Cosy Prisons

by PR Zed

(song by A-Ha)

First posted for the livejournal Discovered in the Mistletoe Challenge, 2006
Con premiere at Escapade 2007

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Though I'm probably most attracted—in every sense of the word—to Doyle, it was Bodie who was responsible for this vid. I had a vague sense of wanting to vid this song, but no clear cut idea of how to structure it. When I finally sat down to go through the lyrics and song structure, these were the lines that struck me:
The sun must never touch your skin
It could express the dark within
You're paranoid about the paranoia
Bodie! I thought immediately, hiding the darkness of his character and experiences, sometimes with a silence, sometimes with a smile. Never entirely letting anyone see all he is except, perhaps, Doyle.

Those lines cracked, I didn't want to restrict myself to just Bodie's POV. I wanted to work through each man's struggle with their job, their conscience, their fear, their relationships with others and, ultimately, their relationship with each other. So the first verse is Doyle's, the second Bodie's, and then begins an ever quickening weaving between both of their experiences until we arrive at the two of them together, a mobile ghetto of two. The ending, while hopeful, is not meant to be without ambiguity and struggle. Bodie and Doyle are difficult men—they wouldn't be nearly so interesting if they weren't—and any relationship between them, whether professional or very personal, cannot help but be difficult as well.

Cosy Prisons
by A-Ha

Take a moment if you dare
Catch yourself a breath of air
There's another life out there
And you should try it

Dead ends hide on every street
Look before you place your feet
Cracks and fissures keep the beat
And you're inside it

Every thought you never dared to think
Every mood you always knew would sink
Every line you spoke out loud in a jest
All the time you took to be your best
Soon forgotten

The sun must never touch your skin
It could expose the dark within
You're paranoid about the paranoia

And panic hits without a sign
You worry about it all the time
Every perfect moment is a hidden warning

Cuz everything makes your pretty head spin
And nagging thoughts are starting to sink in
With everything this way it's better to forget
Than end up in a place with something to regret

Your transatlantic shopping spree
Your health forever guarantees
Organic -bio-life's a breeze in cosy prisons

But hiding out in a salad bar
Isn't gonna get you far
and bottled wine is vinegar tomorrow

Everything around here makes your pretty head spin
Its piling up high and you're back where you begin
Moments you have tried so hard to forget
Are promising to 've been the best one's yet

Everytime you shut your eyes it appears
Everytime you trace your steps back here
None of your convictions have the same old ring
No doubt you found a place for everything
In cosy prisons

So if you're careful
You won't get hurt
But if you're careful all the time
Then what's it worth

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