Adam ParfreyIs That All There Is?

The big question this Saturday, the 21st of May, is this: who will you be following? Are you going to invest all hope in a wacky church man’s interpretation of New Testament’s Thesallonians, and prepare for a flight to heaven? Or are you going to fall into the sad, hellish heartbreak promoted by the Leiber and Stoller song, most famously sung by Peggy Lee, excerpted here:

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing

I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
If that’s the way she feels about it why doesn’t she just end it all?
Oh, no. Not me. I’m in no hurry for that final disappointment.
For I know just as well as I’m standing here talking to you,
when that final moment comes and I’m breathing my last breath, I’ll be saying to myself,

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is

It should be mentioned that late ’70s New York performer Cristina Monet, mistakenly characterized as a “No Wave” artist, produced a satirical version of “Is That All There Is?” that brought on a lawsuit from Leiber and Stoller. From my reading of the case, the lawsuit may have simply been a reflection of each artist’s personal drug preference.

After all, the penultimate verse of Cristina’s version said, “Let’s break out the Ludes and have a ball…”

As for me I’ll be hanging out with friends in West Seattle on Rapture Day, and partake in Leiber and Stoller’s mode of blackout partying, the beloved booze.

But come to think of it, where are the Ludes? Where did they go? Is That All There Is?