7/12/2007

Lady Bird...


Lady Bird Johnson died. I didn't know shit about Lady Bird. She was around before my time. Honestly, I assumed she was already dead. I do, however, know the (unrelated) song, "Ladybird", by XTC. It's very pretty:

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk me through your garden
I crave your pardon if I woke you with my thinking
Ladybird

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk me through your meadow
You'll spread no wings to fly in fright if I'm beside you
Ladybird

All through the winter time
When wood was worm and splintered
Time seemed longer than a goods train
Now that spring is back again
I'll ask your name, your name

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk across my pillow
No weeping willow was ever as beautiful, sad as you are
Ladybird

And as you're walking past
I'm laying on the grass and making chains of thought
To snare you with my wit
But bit by bit you fade to gone
Gone

All through the iron season
Love was hanged and treason became
Something of a parlour game
Now sun is back in power
I'll ask your name, your name

O, ladybird
I have heard you have to run to tend your children
No flood can drown nor fire blacken purest longing
For ladybird
Ladybird

5 comments:

lulu said...

I think that song is actually about a ladybug though, not the former first lady. All I know about her is that she was big into cleaning up the highways and getting rid of billboards.

Chris said...

Lulu- Yeah, I didn't think it was about her. I was just reminded of the song thanks to her demise.

cheer34 said...

Lady Bird was her nickname given at birth. I do not know her real name. The nanny said she looked like a Lady Bird and the name just stuck with her.

She was into sowing wildflowers and planting native plants and trees where they belonged. She was also the calming force for her crazy husband.

Squanto said...

Most people don't know that her first nickname was "Ladylumps Johnson". Rumor has it that Fergie was daughter of her lovechild (love grandchild?).

Dale said...

I thought she died in the late 1800s. I'm not sure when XTC died.