New Facts Emerge

Lyrics

(1)

Gotta gotta get it
Gotta gotta get it
You better stop it now
Stop shaking down
It might become a whirlwind

You better buy stock 
It might become a whirlwind

You better stop shaking down those frogs
You better stop shaking down those frogs (2)

Horrible new facts emerge
(Whirl)

Better stop shaking down the bogs what minds a whirlwind
You better stop shaking it down with a whirlwind

You better stop shaking down those
Better stop shaking down those 
Frogs, if you got 'em
And the frogs

(Les bourgeois 
c'est comme les cochons 
Plus ça devient vieux 
plus ça devient con!
) (3)

Horrible new facts emerge

G-g-g-g-g-g-g-get out

You better stop shaking down those frogs
Stop shaking down those
Better stop shaking down those frogs

You better stop

...you better!

Horrible new facts emerge
Horrible new facts emerge

You gotta stop shaking down them frogs
Better stop shaking down those frogs
Better stop shaking down those frogs

[French]

(Better stop)

You better stop shaking down those frogs

New facts emerge
Horrible new newsmen emerge
Horrible new facts emerge

You better stop shaking down those frogs
You gotta stop shaking down those frogs

 

Notes

1. It has been remarked that this sounds like "Broken Boy Soldier" by the Raconteurs, according to Reformation. It does, albeit in a way that could be a coincidence. Like many Fall songs that resemble previous numbers, the song is musically almost identical, but the overall feel is completely different.

^

2. Note from wal:

There have been reports of animals and fish being carried up within storms, winds, etc., and then raining down in a biblical sense. The raining of frogs was a part of the Paul Thomas Anderson film, Magnolia.

^

3. From Maldoror on the Fall online forum:

 

I've just realised that the scrambled (echoey) backing lyrics to New Facts Emerge come from the Jacques Brel song "Les Bourgeois":

Les bourgeois 
c'est comme les cochons 
Plus ça devient vieux 
plus ça devient con!

Meaning:

"The bourgoisie
are like pigs
the older they get
the more they become idiots (cunts)"

Brel never sang the final "con" (cunt), although it was always implied by the rhyme and a sting of music.

 

^

 

 

Comments (8)

wal
  • 1. wal | 04/09/2017
There have been reports of animals and fish being carried up within storms, winds etc and then raining down in a biblical sense. The raining of frogs was a part of the Paul Thomas Anderson film, Magnolia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo6tyeQJDLQ
Sam O'Brien
  • 2. Sam O'Brien | 14/09/2017
Instead of "It might become a whirlwind", I hear meccano whirlwind, as in Like eifell tower inverted?? As in Paris, bataclan, shaken frogs etc

Possible, certainly, Definitely, no chance.
bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt (link) | 16/09/2017
Sam, what is "meccano" and what does it have to do with the Eiffel Tower?
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 16/09/2017
You could have just googled Meccano! It's a company that makes model construction sets - used to be popular with lads in the 1970s/1980s. It's a kind of a toy, but you could actually make really elaborate things with it. You could use it to build the Eiffel Tower.

I'm not convinced it's the lyric, though.
bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt (link) | 16/09/2017
I did google it and all I found was that it was a model kit, which I didn't think had anything to do with what we were saying!
bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt (link) | 16/09/2017
Pepe the frog? I think that's what Ezra Pound was getting at...he also hinted that his politics are not those of his namesake, which I hope is so.
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt (link) | 07/10/2017
I'm perplexed...he sings "It might be-COME a whirlwind," and even "It might become whirlwind," to my ears, pretty clearly, at least in 2017 terms...
Mike Watts
  • 8. Mike Watts | 15/11/2017
Comment on Brexit?

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