Draygo's Guilt

Lyrics

(1)

I am the one who gave you a chance in life
How could you try and end my life

Draygo's guilt
Still happens
Draygo's guilt
Still

How long is long in a hellish place?
And dreams today are draining us dry
And I proclaim some loyalty frightened me
Master bold morals get reptiles and ankles

Draygo's guilt
Still apparent
Draygo's guilt
Still

A spiritual king has to rise or perish
And throw away the charity handouts
Blow his nose on last pound note  (2)
Scan window menus and walk away but

Draygo's guilt
Still happens
Draygo's guilt
Still
Still
Sit still 
Sit still
Sit still
Hate from the hills
Hate from the hills
Hate from the hills
Hate from the hills

And all the bands still dream of photo-Draygo 
The county of Lancs dreams of photo-Draygo
Guitars in hands that turn and stab you
And sexy with bass dreams of photo-Draygo
but

Draygo's guilt
Still happens
Draygo's guilt
Still
Still
Still
Still

Hate from the hills
Hate from the hills

How many times do I have to say this
I should not have to say this
But each time the blood was clear like liquid gold

Notes

1. Sometime Fall drummer Steve Davis  was in a band called Victor Draygo at some point, and this may make some sense of the lyrics, although there's no evidence his parting from the Fall was anything but mutually amicable. The band may have been named after the detective Victor Drago, a character from the British comic Tornado...I'm not sure if there's much to work wioth there, but Danny points out one of the stories called "Kelly's Eye."

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2. Mark points out that this line appeares on the live "And This Day" from the Hammersmith Palais, 3/25/1982 (the version on Hip Priests and Kamerads). As Zack mentions, "Draygo's Guilt" is the older song, and it already had this lyric before "And This Day" premiered.

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Comments (9)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 03/11/2013

Sample story:
http://britishcomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/victor-drago.html

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 03/11/2013

From the same comic:
http://britishcomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/kellys-eye.html

Neat bit of synchronicity, huh?

Mark
  • 3. Mark | 16/06/2014

"Blow his nose on last pound note" - this lyric had been in MES' mind for a while before he used it here: it's also used on the live version of "And This Day" on "Hip Priest And Kamerads" (Hammersmith Palais, 25/03/1982).

bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 24/06/2014

Great catch, thank you. I thought maybe "phodo-Draygo" in the last verse, a la "Pseud Mag.", but the 't' is pretty clear. So "photo-Draygo"...I wish I had more to say about this song, but I don't really know what's going on.

Rusty Shackleford
  • 5. Rusty Shackleford | 19/11/2014

To me, it sounds as though Mark is saying "Draygo's guilt still happens", rather than "Draygo's guilt still apparent". I'm pretty sure he adds a syllable (as he so often does) so it actually sounds more like "happens-ah"

bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 23/11/2014

I just listened and I think you're right except for the second chorus, so I changed it accordingly...

Zack
  • 7. Zack | 10/01/2017

Believe it or not, "Draygo's Guilt" predates "And This Day" - "DG" was performed live years before it was recorded in the studio, and the "last pound note" line appears in the version on the Live at Leeds DVD from 1981.

dannyno
  • 8. dannyno | 10/02/2017

Some info on the band Victor Drago:

http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/victor-drago

http://www.boredteenagers.co.uk/victor%20drago.htm

dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 12/02/2017

There's a 1988 short story by Tanith Lee, entitled "The Kingdoms of the Air" (first published in Weird Tales, #291, Summer 1988) which includes the line:


And from the lip of the chalice there ran a stream of blood, but the blood was like liquid gold and it blazed brighter than he sun


Now Tanith Lee is/was a pretty well known genre writer. And so I got all excited, but it seems the story's first appearance was 1988, and not earlier. Nonetheless, I wonder if "blood like liquid gold" is a commonish trope in this kind of writing? And if so, what might it represent?

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