New Big Prinz

Lyrics

(1)

Rockin' records
Rockin' records
Rock the record
Rockin' records
The guy's rock records

Big priest
Big priest
Ah-big priest

Rockin records
Rock the record
Rob's rock record

Drink the long 
Drink the long draught 
Drink the long draught for big priest

Drink the long draught down
Drink the long 
Drink the long draught
Big priest

He is not (appreciated)

Drink the long 
Drink the long draught 
Drink the long draught for big priest

Rock the records
Check the record
Check the guy's track record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record

He is not appreciated

Check the record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record
Big priest

Check the record 
Check the record
Check the guy's track record
Check the record
Check the guy's rock record

He is not appreciated

Drink the long draught down
Drink the long 
Drink the long for big priest

Check the record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record

He is not appreciated

Rock the records
Rock the records
Rockin' records
Big priest

Drink the long 
Drink the long draught 
Drink the long draught for the big priest

Check the record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record
Check the record
Check the guy's track record

He is not appreciated

Rock the records
Rock the records
Rockin' records
Big prinz

Rockin records
Rockin records
Rockin records
Rockin records

Rockin records
Rockin rec - rock's records

Notes

1. Also called, on various releases, "Big New Prinz" and "New Big Priest." The song's lyrical point of departure is "Hip Priest," from which it takes the line "He is not appreciated," and adapts "drink the long draft, Dan," as "Drink the long draft down," as well as the phrase "Big Priest" which is close to "Hip Priest."  Its musical point of departure is the sound of Gary Glitter, particularly "Rock and Roll Part Two." Other Fall songs that feature Gary Glitter-sounding riffs are "Glam-Racket" and "Mountain Energei." Here the character of the Hip Priest is perhaps meant to loosely fit the theme of I Am Kurious, Oranj, although "priest" would be an odd epithet for William of Orange, who was known for waging more or less religiously-themed wars against the Catholic king of France, Louis XIV.

According to Zack:

"Live performances of this song almost always include more lyrics from 'Hip Priest': "Was shown in a freak show early on / And drunk from small brown bottle since I was so long." And MES can says that it's about William of Orange all he wants, but clearly the song is also about Mark Edward Smith, especially when performed outside the context of the ballet and especially when he hands the microphone to fans so they can sing these lyrics back to him."

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Comments (8)

Morbious
  • 1. Morbious | 24/11/2013
What prompted you to rework it for ‘Big New Prinz’?

MES: What for the ballet? Yeah, it’s a good one that. Well, the song’s about a prince. Prince William of Orange. 1688. A glam rock version of it.
Morbious
  • 2. Morbious | 24/11/2013
http://thequietus.com/articles/03755-becks-induction-hour-a-mark-e-smith-interview-about-the-lp-that-nearly-felled-the-fall
Dom
  • 3. Dom | 11/08/2015
At the beginning in the second lot of rockin records I'm certain I hear Rob's Rock record and not Rock Rock Records.
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 25/08/2015
It sounds it to me too so I put it in for now, but who's Rob?
Dom
  • 5. Dom | 05/01/2016
It's a bit of a stretch but there is a guy ive met a couple of times in a pub in cheadle (Stockport) called Rob who apparently makes quite a bit of money buying and selling rare vinyl. He claims to know MES and that he used to be very friendly with the band in the early days. He also claims to be very close with Marc Riley still. Could be the Rob from the song. Why he would be mentioned in New Big Prinz though is anyone's guess and I only have the guys word to go on. Maybe MES checked one of his records at some point. Who knows. I definitely hear the line as Rob's Rock record though.
Zack
  • 6. Zack | 21/11/2016
Live performances of this song almost always include more lyrics from 'Hip Priest': "Was shown in a freak show early on / And drunk from small brown bottle since I was so long."

And MES can says that it's about William of Orange all he wants, but clearly the song is also about Mark Edward Smith, especially when performed outside the context of the ballet and especially when he hands the microphone to fans so they can sing these lyrics back to him.
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 24/11/2016
Yes there's no doubt that in the live setting the lyric seems to refer to MES although that doesn't necessarily mean it's what he had in mind writing it..."He's Gone" by the Grateful Dead became an elegy in live performance around the time when people died, but it's hardly elegiac, for instance it is said that "he" will "steal your face right off your head" which isn't something I'd want on [i]my[i] headstone...
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 24/11/2016
Of course I hasten to clarify that even if that's so, it fits whatever necessarily loose definition we're working with of what lyrics "mean"...

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