Mollusc in Tyrol

Lyrics


Testing
Mollusc (role)
Ziggurat grave (2)
Tombstone states
(...) to Tyrol 
(...) back on your streets (slave)
Destined to meet

To Weymouth on back (...) (3)
I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc claw

I scrub the wall, circle, bisexual and (...) mollusc
M... O... D... (...) L... L... U... S... C...
(Check the number)

I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc claw
The mollusc was a friend of Tony from Austria

I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc claw

I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc 
Mollusc
(...)
Mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc claw
(Ziggurat grave)
I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc claw
Mollusc
M... O... L...
(...)
I'm a mollusc claw
Mollusc
Ziggurat grave
Tombstone states
(...) whiskey
(...) destined to meet

The mollusc to get to (white limpets) (4)
It slithered the roads
Slithered
Tyrol

I'm a mollusc claw
The mollusc, to get to (white limpets)
It slithered the roads
To the Tyrol
To the Tyrol

I'm a mollusc claw
I'm a mollusc role
Changed his name to Martin
Changed his name to Martin
But the braggart had crushed his heart
Like a tiny Eidelweiss (5)
Billy braggart had crushed his heart (6)
And the blood sucked to Vienna airport
Its trail mingled 
I'm a mollusc role
I'm a mollusc role (7)
[... Vienna airport
Its trail mingled]
 

Notes

1. A mollusc, often spelled "mollusk," is any member of a phylum of invertebrate, mostly aquatic, animals, including clams, oysters, snails (of both the aquatic and terrestiral variety), squid and octopi; the giant squid, a mollusc, is the largest known invertebrate. Tyrol is a region of Europe that is located in Austria and Italy. The song consists of a recitation by MES over a tape of music by Craig Leon, which is a song the latter wrote for a ballet and entitled "Donkeys Bearing Cups," which appeared on his 1981 album called Nommos. Nommos are fish-like deities worshiped by the Dogon tribe in the West African country of Mali. The Dogon became famous in the West in 1976 when Robert Temple's The Sirius Mystery claimed that the Dogon must have had contact with extra-terrestrial beings because of their advanced knowledge of the Sirius star system, from which the Nommos are said to hail, a claim which met with little accceptance in the scientific community. It was suggested by one of Temple's critics that his claims were in fact inspired by MES favorite H.P. Lovecraft rather than being based on evidence. 

Live Fall shows in the late 80s often began with a taped version of this song, sometimes featuring MES reciting over the music and sometimes instrumental. The above transcription, from Reformation, is imcomplete.

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2. Ziggurats are step pyramids in the Mesopotamian region (largely modern day Iraq) of prehistoric provenance. They were built by Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Elamites and Assyrians. 

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3. Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England.

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4. "Limpet" is a name applied to a number of aquatic snails (all of which are molluscs); the one in the song seems to have gone terrestrial. 

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5. The Eidelweiss is a flower that has been used as a symbol of Austria. According to Wikipedia:

The Edelweiss in the 19th century became a symbol of the rugged purity of the High Alps and of the supposedly similar qualities of the native population of the Alpine region. The Edelweiss became current as such a symbol in German literature and poetry of the first half of the 19th century, and soon also in the romantic nationalism of the time, in Austria, Switzerland, Tyrol, and Bavaria.

Berthold Auerbach published a novel entitled Edelweiss in 1861, where the difficulty for an alpinist to acquire an edelweiss flower was exaggerated to the point of claiming that "the possession of one is a proof of unusual daring". This idea at the time was becoming part of the popular mythology of early alpinism. Auerbach's novel appeared in English translation in 1869, prefaced with a quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson,

"There is a flower known to botanists, one of the same genus with our summer plant called 'Life-Everlasting', a Gnaphalium like that, which grows on the most inaccessible cliffs of the Tyrolese mountains, where the chamois dare hardly venture, and which the hunter, tempted by its beauty and by his love (for it is immensely valued by the Swiss maidens), climbs the cliffs to gather, and is sometimes found dead at the foot, with the flower in his hand. It is called by botanists the Gnaphalium leontopodium, but by the Swiss EDELWEISS, which signifies NOBLE PURITY."

The Eidelweiss was said to be the famous Austrian Adolf Hitler's favorite flower in a 1934 song by tenor Harry Steier. Many will also be familiar with its use as an anti-nazi Austrian nationalist symbol in the song "Eidelweiss" from The Sound of Music.

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6. Reformation points out that this may be a sly reference to Billy Bragg. 

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7. "Role" is the Lyrics Parade version. I thought "claw," but toward the end it seems to more clearly resolve into "role." By the time I realized this I changed a lot of them. So I am not going to change them all back yet! It's not certain exactly what the word is, it's in parentheses in the Lyrics Parade version. So these are two suggestions, but the word may be the same all the way through.

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Comments (2)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 02/02/2014
I wonder...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_pyramids_of_South_Tyrol
Ardinno
  • 2. Ardinno | 30/06/2014
I've always heard "Tuesday...to Martin" as "changed his name to Martin".

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