Alright Alright (Here Goes part II: Lifter Puller) Feb 18, 2021 9:24:04 GMT -5
Post by skepticatfirst on Feb 18, 2021 9:24:04 GMT -5
It was with this TS&tT background on my mind that I came around for the nth time to the ending of Double Straps:
i'm in the kitchen, i'm in the corner
do you really wanna get your problem solved [DStraps]
There's our kitchen again, in the opening track of LP's first album already. We know it's not just any kitchen, thanks to that "corner"; compare
She got me cornered by the kitchen, I said I'll do anything but listen [MPADJs]
That one girl got me cornered in the kitchen, I said I'll do anything but clean [RP]
In these THS lines, the word isn't just "corner," but more specifically "cornered," in an echo of the threat level that the TS&tT kitchen makes explicit.
Of course in these cases it's Mary, and not one of the TS&tT gangster/dealers, who's identified as the one doing the cornering; but then again, TS&tT describes Mary as a quasi-insider with the gang:
She's got a line on some guys that are kind of insiders [TS&tT]
and we recall that she stands with the Skins when they turn violent on Gideon, Charlemagne, and the Narrator in what we now know to be this very same "kitchen" (the "metal bar" thrashing; see SPayne, and for the discussion, heregoes).
So the THS picture is internally consistent up to this point.
For as far as we've got, this is all consistent with the LP picture, too: Double Straps' "do you really wanna get your problem solved" not only suggests a threat level, but sounds very much like the response of a threatening party to a cornered person pleading "I'll do anything but X."
But then what's actually happening here? What is the X the Narrator has to agree to, under threat, in order to get his problem solved?
And in the same moment that I saw the question framed this way, I remembered the lines from the *other* "insider" girl song, The Mezzanine Gypoff:
a little situation went down and now
i've gotta eat my way out of it now
i've gotta suck myself away from this [TMG]
and I realized what was happening, and what a fundamental thing I'd been blind to all this time.