Pre-MDMA Years

Lyrics

(1)

The pre-non-MDM and Jet years (2)
The post...
The post net also DMA years
...net also DMA years
The MDMN years
The pre-black eye and the tears of today years (3)
The post net also DMA years
Me years
The MDMN years
The pre-black eye and the tears of today years...
Thanks E. Stacy the present child of yours you prove for own child years (4)

The bone seraton unconnected composite years (5)
The main years
Cheerio
Like the orc marrow gone down green jelly mama
Your kid brother than your years
Thanks E. C. Stacy the present child of yours you prove for own child years

The honey is stuck on back years
The bone serration unconnected composite years
And child years
In time

Notes

1. MDMA stands for 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, the chemical name for the empathogen commonly known as "ecstasy" or, in powdered form, "molly." Ecstasy was a large part of the "Madchester" scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a scene which MES largely distanced himself from, and a drug which he has expressed disdain for, saying "I particularly object to ecstasy. It’s a horrible drug, sub par to acid." In the late 1980s he even left Manchester altogether: “That’s why I moved to Scotland. It’s true. I’d rather drink whisky, thank you very much. I don’t relate to other groups. I never have. I don’t relate to a lot of musicians to be quite frank. I don’t relate to anything from Manchester and I never saw us as anything like that.” 

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2. Maybe a reference to Jet records; Jet released albums by Roy Wood Jeff Lynne, and ELO; the Fall would cover songs by both Wood and Lynne. The Fall released Light User Syndrome on Jet in 1996, which was presumably "post" MDMA years, or in any case certainly not "pre-."  

 

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3. Some of these lyrics also appear in "Victrola Time."  

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4. I take it that the name "E. Stacy" (and E.C. Stacy further down) is meant as a pun on "ecstasy."

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5. "Seraton" isn't a word but it looks and sounds a bit like "serotonin," a neurotransmitter that ecstasy causes to be released in high levels in the brain. Chronic MDMA use can also lead to serotonin depletion, which may cause depression. The effect on serotonin levels on the bones is not known for sure, but certain experimental results seem to suggest that serotonin influences the loss of bone mass associated with osteoporosis. 

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