(Jung Nev's) Antidotes

Lyrics

(1)

Antidotes
And those who vote (2)
Antidotes
Antidotes

Antidotes
And those who vote
Where chewing-gum is chewed
The chewer is pursued (3)
Seventies
Every time
So second-rate about it

Antidotes and those who vote
Antidotes and those who vote
Antidotes and those who vote

Antidotes

No more inner-city for you
Antidotes and those who vote

Country

Carry on sir
Carry on sir (4)

At liberty is
The sports-teaching kook

At liberty is the sports teacher’s
Antidotes

Antidotes and those who vote
Miss you, miss you, miss you...
Antidotes and those who vote
Antidotes
Antidotes and those who vote
Antidotes
Antidotes and those who vote

Antidotes
Miss you, miss you, miss you … (5)

Notes

1. "Jung Nev" is apparently a reference to co-writer Neville Wilding, the (at the time) new guitarist for the Fall. The song is reprised later as "Anecdotes+Antidotes in B#," with many of the same lyrics but totally different music (although B# is a fictional key). WIlding does not have a writing credit on the "B#" version, so the title suggests that this is "his" version. Musically, it has often been pointed out that the song sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."   ^

2. The refrain resembles the 1943 novelty number "Mairzy Doats", performed by Al Trace and his Silly Symphonists:

Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

A clue to the lyrics comes later: 
If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey,
Sing "Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy."
 
^
 


3. This line is taken from the Marx Brothers' song "Just Wait til I Get Throught With It," from the movie Duck Soup. The lyrics to the latter:

 

Spoken: 
Lady: 
If it's not asking too much,

Sung:
For our information
Just for illustration
Tell us how you intend to run the nation

Rufus T. Firefly:
These are the laws of my administration

No one's allowed to smoke
Or tell a dirty joke
And whistling is forbidden

Chorus:
We're not allowed to tell a dirty joke

Hail, hail Freedonia

Rufus:
If chewing gum is chewed
The chewer is pursued
And in the hoosegow hidden

Chorus:
If we choose to chew we'll be pursued

Rufus:
If any form of pleasure is exibited
Report to me and it will be prohibited
I'll put my foot down, so shall it be
This is the land of the free

The last man nearly ruined this place
He didn't know what to do with it
If you think this country's bad off now,
Just wait 'til I get through with it

The country's taxes must be fixed
And I know what to do with it
If you think you're paying too much now
Just wait till I get throught with it

*whistle*

I will not stand for anything that's crooked or unfair
I'm strictly on the upper knot, so everyone beware
If any man's caught taking graft, and I don't get my share
We stand'im up against the wall and pop! Goes the weasel

Chorus:
So everyone beware, you're stricken or unfair
-------unless he gets his share

Rufus:
If any man should come between a husband and his bride
We'll find out which one she prefers by letting her decide
If she prefers the other man, the husband steps outside
We stand him up against the wall and pop! Goes the weasel
 
Whereas the Marx Brothers song is from the perspective of an aspiring autocrat, the Fall song seems to be almost an "answer" song; the singer seems rather to be the pursued gum-chewer, someone who feels he is persecuted for his vices.
 
 
4. Danny points out that this line, and the corresponding "It's a 'carry on, sir' country" from the Peel version (see note 5 below for the lyrics), may refer to the Carry On franchise of British comedy films. There are 31 films in the franchise, as well as several television specials, a series, and three plays. The series parodies British customs and institutions, so it is the character of the country that Carry On seeks to capture, perhaps explaining the lyric here and especially on the Peel version.
 
 
5. Here are the lyrics from the Peel session version:
 
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Antidotes

And those who vote
And in the hoose hidden
The chewing gum is chewed

Antidotes

The wacky sports teacher and the big fat body odour
In the class he tolerates their dads on teams
It's a carry on sir country

Antidotes

The chewing gum is chewed
The chewer is pursued
And in the back shed his shirt became a dog’s bone

Had scales on his face before he even reached the Sports Minister
Thanks to a country that’s so second-rate

Antidote
And dog’s…

And would Adams Family schitzophrenes vice film
cut it out shows people on the train and shouted it at the show round

The driver always wants to go round and round and round the

Antidotes

The driver drives (his skin again)
The driver

Alright
 

 

Comments (2)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 26/04/2013

"It's a carry on sir country" is presumably a reference to the Carry On series of British comedy films. There was never a "Carry On Sir", but there was a "Carry On Teacher".

bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 22/02/2014

Thanks, Danny. I'm not sure about all the lyrics here, either, so if you ever decide to train your eagle ears on it let me know what you discover.

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