What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

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What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby bodiddley » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:17 am

Great tune, but I've never been good at deciphering lyrics. This one conjurs up images of gay cowboys looking for a scuffle. Anyone know what it's really about?
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby deadguise » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:33 am

This is a quote from Ultimate Guitar.com:
OK, so what *is* this song about? Jim Capaldi, in _Goldmine_ #97, explained
that he and actor Michael J. Pollard were in Morocco preparing for a movie
that was never actually made:

Pollard and I would sit around writing lyrics all day, talking about
Bob Dylan and the Band, thinking up ridiculous plots for the movie.
Before I left Morocco, Pollard wrote in my book [the line] 'The Low
Spark of High Heeled Boys.' For me, it summed him up. He had this
tremendous rebel attitude. He walked around in his cowboy boots, his
leather jacket. At the time he was a heavy little dude. It seemed to
sum up all the people of that generation who were just rebels. [...]
The 'Low Spark', for me, was the spirit, high-spirited. You know,
standing on a street corner. The low rider. The 'Low Spark' meaning
that strong undercurrent at the street level.


P.S. Jim Capaldi co-wrote the tune with Steve Winwood
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby Mick » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:51 am

Pollard wrote in my book [the line] 'The Low
Spark of High Heeled Boys.' For me, it summed him up. He had this
tremendous rebel attitude. He walked around in his cowboy boots, his
leather jacket. At the time he was a heavy little dude. It seemed to
sum up all the people of that generation who were just rebels. [...]
The 'Low Spark', for me, was the spirit, high-spirited. You know,
standing on a street corner. The low rider. The 'Low Spark' meaning
that strong undercurrent at the street level.


I have never heard such bologna in all my life. Total cover-story bullcrap. The line is "When the sound that you're hearing is only the sound of the low spark of high heeled boys", and is a clear reference to the moment when you realize that you are gay.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby NashvilleMike » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:14 am

Mick wrote:is a clear reference to the moment when you realize that you are gay.


While I respect your interpretation I am not sure how "clear" it is. I always thought this song was a testament to the excess that people like Winwood and Clapton (among many others) found after the 60's ended. After the wave broke upon the shore at Altamont, and the water then receeded, these guys found themselves to be very rich and got involved in alternative realities like heavy drug abuse and sexual deviation (including homosexuality think Bowie and Jagger getting it on, Pete Townshend "Tough Boys", the whole Glam scene). I took the song to be a warning to not be drawn by the sound of the low spark of high heeled boys (like the sirens song).

My 2 cents.
It all rolls into one and nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold for very long
And when you hear that song come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life was just a dream
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby Mick » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:58 am

NashvilleMike wrote:While I respect your interpretation I am not sure how "clear" it is. I always thought this song was a testament to the excess that people like Winwood and Clapton (among many others) found after the 60's ended. After the wave broke upon the shore at Altamont, and the water then receeded, these guys found themselves to be very rich and got involved in alternative realities like heavy drug abuse and sexual deviation (including homosexuality think Bowie and Jagger getting it on, Pete Townshend "Tough Boys", the whole Glam scene). I took the song to be a warning to not be drawn by the sound of the low spark of high heeled boys (like the sirens song).

My 2 cents.


Well, you say my interpretation is not clear, but then go on to cite examples, all of whom are as queer as $3 bills. I think you get my meaning on this, even if you don't want to admit it. I think that is really what the song is after, all the thousands of guys out there married to women and chasing skirts, and then one day they realize that all that isn't for them and they have been living a lie. Just keep in mind, it really is best for everyone if you can be honest with yourself, and sooner is always better than later. Good luck.

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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby NashvilleMike » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:02 pm

Mick wrote:Just keep in mind, it really is best for everyone if you can be honest with yourself, and sooner is always better than later. Good luck.



WHOA!!! Are you talking to me?
It all rolls into one and nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold for very long
And when you hear that song come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life was just a dream
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby Highballin' » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:05 pm

If the only line of the song you know is ..."the low spark of high heeled boys....." then you shouldn't be commenting on the lyrical meanings. It isn't about homos!
High Heeled is probably a cross reference(play on words sort of) to Well-Heeled which would mean High Society, or wealth. I agree with the guy above who spoke of "The Low Spark" being akin to street level vibes, under the radar voodoo....I agree with him because he was involved in the writing of the song incidentally.
The song contains references to getting shot, getting ripped off, and general moods of Shit Rolling Downhill.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby warrenMFKNhaynes » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:27 pm

deadguise wrote:This is a quote from Ultimate Guitar.com:
OK, so what *is* this song about? Jim Capaldi, in _Goldmine_ #97, explained
that he and actor Michael J. Pollard were in Morocco preparing for a movie
that was never actually made:

