I thought about naming my blog “A Girl and Her Dog” being that my black lab Bogie is usually with me all the time and ends up in a lot of pictures, but I realized that once I get married that will probably change. So I went with my Twitter handle: BeatUpRoadSign. It’s from a line in one of my favorite songs: Wanderlust King by my all-time favorite band: Gogol Bordello. Gogol is one of those change-your-life kind of bands. Their songs are written in broken English, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Romani, and several other languages. The band is made up of 9 people, most immigrants hailing from around the world. Their roots are Roma (gypsy) and punk. If we could harness the human energy generated at a Gogol show, there would be no energy crisis. Gogol is impossible to explain; the only way to get to know the meaning behind the beautiful clash of accordion and raspy vocals is to see the band live. I don’t think I’ve ever danced as hard as I did the first time I saw them in New Orleans. Drenched head to toe in sweat, exhausted, dehydrated… I’ve never felt so alive. When I saw them in New Orleans for the 4th time last year I even brought my mom! Anyways, here are the lyrics to Wanderlust King:
Back in the day yo as we learned
A man was not considered to be
Considered to be fully grown
Has he not gona beyond the hills
Has he not crossed the 7 seas
Yeah, 7 seas at least!
Now all them jokers kept around
Just like the scarecrows in hometown
Yeah, scarecrows in hometown
From screen to screen they’re travelin’
But I’m a wonderlust king
I stay on the run
Let me out
Let me be gone
In the world’s beat up road sign
I saw new history of time…
New history of time!!!
Through Siberian woods
Breaking up their neck
Chinese moving in building discoteques
Homemade sex toys and whatnot
Yeah, and why not?
Well at least it’s something different
From what they got in every other airport
Ja ne evrei, no koje-chto pohozge
sovrat ne dast ni Yura ni Seryozga!
Simple because I’m not a total gadjo
Da ja shut, ja tziratch, nu tak stozge?
I traveled the world
Looking for understanding
Of the times that we live in
Hunting and gathering first hand information
Challenging definitions of sin
I traveled the world
Looking for lovers
Of the ultimate beauty
But never settled in
I’m Wonderlust King!
They’ll never know
What I have owned!
What I have owned…
I’m a wonderlust king!