Getting home (at all, or anytime soon)
A reference to a translated Odyssey
, the character Odysseus
is translated to Ulysses. In the story, it took something like 10 years for the man to get home to his wife and dog from the Trojan war (In the Iliad
). He had all kinds of adventures along the way, from the siren
s to calypso
In the Franz Ferdinand
album, Tonight, the first song is titled Ulysses. In the song the man is singing about how bored he is at night and calls up his friends to get high
and have a good time. In the video, while he is on the payfone there is a sticker on the phone that reads 'Am I Ulysses?' (Am I getting home tonight? Or at all for that matter...)
If you are Ulysses, you'll get home. If you aren't you won't.
"Am I Ulysses? Am I Ulysses
?" "No, but you are now boy"
"Oh then suddenly you know, you're never going home.... You're not Ulysses"