Taking Off

Lyrics

(1)

Take off!

6pm, Bonjela complexion (2)
Taking off!  
Stress at four is forbid
Silence 6pm
Bonjela completion 

To servant
To servant to stress
Take it off 

Too stressed
To Simon, to chef (3)
Ersatz! Ersatz!

Invest, toupee!
Enter, tidying, tied in!
Echoed eyeballs
By skips 

Take off 

Grating three-fold
Within a thorough
Lack of paper 

Take off 

You never told me, Simon
About the forty carat scum
At Newquay train station (4)
Take off at weekends! 

Digest, ingest
Taking, success
Sauce, to chef
Digress, ingest  
Take off!      (5)

In success, respect
Digress, before
Eon, take off
Stop, take off!

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Notes

1. The lyrics to this song really seem to be about the sound of the words as much as anything else, which is, I think, rare in a Fall song; not all the songs make a lot of sense, of course, but they seem to be more often composed of semantic units, and the effect of a Fall lyric is usually achieved by the juxtaposition of meanings more so than of sounds alone. Musically, this one slides in smoothly and gains in intensity as it goes. The Story of the Fall speculates that this could be about "taking off layers/masks etc." "Taking off" is a generic enough phrase, but the lyrics are, as usual, anything but.

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2. Bonjela is a medication for treating discomfort from oral ulcers and denture sores (so MES, who has false teeth, may well be a consumer of Bonjela). As far as I can tell, there is nothing about Bonjela that would help us understand what a Bonjela "complexion" would look like. 

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3. This is the first of two references to "Simon," which may be Simon Archer, the former Fall bass player who co-produced Ersatz GB with Mark E. Smith.

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4. Newquay station is the end of the Atlantic line; Newquay is a seaside town in Cornwall, in southern England. "Simon" is thought to be Simon Taylor, whom Hanley Played a Fender P on the Fall online forum describes as MES's "one man road crew and personal security"; more than that I do not know about the man.

According to Dan there is an annual scooter rally in Newquay called "run from the scum." 

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5. Brendan serves up some hot noteworthiness:

In the song "Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish" from Captain Beefheart's album Trout Mask Replica, I noticed some similar sounding lyrics to the above:

"Injest, incest
Injest, injust
In feast, incest
In specks, in speckled,
Speck-led, speculation"

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Comments (9)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 07/07/2015

There seems to be an annual scooter rally in Newquay called "Run from the Scum".

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 24/07/2015

Note 4:

"According to Dan there is an annual scooter rally in Newquay called "run for the scum." "

Run FROM the scum, my friend...

Dan

bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt | 24/07/2015

Hmmpf, not very sensitive to the scum...

dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 24/07/2015

I doubt they care, scum that they are.

bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 08/08/2015

See, there you go.

By the way, do you hate the way the site looks now? I do.

Macker
  • 6. Macker | 30/10/2015

Hyptnotic medieval sounding, whistling melody at conclusion.

bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 23/11/2015

Yeah! I love that part. It comes in under the rest of it before the end and it's almost subliminal until everything else drops out...

Brendan
  • 8. Brendan | 11/05/2017

"Digest, ingest
Taking, success
Sauce, to chef
Digress, ingest"

In the song "Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish" from Captain Beefheart's album Trout Mask Replica, I noticed some similar sounding lyrics to the above:

"Injest, incest
Injest, injust
In feast, incest
In specks, in speckled,
Speck-led, speculation"

bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt (link) | 13/05/2017

Yes, I'm kicking myself for not noticing that myself!

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