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Meet James Ensor Lyrics

Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album: John Henry

Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man

Before there were junk stores
Before there was junk
He lived with his mother and the torments of Christ
The world was transformed
A crowd gathered round
Pressed against his window so they could be the first

To meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Raise a glass and sit and stare
Understand the man

He lost all his friends
He didn't need his friends
He lived with his mother and repeated himself
The world has forgotten
The world moved along
The crowd at his window went back to their homes

Meet James Ensor
Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man
Comments/Interpretations
by crispin on 7/10/2008 11:53am
This song is about the Belgian painter James Ensor (1860-1949). The song highlights Ensor's feelings of isolation and the irony of not being appreciated as an artist until after his death. The song encourages listeners to appreciate Ensor, even if he can't receive the recognition himself.
by David on 3/26/2010 11:18am
Actually Ensor was quite famous during his lifetime. His fame faded late in life when his production of new works decreased. He was appreciated less after his death.
by Eric on 5/13/2011 11:36am
Zing.
by Qaz on 2/7/2012 2:35pm
Great song, great band. Nothing more to say.


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