Industrial Estate

Lyrics

Get off for Ind. Est. (1)
Get off for Ind. Est.

Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate
Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate
Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate

Well you started here to earn your pay
Clean necks and ears on your first day
Well we tap on the bars as you walk in the gate
And we'd build a canteen but we haven't got the space

Oh, Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate

And the crap in the air will fuck up your face
And the boss will bloody take most of your wage (2)
And if you get a bit of depression
Ask the doctor for some valium

Oh, Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate

Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate
Yeah, Yeah, Industrial Estate
Industrial Estate

Notes

1. An "industrial estate" is what is known in the US as an industrial park. Here Smith says "Ind. Est.," just as it's written. I think the lyric above is correct, but it is possible that he says "Get off the Ind. Est." or "Get up for Ind. Est." here, as others have suggested; it is hard to hear clearly enough to be absolutely sure.

Via Reformation: From "Renegade" (Penguin/Viking, 2008). MES's ghosted autobiograpy: "Songs like 'Industrial Estate' - that was the second or third song that I wrote the music for, but the lyrics came first - it's a sort of poem; a hard poem. You can tell it was written at work. It's about working on the docks, on a container base. So of course I presented it to the group and they want to know what it's all about. They would prefer me to write about velvet shiny leather,  the moon and all that kind of thing, like Television or The Velvets. As a compromise I wrote the chorus - 'Yeah, yeah, industrial estate' - to make it a bit more American rocky. And I wrote this sub-Stooges music to go with it, Stooges without the third chord. At the time, people thought it was terrible because it wasn't the way it should be, it wasn't in tune. But I never wanted The Fall to be like one of those groups. I didn't care what people thought." 

In an interview with Printed Noises, MES had the following to say about working in an industrial estate:

I lived without tv for a year, it didn't bother me, People need television, people need cars. A lot of the reason people work on an industrial estate is to buy cars and houses and in my estimation they deserve everything they they fucking get. It's self-perpetuating you know, the whole system is self-perpetuating. The more money you get the more money you want.

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2. This is a little unclear, and on the Peel version sounds more like "And the bus company takes most of your wage." The latter is what appears in the blue lyrics book.

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Comments (12)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 27/12/2013
"Well we tap one another as you walk in the gate"

Doesn't sound like that. Blue lyrics book has "[illegible] watch out for the lorries when you walk out of the gate".

And

"Boss can bloody take most of your wage"

Blue lyrics book has "And the bus company takes most of your wage", which again is what it does actually sound like.
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 22/01/2014
You haven't been listening to the Peel version, by any chance? There I hear "bus company," but LATWT sounds more like "bus company." I noted this above. Note that this would be one hell of a bus fare.

"Tap on the bars," now. I think that's correct.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 3. Joseph Mullaney | 26/10/2014
It's `get up for Ind. Est.', not `get off'.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 4. Joseph Mullaney | 26/10/2014
Should also be `haven't got the space' instead of `much space'.
bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 27/10/2014
Are you sure about "get up"? It sounds like it could be either to me, and it isn't in the blue book. I hesitate to change it without some kind of certainty, even though I guess it could be wrong either way, the way I have it seems to make a little bit more sense (not exactly a requirement, but helpful if all else is equal).
Joseph Mullaney
  • 6. Joseph Mullaney | 27/10/2014
I took it to mean get up for work. I'm certain he says `for'.
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 03/11/2014
Ah, I see, it does make sense. I put a mention in the note that it may be as you say, if anyone else wants to weigh in I've got my eye on this now but can't be sure enough to change it yet.
NickH
  • 8. NickH | 06/11/2015
To these ears it's always been 'Get off for Ind. Est', in relation to a bus journey and the truncated designation in the destination board above the drivers window.
bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt | 23/11/2015
Nick, that's totally possible, it's hard to say for sure and the blue lyrics book does not include the introductory line.
dannyno
  • 10. dannyno | 07/08/2016
"Get off for ind. est." could work. But I'd suggest another reading, though I don't claim it to be more plausible. I've just been on holiday, and while driving noticed quite a few road signs where "ind. est." was used as an abbreviation. I guess I had this song in my mind, because the connection has never occurred to me so forcefully before. So "Get off for ind. est." could refer to road sign abbreviations and motorway exits ["get off the motorway for...], or something like that.
bzfgt
  • 11. bzfgt | 03/09/2016
I am listening now and it definitely sounds like "for" to me, and your explanation makes sense and also makes the best line of the options, so I'm changing it, at least until someone gives me a good reason to change it back, or again.
dannyno
  • 12. dannyno | 14/08/2017
"And the crap in the air will fuck up your face"

In a Facebook post to "The Mighty Fall" page on Sunday 13 August 2017 at 18:24, Una Baines said:


"The crap in the air will fuck up your face" was about Barton Dock industrial estate.

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