Hey lady --- you, lady
Cursing at your life
You're a disconnected mother
And a regimented wife
I've no doubt you dream about
The things you'll never do
But I wish someone'd had a talk to me
Like I wanna talk to you

Ooh, I've been to Georgia
And California, and
Anywhere I could run
I took the hand of a
preacher man, and we
Made love in the sun
But I ran out of places and friendly faces
Because I had to be free --
I've Been To Paradise
But I've Never Been To Me...

That has lived a million lies? /p -->

The first song performed in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is cheesetastic. From the opening piano notes to Charlene's breathy, overly-dramatic vocals to its inadvertent punchline, a downrignt painful mixed metaphor of a title lyric, I've decided (after years of wincing along) to accept it as the perfect stagesetter for my favorite movie of all time: laughable but sincere.


Although I realize that just because I like something a lot, it doesn't mean it is of high quality, and I also recognize that it's okay to like things that aren't particularly of the highest quality, I'm nonetheless a little embarrassed that I was able to produce the vast majority of this song's lyrics from memory when I noded them back in the days before E2's copyright policy changes (insert obligatory grumblings about the DMCA here). I only missed the outrageously melodramatic spoken bit in the middle — it is mercifully omitted in the movie, which is probably why I haven't completely learned it by heart yet — and the beginning of the verse immediately thereafter, neither of which is displayed here for copyright compliance purposes, so it's sort of moot anyway.

But I've Never Been To Me /p -->

Quoted lyrics from "I've Never Been To Me", Written by Ken Kirsch and Ronald Miller
Performed by Charlene

2008.06.05 at 12:19 Cool Man Eddie says Hey, sweet! Someone likes I've Never Been to Me!-->