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Posted 04-Nov-2014 at 07:09 PM (19:09) by Gurdur

I have to blog on the narrative, and what it means for people; it's much more important than many think to life, and to anything human, including history of science. So the next few blog posts of mine will be, in different ways, all about narrative and narratives - as well as control by narrators. First up though is an almost accidental thing; having bought the entire set of Breaking Bad episodes (5 seasons), I watched them all to the end. The very last scene of the last episode of the last season is the death of Walter White, somewhat dubiously portrayed as him reaching out in love, adoration or worship to a vat used to cook up blue(-ish) crystal meth. The song, Baby Blue, on the soundtrack at that moment is from the band Badfinger. I read up on Badfinger's history; it's tragic.

Their song, Baby Blue, was written by Pete Ham, and it's about an American woman named Dixie Armstrong, in relation to him. That makes you wonder whatever happened to Dixie Armstrong; it's reminiscent of the song by Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Hotel #2, which was all about Janis Joplin. Or also another song by Leonard Cohen, Sisters Of Mercy, which for a change was about someone he didn't bonk. It's also a sad story; the woman he sang about was, if I recall correctly, much troubled in later life by mental-health problems, probably (again IIRC) bipolar syndrome, with consequent periods of homelessness and so on.

Getting back to Badfinger's Baby Blue; I can't find out what became of Dixie Armstrong, but after being cheated by the group's manager, Pete Ham committed suicide in 1975. Another leading member of the group, Tom Evans, also committed suicide, in 1983. That kind of thing hits you in the guts when all you wanted to do was look up in Wikipedia the song and who sang it.

Guess I got what I deserved;
Kept you waiting there too long, my love.
All that time without a word;
Didn't know you'd think that I'd forget
Or I'd regret
The special love I had for you,
My baby blue.

All the days became so long;
Did you really think I'd do you wrong?
Dixie, when I let you go,
Thought you'd realize that I would know
I would show
The special love I have for you,
My baby blue.

What can I do, what can I say,
Except I want you by my side.
How can I show you, show me the way.
Don't you know the times I've tried?

Guess that's all I have to say;
Except the feeling just grows stronger every day.
Just one thing before I go;
Take good care, baby, let me know,
Let it grow,
The special love you have for me,
My Dixie, dear.

The group, Badfinger: from left to right: Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland

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    yes same happened to me googled the song then found out the rest its haunting me
    Posted 26-Feb-2016 at 06:22 PM (18:22) by Unregistered
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    I dug into this and believe Dixie became a successful pharmacist in Ohio. Dixie Armstrong Butz.
    I want to believe she lives a happy life. That alone would be an awesome WIN for the legacy of the song.
    Posted 28-Mar-2016 at 04:46 PM (16:46) by Unregistered
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    What Happened to Dixie

    Yes I am in the same boat. I was just wondering about the origins of this song, and learned about the tragic fate of Badfinger. What a sad story. Good God.

    Would still like to learn about Miss Dixie. I saw her pic and she is one good looking girl, looks like quite a nice figure.
    Perhaps, she is happily living as a pharmacist in Ohio.
    Posted 03-Jul-2016 at 10:58 PM (22:58) by Scott Lewis
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