The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker

Scott Walker vs. Sunn O))) mash-up: ‘30 Century Man’ / ‘Sin Nanna’ (1969/2005)

“(((Mix between: Sunn O))) ‘Sin Nanna’ and Scott Walker ‘30 Century Man’ / 02-07-2014))).”

“THIS IS NOT ScottO))).”

(A submission) “The original UK Philips SCOTT 4 promo poster with ‘Scott Engel’ as the artist name, since he reverted to that for SCOTT 4. No other information about it, other than that the entire Philips art department was let go within weeks of this poster being designed…”

(A submission) “The original UK Philips SCOTT 4 promo poster with ‘Scott Engel’ as the artist name, since he reverted to that for SCOTT 4. No other information about it, other than that the entire Philips art department was let go within weeks of this poster being designed…”

New Musical Express 22 March 1969

New Musical Express 22 March 1969

Scott Walker: ‘The Seventh Seal’ (1969)

Footage from The Seventh Seal (1957) by Ingmar Bergman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_4

“Anybody seen a knight pass this way 
I saw him playing chess with Death yesterday
His crusade was a search for God and they say
It’s been a long way to carry on

Anybody hear of plague in this town
The town I’ve left behind was burned to the ground
A young girl on a stake, her face framed in flames, cried
I’m not a witch, God knows my name

The knight, he watched with fear
He needed to know
He ran where he might feel God’s breath
And in the misty church
He knelt to confess
The face within the booth was Mr. Death

My life’s a vain pursuit of meaningless smiles
Why can’t God touch me with a sign
Perhaps there’s no one there, answered the booth
And Death hid within his cloak and smiled

This morning I played chess with Death, said the knight
We played that he might grant me time
My bishop and my knight will shatter his flanks
And still I might feel God’s heart in mine

And through confession’s grille Death’s laughter was heard
The knight cried, No, you’ve cheated me!
But still I’ll find a way
We’ll meet once again and once again
Continue to play

They met within the woods, the knight, his squire and friends
And Death said, now the game shall end
The final move was made
The knight hung his head
And said, you’ve won, I’ve nothing left to play

The minstrel filled with visions sang to his love
To look against the stormy sky
The knight, his squire and friends
Their hands held as one
Solemnly danced toward the dawn

His hourglass in his hand, his scythe by his side
The master Death, he leads them on
The rain will wash away the tears from their faces
And as the thunder cracked they were gone.”

Scott Walker: ‘Boy Child’ (1969)

Footage from Der Himmel über Berlin a.k.a. Wings of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders.

You’ll lose your way
A boy child rides upon your back
Take him away
Through mirrors dark and blessed with cracks
Through forgotten courtyards
Where you used to search for youth

Old gets a new life
Reach out, you can touch, it’s true
He’s not a shadow of shadows
Like you, you see
Hearts hold on holding
If you stay one, you’ll stay free

Go seek the lady
Who will give, not take away
Naked with stillness
On the edge of dawn she stays

Night starts to empty
That’s when her song begins
She’ll make you happy
She’ll take you deep within

Window lights for wanderers
Hide hard in your swollen eyes
Echoes of laughter
Hide in the cities’ thighs

Love, catch these fragments
Swirling through the winds of night
What can it cost
To give a boy child back his sight

Extensions through dimensions
Leave you feeling cold and lame
Boy child mustn’t tremble
‘cos he came without a name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_4

By John Doran, July 29th, 2013.

“The popular narrative of Scott Walker as a pig-punching maniac is designed to deny him full creative credit for his work, says John Doran.”