The Band - “Jawbone”
He didn’t know it at the time, but when Richard Manuel’s voice breaks as he sings “I’m a thi-eeef and I dig it,” he’s really talking about the Internet decades in the future.*
Steal it, digg it, and then understand everyone else has already seen it, and implicitly acquiesces that you’re not perpetuating anything but the fact you’re a lemming. We all are.
I can(‘t) dig that.
*Robbie is a greedy, thieving prick, so he wasn’t talking about anybody but himself when he wrote the lyrics. Richard’s Grand Marnier-infused soul, sang it from a very different place. Whether it was clairvoyance or just an epiphanic moment while trying to get rid of some nasty tremors before hitting the studio, Richard will always sound like, and be, an artist, but without the debilitating self-aggrandizment that comes with that designation while alive; since, typically, he dropped off this mortal coil the only way he could: hanging from a shower curtin with a little blow near the sink. Robbie was just a shitty poet that knew some guitar licks and didn’t mind stealing Levon’s South and Richard’s (M)elancholy. There’s a difference between the writer and the singer of the song, but only a corporeal Levon ever had the balls to say it in print.
Any time you read a Buzzfeed post that just feels like déjà vu, remember this song.