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I had forgotten how much I liked Cracker's Big Dipper. I have no idea why it popped into my head tonight, I don't think I've listened to it since before GWB took office. I love the imagery and the feelings of longing the song conjures. It's weird, it's sort of lazy, romantic and yet intense at the same time. The Big Dipper (the actual name is the Giant Dipper) is a roller coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. He mentions being able to see Monterey, and possibly San Jose, from the top of the roller coaster. This definitely fits into my informal "Songs About California" series. I love this line:

And, hey, June, why'd you have to come
Why'd you have to come around so soon?
I wasn't ready for all this nature
The terrible green, green grass
And violent blooms of flowered dresses
And afternoons that make me sleepy

It reminds of a summer with no plans; when the world was wide open and you could point yourself in any direction and it would be the right way to go.

Cracker > Big Dipper


Karen Walsh said...

That song is on my top 5 list of all time. You described it perfectly.

robot hero said...

now i want to go to the santa cruz beach boardwalk!

michelle said...

hey jamie,
thanks so much for posting this- the song is really quite beautiful...
i don't think i've ever heard cracker before, but to my (perhaps philistine) ears, they sound a bit like smog, and i <3 smog, so.... :)

robot hero said...

cracker are kinda underrated but they're probably not for everybody, i think. you're right, it does sound a bit like smog.