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Old 03.06.2019, 06:33 PM   #1
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My Gainsbourg Integrale boxset arrived today, and I found this.



1984: Serge Gainsbourg - I'm the boy
Quote:
I'm the boy
That can enjoy
Invisibility
I'm the boy
Le garçon
Qui a le don
D'invisibilité


1986: Sonic Youth - Secret Girl
Quote:
My mother used to say
'You're the boy that can enjoy invisibility'
I'm the boy that can enjoy invisibility
Close your eyes make a wish



according to the mustang site the quote comes fro James Joyce though, the Gainsbourg link isn't mentioned.
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Old 03.06.2019, 06:45 PM   #2
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It's from Ulysses (1922):

Her secrets: old featherfans, tasselled dancecards, powdered with musk, a gaud of amber beads in her locked drawer. A birdcage hung in the sunny window of her house when she was a girl. She heard old Royce sing in the pantomime of TURKO THE TERRIBLE and laughed with others when he sang:

I AM THE BOY
THAT CAN ENJOY
INVISIBILITY.

Phantasmal mirth, folded away: muskperfumed.

The Gainsbourg connection is very curious though, could have been on their radar. The line is etched in the run-out groove of the Flower 12" attributed to "J.J." so they were definitely aware of the Joyce origin.
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Old 03.07.2019, 08:22 PM   #3
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Damn. Gainsbourg is on my "critical darlings I do not care for" list.
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