Spencer Must Die

Lyrics

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JJK Mel
Scent of Vichy (2)
....expensive
JJK Mel
A.K.A. M.E.L.P/B.L.E.
Speciality
Superb sunflowers
From the outskirts
The melodic experience
Amplified
Over centuries
Raspberries inte-

M.E. M.E.L.
Speciality
Superb sunflowers
From the outskirts
Melodic experience
Amplified
Over centuries
Raspberries
Ordinance special extra (3)

Radiator
Sean Connery
Mine zine
To purchase with its compliments
Violence goes all fragmented zinc slinip
Amberdash
Je que attacks
JJK Mel
Speciality superb sunflowers
From the outskirts
Amplified up the centuries
Raspberries intense
Spence
Thoughts on the antique
Grade road fast
Bungee jumping
In so..... 

 

 

Notes

1. This was co-written with the Simon Spencer of the Manchester production duo D.O.S.E., who is presumably the "Spencer" of the title. Sadly, he actually did die in 2003, according to one Fall online forum member, by choking on vomit à la Jimi Hendrix at the Glastonbury festival. Smith's relationship with D.O.S.E. was (perhaps predictably) rocky, and they seem to have broken with one another fairly quickly. I have no idea what's going on in the lyrics and, as if this wasn't enough, here's the Peel version, courtesy of Reformation, complete with a couple of notes:

The Peel Session version of this track has been phonetically translated [TAF note: I think this means "transcribed," they certainly aren't translated] by Mark as follows. Note that "Force ten gale" and "depressive gale" also appear in "4 1/2 Inch."  
 
Zarquag ["Duck quack" has also been suggested here!]
And den zinc
Grab yer
Uh... am bedang
Coup de gart
Dat
The house that crack built (i)
Den all pig pig pig
Zarquag
Bend zinc
Aaaaaaahhhhh!
Ahhh-aaaaaaahhhhh bedaz!
Yer bedang hub-a-gehalser
The house that crack built
Yeah, yeah
Mum
Mum le mum
He mumbled... mumbled
Ig! Neeh!
Summer
Gale
A force ten depressive gale
A force ten pressive - uh! - depressive gale (ii)
Uh!
Spencer!
[Threatening voice] Spencer...
Zarquag
Den-den-den-din-den-den
Ig
Howzer
Ig
The Fall
The Fall
D. O. S... (iii)
(Inaudible talking during the longest fade-out *ever*)
 
Notes
 
(i) Refers to the song "Crackhouse" [TAF Note: "Crackhouse" is an unreleased Fall song also featuring D.O.S.E.]
 
 
ii. These lines also appear in "4 1/2 Inch."
 
 
(iii) Refers to D.O.S.E.....
 

 

And Zack took a stab at the "Masquerade" single (live) version:

 

Amberdash [And for that?]
Specialty
And refined
Bungee jumping
Mumble mumble
A W L

You make me smile
Once in a while
Flowers in apprehence
Raspberry sunset
Force ten gale approaching
Twig like
Turn back
Turn back
Four half inch
Turn back
Four half inch
Shout back
Tag zap
Spence

 
^

2. Vichy is a brand of deodorant.

^

3. Or possibly "ordnance."

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Comments (6)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 30/01/2014
Pedantic request to remove the apostrophe in "it's", please?!
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 15/02/2014
Oh fuck yes, and arrgh. If you ever see any typos, please pipe up.
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 25/05/2014
Sad news story about Simon Spencer's death at Glastonbury in June 2003. The report follows the coroner's inquest in November the same year: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3224860.stm
Zack
  • 4. Zack | 13/12/2016
I have always heard "zarquag" as "duck quack" - likely a comment on the synth sound, which is rather quacky on the Peel version.

The song was called "Spencer" on the 1996 Peel Session and "Spencer Must Die" on the Levitate album the following year. Perhaps the change in title reflects MES's frustration with his erstwhile producer.
Zack
  • 5. Zack | 15/02/2017
Here's my interpretation of the live version that appears on the "Masquerade" CD single #1. This version shares some lyrics with the album and Peel versions, which suggests that the song wasn't strictly a freeform improv every time it was performed. Also notice that the b-side version is two different live recordings spliced together! The first half was recorded 9 December 1997 in Bristol - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbcVvCet_yY.

Amberdash [And for that?]
Specialty
And refined
Bungee jumping
Mumble mumble
A W L

You make me smile
Once in a while
Flowers in apprehence
Raspberry sunset
Force ten gale approaching
Twig like
Turn back
Turn back
Four half inch
Turn back
Four half inch
Shout back
Tag zap
Spence
harleyr
  • 6. harleyr | 21/08/2017
>>Raspberries inte-

Just listening back to an old live version and I believe he sings...

Raspberries in tents

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