Pollard and I would sit around writing lyrics all day, talking about
Bob Dylan and the Band, thinking up ridiculous plots for the movie.
Before I left Morocco, Pollard wrote in my book [the line] 'The Low
Spark of High Heeled Boys.' For me, it summed him up. He had this
tremendous rebel attitude. He walked around in his cowboy boots, his
leather jacket. At the time he was a heavy little dude. It seemed to
sum up all the people of that generation who were just rebels. [...]
The 'Low Spark', for me, was the spirit, high-spirited. You know,
standing on a street corner. The low rider. The 'Low Spark' meaning
that strong undercurrent at the street level.


P.S. Jim Capaldi co-wrote the tune with Steve Winwood


I like the gay cowboy theory better.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby kenneybonz » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:54 pm

:? the gay theory...
i'd always heard the boots theory
i never took it to be a gay song at all, though, for the record, I like fish sticks.....love em in my mouth..
so i might be a gay fish...
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby bodiddley » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:20 pm

The man who was shot dead by a gun that didn't make any noise. Could that be a......uh, dick? I really don't think it's about gay cowboys like I mentioned in my first post.It is fun however to entertain the possibilities, (and not a far stretch considering the title). Yeah John...he's a flamer alright, but kind of a closet cool blue kinda flame. We can only go downhill from here folks.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby strumminsix » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:52 am

Lyric:
"and the man in the suit has just bought a new car on the profit he's made from your dreams"

Mental imagery:
Drug dealer of higher priced products like coke. Selling it to folks who think they are gonna make it and feel great on it but they are failing while he is getting richer.

Like HighBallin, well heeled could also be high-society. Maybe low-spark is earning your ranks and place on society on the streets?

Guess my interpretation is that it's about drugs. The impact. The crime. The dealers.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby Mick » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:05 am

bodiddley wrote:The man who was shot dead by a gun that didn't make any noise. Could that be a......uh, dick?


Absolutely. This song came out just before the AIDS thing became widely known, but was already known in the kind of circles these (gay) guys traveled in.

NashvilleMike wrote:WHOA!!! Are you talking to me?


Yes. But don't get me wrong, I am not anti-gay, nor do I intend to come off as "gay bashing", just pointing out that if you like this song, you may want to spend some time on introspection.

Highballin' wrote:If the only line of the song you know is ..."the low spark of high heeled boys....." then you shouldn't be commenting on the lyrical meanings. It isn't about homos!


First of all, who said that the "low spark...." was the only line of the song I knew?
Secondly, how about "Would you do the same for me as I would for you, Or take me for a ride, And strip me of everything, including my pride, But spirit is something that no one destroys" If you want to pretend that this isn't about gay sex, that's OK with me, but you might want to book your next vacation on Brokeback Mountain.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby strumminsix » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:24 am

If you see something that looks like a star
And its shooting up out of the ground
And your head is spinning from a loud guitar

Drugs

The percentage youre paying is too high priced
While youre living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit hes made on your dreams
But today you just read that the man was shot dead
By a gun that didnt make any noise
But it wasnt the bullet that laid him to rest was
The low spark of high-heeled boys

Drugs, the drug downward spiral and drug overdose

If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance?
Or something similar as this? dont worry too much
Itll happen to you as sure as your sorrows are joys
And the thing that disturbs you is only the sound of
The low spark of high-heeled boys

Being at rock bottom of a drug bender contemplating death/suicide/final dose but also redemption

If I gave you everything that I owned and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride, and strip me of everything including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys
And the sound that Im hearing is only the sound
The low spark of high-heeled boys

Conversation to the drug. Then delusional logic that the spirit is stronger than the addiction
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby oconnors_35 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:13 am

I always thought it was about the Record Industry types taking advantage of artists, ripping them off, making all the money, feeding the artists drugs, coke, etc just to keep them going so they can keep making more $$.
Lots of albums/songs from the 70's with the same subject matter.
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Re: What's the meaning of "Low Spark of high heeled boys"?

Postby astroman99 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:48 am

First off +1 strummer good analysis, +1 Oconners good analysis, yours is what I kind of thought it was about, but never really thought about it.

Secondly if this was about man love would't it be an anthem in that community, like YMCA or such

but Mick you are making me laugh,
and yes I will comtemplate my own sexuality( or lack of) before you recommend that I do. :lol: :lol:
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