In The Park


Night though I do not sleep
I dream of the park up the road
I open the bushes, a couple of lovers
Trying to be lust-rockers
And although my spouse is in the other room
I think we can do it here
Yes, uh, and she makes me pay
For every girl I have the guts to look at
Anyway here, quiet here
You thought it'd be great
You thought it'd be great
But a good mind does not a good fuck make (1)

I take you to the park up the road
But here is the rain
Rain makes policemen no threat
Turns cars into little specks
Muffles the shouts of your neighbour
And we will have sex here
Here, here
Couch, shagged out
There's no hard-ons
It's just come and it's gone

I'm becoming everything I used to hate
But I can't go back there
Not back there, I can't go back there
Not back to the park
The brown monk ghost'll catch us
And make us lust-rockers
Make us wear huckleberry masks and, uh, huckleberry masks (2)
You sing you don't believe in [couples]
But I can't believe that
Especially the crap about the huckleberry masks



1. A refreshingly self-deprecating reversal of the ordinary, and cheap, imprecations one finds in contemporary punk lyrical efforts (compare the Anti-Nowhere league: "Your tits are big but your brains are small/Sometimes I wonder if you've brains at all/Woman/Ah stuff yourself"). The song seems to continually confuse the couch in the living room with the bushes in the park; it is possible that the action takes place in the living room while the protagonist fantaiszes he's in the park. In general, MES seems a little grossed out by what he's describing here, as the narrator goes on to declare "I'm becoming everything I used to hate."   


2. Reformation reproduces a helpful suggestion ("sic" throughout): 

According to Steve "Acton High Street", referring to the phrase Huckleberry masks, "in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey Hepburn's character steals and later wears a mask of the Huckleberry Hound cartoon character. I would imagine that the contrast between the romantic ideas in the film and the darker ideas of both MES' lyric and Truman Capote's original story was in Smith's mind when he used this image." 

As for the "brown monk ghost," this could be a personification of the narrator's superego. Several orders of monks wear brown, and there are numerous legends of ghost monks--at least one from MES's neighborhood, as it happens (thanks to DJAsh at the Fall online forum):


Location: Manchester - Church Inn, Prestwich
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom monk who haunts the cellar under this public house occasionally cries out 'Hello!' in an attempt to gain attention.

Martin points out that there are several parks in this neighborhood.


Comments (5)

  • 1. Martin | 12/04/2017
The idea that the ghost mentioned is the one claimed to haunt the Church Inn seems to have quite some basis, given that there are parks nearby. It's also about a one-minute walk from the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which just might be the one referred to in Hexen Definitive.
  • 2. bzfgt (link) | 13/05/2017
Wow, this one hasn't been edited since 2013....pretty untouched by Annotated Fall standards.
  • 3. balddb1 | 30/01/2018
No opportunity to attach this to "Black Monk Theme II" (as THAT was a cover version), but the refrain of "Do it here" in that song seems to be a backward reference to this lyric.
Raging Ostler
  • 4. Raging Ostler | 18/02/2018
There's an interview somewhere in which MES talks about having seen the ghost of a monk in Heaton Park (can't find a link cos I can't remember which interview it was). His ghost-sniffing days were early on - certainly pre-Grotesque - so this seems likely to be the source of the monk in this song.
  • 5. bzfgt (link) | 19/02/2018
Yeah, if you can find that, or if anyone can, that would be very helpful.

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