Assume

Lyrics

Intro.
Female voices:
...well I think at the end of the bridges there might be a few little shops...
Yes
Yeah
Shall we have a little go at one...

MES:
It's a weird new language init?
It's it's the hunes
It's the hune
The hoons that took over from the hunes (1)

Seven productions, they assumed
Seventh of them were Hume's (2)
Three places
Or I di-ge-gest

If you are a Hume
You assume (3)

They move through the night
At the sky
No destination
They are Humes (4)

If you half assume
You are a Hume (5)
The third term
Is Mr A Court ready, tell (6)
If you half assume
You are a Hume
If you fully assume
You are a Hume

When Cliff Barnes read out in the June
The lyrics of Hey Jude (7)
He was victuous trembling

If you are Hume
You assume
If you don't assume
You are Kapitän
Kapitän! (8)

His verbals, victuals and interest
Trembling is its tech antic [?]
Be he [?]
The watch was blackish in the morn 

If you assume
You are a Hume
If you half assume
You are a Hume

Seven productions, they assumed
The seventh of them was a Hume's
It took places I di-ge-gest
I think you guess
And if you are a Hume
You assume
If you don't assume
You are Kapitän!
You are Kapitän!
You are Kapitän!

Tch tch tch tch tch
Tch tch tch tch tch

Notes

1. A "hoon" is slang in Australia and New Zealand for a lout, or someone who drives a car or a boat too fast. Racing, or doing doughnuts and the like, is sometimes called "hooning." Several people and things bear the name "Hune," but none of them seem to shed much light on the lyrics (Google it if you don't believe me). The closest is perhaps former British M.P. and European Parliament member Chris Huhne (currently serving time, but this post-dates the song).  Also, Hulme is an area in Manchester (thanks dannyno). I can't do a whole lot with this one, but I may be schooled in the comment section (I hope so, anyway).

"I think we got some hoon trouble" is a line uttered by Mel Gibson in "Mad Max" (Dan).

From a radio interview:

Let's talk about Assume, what's the...tell us about that song, how you wrote it.

That was a random one, definitely...it's about humans, and air flight, and um, rabbits, and um, things like that.

Bert suggests that "Hume" could be short for human, as in "It's human to assume..." So, is "Kapitän"... God?

Martin says:

 

2 October 2003 Bierkeller Manchester:  


- "If you assume, you are a hume; if you half assume, you a hume" (extra lyrics in Telephone Thing, fully 2 years before the release of Fall Heads Roll) 

^

2. Maybe refers to David Hume (1711-1776), the great Scottish philosopher. Hume is generally considered an Empiricist, and he critiqued rationalism and sought to give a psychological account of knowledge, to the extent that he is sometimes considered a Skeptic. On the other hand, on "I've Been Duped" there's a reference to a Dr. Richard Hume, who is seen retiring to the South of France after World War I. I have not found a corresponding historical figure; there is a character named Dr. Richard Hume in the extemely obscure 2002 Global Effect, the plot of which has nothing to do with the first World War.  

^

3. David Hume is mostly known for challenging assumptions, for instance the notion that causality is found in nature rather than in our habitual modes of cognition, or the idea that there is a unified soul or self behind our perceptions and impressions.

^

4. harleyr drops the kind of science that comes along from time to time and almost suffices to justify our little enterprise:

I've pointed this out previously on the forum, but it appears that the music for Assume was partly inspired by the theme tune to SupercarThe lyrics to Supercar appear to have left a residual trace in Smith's lines about moving through the sky at night: Supercar... Supercar... With beauty and grace, as swift as can be, watch it flying through the air. It travels in space, or under the sea, and it can journey anywhere. Supercar... Supercar... It travels on land, or roams the skies, through a heavens stormy rage, It's Mercury-manned, and everyone cries, "it's the marvel of the age!"

^

5. Somewhere in all of this, there may be a play on the old saw "When you assume, you make an ass of you and me" (i.e. U and ME, ASS/U/ME).

