Y.F.O.C./Slippy Floor


Tales from the Castleford crypt 

Your future is our clutter (1)
Is there ever a necessity
That doesn't involve a problem?
This new approach is on the borders of necessity
I say to you, I say to you
Keep your own clutter
The encyclopedia of building of plumbing
Is on the CIDV, underneath you (2)
The Masque of Red is coming around (3)
We're gonna get married
On the floor of behest
Don't book down
Just keep a steady helm

S.H. is a chance I get (4)
In the land of finance retail
Slippy floor (5)
In hospital
Tock ticking
On land
I'm 95% more inside
Of A Drake
I'm 95% in inside of B Drake (6)
Walking down a little road
A beautiful lake, I see and behold
Going closer
It's gorgeous
Then all I see
Is a slippy floor
And then I see
The slippy floor in apartment hall
You might like to scoff and guffaw
The slippy floor in view, apartment hall
Revere, wanted, two times, side gate
And as you try the needle and pull the one side gate
Your non-existence
Slippy floor
It's a chance I take
In the land of finance retail
And all I get is a slippy floor in a hospital
Walking down the little road
A beautiful lake I see and behold
Going closer to inhale
Its gorgeous aroma and allure
But then I see
It's a slippy floor all over me
And all I get is a slippy floor
And all I take is a slippy floor
In apartment hall
The edgy chance I took, taken
In the land of finance retail

A slippy floor all over me
I'm 95% inside of B Drake
Point taken in the land of finance retail
But all I see is a slippy floor
All I get is a slippy floor - hup! - all over me

One last cigarette's gonna do it
One 9-8-6 generator
And that's all he wrote
One 9-8-6 generat... (7)

["Received: Tuesday, May..."

"And I'm wondering if you happen to know his number or can get it for me? I would like to speak to him, if it's not too much trouble. If you could let me know on 0161 795 5113 and I hope you're both well. All the best to you, goodbye" (8)

"So apart from mixing that, there's not really much more to do with it, is there?"] 


1. Much of the album was recorded in Castleford.  See "O.F.Y.C. Showcase" for MES's comments on the phrase "your future, our clutter."


2. There doesn't seem to be anything called exactly (The) Encyclopedia of Building and Plumbing, although it might not be meant to be heard as a proper name; thus, it is not capitalized above. CIDV could stand for "Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology," in keeping with the hospital theme on Your Future Your Clutter and the Masque of Red in the next line (see note 3 below). On the other hand, this is located at Arizona State University in Tempe, which is an unlikely place for MES to reference. Joseph Mullaney (in the comments below) speculates that it's a conglomeration of CD and DVD, but there's no 'I' in either of those...


3. "The Masque of the Red Death" is a story by Edgar Allen Poe, in which a prince hides from a plague in his abbey, until a mysterious guest garbed as a victim of the Red Death (the fictional plague in the story) comes in and people begin to die.


4. My best guess is "State Hospital," but "S.H." is by no means certain.

And four years later, Dan points out what should have been obvious...if the lyric is correct, it could mean the "steady helm" in the previous line.


5. A "slippy floor" is also mentioned in "Hot Cake."


6. This I haven't been able to figure out. Harley points out that Drake Software provides professional tax software in the USA, which however is, as Harley acknowledges, a long shot. Another probable (99% chance) American non sequitur: Drake University in Iowa, which offers finance and business degrees.


7. This is an interpolation of "986 Generator," a bonus track on the vinyl version of Your Future Our Clutter. 


8. The preceding lines seem to be a recording from Smith and Polou's answering machine. According to Danny, the number belongs to an osteopath in Salford named Dr. Kalman. I'm not completely sure how relevant, or ethical, including the name is, but assuming he already changed his number if he had to (the Fall isn't exactly Lady Gaga in terms of popularity or probably, if only becuase of the numbers, fan idiocy or immaturity), I don't see how there could be harm in it. Contact me if you want it removed, Dr. Kalman. 


Comments (21)

  • 1. harleyr | 15/01/2014
'Pay drake' - it's a long shot but Drake Software provide professional tax software. Seems to be aimed at US tax payers, so I doubt MES uses it to file his returns, but as he's pan occasional visitor to the states, it's possible.
  • 2. Martin | 31/01/2014
A crypt (thanks to wiki) "is a stone chamber or vault beneath the floor of a burial vault possibly containing sarcophagi, coffins or relics." Castleford is a town in West Yorkshire, England. It dates back to Roman times, Beyond that I have no idea of the significance of this phrase!
Joseph Mullaney
  • 3. Joseph Mullaney | 27/02/2014
CIDV seems to be some kind of riff on CD and DVD.
  • 4. dannyno | 11/03/2014
Castleford: most of the album this song appears on were recorded in a studio in Castleford!

  • 5. dannyno | 23/05/2014
The telephone number is attached to an osteopath called Dr Kalman in Salford.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 6. Joseph Mullaney | 29/05/2014
I'm hearing `encyclopedia of building and plumbing'.
  • 7. bzfgt | 15/06/2014
Yes, I've never checked these lyrics, which I'm doing now. I seem to hear a second "of" but I'll listen a few more times. Yours makes sense which makes it hard to resist...
  • 8. bzfgt | 15/06/2014
Lots of uncertain stuff, including "revere" and the second "S.H." (and the first too, but I mean the second might not be saying the same as the first, whatever that is)...
  • 9. dannyno | 14/04/2017
Note 4. If S.H is right, then maybe it's an abbreviation for "steady helm", as in the previous line.
  • 10. dannyno | 14/04/2017
Note 8: "Contact me if you want it removed, Dr. Kalman. "

or you could ring him
  • 11. bzfgt (link) | 13/05/2017
Now we're going overboard...
  • 12. bzfgt (link) | 13/05/2017
...funny though.
  • 13. dev | 31/03/2019
"...you accepted...the mask of red descends rapidly into the Indian summer of your equity...where does it end?...of a drunken driver...a diesel driving devil..."
  • 14. Orlando | 20/04/2019
Note there is no such book as The Encyclopedia of Building and Plumbing' although it does sound like a plausible title - plumbing being somewhat auxiliary from general building.

The closest I can find is 'The Encyclopedia of Household Plumbing Installation and Repair.'
  • 15. bzfgt (link) | 21/06/2019
dev I'm not listening to this right now but it would be helpful if you said where that comes in?
  • 16. joincey | 07/07/2020
are we sure he says "pay drake"? given that he goes on to say "of 'B' drake" couldn't it be "of 'A' drake"? i'm sure that's right.
  • 17. bzfgt (link) | 12/07/2020
I think you're right.

A Drake? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_(musician)

B Drake? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_Bell
  • 18. bzfgt (link) | 12/07/2020
Both born in 1986
Masque of Red
  • 19. Masque of Red | 27/09/2020
Live take of Cyber Insekt on Touch Sensitive DVD/Creative Distortion CD has;
"CVD of station train track" and "book of film on CDVD rack"
Is it too much too think CI = Cyber Insekt and DV = hints at digital, video without defining itself entirely -
A media format anyway.
Also the intro to the show above, midway through TNYarbles is;
"good evening we are the Fall from the depths of your necessity DVD TV Vid"
I mention because of the two necessity's in the YFOC bit
  • 20. Poe | 01/11/2020
Finance retail is an odd phrase.
Retail finance would actually make sense - finance retail is nonsense (or poetry).
  • 21. dannyno | 03/11/2020
Comment #20 - just another example of MES screwing up syntax. One day I'm going to do a list.

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