Craigness

Lyrics

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Neighbour downstairs with one eye
Co-habs with a mass of blonde curls
Oo-ar
T'pau (2)
(Mind moving fast is mad
Mind moving slow is sane)
It's [granpathy wears a two] eyes (3)
Man's a peculiar tan
He sports the maroon flares

 

Mind moving slow is sane
Mind moving fast is mad
Mind left stopped is God (4)

 

Writer in bed insane
Clutches pen in hand
The scrawl he wrote

 

Neighbour downstairs with one eye
Co-habs with a mass of blonde curls
Her shadow face

Oo-ar

Mind moving fast is mad
Mind moving slow is sane
Mind left stopped is God

 

Neighbour downstairs with one eye
Co-habs with a mass of blonde curls
Their babe cries (5)

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Notes

1. Like the preceding song on The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, "Stephen Song," this is named for the band member who wrote the music, in this case Craig Scanlon; according to Hanley, it was a working title that never got changed. Brix's comments in the liner notes to the CD:

Craig wrote that...The song was about our downstairs neighbours. Mark and I moved to the flat on Rectory Lane. It was gross, it was 20 pounds a week and there were springs coming through the upholstery. It had five cats, it stunk. I don't think we had a fridge, it was just shocking when I moved there. We were upstairs watching one day and all of a sudden, there was like smoke pouring into the flat. There was this really creepy guy downstairs who had two eyes but one of them was mutant. There was something really creepy about his wife and him, they just freaked us out. We ran downstairs and helped them put out the fire. That was the story of one-eye. And there was a prostitute across the hall.

And:

CRAIGNESS - "Shimmering violet shimmer, twisting haunts shadow passers veil night time silvery veils swirling rustling sweep. Shining, melodious Drifting." - B.E.S. 


"Joker Hysterical Face" is also about downstairs neighbors, maybe the same ones (via Reformation):

MES on "Joker Hysterical Face": "It's about a couple who live sort of downstairs from us, where we were living, and they used to play Abba and all that stuff, they always used to have it on full blast. She was a divorcee. I used to know women like her, and it's not very far from the feminist movement. Like the man is the main thing to blame." (Quoted in The Biggest Library Yet, February 1997.)

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2. T'Pau was the Vulcan leader who was to preside over Mr. Spock's aborted wedding in the classic Star Trek episode "Amok Time"; a true maverick, she was the only person ever to turn down a seat on the prestigious Federation Council. A popular British group named themselves after her, although they post-date this song. I'm not entirely convinced that MES actually says "T'Pau," though; he certainly says something like it, and the Lyrics Parade has it so. Without a better idea of what, if anything meaningful, the words are here, I don't have anything to change it to.  The Story of the Fall knowingly remarks that the neighbors "evidently like a bit of T'Pau," but I don't know what he's on about; he may be joking about his own ignorance of the lyric, or he may mistakenly think the band was around in 1984 (they formed in 1986). Or, he may think "T'Pau" is slang for sex or something, but if it is, the internet hasn't heard about it (I don't claim to be hip, but I can Google). What seems most likely to me is that MES is just scatting; after all, the previous line is "oo-ar.".  

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3. I have no idea about this line, and the obscurity is exacerbated by the fact that the "mind moving fast" part is simultaneous here.  

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4. Dan has found the source of these cryptic words in the movie Alone in the Dark. At one point the character played by Donald Pleasance, a psychiatrist named Dr. Leo Bain, says to his bemused colleague Dr. Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz)  "Always remember what the Hindu mystic said. 'Mind moving fast is crazy. Mind slow is saint. Mind stopped...is God!"

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5. There is a musical shift into chaos here, which suggests that the "writer upstairs," surely MES, has succumbed to his madness due to the racket downstairs.

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Comments (10)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 25/01/2017

Hold the front page for this one.


Mind moving slow is sane
Mind moving fast is mad
Mind left stopped he's got


This is an almost exact quote from the film "Alone in the Dark" (1982): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alone_in_the_Dark_(1982_film)

The lines are spoken by Dr Leo Bain, played by Donald Pleasance:


Always remember what the Hindu mystics say:
Mind moving fast is crazy
Mind slow is sane
Mind stopped... is God


The film is on youtube:
https://youtu.be/xCO7FGs4hDs
Go to about 16:10

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 26/01/2017

Pleasance might actually be saying "Mind slow is saint"... easy to mishear.

bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

Dan, this is an outstanding find. You should feel like stout Cortez, silent on a peak in Darien. Or, if I've used that one before, then Indiana Jones finding the ark of the covenant. Hell yes, this is exciting.

bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

Dan, to my ears it is very distinctly "saint."

bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

I will have to watch that movie. I gave a minimal account based on what I found on Wikipedia. That may be adequate but I want to watch it anyway, just from that scene it looks really enticing anyhow.

bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

I wonder about "granpathy," the -pathy seems particularly relevant now.

bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

Also I changed it from "he's got" to "is God," that's what it sounds like to me.

bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 28/01/2017

There are also some variations in the "mind moving" parts we haven't nailed down yet.

bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt | 29/01/2017

I watched the movie, it has some cool parts and is pretty trippy but not as exciting as one would have hoped. Nothing useful to add to the notes.

dannyno
  • 10. dannyno | 25/06/2017

From the sleeve notes to "The Wonderful and Frightening World Of..."

[quote]
CRAIGNESS

- "Shimmering violet shimmer, twisting haunts shadow passers veil night time silvery veils swirling rustling sweep. Shining, melodious Drifting." - B.E.S.
[/quote

So evidently those are Brix's words. What connection they have to this song, I do not know.

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