Masquerade

Lyrics

(1)

This is new! (2)

And what is that branch?
What branch is it?
Account is altered
And nine year olds
Walk around
In debt record
Account is altered
The grim visage
Account is delta
All yours
The web descends
Look to your grey hairs
And back your horses
About a week
A space allowance
Ran out yesterday
The Masquerade
The Masquerade
The Masqueraderie
Like a fish dish
The grim visage
Altered again
And again
The fifty percent interest
Ran out
Today
Account altered
In succour
All granted
You, you
Desperate comrades
Evaporated...

And what is that branch?
What branch is it?
That has the pipe
Of Aluminium
Sprawling underneath it?
You rich pig
What behell's it,
The Masquerade?
The Masquerade
The Masqueraderie 
The web descends
Look to your grey hairs
And back your horses
About a week
A space allowance
Ran out yesterday
The Masquerade
The Masquerade
The Masqueraderie
Like a fish dish
The grim visage
Altered again
And again
The fifty percent interest
Ran out today
In Bolton
In succour
All granted
Knew you

Notes

1. These lyrics seem to have something to do with bank accounts and the perfidy of the rich. The social life of finance is the masquerade here, I suppose, but the song is in some ways a hallucinatory and fractured vision; maybe I should come up with something clever about the song itself being a masquerade, but I don't know exactly what I'm talking about here. As usual, there's just enough sense to lure one in, but after that one is liable to get lost...

Smith alters the pronunciation of "masquerade" as he's singing the chorus, generally going with "Masquerahd" the first time and "Masqueraid" the second.

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2. The first three words are uttered by Brix from a live tape. According to mountainoaf, "Brix's quote - it was uttered on 11 October 1996 at The Forum, London - her last gig with the gruppe. The whole quote is: 'This is new. Fresh. Fresh out of the womb.' [long pause] 'It's getting stale now.' This was before 'Das Vultur Ans Ein Nutter-Wain', but the original plan was to play 'Masquerade' instead."

The Peel session includes a slightly longer version of the same recording, and runs: "This is new. Fresh! Fresh out of the womb." Reformation proivides the following rendering of the lyrics on the Peel version:

They asked
Was this branch?
The bran...
The masquerade
They were wrong
It was a light aluminium branch
Wrongly cut

The masquerade man lives alone

He was succeeded by
Mahatmed, the (marksman)
Which led...
The destruction is...
The destruction is forecast in the Old Testament
He had one song to sing
Like a flame
He acted out of hand
They thought, "Peculiar man"
And what is that branch?

He smiled valiantly
To the turn of your wit
The green wire mesh fence held him in
Like all men, he did (flow)
He was mistaken for the man
He needed
And ten more days to ask (desktop) to enter

<Kiddy talking sample>
The masquerade

And what is that branch?
What branch is it?
That leaves the tree
Into aluminium
A wire fence
Over and over
Again

And ten year olds run around
For affection
For affection

And...

The masquerade
The masquerade

The masquerade

And what is that branch?
What branch is it?
That leaves the pipes
Into aluminium
Your (...)
In surgery
Scram
Masquerade
The masquerade

Nothing you say whatsoever
In (...)
Forty-five minutes
Really matters
Is that clear?
If you disagree
Take your grotto
(... round)

And...
And like a (...)
The evil entered into your...
(...)
Again and again
You're still green
Fences encumbered
The masquerade

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Comments (6)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 02/03/2014

This is tricky, because there are at least three versions. There's the single mix, the Peel Session, and the version on Levitate. The above seems to be the Levitate version?

bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 08/04/2014

Yes, Levitate, although some of it is wrong. I just discovered "special allowance." But the couple lines before that (i.e. "space allowance") are wrong but I can't make them out.

Mark
  • 3. Mark | 22/05/2014

Re: Brix's quote - it was uttered on 11 October 1996 at The Forum, London - her last gig with the gruppe. The whole quote is: "This is new. Fresh. Fresh out of the womb." [long pause] "It's getting stale now." This was before "Das Vultur Ans Ein Nutter-Wain", but the original plan was to play "Masquerade" instead.

Thop
  • 4. Thop | 04/06/2015

"And what is that branch?
What branch is it?
That has the pipe
Of Aluminium
Sprawling underneath it?"

Iceland also questions pipes of aluminium:

"What the goddamn fuck is it?
That played the pipes of aluminum"

the27points
  • 5. the27points | 23/01/2017

"And back your horses
About a week"

Just been looking at old Fall News archives http://thefall.org/news/971203.html#leeds and I spotted this 1997 interpretation of those lines from Simon Christian:

"I'm looking forward to a bout in ring"

Have a listen to Masquerade, he could be right.

bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 04/02/2017

Horse racing as a metaphor for boxing? Talk about dancing about architecture, hey?

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