The Knight, the Devil and Death

Lyrics

(1)

Accelerate
Qualifies, that's what Goran said (2)
The knight, the devil and death
The knight, the devil and death
Zip it
The knight, the devil and death
The knight, the devil and death
Usurping cost cuts, that's why we... 
... smart-aleck
The knight, the devil and death
The knight, the devil and death
The knight, the devil and death
Usurping
Usurping
Accelerate! Accelerate! Accelerate!
The knight, the devil and death!

Notes

1. This song is not sung by MES but by Cassell Webb, wife of producer Craig Leon and a prolific musician and producer in her own right. The title comes from a 1513 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, the title of which is actually more literally translated as "The Knight, Death and the Devil" (Ritter, Tod und Teufel), but MES's version sounds better in English, less whimsical with a the final word bespeaking finality, with its single doomy syllable. Reformation points out that it may also be inspired by the book The Knight, Death, and the Devil, a fictionalized account of the life of Hermann Goering. Incidentally, the mayor of Nuremberg presented Hitler with a print of Dürer's engraving at a 1933 Nazi rally. An instrumental version appears on the Ed's Babe single.

According to Hanley, the lyrics are by Craig Scanlon.

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2. I do not have a copy of the version of this song that has lyrics; if Reformation's theory is correct (see note 1 above) this could be "Goering," but I cannot listen to it and check at the present time. "Goran" is a Slavic first name.

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Comments (5)

Mark
  • 1. Mark | 29/06/2014
Correction: the instrumental version of this song appears on one of the Receiver Records compilations: "Sinister Waltz", I think. The version on the "Ed's Babe" single has vocals.
dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 03/07/2014
The version with lyrics is also on the Listening In compilation.
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 03/07/2014
it does sound like Goering rather than Goran, to me. I'm not sure "qualifies" is right, either, but it's hard to make out.

"Usurper" sounds kind of more like "Zip it", but I dunno.
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 03/07/2014
I can confirm: vocals present on Listening In and Ed's Babe. Instrumental on Sinister Waltz.
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 07/05/2015
At the Louder Than Words festival, 2013, Steve Hanley confirms that this is a Craig Scanlon lyric.
https://youtu.be/TDk8WX-ynPk

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