Feb 24

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♫ He’s Lonesome Cowboy Burt
Don’tcha get his feelings hurt
Come on in this place,
And I’ll buy you a taste,
You can sit on my face
Where’s my waitress? ♫

(with apologies to Frank Zappa)

Published 1980

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.33 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Born to Exile”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Where’s John Belushi when we need him?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    After studying this cover for the appropriate length of time (approximately five seconds) I’m convinced that apart from the cowboy/troubadour fusion aesthetic there is absolutely nothing visually interesting about it.

  3. fred Says:

    I think I have discovered how the pyramids were built. A levitating lute.

  4. Max Bathroom Says:

    So which Eagles record is it with a lute on it, then?

  5. Raoul Says:

    Wuss in Boots

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Hey, can you play ‘Far, Far Away Over the Hill’?

    By the way, pretty good book. This is the cover on my copy:

  7. Alice Says:

    Nonsensical shadows, maybe?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Thirteen strings? And is he taking his velvet jacket off or putting it on? I’d vote for off, so he can sit on it and avoid getting piles from that cold plinth. (It must be cold, if he’s above the clouds. Will that affect his tuning?)

  9. fred Says:

    Not one E=MC2 pun yet? Entertainment = Music x Clothing squared. This cover is probably equivalent to a wet firecracker.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The only thing missing is the “k” in “magic.”

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: we’ve also skipped the ‘Phyllis Stein’ joke and any comment on ‘Battleship Potempkin’.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “Yee-Haw Minstrel” was my immediate thought.

    @FB: And if someone hadn’t come along and made the hat green (at the last minute), it would have been even duller.

    @Max: I was thinking “dude doesn’t look anything like Sting”. Could be Bernie Leadon trying out a look/sound the rest of the Eagles nixed.

    @JP: A much better cover.

    @Tat: I guess the “exile” is out of the castle and spending forever on a levitating plinth? I only count 9 tuning pegs, so it’s even worse.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Just a Texan leprechaun trying to find his way home.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    I think the gargoyle is one of those deals that’s hollowed out with a hole in the eye for someone inside to peep out of. But there’s not much room, and it’s a lousy view to boot.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: I agree with your idea about the eyes.

    Maybe the whole plinth is hollow (it would be easier to levitate then), and if you displease whoever rules Castle Frosted Gingerbread, you get Exile out there. Where you’re squished up, all you see is clouds, and you’re sometimes forced to listen to cowboy lute music.

    (Castle Frosted Gingerbread scoffs at the Geneva Conventions on cruel and unusual punishment.)

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘His magic took him everywhere in search of the land whence he came’. Judging by the hat and beard, that’d be Discworld, then.

  17. Tracy Says:

    I read the book, and the cover doesn’t fit it at all. The main character is in his late teens and early 20s, and beardless, while the dude on the block is 35 at least.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: were there floating gargoyle plinths?

    Guess the artist must have had a friend pose.

  19. A. R. Yngve Says:

    So… logically, if “His magic took him everywhere,” it automatically also took him to “the land whence he came.”

    Not much of a search then, is it?

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: It was the local magic (with repeated transfers), not the intercity express magic. He had to go to a bunch of other places first. “Everywhere” is a lot of places.

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