Couples vs Jobless Mid 30s



Relevant in your leisure...
Jet lag...
Composite set year
The green jelly
Green jelly...  (2)

No, nevermore
Cab drive years
Are droopy
Same quality
Next, the jelly
Upwardly B.T. rises

There's grade is ell
Makes 10 copies
To his mother's spouse
She tortures him in big house
Don't forget that
Look at me, kids
Is relevant to your latent sex
and shock your lizard
And your lookalikey tears is relevant in your
His grade is 'F'
Makes 10 copies
His bored mother spouse 
Tortures him in big house

Get rid, need more sackings
Or up his post
His grade is 'F'
And makes 10 copies
His blonde mother spouts
Tortures him, in big house
Says we need more sackings
His grade is 'F'
Aids joke
Drink cognac upside down
Percussionist rests
Grade is 'F'
Percussionist retched
She yells, at every morn,
(message:) Get a job!

Daydream: gargoyles and drummers, a cuddly message
Get a job


The worst tale
That ever tell,
He's a nice man to have around,
He implodes on shelf, with someone else,
He's elf 
But just watch him
He is
He's raised elf on shelf

Like the 15 marrows that your votes
With Gene Kelly
Say through the clotted breath
And the clouds of synthetic and overpriced middle-men

Couples vs. must stay jobless
King of couples and closures
Must stay jobless
King of closures,
Couples vs. jobless

Couple 30-ish

vs. jobless


1. All very speculative--this will be amended

Tempertantrum on the Fall online forum suggests that the last few seconds are a quote of the beginning of "Decades" by Joy Division. It seems possible this is a coincidence.


2. TheorySwine on the Fall online forum:

Here's what I think the green jelly reference in Couples... might allude to. 

1 - Smith is reminding us of the faux-metal 3 Little Pigs by Green Jelly of some years back, a tune that was a deliberate pastiche and maybe the style MES was aiming for in his musical homage to that song. So, a piss-take of a piss-take, and nothing more.

2 - He's commenting on his medical ailment. Perhaps he excreted some green jellyish substance from some orifice. I'm not taking the mickey - I once coughed up a phlegm-ball of perfect circular proportions and repulsive texture/appearance/size that it had me straight down the doctor's. I can only speculate that maybe he has passed something he'd rather not have.

3 - He had some nice green jelly for pudding.


Comments (6)

  • 1. bzfgt (link) | 11/08/2017
OK this is the most incomprehensible vocal yet
  • 2. gizmoman | 07/10/2017
The "HI Ho" backing vocals are of course a reference to Disney's Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, the Dwarfs sing "Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work we go", they are singing "Hi Ho" in this song to taunt the poor jobless.
  • 3. bzfgt (link) | 18/11/2017
Yes, there is always something where once someone points it out I think, "Well. of course!" That you have be right about.

Isn't there "hey-ho" or something close to "hi ho" in another one of these? Now I can't remember, but I'm putting the album on now...
  • 4. bzfgt (link) | 18/11/2017
OK, Fol de Rol.
  • 5. bzfgt (link) | 18/11/2017
Crap, there is a hitch though--In don't hear anyone saying "Hi Ho!"
  • 6. bzfgt (link) | 18/11/2017
You must be thinking of Fol de Rol...

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