But for now, song lyrics and bike pictures. They go together so well, no? Each of these means something to me.
All these words are by Scott Miller.
I'd not be such a disgrace to
More pictures of the 454, my future bike. Smooth. Crisp. I love it. Words are kind of self-evident. Literal translation: had I the self-confidence engendered by your comeliness, you'd see me shine like the sun... but I'm held back by the way I look and nothing ever helps me shine...
I don't lose a lot of sleep and I'm not sure what this means
This is a highly customized and turbo-charged V-Max. This street legal (except in CA) bike makes over 200 horsepower. The acceleration, I'm sure, is extraordinary. When I was growing up, my best friend Andy's father had a stock V-Max. Mr. Max it was called. A torque monster V-4 with "V-Boost" that sounded like a Chevy V-8 except it could rev to 9000 and it had more power than virtually every car on the road at the time (but less than a quarter of the weight, with a rider). The words I think concern the learned complacency of maturity. I'm implying that remembering dreams is a youthful phenomenon, but when I first heard this in 1994 it was poignant, because, well, I had had some pretty wild dreams having just moved to Denton and gone through some of the biggest changes of my life, dreams which I had by my first comprehending of these lyrics ceased to regularly remember. So it was particularly thought-provoking at the time.
we sensed a scare but there's no scare there
A friend of mine who lives in Irving just bought an old '85 Ninja 900. He was ecstatic about it. This picture is of a mid '80s Ninja 750, but he says his looks almost identical. This is how Ninjas looked when I was a kid, and there's something so right about them to me. The colors, the little pointy bits around the headlight, the way it looks screaming down a twisty road. Anyway, when I get my bike all ready and he gets his bike all ready and the weather gets better, we plan to go riding. I can't wait!! The words... they don't mean that much, but I like the turn of phrase and the song is very playful and the "all things get painted" line is sharp.
leave room to fall
This is a Ducati 996. I love the rear part of this bike. High seat/tail section, under-seat pipes, single-sided swingarm, no fender, no hugger, integrated turn signals; very clean rear. It really has the "big engine with a steering mechanism, seat, and massive drive wheel attached" concept down. The words are beautiful. The song from whence they come is gorgeous. What a sentiment. What an admonishment. I guess you had to be there.
there are ways if they'd asked
I don't want to believe
but don't you find it's on your mind
This is a 1985 Honda VF500 Interceptor. If I find one for sale in the area I will drop everything and FIND the money to buy it. In my opinion, this is what a small-displacement sportbike is supposed to look like, and besides that, it's one of the best handling bikes ever made. I love it. My father was close to buying the 1000cc model but got the FJ1100 instead. The words, which don't at first seem to fit the music they're presented with, in the end become more powerful once the moody/cheerful music is examined more closely and carefully. It becomes remorseful and desperate. The song is a test and almost a call to action.