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Does anyone remember Janis Joplin's live version of the song "Ball and Chain" and her mention of "as a matter of fact - as we discovered on the train...?"
August 16, 2004
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Going back some years - here....

August 16, 2004
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took me TWENTY YEARS - Count 'em 20...to FINALLY realize what fucking train she was talking about....think about it - she said: As a matter of fact - as we discovered on the traaaaain - tomorrow never fucking happens man - it's all the same fucking day...so if you're gonna love somebody - ya gotta hold 'em like it's the laaaaast minute of your life a - - - you gotta hooooold, hoooooold, hoooold - then her wonderful screachin.....
so - for many years - I kept thinking - just WHAT train was she talking about? Some kind of party-all-night train? No. From the tone in her voice - I could tell that she KNEW what she was talking about - but that most people didn't really get it - though they sensed it......THEN - one fine day - 20 years later....you know what train Janis was talking about????? She was talking about Einstein's train. Einstein's "gedankenexperiments." Get it? The theory of relativity. Janis Joplin was talking about relativity!!!!! Go fucking figure! Does anyone else get this????? There are just so many people that I can share this with - that "get it" you know? Einstein's experiment with the clock tower and all .....and how light originating from the sun strikes the clock, imprints the image of the arrangement of the hands, and then ricochets off the clock and heads for our eyes. The light entering our pupils carries with it the image of the face of the clock....although the interval the light takes to get from the clock to our eyes is infinitesimially short, it is still measurable. When we "see what time it is" we are really seeing the state of the face of the clock a moment before. Light always carries with it the frozen moment of an image's creation....and Janis got it!!! She sang about it!!!! Get it????

August 16, 2004
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Brendalee-

Actually, there really was a tour that took place on a train where most of the people on the train belonged to this entourage of rock bands including Janis Joplin and her band. It kills me right now that I can't remember more about it...but I was listening to an interview with someone who was in one of the bands and they were describing the scene where no one slept- they partied all night. It was described as "an Orient Express full of rockstars."

But that doesn't mean she wasn't speaking of something completely different at that live performance. Just a coincidence.
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August 17, 2004
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I dunno. If you listen to the song - and the tone of her voice - she was talkin' 'bout something pretty damn deep in my estimation. Janis was a pretty smart cookie. It's just the way she says "as we discovered on the traaiinn" tommorrow never happens - man - - - -pause - - - it's all the same fucking day man - I think that she was really talking about the relativity of time. Call me crazy....but I kind of know it in my bones! (thanks for your response.)

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