Trust in Me

Trust in Me

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The dentist, your superlative (2)
The story
You can talk to me in all confidentiality
Trust in me
I am Doctor Lee
After you've left the surgery
Don't you worry I will come round your house for tea
Trust in me Dr Lee
Messengers endure being given gifts every 3 months
If you need an x-ray (Trust in me) I will come to your house and do it for free (Dr Lee)
After you've left surgery Don't you worry I'll come around to your home For a cup of tea Trust in me (Dr Lee)
Messengers enjoy being given gifts Every 3 months
And if you need an x-ray I'll come round to your house And do it for free
Billy Ding Kenny and Phil Billy Ding Kenny Phil

Notes

 1. Studio hands Simon "Ding" Archer, Billy Pavone, Kenny Cummings and Phil Schuster (the latter two from a New York band called Shelby) supply the vocals on this track, and although I'm not sure who the main lead vocalist is, one of them seems to hit it a bit more than the others. The vocals do make one miss MES, but at the same time they fit the song, which is a lot of fun, albeit an odd way to end an album which also opens oddly.

The song came together spontaneously in the studio. According to Ben Pritchard:

That album was recorded live.  Y’know, there was very, very few over-dubs.  The band went in and recorded, Mark went in.  We did that in New York, that was three weeks work, that was a good session.  But as far as the writing’s concerned, sometimes we’d go in the studio and Protein Protection’s a good example.  That was on the day, just started out as a bit of a jam.  We needed a new song and that’s what came out of it.  Trust In Me off FHR was done the same, but most of the songs are done individually.  I mean, we hand ‘em in, Mark has a listen to them, either he says, “Yeah, I’ll have it,” or “No, go back and give me another one”.

And Reformation reproduces the following information about the song:

As for the guest vocal appearances, this is what Kenny Cummings and Phil Schuster had to say on a now defunct website (via Wayback Machine):
 
"Shelby arrived at the Gigantic Music offices this evening to sign their recording contracts. Celebration was in the air. Hanging out in the lounge of the recording studio were Mark E. Smith and Elena Poulou of The Fall (who were there recording their new album for Narnack Records, using the beautiful facilities known as Gigantic Recording Studios).

Enjoying a break from recording their parts, Mark and Elena were happy to join in the signing ceremony acting as official witnesses. One thing led to another, and before the ink was dry, Kenny and Phil were in the recording studio adding vocals to one of the new Fall tracks. Mark christened the song Kenny and Phil and Billy and Ding also commemorating vocals added by engineer Billy Pavone and producer Dingo. We don’t know if the track will make the album, but it was a fun experience."

 

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2. It should be noted that I'm not 100% certain this is the correct line. It sounds like "virgin eat your superlative." Having said that, see these excellent remarks from Piss:

"Superlative" in this sense means a thing embodying excellence. So the author mocks those who hold dentists in high esteem, which is understandable, as most people despise going to the dentist and generally hold a dim view of their profession... A Dr. Lee is the major antagonist in William Burroughs's Naked Lunch, a sadistic psychopath who abuses his power and experiments on patients, and specifically targets drug users, homosexuals, etc.; ergo, he stands for authorities'/institutions' aggression toward counterculture itself. "The story" is an explanation of why dentists should not be held in great esteem, via a rendering of a Dr. Lee-like character who cannot be trusted. The author joins Burroughs's call to arms against medical institutions as instruments of violence against the counterculture, or at least identifies with it; whether serious or partly in jest, just as with Burroughs, we cannot know. As for the three months thing I have nothing but a wild guess: it could be a reference to the writing of Naked Lunch which Burroughs, a messenger, undertook in isolation in Morocco, where he received and certainly endured regular shipments of heroin and hashish to keep his writing flowing out, which he in turn shipped out every few months to his friends in Paris and New York, who got what they could published in various subversive magazines, etc. This was all pretty mad shit in times we can't understand now. In my opinion the song is a jestful ode to Burroughs's via common hatred of dentists.

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Comments (21)

Mark
  • 1. Mark | 03/07/2014
The first line, to me, sounds like "Their dentist: your superlative".
Zack
  • 2. Zack | 01/03/2017
"gifts every 3 days" should be "gifts every three months" both times.
Piss
  • 3. Piss | 31/10/2017
It's definitely not as suggested in note 2, the beginning.

