I've Been Duped

Lyrics

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[Backing: I've been duped]

War at home
no real footage
just you kids
in their bedroom
war at home
watching vids
Edwardians in Colour on...(2)

Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me (3)
Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me
[I've been duped]
I've been duped
[I've been duped]
I've been duped

World War One
Dr Richard Hume is retiring
to south of France (4)
I'm French soldier
suffering
I have been duped

Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me
Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me
[I've been duped]
I've been duped
[I've been duped]
I've been duped

Been to France
late night on
no odd groups
just gambling
I've been duped
I've been duped
I've been duped
Have you been duped?

Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me
Every time there's orange on TV
the brass are saying good news to me
[I've been duped]
I've been duped
[I've been duped]
I've been duped

Better then
The warlords on
Two hairy men
digging up Scotland
Six Feet Under (5)
Stay up for
there's no boring
just people mumbling

[I've been duped]
[I've been duped, duped, duped, duped, duped]

 

Notes

1. Eleni Poulou handles lead vocals on this number.  

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2. Edwardians in Colour is the title of A BBC documentary about the banker Albert Kahn, who amassed a huge collection of early color photographs. The Edwardian era coincides with the short reign of Edward VII (1901-1910), but historians sometimes extend it to include World War I.  

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3. "Brass" usually refers to military officers; British army officers have not been known to wear orange, either now or during the first World War. The word may refer to Orange Irish, Protestant Loyalists associated with the Orange Order, named after William of Orange (of "Kurious, Oranj" fame). Maybe orange refers to a problem with the picture tube. Or, as Danny suggests, it could suggest prison wear (maybe in Guantanamo Bay).

Danny and Mark make a very intriguing suggestion, however. According to Mark:

Re: "orange on TV" - several years before, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring did a series of sketches about the "Curious Orange" in their show "This Morning With Richard, Not Judy". A brief extract of the song "Kurious Oranj" was played at the start of each one. Perhaps a reference to the royalties acquired therefrom? (Clutching at straws somewhat here...)

It is very possible that "brass" here means the record company "brass," or top executives, which are sometimes called "brass" on analogy with the military meaning, promising royalties that never materialize. If MES sang the line, I'd be thoroughly convinced this explains it. As it is, he may have written the line, and in any case Eleni shares in his fortunes...this may not be it, but it's the most likely suggestion thus far by a long shot.

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4. I have not discovered a historical figure with this name. There was a character named Dr. RIchard Hume in the extremely obscure 2002 film Global Effect, although the movie has nothing to do with World War I.  

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5. Six Feet Under was an American television program.

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Comments (13)

Dave
  • 1. Dave | 28/07/2013
"Edwardians In Colour" and "Six Feet Under" are names of programmes so should be capitalised.

"no old rooms" is "no odd groups".

"there's no borrowing" is "there's no boring", i.e. drilling a hole.
Dave
  • 2. Dave | 28/07/2013
"Edwardians In Colour" and "Six Feet Under" are names of programmes so should be capitalised.

"no old rooms" is "no odd groups".

"there's no borrowing" is "there's no boring", i.e. drilling a hole.
bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt | 28/07/2013
Thanks, I'll look into all that. I'd never heard of Edwardians in Colour...are you sure "Six Feet Under" is the TV show here?
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 29/07/2013
I think you're right on all counts.
Dave
  • 5. Dave | 29/07/2013
Actually, I've changed my mind about the Six Feet Under thing after re-reading the lyrics! I'm not so sure about that one now, I'll leave it to you...
bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 30/07/2013
I wasn't convinced of that one at first, but "stay up for..." won me over. But I'm still not sure...
dannyno
  • 7. dannyno | 21/12/2013
Just speculating about what "orange on TV" could mean.

Could it refer to Guantanamo prisoner uniforms?
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 15/02/2014
Yeah, totally--I always think of jumpsuits but I couldn't place it.
dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 07/03/2014
Another "orange on TV":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Morning_with_Richard_Not_Judy#The_Curious_Orange

Feels like too long ago to find its way into this song, though.
Mark
  • 10. Mark | 28/06/2014
Re: "orange on TV" - several years before, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring did a series of sketches about the "Curious Orange" in their show "This Morning With Richard, Not Judy". A brief extract of the song "Kurious Oranj" was played at the start of each one. Perhaps a reference to the royalties acquired therefrom? (Clutching at straws somewhat here...)
Mark
  • 11. Mark | 28/06/2014
Apologies: already suggested by Danny above.
Thop
  • 12. Thop | 02/11/2017
Just noticed the similarity between the song title and "I've Been 'Buked", a negro spiritual perhaps most famously performed by Mahalia Jackson.
bzfgt
  • 13. bzfgt (link) | 11/11/2017
Excellent spot, Thop!

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