King Crimson: Thela Hun Ginjeet Meaning
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Thela Hun Ginjeet Lyrics
Qua tari mei thela hun ginjeet
Qua tari mei heat in the jungle street
"Well, first of all, I couldn't see his face. He was holding a gun against me and...um....I was thinking this is a dangerous place....
anonymous Feb 16th 2017 report
This is a case of life imitating art, imitating life. The monologue by Adrian Belew is actually a spontaneous reaction to his near-mugging. He was walking around NYC with a tape recorder to gather impressions for the song.
After having recorded phrases like "this is a dangerous place" he was accosted by some street criminals who grabbed the recorder from him and played it. They heard the references and assumed he might be a policeman, so they let him go.
Shaken, Belew returned to tell his band mates the story, and one of them turned on the recorder to catch Belew's excited description of the incident. That actual recording became the vocal track heard in the song.
First, King Crimson vocalist/lyricist Adrian Belew is very fond of word games, as he showed in songs like "Elephant Talk." The title "Thela Hun Ginjeet" is actually an anagram- rearrange the letters, and you get "Heat in the jungle."
The early Eighties version of Crimson mixed a New York City New Wave sound (like Talking Heads) with an African sound. This song takes that mixture one step further: it treats the dirty, crime-ridden streets of New York like the jungles of Africa. The idea is that an innocent pedestrian in New York has as much to fear from robbers and muggers as an African tribesman has to fear from snakes and lions and crocodiles.
The song features two long monologues by Adrian Belew- the first monologue is totally fictitious, while the second tells a true story.
Belew took a tape recorder onto the streets of New York, and started telling a made-up story from the point of view of a terrified crime victim. WHile he was recording his made-up story, he was accosted by two REAL street thugs who hassled him, and forced him to play what he'd been recording. When the punks heard Belew's voice talking about guns and crime, they thought he was an undervover cop wearing a wire!
Luckily, the thugs got bored, and left. Moments later, Belew met two cops who escorted him safely home.
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