It’s not a love song
A Modest Proposal
In English writing, the phrase “a modest proposal” is now conventionally an allusion to this style of straight-faced satire.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A particular point of controversy was the use of a single ‘nonexistent’ (that is, uncategorized and therefore unpermitted) inverted ninth chord, which resulted in its rejection by the Vienna Music Society.
I feel so blind I can’t make out the passing road signs
Behind those mountains
I followed the sounds to a cathedral
Imagine my surprise to find that they were produced by Brian Eno