Dedication Not Medication

Lyrics

(1)   

And Pierce Brosnan how dare you prescribe 
Sad grief and bed wet pills? (2)
Good grief bed wet  (3)
Sad grief bed wet...pills

Hurly Wurly how can you prescribe
Sad grief and bed wet...pill? 
Rayland Wordley how dare you prescribe sad grief bad chest
Sad grief bed wet ... pills? (4)

Ringler Worthy how dare you prescribe me
Bed wet pill and deep grief?
Connie Cookie how could you subscribe (5)
Bed grief wet pills?
Bad grief, bad wet
Bed wet...pills
Bad luck
Zip up!
Curly
Bed wet good grief
Good grief bed wet
Zip up
Zip up

 

LP VERSION:  (6)

MES: What'd I say to you? For a change, we're put in a good position here. Because... it's actually something good we could work with... ya know, it doesn't mean... ya know...

Other: You're a major player here, Mark. You could change the entire direction in one move. And I think it's not often that we're at this point this early in the procedure....

MES: What about the corporation?

O: Con...Connie and Cookie?...Erm, they subscribed.

MES: Say- we've got to thank them for their full....

O: (laughing) Their full cooperation... 

O (with MES dictating in the background): ...with the fall and their associates.

MES: I would say the anti-Fall-ization. I would say the anti-Fall.

O:Anti-Fall? Anti-Fall association. Their full cooperation with the anti-Fall association.

MES (singing): Curly wurly how could you prescribe
Bad grief and bed wet

Connie Cookie how could you subscribe
Bad grief, bad pills
Bad grief
Bed wet... PILLS! 

Wurly wurly how dare you prescribe
Bed wet, good grief
Good grief, bed wet
Zip up! Zip up!
 

Notes

1. At one point "Dedication Not Medication" was the working title of the Fall album that was released as Sub-Lingual Tablet. The song was originally called "Bumblebee" when it debuted in Augest 2014. In September of that year the Fall toured in front of a backdrop which read "Dedication Not Medication. You Decide."  Would it be pedantic to point out that, if "You" were really the decider, it perhaps should have read "Dedication Or Medication"? If so, a thousand pardons. 

Thanks to The BEF for transcribing.

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2. It is possible that the pills in question are anti-depressants, as these are sometimes prescribed for bed wetting (they sometimes help the problem but it is unknown how they do so). The two chief drugs prescribed for bed wetting are DDAVP, which decreases both thirst and urine production, and Tofranil, which is an anti-depressant.

Brosnan plays a physician in one movie--the laughable Stephen King adaptation Lawnmower Man. Antoine runs it down for us:

"Could Mark be making a reference to the awful Lawnmower Man film? As far as I can make out on IMDB, it's the only time he's played a doctor, which struck me as unlikely but it seems to be the case. And in the awful movie, he does use weird drugs to make these lab chimps super-aggressive and super-intelligent so they can be used as weird future weapons, or something like that. I also definitely remember reading an interview in which he mentions his doctors trying to prescribe antidepressants in an effort to get him to stop smoking. It might have been a scanned PDF on the Fall site, because my Google searches aren't turning anything up, I really wish I could find it. In any case antidepressants are sometimes used by folks trying to quit."

^

3. It struck me tonight how odd a locution "Good Grief!" is. A Google search convinced me that it originated as a euphemism for "Good God!" There's no evidence either way, as far as I could discover, but because of the phonetic similarity it seems very probable...a lot of euphemisms that replace oaths seem to be chosen for sound more than sense (in my youth I remember sometimes hearing people exclaim "Cheese and Rice!" Say it aloud if you are unsure why.
Anyway, the lyrics here take a few phrases and spin them around and alter them in a similar way: sad grief, bad grief, bed grief, bed wet, I even think I hear "bad wet" in there somewhere...

^

4. I am very unsure about the names after "Pierce Brosnan." There is a video in which MES's lyric sheet can clearly be seen to read "RIngler Worthy," though.

^

5. It has been speculated that this could refer to Conway Paton and Stefan Cook, the proprietors of the Fall Online Forum, which is very much the unofficial Fall site. It used to be official, but MES broke with the admins in 2006...

