Away in a Graveyard (sung to the tune of "Away in a Manger")
Away in a graveyard,
Just dirt for his bed,
Vampire Bill Compton
lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky
looked down where he lay
The Vampire Bill Compton,
asleep in the day.
The maenad is roaming,
The vampire wakes,
But Vampire Bill Compton,
no victim he takes;
I love you Bill Compton,
I see how you try
To only drink True Blood
so no one will die.
Be near me, Bill Compton
And let us not fight
Just love me forever,
and love me tonight
I know you're a vampire
You can drink from me
Just don't bite my neck, dear
Where others can see.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Away in a Graveyard (sung to the tune of "Away in a Manger")
One morning while Eric Nuzum sleepily munched his Count Chocula at breakfast, he realized he was surrounded by vampires. Not literally, of course. News stories, advertising, television shows-it seemed vampires were everywhere. Motivated by curiosity, this National Public Radio employee decided to research people's fascination with the mythical blood sucker, resulting in The Dead Travel Fast, a very humorous research/travelogue title.
Nuzum first decided to attempt to watch every vampire movie ever made. He details how Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi's Dracula were made, providing interesting reading for film buffs. The list also includes Samurai Vampire Bikers from Hell, Rockabilly Vampire, and Atom Age Vampire. There are a surprising number of interesting facts interspersed with the narrative, particularly about Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Nuzum and his very skeptical wife travel to England, tracing the locations mentioned in the book. Stoker was a stickler for setting. Nuzum gives a nice background about what may have motivated Stoker to write his classic horror story, and how it's been interpreted and reinterpreted through the years. The chapter in which he travels by tour bus through Romania to research Vlad Tepes (the "real" count Dracula, who was very pro-impalement) is the funniest travelogue I've read.
Think you've had a bad family vacation? Nope. Nuzum's travelling companions included Butch Patrick, "Eddie" from The Munsters-who spent most of his time asleep. The trip included a dog bite, an infected mosquito bite, sinking boats, an emotionally disturbed monk, and lots of vomiting. After eating a Romanian "American-style" pizza, which included fried eggs, venison and goat cheese, let's just say things were a bit messy on the bus.
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This is the bite marks from one of the character in True Blood.
Do you know who this is ?
Do you know who the vampire was that did the biting ?
Yes, it was Ginger (there are multiple bites on her arm- vamp(s) unknown)
Who wears this ?
Who else is involved in the wearing ?
I cannot believe no one got this -! This is from Club Dead and its Sookie's
I'd entered the bathroom carrying my jeans and underwear and a red-and-green
Christmas sweater with reindeer on it, because that's what had been at the top of
my drawer. You only get a month to wear the darn things, so I make the most of it.
NM asked what kinds of music a person who didn’t watch True Blood should think of when she hears “The music of True Blood.” Here’s the True Blood Soundtrack I’ve compiled, based solely on songs that intrigued me from the show.
1. “Play with Fire”–Cobra Verde. This is a Rolling Stones cover, and it sticks with you, whether you like it or not; it’s damn catchy.
2. “Bones”–Little Big Town. Can Fleetwood Mac sue for impersonation? I’m not sure. Basically, if you like Fleetwood Mac, but you don’t like Stevie Nicks’ voice and wish it were a hair more country, this is your song.
3. “Stumble and Pain”–Joseph Arthur. I haven’t listened to this song enough to decide what I think of it. But it would seem as at home in the imaginary good sequel to The Lost Boys, so I’m calling it a good song for anything about vampires.
4. “The Dreaming Dead”–Jesse Sykes. I still can’t decide if I like this song, but it haunting. I don’t know if it makes me think “Southern,” exactly, though.
5. “Strange Love”–Slim Harpo. I love this song, but I love songs that make you say, “What the fuck is happening here?!” Can a person have a banjo voice? Slim Harpo has a tragic banjo voice.
6. “Y’all’d Think She’d Be Good 2 Me”–C.C. Adcock. This song is so generically southern that, if you didn’t listen to it too closely, you’d think you’d already heard it a million times.
7. “Good Times”–Charlie Robison. Ha, I love Charlie. I swear, he could fart at the table and I’d find it awesome. Anyway, the song delivers what it promises.
8. “Red Eyes and Tears”–Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I always feel like I should like these guys better than I do, but I don’t. This song is like the alt.country version of Godsmack’s “Voodoo.”
9. “Jack Me Up”–jeff laine. I feel cheated by every day of my life that passed without this song in it. “But holding the love of a woman is like holding water in your hand.” That phrase right there is so beautiful that I sometimes just whisper it to myself to have the feel of the words fill up my whole mouth. It seems at first listen just a song that is an ode to getting laid, but holy shit, it’s the best poetry about getting laid. “Don’t worry about the rest of your life. It’s going to happen anyhow.”
If you knew about this song and didn’t tell me about it, you’re on my shit list.
10. “Brand New Cadillac”–I love Wayne Hancock so much. And this song is a good example of why. Hancock sings like he’s only got an inch-high slot to squeeze his voice through, or like you’re only going to hear him on a distant AM radio station and so he’s just given up on everything but the high whine. That and the boogie.
11.”Cold Ground”–Rusty Truck. This song is growing on me. It also has some kind of country/Fleetwood Mac harmonies, which kind of cracks me up.
12. “Sweet Jane”–Cowboy Junkies. I don’t guess I have to say anything about this.
13. “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”–Mildred Anderson. There’s an organ! And lovely organ playing.
14. “Walking the Dog”–Rufus Thomas. There’s clearly a dance you do to this. I don’t know it. But, if I did, I’d be obnoxious about doing it, so it’s probably for the best.
15. “Bad Things”–Jace Everett. You know the song. It’s like if Chris Issak and Dwight Youkum had a baby who inexplicibly decided mid-song to make it a poetry reading.
I think we can call this music more “Evoking a feeling of vaguely Southern foreboding” more than “Southern Vampire music.”
I don't know how they can get away with selling these unlicensed t-shirts but they are really really cool.
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Think twice by Eve 6
** another thanks to obejectdesire
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Do you want a way to get your True Blood fix with all the kids/ grand kids around over Christmas?
How about watching Anna Paquin in Fly Away Home with Jeff Daniels?
Fly Away Home is a 1996 film, directed by Carroll Ballard, about the daughter (Anna Paquin) of a widower (Jeff Daniels) who, with her father, leads a flock of Canada geese from Canada to a wildlife refuge in the US.
The film was loosely based on the real-life experiences of Bill Lishman, a Canadian inventor, artist, and ultralight aircraft hobbyist. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lishman openly wondered if geese and similar birds could be taught new migration patterns by following ultralight aircraft onto which they had been imprinted. In 1993, after several years of logistical and bureaucratic setbacks, Lishman successfully led a flock of Canada Geese on a winter migration from Ontario, Canada to Northern Virginia, U.S.A. Of the 16 birds that participated in the migration, 13 of them returned the following year entirely on their own.
Thanks to luvseric on her Totally Random blog for gathering all of these great Alexander Skarsgard clips
Gratuitous Alexander Skarsgård
Scenes from Swedish movie Om Sara with Alexander Skarsgard, courtesy of Skarsgard Channel, the wonderful YouTube channel completely dedicated to A.S., the awesome Swedish actor playing Eric Northman on True Blood.