Disney's Dream Debased

Lyrics

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The day the dream went right back to base
There was blood on the ground
Blood on the sand
Blood all around (2)
Tracks of the ride of the bright murder hawk (3)
The day the dream debased and went home (4)
And the people did mill to those adrenaline rails
And everything stopped

 

The nurses climbed up
Our faces pale
And there was no doubt at all
No two ways about it
Was the day Disney's dream debased

 

Saw a mouse, who flapped at my wife (5)
And she told him what...
And she told him what had gone down
Who then did not know the extent of the show
The people had died in the mouth of their ride

 

Disney
 

And Dopey and Mickey, Brer and Pluto (6)
Secretly prayed to get out
And there was no doubt at all
No two ways about it
Was the day Disney's dream debased

 

Disney
 

Dark glasses on Western Union
Man the gates
The dream, an innocent meets her fate
Far away from Appalachia and the city hate (7)
The day 

 

When there was no doubt at all
No maybe about it
It was the day the dream debased

 

Disney
 

I remembered it from
The back of my mind
The tune that I wrote
In fallen dreams
Anthem to
Creator of all that had stopped (8)

 

So there was no doubt at all
No two ways about it
It was the day the dream debased

Notes

1. Reformation has reproduced the follwing remarks from Brix about the genesis of the song:

"Mark got off this ride with tears in his eyes he was so frightened. This ride is a mountain, 100 ft in the air, a replica of The Matterhorn; you ride at sixty miles an hour. Ten minutes after we get off, a woman fails out of her sleigh, gets trapped and decapitated by the oncoming one. They couldn't get her out, there was fire-engines everywhere coming out of the bushes, and all these Micky Mouse characters rushing out to distract people. It took them seven hours to get the body off. Everyone was pretending nothing had happened, they were all going 'Disneyland is wonderful land'. Mark was saying, 'Whaaat??? There's a woman up there with no head on', but Micky Mouse was just laughing away. Mark thought it was like a bad trip." (Brix Smith quoted in Jamming, November 1984)

"I convinced Mark to go to Disneyland with me and my grandfather. Mark thinks he's psychic...We went on this ride called the Matterhorn...It's huge, you can see it from the freeway...it's a scary bobsled ride that goes through tunnels of the Matterhorn. We got off the ride and I swear to fucking God Mark was crying, I asked what was wrong and all he could say was that the ride was evil. I said it was ridiculous as I'd been going on it since I was eight. To calm him down I took him on the 'It's A Small World' boat ride which is the cheesiest, old-school baby ride with dolls. We're walking back from it and a rectangular shaped bush parts, and a mini-fire engine comes out, and on the back is a nurse. It drives to the Matterhorn. The whole ride gets cordoned off and people with walkie-talkies and clipboards are running everywhere, it was panic. Mark was right - something just happened on the Matterhorn. They closed the whole place down. We went home and saw the news: it was all 'death at Disneyland.' Someone had either jumped out of the Matterhorn or fell out, and was trapped and decapitated by the oncoming bobsled and it took mountain climbers, like, six hours to get the body off there. And that was Disney's Dream Debased."..."The person who died was Dolly Regene Young. Which was even more bizarre because my nickname from my grandparents was Dolly. " (Brix Smith quoted in the booklet accompanying the re-release of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (Beggars Banquet, 2010)


The incident has been corroborated in several places on the internet:

Dolly Regene Young, 48, was killed on the Matterhorn when she was thrown from her seat and pinned under an oncoming car. Her seatbelt was found to be unfastened, but no one knew if she had unlocked it or a ride operator just forgot to check to make sure she was buckled in.


MES had this to say:

I ask him about the sound of the record. It was very well produced, unlike _Dragnet_ for instance. Did he ever listen to that record again? "Yes, a couple of months ago. I think it sounds that way because that sound was current at the time. But the technicians that were involved with it didn't want their names on the sleeve, even the studio... It wasn't even such a great studio, but no one wanted to be linked with that record. (laughing)" About _Disney's.._: "I think Disneyland is becoming like McDonalds, I don't think Disney meant it like that."

Brix, in The Rise, The Fall, and The RIse, says of naming the album (The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall): "I came up with the title as a reference to one of my favourite childhood shows, The Wonderful World of Disney.

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2. From Michael Martin:

"The lyric 'blood on the ground, Blood on the sand, Blood all around' most likely references a scene in the now-closed Disneyland attraction Country Bear Jamboree where a character performs the Tex Ritter song 'Blood on the Saddle.'"

Blood on the Saddle:

There was blood on the saddle

And blood all around

And a great big puddle

Of blood on the ground

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3. The song is based on an incident on the Matterhorn ride (see note 1), which sounds a bit like "murder hawk."  

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4. "Debased" is used as an intransitive verb here and elsewhere, although this is not common usage. "Debased and went home" suggests it may be a play on words, as though he's saying "de-based."

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5. Mickey, of course; see note 1.  

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6. "Brer" refers to Brer (or Bre'r, for "brother") Rabbit, the character from Joel Chandler Harris' Song of the South who was adopted into the Disney pantheon when the company made the latter into a movie.  

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7. Dolly Regene Young was in fact from Fremont, California, which is nowhere near the Appalachians. Smith's knowledge of US geography has always been sketchy at best.  

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8. Either Walt or God, I suppose (assuming there's a difference...). Although it's at the beginning of a line in my transcription and the convention I adhere to is to capitalize every line, in the blue lyrics book "creator" begins with a lower case 'c', so it seems safest to go with Walt.

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Comments (6)

Joseph Mullaney
  • 1. Joseph Mullaney | 09/08/2014
`Our face paled' should be `our faces pale'.

`The people had died in the mouth of their ride'- it doesn't sound like `died', the vowel sound is -ay.

`Minnie and Mickey' should be `Dopey and Mickey', Dopey being one of the Seven Dwarfs.
Jill
  • 2. Jill | 25/04/2015
Jeez. I thought it was about the general demise of modern civilization. reminded me much of D. Bowie's "Five Years" in premise, not detail.
Michael Martin
  • 3. Michael Martin | 28/01/2016
The lyric "blood on the ground, Blood on the sand, Blood all around" most likely references a scene in the now-closed Disneyland attraction Country Bear Jamboree where a character performs the Tex Ritter song "Blood on the Saddle."
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 12/03/2016
Excellent, Martin, that has to be right!
bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 12/03/2016
Sorry, Michael, I mean; there's a Martin who contributes a lot here, and I got it twisted...
dannyno
  • 6. dannyno | 07/05/2016
Brix tells the story of this song in some detail in The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise.

By the way, she says, of the album The Wonderful and Frightening World of...


I came up with the title as a reference to one of my favourite childhood shows, The Wonderful World of Disney.

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