Most Likely Bad Case Of Oedipus

Oct 17, 2018

A serious music insight by the song “Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine” by Robben Ford (Bob Dylan’s cover) reminds me the judge might hold a grudge.

Today, I was kinda bored and I was browsing the Internet. I stumbled upon famous French model and singer Carla Bruni and started to investigate her love life. When you examine the facts, you discover she was a lover for Raphael Enthoven (a French philosopher) and his father.

I had some sympathy for Raphael because I remember seeing him on a show mentioning the fact that cancer is a cell that refuses to die. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and I thought it was an interesting point of view even though I did some research on my side.

I have some friends who have a strange love life and when I checked the one above, I thought Bruni might be deranged to have done the son and the father.

Released Twice In A 30 Years Span

It’s the first track of the second disc of the 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, the seventh album from singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Dylan released the song as a single twice during his career, once in 1974 and once in 2007.

The lyrics speak of a man who has grown tired of constantly guessing at his girlfriend’s feelings and is going to move on with his life rather than continue fighting the unpredictability of his girlfriend. The song presents a feeling of change and movement that was one of the trademarks of the 1960s. This song has a swinging beat and is representative of the album’s sound as a whole.

The song gained significant visibility when it was frequently the concert opening and encore song on the Bob Dylan and The Band 1974 Tour. Mark Ronson reworked and remixed the song in promotion for Dylan’s 2007 compilation Dylan. Despite not appearing on the album, this version was released as an online single.

In this song love is a power struggle, a contest. And Robben Ford does a fine job of covering the song with his band. Adding some groove to the song with the horn section, it is one of the songs of the album you can listen in a car while thinking of your heartache. Time will tell, even though there are some crimes (crimes against humanity) where time is useless.

We Can Be Wrong And Not Strong

I was thinking “what a strange affair!” and I started to wonder how strange it can be. It seems Bruni likes polyandry, meaning she likes to have several men at her service (I’m exaggerating but check Wikipedia). There are monsters among us and it might be a lapsus of life (like me).

Jealous minds always imagine the worst but you can’t deny the fact that Freud was right: the Oedipus complex rules our lives. Meaning we want to kill dominant males and have a maximum female on our side (starting with the mother).

Knowing Bruni and her long history of breaking hearts because she has a strange face, I was wondering why she accepted to be a model. Maybe it’s the entourage that started to have troubles and pressure.

It’s So Hard To Care Everywhere

Maybe the father should feel honored because she’s dating the father through the son. I guess psychiatrist will feel delighted at this case but we have a hint: the Oedipus complex. I wonder how the mother felt about all that jazz. Maybe it was just a game life has played on them?

At the moment, I still have nausea to think about that frustrating mess. Justine Levy, who was the lover of Raphael, ended up in depression for several years. Even though I don’t like her father (famous Jewish French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy), I thought that it was a really bad case of a horror movie.

As if you were stuck between jokers and thieves or business and plots. When you are healthy, the minimum degree of separation required to have a healthy couple is “far away cousins”. You have to be distant but not too much (maybe a case for the science of heliocentrism, the science of the right distance).

She’s Got A Good Excuse

In 2001, Bruni had her first child, son Aurélien, with philosophy professor Raphaël Enthoven. Bruni has been described as having been the mistress of Enthoven’s father, journalist Jean-Paul Enthoven when she began her relationship with the younger Enthoven, who was at the time married to novelist Justine Lévy.

Bruni claims that she only went out with Jean-Paul Enthoven a few times and was never his lover and that Raphaël Enthoven was already divorcing his wife when she encountered him months after last seeing Jean-Paul. The song “Raphaël” from Bruni’s album Quelqu’un m’a dit is about her relationship with Raphaël Enthoven, and Justine Lévy’s 2004 book Rien de Grave (published in English in 2005 as Nothing Serious) is about the end of her marriage

The Judge Holds A Grudge

As a conclusion, who am I to judge that affair? I know the Oedipus complex was at work in that case and it seems that Enthoven (son) wanted to kill his father. Who knows what was on their minds but it seems I can’t be wrong with that analysis.

That’s why I won’t talk about the thoughts I had while reading all that jazz and will only judge based on what Freud mentioned. Remember Freud was the one who invited his mother to prom night (LOL)!

Maybe it was thoughts inside a dream or maybe poor mother cried the gypsy was right; we know Raphael wanted to kill his father. But it was more complex than that: it was a bad case of a teenager class that went wrong. Or there was a killer on the road whose brain was squirming like a toad.

Now I will go on a holiday and think about what I wrote in the heat of the moment. Maybe this was a momentary lapse of reason? Maybe they wanted to avoid pain?

Freud tried his best to give us a clue to live a better life but what he meant by Oedipus complex was just a teenager class that went nuts. In the long run, we will have to ask the teacher to leave them kids alone. Because a few things are not written in books.

You say ya’ love me
And you’re thinkin’ of me
But ya’ know you could be wrong
You say you told me
That you wanta’ hold me
But ya’ know you’re not that strong
I just can’t do what I done before
I just can’t beg you anymore
I’m gonna let you pass
And I’ll go last
Then time will tell just who has fell
And who’s been left behind
When you go your way and I go mine

You say ya’ disturb me
And ya’ don’t deserve me
But ya’ know sometimes you lie
Ya’ say you’re shakin’
And you’re always achin’
But ya’ know how hard you try
Sometimes it gets so hard to care
It can’t be this way everywhere
And I’m gonna let you pass
Yes, and I’ll go last
Then time will tell who has fell
And who’s been left behind
When you go your way and I go mine

Well the, the judge he holds a grudge
He’s gonna call on you
But he’s badly built
And he walks on stilts
Watch out he don’t fall on you

Ya’ say you’re sorry
For tellin’ stories
That ya’ know I believe are true
You say y’ got some
Other kinda lover
And yes, I believe ya’ do
Say my kisses are not like his
But this time I’m not gonna tell you why that is
I’m just gonna let you pass
Yes, and I’ll go last
Then time will tell who has fell
And who’s been left behind
When you go your way and I go mine

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!