tells me, that
when Van said 'It was a 20 flight rock', he was
quoting Gene Vincent's 1959 hit Twenty Flight Rock, about a lad who
climbed 20 flights to his sweetheart, but was then too tired to pop ...eh
and Linda B:
"This is a song I wrote when I was living in Copenhagen,
and it was in an area called ...can't pronounce it but
'van-lo-say' or something like that. Anyway, absolutely
nothing mystical about it. It was a block of flats!"
Linda rightly goes on to comment:
- VM, speaking somewhat incredulously at Bristol, 12.20.99
IMNSHO, all this analysis is an exercise in futility; these
songs will never mean the same thing to everyone. Our individual
interpretations are part of what makes music an art form. As
with any work of art, we take from the music that which we need
or desire most at the moment... just as the composer expressed
what he needed or desired to most at the moment the song was born.
His intent and our interpretations are as unpredictable and
variable as a nor'easter, blowing snow in all directions, or
sometimes, like me, just alot of hot air... blah, blah, blah...
[NVC: Paul McCartney in his '99 webcast performance from 'The (new)
Cavern' in Liverpool, related that the day he met John Lennon, there was
one song that he knew the words to, and so he was allowed in the band -
that was 'Twenty Flight Rock']