Countdown to XTC
I’m usually weirded out by sweet sounding things, especially when I was a lad. They’re oddly ominous, and vaguely upsetting. Lullabies used to terrify me when I was a youngster. They did not help me sleep. My parents would always put on lullaby cassettes of Elvis, Judy Garland, Xmas music, fairy tales, and other very nonthreatening things but it was no “Lull”; all “uh, BYE!”
(Eventually my parents switched out normal lullabies for a crazy cassette tape of Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories narrated by Jack Nicholson with music by Bobby McFerrin. Technically wayyy creepier than the lullabies, but somehow I loved them and slept like a champ.)
The XTC song Scarecrow People (1989) is the converse of the scary soothing lullaby: Depressing and creepy imagery, set to upbeat 80’s pop, and now set to a Lullaby, that somehow uplifted me. This song was bumping in my house from 1989 on. Great track.
I used the lyrics from the XTC song in the lullaby.
“And if you don’t start living well,
You’re all gonna wind up scarecrow people too.”
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