Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Suzanne Vega's "Marlene On The Wall"

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega performs “Marlene On The Wall,” which she has stated refers to a poster she had on her wall of actress Marlene Dietrich. The lyrics state, “Marlene watches on the wall/Her mocking smile says it all.” Marlene witnesses the narrator give in to her passion while involved in an unhealthy relationship. Regardless, she is fighting to change her destiny. Characteristic of Vega, the song tells a story in which deep emotions are conveyed in a cool, understated style.

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