Last Orders

Lyrics

(1)

Everybody's telling me to listen up
They're trying to run my life for me
I'm gonna tell I'll tell 'em
Their term's up

They've just given me their
Last orders 
Last orders
Last orders
Last orders 

Everyone's in prison or in the army
All sincere, all phoney
Reading all the books, taking in the news

They've just given me their
Last orders 
Last orders
Last orders
Last orders 

I don't dig their dead-end options
I'm not hurt by their rejections
I'm no sell-out, and they've found out

They've just given me their
Last orders 
Last orders
Last orders
Last orders 

Everybody's telling me to listen up
They're trying to write my life story
Joke's on them
It's the end of the rap

They've just given me their
Last orders 
Last orders
Last orders
Last orders 

Notes

1. Apparently the most straightforward lyrics Mark E. Smith ever wrote, which may be explained by the fact that Tony Friel wrote them (mostly, anyway; see below, where it appears that some of MES's ideas made it in to the song, although not intact). It could easily be by any punk band of the time. Nevertheless, it's a fun little song.

The remainder is from Dan:

Just because it's a science fiction thing, and therefore likely to be on The Fall's radar, there's a Brian Aldiss short story entitled "Last Orders". First published in S.F. Digest #1, 1976, and reprinted in "Last Orders and Other Stories", 1977.

In a letter to Tony Friel (briefly published online by Friel several years ago) dated 11 January 1977, MES says "I've worked out a 2nd verse for your 'newie' ": "Everybody's tellin me do this do that How to live and skin the cat They'd better cry for their last refrain Cos they've just given me their LAST ORDERS."

In a subsequent letter dated 21 January 1977, MES reveals a third verse: "Everybody's tellin me do this do that They wanna know my life story Jokes on them as it's the year of the Rat And they've just given me their LAST ORDERS"

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Comments (4)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 17/02/2017
Just because it's a science fiction thing, and therefore likely to be on The Fall's radar, there's a Brian Aldiss short story entitled "Last Orders". First published in S.F. Digest #1, 1976, and reprinted in "Last Orders and Other Stories", 1977.
dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 05/09/2017
In a letter to Tony Friel (briefly published online by Friel several years ago) dated 11 January 1977, MES says "I've worked out a 2nd verse for your 'newie' ":


'Everybody's tellin me do this do that
How to live and skin the cat
They'd better cry for their last refrain
Cos they've just given me their LAST ORDERS.'
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 05/09/2017
In a subsequent letter dated 21 January 1977, MES reveals a third verse:


'Everybody's tellin me do this do that
They wanna know my life story
Jokes on them as it's the year of the Rat
And they've just given me their LAST ORDERS'
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt (link) | 07/10/2017
"Year of the rat"is better!

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