Putta Block



What a dynamic entrance

I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words

This I hear on a train 
This I hear on a train
We had salmon on a bus
At Epsom no races lost (2)
We don't bet we just take
We don't bet we just take   (3)

I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I get no check from the world
Go and put a block on the works

Listen boys and girls
Just closer on the clommererds
Just close off the words
Put a block on the words

The nine unknown men knew this (3)
The nine unknown men knew this
Three sorts
The first: along Louie's life
The second: the complete restructure of your pretentious life (4)

Three: the only reason you know this
Is that it was well documented
But I say:
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words
I put a block on the words

Here's an independent chart moneyspinner
For all you people who've come a long way 
Me and the guys played this for charity for spastics
We did it 10,000 times
And raised 5 shillings and 7 and a half pence for charity

Cary Grant's wedding
Hail new puritan, righteous maelstrom
Have you ever heard a Bill Haley LP

What is this shit?

Every... (5)




1. This song begins with what one initially thinks will be a snippet of a live version of "The N.W.R.A." which outlives its snippethood by going on for about a minute and a half, good for about 40% of "Putta Block." The message, "put a block on the words," seems to be statement of intent, as I hear it: MES aims to write in such a way as to thwart easy comprehension of his lyrics, the gamble being that the possibilities of interpretation will thereby be enriched. And, to get this out of the way now--I have not the slightest clue about "clommererds."


2. Epsom Downs is a horse racetrack in the southern English county of Surrey.


3. A play on "We dont bend, we just break" (thanks to gizmoman).


4. The Nine Unknown is a 1923 novel by Talbot Mundy concerning a secret society of nine men who are the guardians of occult knowledge, preventing it from falling into the wrong hands. Despite their best efforts, the knowledge did indeed fall into the wrong hands--those of MES, perhaps via The Morning of the Magicians, which conglomerates just about every occult tale, real or fictional, into an account of the secret history of mankind. MES is known to have read The Morning of the Magicians, and, in general, has admitted to having a taste for crackpot pseudo-history (although he doesn't seem to take it too seriously). 


5. MES, who seems never to have met a solecism he didn't like, revived this one 20 years later in "Sons of Temperance" ("the restructure of your new life").


6. Two more Fall songs leech through "Putta Block"'s porous skin:  "Rowche Rumble" and "Cary Grant's Wedding," which MES is starting to sing as the song cuts off (the line continues: "Every[body go Cary Grant's wedding])."

 And who among us has actually heard a Bill Haley LP? All I know is "Rock Around the Clock."


Comments (13)

  • 1. dannyno | 04/05/2014
It's an "independent chart money-spinner", not an "independent cart money-spinner". And the last line cuts off, so you just get "Every....[ ]"
  • 2. the27points | 15/06/2014
The version on the b-side of Totally Wired 7" runs on for a few seconds more than the version that has appeared elsewhere (Palace of Swords Reversed etc.). The first line of Cary Grant's wedding is heard in full.
  • 3. Mark | 28/06/2014
The first live song after the studio portion of "Putta Block" finishes is the intro to a rendition of "Rowche Rumble", not "New Puritan".
  • 4. Mark | 28/06/2014
"Three sorts / the first": I'd always heard those words as "Three swords reversed" and assumed that was what the title of the "Palace Of Swords Reversed" compilation was named after. But I now think you're more likely to be right.
  • 5. Mark | 17/07/2014
Erratum re: "Three more Fall songs leach through "Putta Block"'s porous skin: "New Puritan," "Rowche Rumble" and "Cary Grant's Wedding," which MES is starting to sing as the song cuts off." - there's no "New Puritan" segment. It's just the latter two songs.
  • 6. Matthew | 13/12/2014
It's not 'tech' last word fifth line, it's 'tek', as in 'take' in a Mancunian accent.
  • 7. gizmoman | 21/03/2018
The Lines "At Epsom no races lost, We don't bet we just take." Don't seem right to me, the second line is "we don't BEND we just take", a play on the expression "we don't bend, we just break". I've always heard "no racist laws" but can't make out the first part of the line.

"got no cheque from the world" ? It's definately "from" not "on" not sure about cheque it sound a bit like "choc" (choc - stock)?

"The first: along Louie's life" is also wrong, it sounds like "the first, one worries life" or " one were his lipe", Doesn't make much sense though!
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 31/03/2018
I would think it might be "bet" and the whole thing is a play on the other whole saying, it would make the most sense wouldn't it? I'm listening now for phonetics, which will almost certainly be inconclusive...

Actually, the 't' in "bet" sounds quite clear to me
  • 9. dannyno | 28/04/2018
"this I hear on a tain"

I suspect that's pobably a typogaphical erro.
  • 10. dannyno | 07/05/2018
Definitely "bet". And I'm certain of "Louie's life" too.

I'm hearing "I putta block on the words" several times.

I'm also hearing "We did it 10,000 times" rather than "We played it 10,000 times".
  • 11. bzfgt (link) | 04/07/2018
Definitely "from" though
  • 12. Huckleberry | 17/03/2021
"We had salmon on a bus" - this refers to the traditional bus/coach excursions from London with refreshments, to watch the Derby at Epsom in June.
  • 13. bzfgt (link) | 20/03/2021
Can we confirm that there were buses with refreshments? I can't find any info on internet

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