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...
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, you tone is...."
Trying to get out of
It's a curse
Shafted over 
It's a curse
It's a burden
That's burden
Operation Mindfuck

Look back bores
Bach and Wagner
All you really need is a good Schwartz (4)
It's a curse
Balti and Vimto and Spangles were always crap, (5)
Regardless of the look back bores (6)

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. "Bach and Wagner" phonetically echo "bargain vampires" from the previous verse. Reformation, which has an excellent entry on this song, suggests that "the good Schwartz" refers to Stephen Schwartz, an altogether more middle-brow composer than the two named above, who is responsible for such trifles as Godspell  and Wicked.  

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5. 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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6. "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 (3)

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"

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