It's A Curse

Lyrics

(1)

It's a curse
Well, thy forsooth
Who is that interesting hack over there?
By Gad, verily
Cracked curse
Disliked,
Disliked.
Burdened
It's a curse
And I am not unguilty of using it

You, your tone is...
You, your tone is...
Tone of everybody.

Trying to bolt out of 
Trying to get over
Operation mindfuck (2)

I do not like your tone.
It has ephemeral whinging aspects.  (3)

It's a curse. I am not unguilty of using it

Waiting for you to fff...   (4)
Trying to get out of
Trying to get out of
Waiting
They are waiting bitterly
For you to fall over
It's a curse

Down their long egg breath
Cheap shaving lotion days
Their sandwiches stashed under their side seats
Their froglike chins ready to burst
I tell you, it's a curse
It's a burden
It's a curse
Trying to get over
bargain vampires
In shops
I tell you, it's a curse

You, your tone is...
You, your tone is...
Trying to get out of...
Trying to get out of...
It's a curse
Shafted over 
It's a curse
I tell you, it's a curse
It's a curse
It's a burden
It's a burden
Operation Mindfuck

Look back bores
It's a curse
Bach and Wagner
All you really need is a good
Spaß (5)
It's a curse
Balti and Vimto and Spangles were always crap, (6)
Regardless of the look back bores (7)

It's a curse
Shafted over
Trying to bolt out of
Waiting for you
It's a curse

 

Notes

1. Another swipe at nostalgia and even, seemingly, the past itself, in the vein of "A Past Gone Mad" from the same album. The song, one of the highlights of The Infortainment Scan, is sometimes dismissed as lacklustre by those who seemingly can't feel the relentless one-note riff where it needs to be felt.  

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2. "Trying to get over" is a quote from Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," and is sung to the exact same melody. "Operation Mindfuck" is a Discordian idea, popularized by Robert Anton Wilson, in which rigid ideas of reality are destablized for the purposes of a kind of libertarian and hedonistic enlightenment. Discordianism is also invoked in "New Puritan."  

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3. "Whinging" (sometimes spelled "Whingeing") is British slang for impotent griping or whining.  

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4. Alex Griffin points out the echo of "My Generation" here...

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5. "Bach and Wagner" phonetically echo "bargain vampires" from the previous verse. Portsmouth Bubblejet: "'Spaß' is a German word meaning 'fun' and is thus the natural response to someone who listens to the seldom humorous Bach and Wagner."

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6. Balti is a Pakistani curry dish; Vimto is a British soft drin made from raspberries, grapes and currents; and Spangles were a hard candy, discontinues in the early 1980s, which seem to symbolize nostalgia for MES like nothing else; love of Spangles also comes in for opprobrium in "Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room" and "A Past Gone Mad."

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7. "Look Back Bore" has become a common term among Fall fans to describe those who focus on the band's older material; it is equally likely to be ruefully self-applied as it is to be used as a criticism.  

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Comments (10)

Ted
  • 1. Ted | 11/07/2013
I wonder if the lyric "Trying to get over" is a lift from Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly". It's said with the same phrasing.

Also: VIMTO is an anagram for VOMIT. Just pointin' that out.
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 12/07/2013
Ha, I said the same thing about Superfly on the FOF...I can't believe I forgot to put it in the notes! I was sure I did. Thanks for pointing that out...
Martin
  • 3. Martin | 26/09/2015
"You, you tone is...." (the last time in the song) should be:

"You, your tone is...you, your tone is"
Portsmouth Bubblejet
  • 4. Portsmouth Bubblejet | 29/01/2018
I always thought he was singing 'All you need is a good Spaß' - there's a definite 'p' in the initial consonant cluster.

'Spaß' is a German word meaning 'fun' and is thus the natural response to someone who listens to the seldom humorous Bach and Wagner.
Alex Griffin
  • 5. Alex Griffin | 30/01/2018
Could the 'ffff...' be a reference to the famous stutter in 'My Generation' by The Who?

why don't you all just f.f.f.f.f.ade away...
dannyno
  • 6. dannyno | 01/02/2018
It could be a reference to The Who, although quite why he would be referencing them I do not know. It could also be "Fall" - he does occasionally bury such references - he does it with Manchester in Marquis Cha Cha, for example - "from a town called mmmm".

"Waiting for you to Fall", rather than "fade away" or "fuck off".
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt (link) | 12/02/2018
He says "Spass," you're right. I corrected a few more things too and got rid of the quotation marks which I must have kept from the Lyrics Parade.
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 12/02/2018
Alex, I think that should probably be mentioned.
dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 09/03/2018
I'm not so sure about "Spass". I listened to the pronounciations at https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Spa%C3%9F and I'm not hearing the "shhh" sound we get in the song. Now, if it is "spass", that might make sense because of the musical link - Mozart's A Musical Joke, or Ein musikalischer Spaß (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Musical_Joke). But I don't quite hear it like that.
Zack
  • 10. Zack | 29/04/2018
"Just Waiting" on Oswald Defence Lawyer was likely recorded live in 1992 and includes some extemporaneous lyrics:

"Hey Wagner and Bach / Just give us a good Spaß"

"And look in the streets in Deansgate and Oxford Street / Vampire bargain hunters and people shouting..."

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