Song of the Day #1,663: ‘Hey Jane’ – Spiritualized

spiritualized_hey_janeEvery video I’m featuring this week deals with either gender issues or sexual orientation.

Today’s clip, by English band Spiritualized, is more like a short film than a music video. Directed (quite well) by A.G. Rojas, it follows a day in the life of a transgender prostitute, including his interactions with two small children he’s raising. (I believe ‘transgender’ is the appropriate term for the man in this video, who seems to identify as a woman though he doesn’t have female parts).

Between turning tricks and working at a strip club, Jane plays with his kids and spends time with extended family. Around the middle of the clip (which runs ten minutes), he shows up for an ill-fated encounter at a strip motel. I won’t give away the ending, except to say that it features a single-take fight scene that is frighteningly realistic.

The song isn’t much to speak of but this video is quite powerful.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
You took a car then you ran all day.
That clock goin’ 110. I never said I’d
get back again. Said I ain’t got
time to make no mistakes. Ain’t got
time to waste my brakes

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
Lit a fire then you fanned the flame.
They say you got a troubled soul.
I say you got it on a roll. You said
ain’t got time to change your ways.
Ain’t got time to make no mistakes
with you.

Show them what you can do.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
Ain’t got lobe for you anyway. You
get so tired of hanging around. I’ll
meet you there when you’re comin’
down. Well you got good style and you
a little taste. Carved your name
right into my face.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
You broke my heart and you ran
away. Some say you got a rotten
soul. But I said ‘Janey loves rock ‘n’
roll.’ Said you ain’t got time, you’re
a long time dead. Ain’t got time to
mess my head with you.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
You hit the fast lane right away.
Got no breaks for your rotten life.
A heart like yours never satisfied.
Said you ain’t got time for such
a waste. You run so fast you get
no place.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
I’ll get a car for you right away. That
cop goin’ 110. ‘Fast lane’ Jane said
‘fast line, faster’ Ain’t got no time to
make no mistake. Ain’t got no time to
waste my time with you.

Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
Hey Jane where you goin’ today?
Hey Jane where you goin’ today?

Hey Jane where you gonna die?
Live life like a butterfly. Feel safe
baby by your side. Cheat death on
another rid. Hey Jane where you
gonna die? You got wings like a
butterfly. Meet death baby all
alone. ‘Sweet Jane’ on the radio.

Hey Jane when you gonna die?
That pain goes right inside. Hey
Jane got a rotten soul. Hey Jane
got it on a roll. Hey Jane where
you going today? Sweet heart
and fade away.

Hey Jane when you gonna die?
Hey Jane when you gonna die?
Hey Jane when you gonna die?
Hey Jane when you gonna die?

Sweet heart, sweet light,
sweet heart and love of my life.

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,663: ‘Hey Jane’ – Spiritualized

  1. Dana says:

    That’s a disturbing video, particularly the kid playing his video game after shooting the creep.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    So seedy…just like one of those video games come to life.

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    Ever catch “20 Centimeters” a Spanish musical about a pre-op narcoleptic trans fellow? A bit more fun than this view…

  4. Amy says:

    What? Who decides that this is the video to accompany this particular song? I agree that the film – and the fight, in particular – is quite powerful, but I don’t really “get” why this whole thing was packaged as a music video.

  5. Anne says:

    If Jane identifies as a woman, she isn’t a man, regardless of her body parts. Transgender is probably the appropriate word, but “man” and “he” are not.

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