My Condition

Lyrics

(1) 

(Spoken):
My condition
Take it easy
Make it snappy! 

When I walk out
When I'm out I'm in
What is this condition?
What is this condition? 

I'm in a ring of fire (2)
It's what I've wanted all my life
Start drinking higher
But now I want a fire extinguisher 

What is this condition?
What is this condition? 

I'm a an astral clock watcher
I waste up the universal time
What is this condition? 

Tell me the position
I'm up the junction
What is this condition?
What is this condition?

(They're eating out the can) 

(They're eating out the can)
(...)

What is this condition? 

I'm up the junction (3)
What is this position?
What is this condition? 

(...)

What is this condition?
There was...
My song is gritty
And people are shitty
What is this condition?

(...)

Go round it up now
We'll finish it up now
What is this condition?

Notes

1. This song, which musically prefigures "A Figure Walks," was played twice in 1978. The lyrics are reproduced courtesy of Reformation, with a couple of very small alterations. The folks at Reformation point out the musical similarity to "A Figure Walks," but add that the songs are "lyrically miles apart." I'm not sure about that; both songs describe unease while walking, so there are at least superficial similarities.

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2. Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is also alluded to in "Fiery Jack."

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3. "Up the junction" is a British slang phrase meaning one is out of luck or in a bad situation, sort of like "up the creek without a paddle." There is a 1963 novel of that title by Neil Dunn, which descibes life in the slums of Battersea, near Clapham Junction in South London. There was both a television and a film adaptation of the book (in, respectively, 1965 and 1968). Squeeze put out a single called "Up the Junction" in 1979 (the year after the two known Fall performances of this song).

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Comments (4)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 07/11/2014
Couple of things:

I think it's "When I walk out/When I'm out I'm in".

The missing parts in "I'm a (...) clock watcher I (...)" sound something like "I'm an astral clock watcher; I (waste?) up the universal time (?)". It needs someone else to take a listen.

Finally, I'm not at all convinced by the "eating" out of a can. It sounds something more "missing" or even at times "pissing". Christ, though, it's hard to decipher.
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 08/11/2014
I took your word for most of that, we'll consider it a work in progress...
Zack
  • 3. Zack | 11/11/2014
The title is reminiscent of the song "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by The First Edition. First Edition singer Kenny Rogers would later achieve superstardom as a country singer, but "Just Dropped In" is a nugget of '60s psychedelia that wouldn't sound out of place on a playlist between "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and "Mr Pharmacist."
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 16/11/2014
Yeah, I have thought that too!

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