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 (3)
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 with there, but Dan points out one of the stories is called "Kelly's Eye," a phrase that appears in "Bingo-Master."

Dan says that Rob Waite's article "Notebooks Out" in "The Biggest Library Yet," issue #18, January 2000, p6, notes that "Draygo's Guilt" appeared "on the odd set list under the guise 'The Lou Reed One,'" and records musical similarity to Reed's "Vicious".

As Hexen Blumenthal points out it sounds like Simon Dupree's "Reservations," and also maybe it sounds like Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" (from the year after "Reservations"), but it's hard to say what the connections are. 

The Lancashire band Victor Drago was active between 1979 and 1983. Their singer, Gary Lomax, was apparently friends with Marc Riley (see comments 16 and 17 below). Lomax was later known for his photography (thanks to Bob).

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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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3. See note 1 re: Gary Lomax.

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Comments (18)

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?
dannyno
  • 10. dannyno | 12/08/2017
Rob Waite's article, "Notebooks Out" in "The Biggest Library Yet", issue #18, January 2000, p6, notes that "Draygo's Guilt" appeared "on the odd set list under the guise 'The Lou Reed One", and records musical similarity to Reed's "Vicious".
Doc
  • 11. Doc | 21/04/2019
A spiritual king has to rise or perish

Ecclesiastes 3 'Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?'
Arnold
  • 12. Arnold | 21/04/2019
The band Victor Drago can be heard here:

https://www.amazon.com/Victor-Drago/dp/B003YHGRIU/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Victor+Drago&qid=1555843651&s=dmusic&search-type=ss&sr=1-1-spell

It's bloody awful stuff, one song containing the line, ' you've got to whip the bitch.'
Don't think it has anything to do with the song.Unless he is guilty over having made a bloody awful record.
dannyno
  • 13. dannyno | 30/08/2019
Simon Ford's The Fall, suggests that the riff is borrowed from Amon Düül II's Luzifers Ghilom (p137, note 35), off their album Phallus Dei.
bzfgt
  • 14. bzfgt (link) | 31/08/2019
Nah, I don;'t think so, unless there's a part I'm missing....there is a bit at the beginning of Luzifers Ghilom that sounds like the Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers, which was cribbed from the Dead's St. Stephen...
Hexen Blumenthal
  • 15. Hexen Blumenthal | 17/12/2019
This is music totally of Simon Duppree of the Big Sound Kites fame "Reservations"
Bob
  • 16. Bob | 27/01/2020
Gary Lomax, singer of Victor Drago was also a photographer (Photo Drago?) according to this and lived in Rossendale (in the hills):

https://www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk/news/tributes-artist-musician-who-played-8671039

“He was really very artistic. You would never forget him – he was very charismatic and a big personality. He became quite well known for his art and photography. He was always in bands and was quite good friends with The Fall and Joy Division – he was in that circle. He was an all-round creative person.

“Some of his photography is in the Victoria and Albert museum, which is brilliant because it is prestigious. He got offered a deal to work for Vogue taking pictures, but he decided to have a family instead. He was a real family man.”

Don't know what he was guilty about though.

Variant from Janice Long session:

'And a man called James, still dreams of photo Drago'

'Scan window menus and walk away,' sounds autobiographical (Mark was broke at this time).

John Leckie talking about the recording of the track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm66qcDm_uY
Bob
  • 17. Bob | 27/01/2020
“He would have jammed with all the main bands on the Manchester scene and his photographs were used for loads of album covers.

“People like Marc Riley, Eddie Fenn and Terry Swaizland were his best friends.”

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/11808144.amp/
bzfgt
  • 18. bzfgt (link) | 01/02/2020
Excellent stuff! I can't get the Telegraph page to save in Wayback unfortunately.

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