^

6. There was an English footballer named Alan A' Court (1934-2009) who played for Liverpool.  

^

7. Cliff Barnes, played by Ken Kercheval, was a character on Dallas, the American "prime time soap opera" that aired from 1978 to 1991. He is not known to have ever read out the lyrics to "Hey Jude," and in any case, Dallas never aired in June, it being in the off-season (although it would be unconscionable not to admit that certain events on the program, for all I know, may have been portrayed as taking place in June).  

^

8. Kapitän is German for Captain. Maybe this means that one shouldn't assume, and if one doesn't, one is "boss," i.e. cool. How the hell should I know?  

^

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Comments (14)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 07/04/2013
Hulme is an area of Manchester. Dunno if that helps whatsoever.
Bert
  • 2. Bert | 17/07/2014
Quoted from above:

"...That was a random one, definitely...it's about humans, and air flight, and um, rabbits, and um, things like that."

Could "hume" be short for human? So the lyrics might be a roundabout way of saying "everyone makes assumptions sometimes".

Except if you're a German captain, obviously.
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 13/06/2015
Just want to record this:

Wallace Stevens, "Tea at the Palaz of Hoon" (1921)


Not less because in purple I descended
The western day through what you called
The loneliest air, not less was I myself.

What was the ointment sprinkled on my beard?
What were the hymns that buzzed beside my ears?
What was the sea whose tide swept through me there?

Out of my mind the golden ointment rained,
And my ears made the blowing hymns they heard.
I was myself the compass of that sea:

I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw
Or heard or felt came not but from myself;
And there I found myself more truly and more strange.
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 13/06/2015
Rabbits: there are captains among the rabbits in Watership Down.
harleyr
  • 5. harleyr | 21/08/2015
I've pointed this out previously on the forum, but it appears that the music for Assume was partly inspired by the theme tune to Supercar. (Compare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8m9Z010pM4)

The lyrics to Supercar appear to have left a residual trace in Smith's lines about moving through the sky at night:

Supercar... Supercar...
With beauty and grace,
as swift as can be,
watch it flying through the air.
It travels in space,
or under the sea,
and it can journey anywhere.

Supercar... Supercar...
It travels on land,
or roams the skies,
through a heavens stormy rage,
It's Mercury-manned,
and everyone cries,
"it's the marvel of the age!"
dannyno
  • 6. dannyno | 09/10/2016
"I think we got some hoon trouble" is a line uttered by Mel Gibson in "Mad Max" (referring to the biker gang). Just been watching it, see.
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 15/10/2016
I just watched it again not 2 years ago now but don't remember anything. What does it mean in context?
dannyno
  • 8. dannyno | 22/02/2017
in Australian slang it means "thug" or "lout".
bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt | 25/02/2017
Fuck, that's the first thing I say in my first note, it is.
bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt | 25/02/2017
If I actually knew everything I've written on this site, I'd be one smart motherfucker.
dannyno
  • 11. dannyno | 25/02/2017
note #7 "in any case, Dallas never aired in June"

It did in the UK. For example, on 19 June 1985:


JR is intrigued by a series of mysterious telephone calls, and Jamie receives an unusual after-dinner dessert.
Martin
  • 12. Martin | 03/03/2017
2 October 2003 Bierkeller Manchester:


- "If you assume, you are a hume; if you half assume, you a hume" (extra lyrics in Telephone Thing, fully 2 years before the release of Fall Heads Roll)

Just an observation.
bzfgt
  • 13. bzfgt | 19/03/2017
And an ass-kicking one at that, Martin.

Can someone tell me how to sign in as a commenter? Googling "sign into doomby (+ or - "as a commenter") only gets me a sign-in page for the site manager. What the fuck.
bzfgt
  • 14. bzfgt (link) | 19/03/2017
I found it by searching my emails. They don't make it easy.

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