But looky looky, here comes...Bert:

Hard to argue against "Connie Cookie" being about Conway/Stefan, but I'll try an alternative theory anyway. When I first heard this line, I immediately thought of "Kookie, Kookie -- Lend Me Your Comb" by Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens. This song is referenced in the original lyrics to "The Mummy" by Bob McFadden, which The Fall covered (without the lyric in question) as "I'm A Mummy."

^

6. Thanks to Titfordshire for this transcription,  which I have slightly altered where I hear different. 

According to rik the other voice is Alan Wise; Reformation! has it as Simon "Ding" Archer, who has many more recent attested Fall appearances, however.

^

Comments (10)

Bert
  • 1. Bert | 30/05/2015

Hard to argue against "Connie Cookie" being about Conway/Stefan, but I'll try an alternative theory anyway.
When I first heard this line, I immediately thought of "Kookie, Kookie -- Lend Me Your Comb" by Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens (http://youtu.be/3gDT2Xk5-Oo).

This song is referenced in the original lyrics to "The Mummy" by Bob McFadden (http://youtu.be/HTvpQjl8SWw), which The Fall covered (without the lyric in question) as "I'm A Mummy".

bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 17/07/2015

Thanks, Bert--you're the utmost!

Titfordshire
  • 3. Titfordshire | 05/10/2015

The version of this song on the vinyl copy of the album is completely different. It starts with an instrumental of the track and is then followed by another instrumental version which has Mark E Smith talking with another man over the top of it. It sounds like a mixture of discussion and then MES telling him what to say.

Here's the best I can transcribe. I confirms the 'Connie and cookie' bit

MES:
What'd I say to you
For a change,
We're in a good position here
Because..
It's actually Something good we could work with...
Ya know It doesn't mean,
Ya know

Other bloke:
You're a major player here Mark
You could change the entire direction in one move
And I think it's not often that we're at this point in the procedure....

MES: What about the corporation?
O: Connie and Cookie?...Erm, they subscribed.

MES: Say- we've got to thank them for their full....
O: (laughing) their full cooperation
O(with MES dictating in the background): with the fall and their associates
MES: I would say the anti-fall asation. I would say the anti-fall
O:Anti-fall?
Anti-fall association.
Their full cooperation with the anti-Fall association.

MES (singing):
Curly wurly how could you prescribe
Bad grief and bed wets

Connie Cookie how could you subscribe
Bad grief
Bad pills
Bed grief
Bed wet
PILLLLSS

Wurly wurly how dare you
Bed wet, Good Grief
Good grief, bed wet

Zip up
Zip up

rik
  • 4. rik | 23/11/2015

The other spoken voice on the LP version is Alan Wise ( promoter).

bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 06/12/2015

Rik, how do you know this?

nairng
  • 6. nairng | 12/12/2015

LP version: although the sense is obviously 'we're in a good position', the pronunciation is clearly 'in a good possession'. This doesn't make sense: I imagine it is MES mocking errors in other people's spoken English, as in the over-emphasis of the following 'because'.

bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 13/12/2015

N, I think he does that quite a bit--switches a word for another one, as for instance the line there's been a little debate about on the FOF lately, "creamery" rather than "greenery" from "Barmy" (he clearly says "creamery" or at least "greemery").

I'm not sure though, I agree it sounds more like "possession" but I can almost hear at as "position" with his slurry pronunciation. I'd like to know what do others think?

dannyno
  • 8. dannyno | 21/02/2016

The Reformation! site says the other voice is Simon Archer/Ding, which is more plausible than Alan Wise these days.

rik
  • 9. rik | 25/02/2016

5. bzfgt | 06/12/2015
Rik, how do you know this?

Alan Wise has been in a couple of the documentaries ....the Dutch one he says something like " he lives in a strange house in Prestwich...i dont go in...with a strange animal..etc..

this bit is on the trailer also i think.

Antoine
  • 10. Antoine | 10/06/2016

Could Mark be making a reference to the awful Lawnmower Man film? As far as I can make out on IMDB, it's the only time he's played a doctor, which struck me as unlikely but it seems to be the case. And in the awful movie, he does use weird drugs to make these lab chimps super-aggressive and super-intelligent so they can be used as weird future weapons, or something like that.

I also definitely remember reading an interview in which he mentions his doctors trying to prescribe antidepressants in an effort to get him to stop smoking. It might have been a scanned PDF on the Fall site, because my Google searches aren't turning anything up, I really wish I could find it. In any case antidepressants are sometimes used by folks trying to quit.

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