Quentin Crisp & Sting?

Posted by – June 12, 2006

Okay, maybe I’m the only one who didn’t know this, because I never saw Sting’s “Englishman in New York” video, but I didn’t know QC was the friend Sting wrote it about.

Which makes me want to say obscene things to all the people who don’t like Sting or make fun of me for liking him. I think he’s a decent person, & trans-friendly as all hell: remember the skirt he wore at the Victoria’s Secret show? The fact that he cross-dresses in Brimstone & Treacle? Oh, right, and then there’s these lyrics he wrote an album or so ago:

My skirt’s too short
My tights are run
These new heels are killing me

A second pack of cigarettes
It’s a slow night, but there’s time yet
Here comes the john from his other life
He may be driving to his wife
But he slowed down, take a look
I’ve learned to read them just like books
It’s already half past ten
But they’ll be back again

Don’t judge me
You could be me in another life
In another set of circumstances

A friend of mine, he wound up dead
His dress is stained with color red
The next of kin, no fixed abode
Another victim on this road
The police just carted him away
But someone took his place next day
He’s home by Thanksgiving
But not with the living

I mean, I can’t name anyone else who’s written a song from the POV of a trans streetworker, can you?

But I promise, no more 80s music references, at least for a while. Tomorrow, though, the first preview of She’s Not the Man I Married.

2 Comments on Quentin Crisp & Sting?

  1. Sammi says:

    You know, for your next book, maybe you should write something about the 80s? :P It’s not like you don’t have enough to start such a thing. First thing’s first, though, of course…

  2. Diane Frank says:

    I don’t mind… and I think Sammi may be on to something….Helen’s eye view of the 80s.

    Diane

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