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COME TOGETHER ⎔ SOMETHING ⎔ MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER ⎔ OH! DARLING ⎔ OCTOPUS’S GARDEN ⎔ I WANT YOU ⎔ HERE COMES THE SUN ⎔ BECAUSE ⎔ YOU NEVER GIVE ME YOUR MONEY ⎔ SUN KING ⎔ MEAN MR. MUSTARD ⎔ POLYTHENE PAM ⎔ SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW ⎔ GOLDEN SLUMBERS ⎔ CARRY THAT WEIGHT ⎔ THE END
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- “She came in through the bathroom window/protected by a silver spoon” – Silver spoons are usually a phrase meaning inherited wealth. Mirror Wendy has no discernible inherited wealth, but she does have the Louisville slugger, which is a symbol of American wealth. And I’m sure I don’t have to mention how Wendy and Danny will be using a bathroom window as a portal later, though they’ll be going out, not coming in.
- “But now she sucks her thumb and wanders by the banks of her own lagoon” – Wendy wanders the labyrinth with Danny for the last time, backward Wendy is wandering away from her own lagoon of Suite 3, where she was just sucking a smoke.
- Also, just for fun, and for the people who thought the American Beauty thing made sense: remember the line in that film, “The ad said the pool was lagoon-like. There’s nothing lagoon like about it.”
- “Didn’t anybody tell her? Didn’t anybody see?” – Mirror Wendy’s leaving a mute Danny/Tony, who did tell her and who did see some things. But none of it stopped her from going out to fight Jack.
- “Sunday’s on the phone to Monday/Tuesday’s on the phone to me” – The TUESDAY placard (the first weekday placard in the film) appears during the first two day name drops, and disappears right as we hear about Tuesday in the song. For the record, the only other song on the album to reference weekdays is You Never Give Me Your Money, which names Monday.
- According to my research, every day of the week is referenced, although Sunday is by far the most obscure, and possibly incidental. The placards go TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY. The last two, 8am and 4pm, are clearly another Thursday. CLOSING DAY is Oct. 30th, as we were previously told, which was a Tuesday in 1979. A MONTH LATER, taken literally, would be Nov. 30th, 1979, which was a Friday. Jack’s frozen face is probably being seen on a Friday. July 4th, 1921 (the photo date) was a Monday–though the day we see that photo is clearly some future, indeterminate day. Dec. 13th, 1977 (from the Café Vienna box) was a Tuesday. The only Sunday was the day of the Denver Flood of 1912, which is referenced on the poster in the games room. So, sadly Sunday (the flood poster) was not on the phone to Monday, but Tuesday (CLOSING DAY).
- ANYWAY…Tuesday’s on the flippin’ phone right here, and that’s all that matters.
- “She said she’d always been a dancer” – Wendy using a massive can opener in a way that shakes her shoulder around in a dancing motion. Also, this is the last forward shot of the yellow family Beetle, which you can see parked outside, just beside Danny’s chin here.
- “She worked 15 clubs a day” – When we hear “15”, the news lady is saying “19” as in “the 1968 shooting”.
- “And though she thought I knew the answer/Well, I knew, but I could not say” – Mirror Wendy talking to a resolutely unhelpful Tony/Danny. Also, Tony knows things that he dare not say to Danny’s mom. And Danny knows things that he can’t put into words.
- “And so I quit the police department” – The TV Wendy’s watching has just quit from talking about police calling off a search for a missing Aspen woman, and switched to news about the coming storm.
- Also, there’s a toy SWAT van just below the TV that will later appear with Danny outside 237.
- “And though she tried her best to help me” – A bittersweet correlation to Wendy’s vain efforts to get through to Danny. (This isn’t the exact image overlay, but I just wanted to get Tony’s finger-wagging in the shot; this is from right before the line)
- “She could steal, but she would not rob” – This is abstract, but the paintings all along the hall outside 237 are by John Webber, an artist who accompanied Captain Cook on his last voyage, and captured the likenesses of many indigenous folks who lived along the Western coast of what is now Canada, and what is now Alaska. I don’t think these were particularly plunderous occasions, but in a sense, Webber stole their likenesses for his own gain. So he stole without robbing. I know, it’s abstract. But so is the lyric, right?
- “Didn’t anybody tell her?/Didn’t anybody see?” – On “see” Danny is passing the stain glass in the lounge, which lets us know that these two areas are connected (lounge/237), and reveals the truth of the connections that exist between these areas (like the two tennis balls).
- There’s also the issue of the polythene bag that’s drifting in the air above the stairs here (overlaying with Wendy’s head). Some have suggested (possibly Juli Kearns?) that this obscures something else swinging, like a pendulum of some kind. If so, I feel like that’s a fairly basic clock metaphor, in which case I’m puzzled about its significance. In this analysis, the polythene would seem much more like a reference to the last song, Polythene Pam. But this scene with Danny triking also contains a misdirection by Kubrick, so that you don’t notice when a door has mysteriously opened behind Danny, between two shots (we’ll get there in a second). So I wonder if this polythene bag was meant to catch the eye, and keep wandering eyes from noticing the stained glass right away.
- “Sunday’s on the phone to Monday” – On “Monday” a painting is revealed behind Danny’s head here, called Sister’s Creek, or The Battle of Longue-Pointe. It references a moment in the American Revolutionary War when Americans tried to invade Montreal, and were defeated. That was September 25, 1775, or…a Monday.
- The other cute thing there is that “Longue” is an anagram for “lounge” which is where Wendy’s telling Danny she’s going to go “battle” Jack.
- The music is about to say “Tuesday’s on the phone to me” and of course, this is a Tuesday in forward land.
- Also, since Vince Gilligan is an admitted Shining child, I wonder if his failed series Battle Creek took its inspiration from this buried reference. Was that show going to become a metaphor for American-Canadian relations? The poster might suggest as much.
- “Tuesday’s on the phone to me/oh yeah” – Danny triking up to 237 (which he just passed without regard). This is Tuesday, and Danny’s about to get a shine from the hotel.
- Also, the painting to the right of Danny’s head here was last seen outside Ullman’s when Watson entered the interview. If that was a Monday, as my research suggests it could be, then Monday and Tuesday are being linked this way as well.
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