Hurricane Edward

Lyrics

(taped narrative):
Awake at 5am
Mr Hughes was right in retrospect
He knew the climate
I was a farm hand in Ross County
Then he came
The Hurricane (1)

(MES):
This cleanliness won't take your brass
Mr Greaves was right in retrospect (2)
He knew this climate
I'm not an ordinary guy,
Am I?
I held yellow thick ropes
So died before him (3)
I was a farm hand
Then came
Hurricane
Then came
Hurricane
Asleep at twelve thirty
In cosy cots
I get up early
I plough the land
Then came
Hurricane
My ears are rushed
My ears are rushed
There are characters in my brain
Hurricane rushed
Come at will
(jeers)

(Tommy):
I was always awake from 5 am
Mr Hughes was right in retrospect
He knew this climate
Ross County town
Bank is closed
Then come
Hurricane

Notes

1. This sounds like a recording from a movie or television program, but it's apparently just a part of the lyrics. The conventional wisdom has it that the lines are uttered by Tommy Crooks both here and, more frantically, at the end. On the other hand, according to The Story of the Fall, "It starts with a clip from a TV/radio show or something delivered by 'a farm hand in Ross County.' The west country burr contrasts sharply with Tommy Crooks' broad Scottish accent at the end." The TV/radio show theory is certainly wrong, unless it is from something so obscure as to leave no traces on the internet. As to whether the voice at the beginning belongs to Tommy Crooks, it sounds to me like the two narrations could be the same person, but I don't even know what a "west country burr" is so I am not insisting on anything.

There is a Ross County in Ohio and one in Scotland (County of Ross or Ross-shire); the latter is probably intended, because of Crooks' Scottish background. Although he didn't have a hand in writing the song, the lyrics are narrated with a Scottish accent, so it seems more natural to assume the Scottish county is meant. 

Reformation speculates that the lyrics have something to do with Crooks' band Farmhand Organisation (possibly "Organization"), but no reason is given and I'm not sure why this would be the case.

The track "Interferance" [sic] is largely put together from a tape of this song.

Zack reminds us that MES's middle name is "Edward."

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2. According to the Lyrics Parade, it is "Mr. Greaves" who was right in this verse. I assume this must have come from one of the Fall lyrics books, since MES very clearly says "Mr. Hughes" here and there is no Greaves mentioned on the recording. 

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3. "Him" is probably the aforementioned Hughes, whose acuity availed him nought. The narrator was presumably trying to secure something on the farm, and narrates the song from beyond the grave.

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Comments (5)

Edward
  • 1. Edward | 15/03/2015
The voice of George Galloway in the middle?
Edward
  • 2. Edward | 04/06/2015
Having listened to a live recording (circa '97 - '98) of the Fall playing this live, I think the George Galloway reference was a red herring - it is surely Tommy Crooks both initially speaking and, later on, bellowing.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 3. Joseph Mullaney | 22/03/2016
As on The Quartet of Doc Shanley, if it is Tommy Crooks at the start then he must have a pretty good talent for impersonation. The accent is one from the west country of England (i.e. around Bristol way) and although similarly rhotic to a Scottish accent it doesn't otherwise sound anything like Crooks's harsh Edinburgh tones.
Martin
  • 4. Martin | 12/04/2016
I interviewed Tommy Crooks via email for The Pseud Mag. There was a follow-up question which I asked him that to my memory never made it into publication. The question was:

"By the way, re your answer on the tracks you play on Levitate, you also feature on vocals (at least) on 'The Quartet Of Doc Shanley', singing these lines: "If you're like me you're a complete and utter pranny you'll know what I
mean when I say recipe"...dunno what's it like to have to sing stuff
like that!"

His reply:

"That was that Julia Nagle that sang that.I sang and played on Hurricane Edward."
Zack
  • 5. Zack | 07/11/2016
Whilst listening to the most chaotic song from the most chaotic album from the most chaotic era of The Fall, it's worth noting that the "E" in MES stands for Edward.

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