Immortal – John Taylor

For a few years, John Taylor struck out on his own, got away from Duran Duran. I’m not going to sit here and tell you he was the most brilliant solo artist, because he wasn’t. He was… okay on his own. Mostly it’s the cauldron of creativity fired by his Duran band mates that makes him the Almighty Bass God. He needs that conflict to push him to greatness, as do they all. Still, there are a few bright gems that he cut, and Immortal from his Techno For Two album is one of them.

There’s got to be a reason to this rhyme
There’s got to be a message here this time
You’re not one of us, but I’m one of them
You know it’s not that easy
It’s so much harder to be real

Now I’m no immortal, but I think like a king
You’ve got to be queen just to satisfy me
A social disorder

There’s gonna be moments here living with me
I know it’s not easy to satisfy me
I’m no immortal
But I think like a king

I’m not gonna let go of my prize
I wanna keep the symmetry alive
There’s so many changes
One day to the next
Sometimes I’m disappearing
But you know where to find me
Under the gun

Now I’m no immortal, but I think like a king
You’ve got to be queen just to ratify me
A social disorder

A strange situation, apparently
It takes more than order to civilize me
I’m no immortal, but I think like a king

Give me everything
I’ll not settle for less
That’s my ceiling
Method to this rhyme

No I’m no immortal, but I think like a king
You’ve got to be queen just to satisfy me
A social disorder
But I sting like a bee

I’d like to say the lyrics speak for themselves and be done, but there’s so much to them, so many things to be gleaned. He’s known in some circles (okay, Duranie knitting circles, but still) for telling on himself. Sometimes it’s inadvertent, but sometimes he very clearly goes out of his way to share, to connect with his listeners.

With that in mind, these lyrics are astonishing and heartbreaking in their honesty. Before I wax on too much more about what *I* see in these lyrics, I want to know what *you* think, without my opinion biasing you. What sort of man wrote these lyrics? What was he feeling? What was he struggling with (or, conversely, conquering)?

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  1. Lori Ann said

    Hi Gigi. I find myself asking many questions on this one by JT. I’ve always considered myself quite good at reading the meanings in lyrics, but here I can only conclude a thought or two. He’s saying he’s difficult to live with. Is he speaking to anyone or was he giving his future wife warning? “A social disorder?” He’s saying he’s got some serious problems. “Sting like a bee?” He can be an ass. “You’re not one of us, but I’m one of them” Wow. I think in answering you, I’m seeing more. Perhaps he’s saying he has problems that others don’t and when he’s high, he’s not real. I’m very intrigued to hear your views particularly what you read as heartbreaking. Lori

  2. Gigi Salem said

    I think, as a whole, it’s a testament to how (at the time) he felt overwhelmed and alone even while realizing he would always be a part of something as historic as Duran has been (and continues to be)

    my main conceit is that “You’re not one of us, but I’m one of them” is him speaking to Warren… but that’s a whole other post, innit?

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