And This Day

Lyrics

(1)

Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere

And this day
No matter what and never [?] who fills baskets or who's just there
You show me the bloody poor bores
You show me the bloody poor bores
And this day
And this day
The surroundings are screaming on the roads
The surroundings are screaming on the roads
So you even mistrust your own feelings
And this day
And this day
And this day
No matter what and never [?] who fills baskets or who's just there
The whole Earth shudders
And this day
And this day
Everywhere just no fucking respite for us here, [Jim Kidder?] (2)
And this day
Who are the translators?
And this day
[?]
And this day
And this day
Seen from a bottom glass phutt cig (3)
And this day
The old feelings came back
[?]
Everywhere just no fucking respite for us here [Jim Kidder?]
And this day
[?]
And this day
The whole Earth shudders
The surroundings are screaming on the roads
You even mistrust your own feelings
And this day
The old feelings came back
Big fat skinful s-plug s-mart [?]
And this day
The old feelings came back
Everywhere just no fucking respite for us here [Jim Kidder?][?]

And this day
And this day
No matter what and never [?] who fills baskets or who's just there
Who are the translators?
Who are the translators?
The body's like a US football player's
Blades make presence felt
Worked 3 weeks nearly full solid

And this day
And this day
My shoulder feels like it's got a [?] and it [?] it will soon heal up
And this day
The old feelings came back
Everywhere just no fucking respite for us here [Jim Kidder?][?]
And this day
The whole Earth shudders
The surroundings are screaming on the roads
The surroundings are screaming on the roads
You even mistrust your own feelings
And the greyer B-1 Glandel area (4)
Who are the translators?
Who are the translators?

[?]
And this day
The old feelings came back
Take a [?] area
Big fat skinful s-plug s-mart [?] brain slag
And this day
And this day
[?]
And this day
And this day
And this day

And this day
And this day
And this day
And this day
Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere just no fucking respite for us here [Jim Kidder?]

 


Notes

1. A controversial song among Fall fans; it is passionately defended by some but dismissed as boringly repetitive and too long by others. MES himself once remarked that it "finishes off a lot of audiences." The song is built on a repeating riff. The version on Hex Enduction Hour was reportedly edited from a 25-minute rendition to its current length of 10:18, which was calculated to make the album exactly one hour long. The 15-minute live version from the Hammersmith on the compilation Hip Priests and Kamerads (3-25-1982) is considered by some fans to be the definitive reading of the song; it is cleaner-sounding, and the lyrics are more discernable than on the studio version. The mysterious "rosso-rosso" makes an appearance in the lyrics to the latter version, which also features guest vocals from Alan (Alana) Pillay. Pillay, a gender-bending actor and musician, often supported the Fall in this period with his/her band, the I Scream Pleasures.   ^

2. I have not determined whom, if anyone, "Jim Kidder" may have been.  ^

3. From the Fall online forum, Aubrey the Cat's take on this lyric:

I took it to mean something like the bottom of a beer glass that had been used for putting out cigarettes (the phutt a cigarette will make when dropped into liquid). The person doesn't realise, and lifts the glass to drink, etc.

I can't remember (if I ever knew) the context, but it seems to be based on a real event.

^

4. No place named "Glandel" seems to exist (or anything likely to be the reference with any spelling variations I tried), if that is indeed the lyric. There are roads designated "B-1" in Germany and Northern Ireland. ^

Comments (4)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 10/04/2013
In the orange Lough Press Fall lyrics book, on the inside back cover is a handwritten lyric sheet headed "And This Day":


The red chicken claw in snow
Outside 'The Star of India'
Compounds the 'council's' lack of salt + sand,
Reminds of past blunders.

The body's like a U.S. football players
Blades make presence felt.

Worked 3 weeks nearly full solid
Got cut on finger from a steel tripod
There's a plaster on it and it will
Soon heal over.

And this day and no matter what and never
[blot] who fills baskets or who's just there
The whole Earth shudders.
Who are the translators?
You show me the bloody poor bores
And this day the surroundings are
Screaming on the roads
So Y'even mistrust your own feelings
And in the greyer B.1 Glandel area
The ten days I had off are just a bank
Of fog.And this day seen from a glass.
Mark
  • 2. Mark | 20/05/2014
"Got cut on finger from a steel tripod/There's a plaster on it and it will/Soon heal over." <-- "Plaster On The Hands"?
Martin
  • 3. Martin | 30/05/2014
The line "...the greyer B-1 Glandel area"echoes, to a point, this line in "Fortress"

"the vitamin B glandular show..."

I've been googling various sites to see direct connections between vitamin B1 and various glandular disorders and will report back if anything conclusive comes up.
Antoine
  • 4. Antoine | 24/05/2016
I had a thought along the same lines as Martin, just read his comment now. This is (as always) very impressionistic but there's something interesting to "Greyer B-1 glandAL area," strong brain imagery, an organ of course but the obvious grey matter thing is there, B-1 could mean "main brain" or something in Smith's personal word-logic (eg facing up to the sea is a V. hard thing, etc) and obviously there's glands, Pituitary, etc... That somewhat loopy interpretation does make rather a lot of sense (I think...) with the full original passage especially:

"And in the greyer B.1 Glandal area, the ten days I had off are just a bank of fog. and this day seen from a glass"

And even the updated one:

"You even mistrust your own feelings and (he might be saying "in") the greyer B-1 Glandal area"

Maybe Glandel was just a drunken scrawl typo on the lyric sheet.... Well, crackpot theory in any case!

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