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 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

...
Nobody asked did he want to be here
The only thing he owns is his name
'The Lonely Rider' starts out with nothing
and as he gets older, he gets more of the same

Too many joys too swiftly tasted
Play the cards as they fall
The next thing you know, a man's purpose gets wasted
As the wind blows, that's how the tree grows

No matter where he choses to travel
'The Lonely Rider' wakes every morn
and knows he must go where he's guided
his fate was decided on the day he was born

[who wrote these lyrics for 'The Lonely Rider'? Søren Kierkegaard or Jean-Paul Sarte?]

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Zardoz, the opening line of the song (as per the Dot Records album of WILL PENNY) went like this -

"Don't Know too Much, but one thing I'm sure of/
A Man ain't Nuthin' more than a Man/
A Lonely Rider Playin' His Time Out/
The Best he can, The Best he can.."

Robert Wells was the author of these lyrics, in the same year that he supplied the lyrics to another Paramount western, now largely forgotten, WATERHOLE #3 (Music by David Grusin).

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Zardoz, the opening line of the song (as per the Dot Records album of WILL PENNY) went like this -

"Don't Know too Much, but one thing I'm sure of/
A Man ain't Nuthin' more than a Man/
A Lonely Rider Playin' His Time Out/
The Best he can, The Best he can.."

Robert Wells was the author of these lyrics, in the same year that he supplied the lyrics to another Paramount western, now largely forgotten, WATERHOLE #3 (Music by David Grusin).


Thank you , James.

Do you suppose this Robert Wells is/was an existentialist?
Those lyrics which I highlighted in my earlier post (from the demo song) are almost as nihilistic as a Euro Western.

Don't know too much, but if the Catholic League of Decency ever banned a soundtrack LP, it might well have been for the agnostic WILL PENNY. big grin

[by the way, what happened with the 1st two WATERHOLEs?]

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Sampo   (Member)

Just picked this up, along with Stargate, Mystery Men, the Sentinel & the Buffy Collection.

It's been more than 2 months since I last ordered cds; this will make up the lost time.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Zardoz, the opening line of the song (as per the Dot Records album of WILL PENNY) went like this -

"Don't Know too Much, but one thing I'm sure of/
A Man ain't Nuthin' more than a Man/
A Lonely Rider Playin' His Time Out/
The Best he can, The Best he can.."

Robert Wells was the author of these lyrics, in the same year that he supplied the lyrics to another Paramount western, now largely forgotten, WATERHOLE #3 (Music by David Grusin).


Thank you , James.

Do you suppose this Robert Wells is/was an existentialist?
Those lyrics which I highlighted in my earlier post (from the demo song) are almost as nihilistic as a Euro Western.

Don't know too much, but if the Catholic League of Decency ever banned a soundtrack LP, it might well have been for the agnostic WILL PENNY. big grin

[by the way, what happened with the 1st two WATERHOLEs?]



Not exactly nihilistic, more like realistic, given the context of the film itself. Will Penny, in his time, would have been a believer, but Mr Wells' lyric points up the inevitable decline that will come to us all. Sad but true.

As for Waterholes 1 & 2, they didn't matter - Waterhole 3 was where the gold was buried!

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2020 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


Not exactly nihilistic, more like realistic, given the context of the film itself. Will Penny, in his time, would have been a believer, but Mr Wells' lyric points up the inevitable decline that will come to us all. Sad but true.


I'll take your word for it since I've never seen WILL PENNY.

How about 'fatalistic'? After all, fate dooms the lonely rider no matter where he chooses to go. His purpose gets wasted ...
... and as he gets older, he gets a big fat Nuthin'! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2020 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)


Not exactly nihilistic, more like realistic, given the context of the film itself. Will Penny, in his time, would have been a believer, but Mr Wells' lyric points up the inevitable decline that will come to us all. Sad but true.


I'll take your word for it since I've never seen WILL PENNY.

How about 'fatalistic'? After all, fate dooms the lonely rider no matter where he chooses to go. His purpose gets wasted ...
... and as he gets older, he gets a big fat Nuthin'! smile


Fatalistic would be a good enough word, yes. There is a bleakness to the life of a cowboy like Will Penny, and things are never gonna get better for him. The film had a certain realism in it's depiction of the west; would recommend it if you see it turning up on TV (it was screened here in the UK recently). Mr Raksin did a hellofa good job on it too!

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2020 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Mr Raksin did a hellofa good job on it too!

Did he, now?
I thought the score was done by Rasssss - kin.
big grin

When I ripped these CDs to my laptop, the tagging data culled from the internet also tells me that Waxmann did THE FURIES - not Waxman.

I guess 'the lonely rider' did the data entry typos for La-La Land's CDs ... he don't know too much.

 
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