Song In My Head #72: “Grey Gardens” by Rufus Wainwright

Lyrical references to the 1975 Maysles Brothers documentary and Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice would overpower your average pop tune. Factor in Wainwright’s legendarily powerful voice, and “Grey Gardens” should topple like some baroque-era wedding cake. Happily, each time I hear this song, I marvel anew at its perfect sense of restraint:

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