A Thousand Kisses Deep (2001-)
There are about 30 verses of it that I've done and hopefully they'll work their way into other songs. I think there are six verses in this version. On the Internet, I published 12 verses of the song. (..) It's taken so long to write and it was so much of my ordinary day even when I was in the meditation hall spending long hours. I suppose I was supposed to be calming my mind or directing it to other areas, but I was working on the rhymes for A Thousand Kisses Deep. I found the mediation hall was an excellent place to work on songs. I could concentrate on a verse, work out the rhymes and the ideas would come.

About the verse "The invisible defeat".

Well, I think it's a good line: "summoned now to deal with your invincible defeat. . . . You live your life as if it's real." Even though the dreamy aspect of it begins to prevail, and the sense of having no control begins to be apparent. The evidence accumulates that you're not running the show. You still have to make choices as if you were running the show. But you make your choices with the intuitive understanding that it's unfolding as it must. And that's why I use that phrase "a thousand kisses deep." That's the intuitive understanding of the fundamental mystery. And if you can relax in that, or if you can even touch it, or if it asserts itself from time to time, then the invincible defeat is transcended. That's a highfalutin explanation. It's hard to make a commentary, because you've worked so long establishing exactly the right resonance for every single line, the commentaries are more spontaneous and ill-thought.

What is that “Boogie Street” evocated in both songs “A 1000 kisses deep” and “Boogie Street” ?

It’s an image to evoke the deception, the “lost illusions boulevard”, an image of the everyday life, with its tentations, its disillusions. In fact there is actually a “Boogie Street” in Singapore. A very attractive street, where you can find illegal records. I remember having been there after a Tour in Australia. I was almost offended not to find my records. I asked the seller and he went back with a box containing the entire collection of my records - what you could never find anywhere else, furthermore at one dollar each record. By night, this same street becomes the hottest one of the area. It’s a street of working ans sex, and of all the deceptions these activities can bring, deceptions more cruel as you get older, like I do.

About the song "A Thousand kisses deep"

It’s a song that summaries quite well this feeling of invicible defeat anyone is affected by. The feeling that everything is temporary and unsubstantial. Of course you have to live your life as though it were all real, but the fondamental reality is far beyond the human’s understanding. Nowadays we know much more the mechanism of the Human, we’re decoding his genes, but noone can tell what is the meaning of that “Boogie street”. You can only have this feeling everything escapes us. Finally it’s an instructive feeling, that drive us ahead.


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