Pilsner Trail

Lyrics

(1)

(backing vox: the pilsner trail, pilsner trail)
Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands

Republic grim truth
Hot blood erupts
Republic grim truth
Hot blood erupts through the...

Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
And the yellow seeps through (2)
Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
Not on the elbow
Plaster on the hands
Not not not not not not
Not not not not not not
Not not not not not not
Not on the elbow
Plaster on the hands

Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
Travel five stations to
The plaster on the hands
Blood came between four and two
The plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
Of the stupid profane
Of the stupid profane
From plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
And the yellow seeps through
The plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
The talent judges are corrupt
The talent judges are corrupt
(backing vox: the pilsner trail, pilsner trail)
They can't even stand
The cut of his pants
Choo choo pilsner trail test
Hit me in the diaphragm
And I'll still eat me breakfast
Plaster on the hands
Woow woow woow
Plaster on the hands
And the yellow seeps through
The plaster on the hands
Not on the elbow
Plaster on the hands
Not not not not not not
Not not not not not not
Not not not not not not
Not on the elbow
Plaster on the hands
Plaster on the hands
Woow woow woow
Plaster on the hands
Woow woow woow
Plaster on the hands

 

Notes

1. Pilsner is a kind of pale lager named after Pilsen in Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic). There is also a Pilsner Trail in Mont Sainte-Marie, Quebec.

 

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2. And this, Dear Reader, seems to be a reference to pus.

 

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Comments (4)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 30/05/2016

Probably there's no sense at all to be made from the lyrics of this song, but seeing as there's no comments so far why not try to set the ball rolling? The references to:

"Plaster on the hands
And the yellow seeps through"

no doubt (sorry if this is obvious) comes from the idea of the discoloration of the skin as a healing bruising takes place while the plaster cast is in place.

Did anyone in The Fall or any of their friends or relatives have to wear a plaster cast back in 1982? Or maybe MES simply met or knew someone else whose wound went yellow.

Secondly, these lines:

"The talent judges are corrupt
[...]
They can't even stand
The cut of his pants"

The only talent show I can find which was on British TV at the time (and we know that TV was and is a great source of ideas for MES) is Search For A Star, an ITV networked show which ran from 1980 to 1982. But this is all I could find, so not much help at presen

bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 28/06/2016

It may be obvious to somebody but I hadn't thought of that. I always imagined him plastering a wall or something, but that makes so much sense.

This is a strange lyric, I always thought of it as more impressionistic than narrative, but one can never assume such things...

Since you're the only comment here (so far, besides mine) I'll leave it as is for now, I'll work the plaster in up top if I come up with any more to say about the lyric, though.

dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 11/09/2016

The "yellow" seeping through the plaster is surely pus, isn't it?

bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 15/10/2016

Shirley indeed, I made a note with alacrity. A little over a month is alacrity, around here...

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