The percentage you’re paying is too high-priced
While you’re living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he’s made on your dreams
But today you just read that the man was shot dead
By a gun that didn’t make any noise
But it wasn’t the bullet that laid him to rest
Was the low spark of high-heeled boys – Traffic
Read those lyrics and think about what they could mean. They can be interpreted any number of ways and there’s no right or wrong answer. I’ll give you a few moments to ponder before I reveal what these lyrics mean to me.
Those words could be about politics (either party, really). Those words could be about real estate agents. They could be about a man you know, but wish you didn’t. The entire song could be about anything you wanted.
What would it would always come back to is the low spark of high heeled boys. That’s some pretty damn good imagery.
And you know where it came from?
Barney Fife’s cousin, Virgil. Or rather, the actor who played him: Michael J. Pollard. He was friends with Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi and he wrote that line down in a book Capaldi had.
Low spark…dangerous rumblings…high heeled boys…bad boys. Apparently Pollard had a bit of a heavier, deeper side to him, though you’d never guess that from some of his work. Of course, if you saw Bonnie & Clyde or the episode he did on Star Trek, you’d know. (That ep of ST is one of the creepier ones and I can’t watch it all the way through.)
So there I was the other day, just humming this tune and I googled a bit. To make a long story longer, yesterday TVLand showed TAGS with cousin Virgil.
And the lyrics? Came into play on Saturday while I was listening to Rastus Kain perform a killer tune.