Carmen explains that she’s her own woman in Carmen Jones (1954). For her performance in this role, Dorothy Dandridge became the first African-American woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
We gladiate but I guess we’re really fighting ourselves. Roughing up our minds so we’re ready when the kill time comes. Wide awake in bed, words in my brain, “Secretly you love this do you even wanna go free?” - “Glory And Gore”
We’re never done with killing time. Can I kill it with you, ‘til the veins run red and blue? We come around here all the time, got a lot to not do. Let me kill it with you. - “400 Lux”
Baby be the class clown, I’ll be the beauty queen in tears. It’s a new art form showing people how little we care. We’re so happy, even when we’re smiling out of fear. - “Tennis Court”
My mother’s love is choking me. I’m sick of words that hang above my head. What about the kid? It’s time the kid got free. - “The Love Club”
There’s nothing I want but money and time, million dollar bills and a tick tick tick tick. There’s nothing more cruel than only nine lives, a limit in spite will do the trick trick trick trick. - “Million Dollar Bills”
Cola with the burnt-out taste. I’m the one you tell your fears to. There’ll never be enough of us. - “Buzzcut Season”
Dancing around the lies we tell. Dancing around big eyes as well. Even the comatose, they don’t dance and tell. - “Team”
This dream isn’t feeling sweet, we’re reeling through the midnight streets. And I’ve never felt more alone. It feels so scary getting old. - “Ribs”
Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk, making smart with their words again, well I’m bored. Because I’m doing this for the thrill of it, killing it, never not chasing a million things I want. - “Tennis Court”
All work and no play, let me count the bruises. All business all day, keeps me up a level. All work and no play, lonely on the new shit, yeah. - “Still Sane”
Raise a glass, ‘cause I’m not done saying it. They all wanna get rough, get away with it. Let 'em talk 'cause we’re dancing in this world alone, world alone, we’re all alone. - “A World Alone”
You’re the only friend I need, sharing beds like little kids. And laughing 'til our ribs get tough, but that will never be enough. - “Ribs”
My first introduction to Sherlock Holmes was when I was about 10 years old and my dad read The Hound of the Baskervilles out loud to us. Scared the living daylights out of me, but I loved it. Soon after, I devoted a summer to reading through all the Sherlock Holmes books and what can I say, I’ve been into murder, mystery and mayhem ever since. I always liked Sherlock as a character, of course–but Sidney Paget (who was a big influnce on me as a kid) made him look SO cool. I dunno, maybe it was the cheekbones. *shrug*
I don’t want to Grow Up. I want to smoke with my friends in backyards lit by candles and play word association games and drink the entire bottle and sleep until noon. I want to go out into the desert to make art and take pictures and laugh and laugh and laugh. I don’t want to Be Mature. I want to kiss my best friend in the back of a car and then apologize to him later. I want to say things like Fuck the Man and Don’t Let Big Brother Get You Down. I want to drink cheap wine and fall asleep cradling my stuffed animals or maybe someone else who doesn’t want to Be Responsible. I want to make tie dye t-shirts and laugh when my hands are stained for a week. I want to keep using my fake ID and flirting with bouncers to get into bars. I want to live with my friends forever and hang pictures of zebras on our walls and forget to take out the trash for a week. I want to take pictures of the sunset every day and roll all my windows down when I drive. I want to let my hair knot itself instead of brushing it. I don’t want to Figure It Out. I want to run away into my mother’s arms when Things Get Hard. I want to pay 4 dollars for a yoga class just to be able to breathe for an hour. I want to tape pictures to my mirror so that when I look at my reflection, I see all the people who made me this. I want This Life. This Moment. Freeze the hourglass halfway. Take the batteries out of the clock. Stop the Earth from turning, please. Just for this moment.