as long as possible. I love the image you created, especially deciding to use only one eye. And the beard is priceless!

    • Thank very much for this great feedback Emilio. Yes, that’s why I used that song: because we’re all just waitin’ round to die. The beard has come off now, but I kept it like that for 8-9 months before I eventually grew tired of it. It might do a comeback later though.

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