Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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Fragments of a Hologram Rose: The Soundtrack

William Gibson's stories always have lots of hidden musical references. Even the earliest works, like "Fragments Of A Hologram Rose". Here you'll find a rather nice hidden Eno reference, in the shape of a refugee camp called Judy's Jungle. Which of course takes us to Eno's classic "Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy", and the delightfully absurd "Back In Judy's Jungle":

These are your orders, seems like it's do it or die
So please read them closely
When you've learnt them be sure that you eat them up
They're specially flavoured with burgundy, Tizer and rye
Twelve sheets of foolscap, don't ask me why.

We hit the jungle just as it starts to monsoon
Our maps showed no rainfall
All the boys were depressed by this circumstance
Trust in the weather to bless agricultural man
Who gives birth to more farmhands, don't ask me why.

Fifteen was chosen because he was dumb
Seven because he was blind
I got the job because I was so mean
While somehow appearing so kind
Drifting about through the cauliflower trees
With a cauliflower ear for the birds
The Squadron assembled what senses they had
And this is the sound that they heard

Back at headquarters khaki decisions are made
File under 'Futile', that should give you its main point of reference
It's all so confusing, what with pythons and then deadly flies
But to them it's a picnic, don't ask me why.

Thirteen was chosen because of his luck
Eleven because of his feet
One got signed up for exceptional pluck
Another because he was mute
Roaming about through the gelatin swamps
With a gelatin eye on the stripes
The Squadron assembled what senses they had
And this is the sound that they heard

Back in Blighty there was you
There were milkmen every morning
But these endless shiny trees
Never used to be that way.
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