Not my slave

Danny Elfman hit my soul many years ago when he penned this brilliant song in 1987 with Oingo Boingo.  The lyrics could have many different meanings, it really depends on how you want to interpret them to your particular case.

With sadness in my heart and joy in my mind
I thought about the ghost that we left behind.
With everyone around telling us what to do
With deafening sound whisper “I love you.”
The fire in your eyes– may it never go out.
The sweetness of your tears make it feel like night.
I see no escape from the roles we always play
What do we have to prove on this judgement day

You’re missing the whole point– you’re not my little pet
Don’t throw away your life– The games not over yet
I do not own your soul–don’t want you in a cage
I only want your heart to find a special place

You’re mine now But you’re not my sister
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine But you’re not my child
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave

With sadness in my heart and clounds in my head
I thought about us both and the lives we led.
The pages on a book and pictures on a screen
We shape ourselves like clay from someone else’s dream.
One second you are cast just like stones at my feet
But I am not a king please don’t worship me.
With everyone around telling us what to do
With deafening sound whisper “I love you.”

You’re missing the whole point– you’re not my little pet
Don’t throw away your life– The games not over yet
I do not own your soul–don’t want you in a cage
I only want your heart to find a special place

You’re mine now But you’re not my sister
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine But you’re not my child
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine But you’re not my sister
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine But you’re not my child
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave
You’re mine now But you’re not my slave

It held particular substance to me in my life at the time. Almost thirty years later, still one of my favorite songs to Boingo too.

I don’t think many Boingo fans thought that Danny Elfman would go on to be one of the most accomplished movie composers of the past 25 years back in 1987 when he was the headliner for Boingo. I was a big fan, saw them about five times and always enjoyed the show and I guess when you consider how large a band Oingo was, he was already one hell of a composer.

Elfman might be more known for composing the Simpsons theme which has to have been heard but just about everyone. His first real movie score was Pee Wee’s Big Adventure but since I never saw it, I had no idea he had scored it. I think the first time I realized that Elfman had gone to score movies was when I saw Nightmare Before Christmas. From that point on he seemed to have a hand in many of the movies,  I would see.

A few years ago I met David Slonaker who was the husband of a teacher who worked with my wife. Turned out he had been collaborating with Elfman for many years on his movie soundtracks. We all went to a Dodger game and he told us how he composed while working with Elfman. I was a little surprised how it all worked out between Elfman and his collaborators as they just handled bits of each score and Elfman would put it all together.  I also found it funny that David was fairly ignorant of what Elfman did with Oingo Boingo.

A few years later David was up for his own Grammy in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category. He didn’t win but he did get to go to the Grammy’s and walk the red carpet.

His album is called Intrada and here is a youtube link

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