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Title of vid: Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Recipient: [personal profile] sanguinity 
Fandom: Strange Empire
Music: Little Wheel Spin and Spin by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Summary: Kat and Janestown.
Content notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Signed length: 02:04



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Lyrics:
Little wheels spin and spin big wheels turn around and around (4x)

Merry Christmas Jingle Bells
Christ is born and the devil's in hell
Hearts they shrink pockets swell
Everybody know and nobody tell

Little wheels spin and spin big wheels turn around and around (2x)

Oh the sins of Caesar's men
Cry the pious citizens
Who petty thieve the 5 & 10s
And the big wheels turn around and around

Little wheels spin and spin big wheels turn around and around (2x)

[...]

Turn your back on weeds you've hoed
Silly sinful seeds you've sowed
Add your straw to the camel's load
Pray like hell when your world explode

Little wheels spin and spin big wheels turn around and around (2x)

Swing your girl fiddler say
Later on the piper pay
Do see do, swing and sway
Dead will dance on judgement day

Little wheels spin and spin big wheels turn around and around (4x)


Additional Notes
:

I liked what I saw of Strange Empire, but hadn't actually seen the entire season until I was working on this vid - I kinda ended up watching this as I was capturing the video for this (I'm not sure if it's just me but ITunes' version looks washed out in comparison to Netflix's). I wanted to make a vid about Kat and Janestown while avoiding giving screentime to Slotter or violence/death.

I was having difficulty deciding on what song to use until  I remembered that I had a bunch on Buffy Sainte-Marie songs and listened to 'Little Wheel Spin and Spin'. I kinda got fixated on literal and metaphorical turns - which ended up working well wit Kat's exits and entrances. I wanted to show what she was navigating/facing in the verses, but I initially wasn't sure what I wanted to do other than use similar and/or repeated imagery. I think the 'oh the sins of caesar's men' verse with the money changing hands was the first I decided on, followed by 'merry christmas jingle bells' with the contracts, 'swing your girl' with Kat's marriages, and 'turn your back' with the Sheriff's badges [I really need to keep notes next time]. I wasn't as consciously focused on institutional systems as I was with Attack the Block, but I still had it on my mind and I think that really came through when I was deciding what to do with the verses.
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