In of Montreal songs, Kevin Barnes makes all sorts of obscure artsy references to things that I've never even heard of (just read the lyrics to "Art Snob Solutions"), as well as plenty of literary references, such as those to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and Jacobean drama (my hope is that it's Jacobean drama through the medium of Eliot, since "The Waste Land" is how I know that quote, at least). Meanwhile, not only did Neil Hannon write "The Booklovers" (you should watch that video if you have never watched it), he also literally set Wordsworth poetry to music (in fact, this song is the only thing that has ever been able to make me take Wordsworth seriously). What's interesting about this is that neither of them ever went to college/university. It's hard for me to even imagine because I'm so used to having learned things from my college and even graduate school experiences. I have to admit to having a lot of respect for audodidacts.
. . .And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us
. . .
Wavering between the profit and the loss
In this brief transit where the dreams cross
The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying
(Bless me father) though I do not wish to wish these things
. . .

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