What it sounds like and would make sense is, "the dentist: your superlative." This because superlative in this sense means a thing embodying excellence. So the author mocks those who hold dentists in high esteem, understandable as most people despise going to the dentist and generally hold a dim view of their profession. My thinking most, with teeth that suffer their trade, do not like dentists much.

What's more I don't know if this is stating the obvious but Dr Lee is the major antagonist in William Burroughs's Naked Lunch, a sadistic psychopath who abuses his power and experiments on patients, and specifically targets drug users, homosexuals, etc, ergo stands for authorities/institutions aggression toward counterculture itself.

"The story" is and explanation of why dentists should not be held in great esteem, via a rendering of a Dr Lee-like character who cannotbbe trusted.

Author joins Burroughs's call to arms against medical institutions as instruments of stars violence against the counterculture, or at least identifies with is, whether serious or partly in jest, just as with Burroughs, we cannot know.

As for the three months thing I have nothing but a wild guess it could be a reference to the writing of Naked Lunch which Burroughs, a messenger, undertook in isolation in Morocco where he received and certainly endured regular shipments of heroin and hashish to keep his writing flowing out, which he in turn shipped out everything few months to his friends in Paris and New York who got what they could published in various subversive magazines etc. This was all pretty mad shit in times we can't understand now.

In my opinion song is jestful ode to Burroughs via common hatred off dentists
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 08/11/2017
Re: note #1 and the "now defunct website" referred to in Fall News (http://thefall.org/news/05sep30.html).

The website may be defunct, but a snapshot of the site is available in the Internet Archive via the Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20051026052626/http://giganticmusic.com:80/artists/shelbypages/news.html.
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 08/11/2017
More information here, conversation between Kenny Cummings and Martin Peters sometimes of this parish:

https://halfedge.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/trusting-in-me/

Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20171108222729/https://halfedge.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/trusting-in-me/
bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt (link) | 11/11/2017
Piss, listening now it does sound like "their," though, although I can't swear to it and I'm tempted to go with "the." Otherwise, great fucking note! Thank you!!!
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt (link) | 11/11/2017
Piss, I edited your comment ever so slightly, as I often do when I add comments to the notes. I hope you do not mind.
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 11/11/2017
"The author joins Burroughs's call to arms against medical institutions as instruments of stars' violence against the counterculture"

Why "stars"? I cut that out, but does it mean something I'm missing?
bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt (link) | 11/11/2017
I mean, even if the Burroughs connection isn't there that comment captures something I think, and the Burroughs thing may well be correct. It's not "obvious," in fact I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm one of the probably few heads of my generation not to have read Naked Lunch.
bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
Dan, Wayback Machine won't show me that page, although it is acting oddly tonight and wouldn't let me add something before so I should revisit this in a couple days.
bzfgt
  • 11. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
Never mind, I just had to get rid of [url] (I don't know why your link didn't take me right to the page itself)
bzfgt
  • 12. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
I wish piss would come back and answer my interrogation
bzfgt
  • 13. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
about "stars" I don't know if that was something important
Fall Liker
  • 14. Fall Liker | 15/01/2020
I think "stars" was a typo, maybe "state violence" since in the UK dentists used to work for the NHS, part of the government. Some still take NHS patients but most doctors now are "fundholders" who manage their own budget, allocated on I think a per-patient basis, and set their own salaries and pay their bills out of that. So self-employed even if partly government-paid, and they mostly take private paying patients as well.

Anyway, what's in the song that it's a bad dentist? Such dentophobia! He sounds quite nice to come round and X-ray you for nothing, lugging his big X-ray machine in his car, or even the back of his bike the poor bloke. And a nice cup of tea because he considers you both to be friends. Nice! Just because Burroughs wrote about a loony quack doesn't mean much. Burroughs wrote about all sorts of headcases! And yeah Naked Lunch is mad once you realise it's not actually a novel and there's no real story, just vignettes. I particularly like the couple who trade stuff in the Interzone, the Norwegian I think, and his mate. That was a good bit of writing.

Ah well, will miss you MES, but at least I got to see them live.
Fall Liker
  • 15. Fall Liker | 15/01/2020
Also, technically "superlative" doesn't have to mean "good". It just means most. Like bad / worse / worst or some / more / most. Quick / quicker / quickest. Superlative being the last word in those sequences. He doesn't have to be the best anything, just the most something. Soz, forgot to add that to the other comment.
Fall Liker
  • 16. Fall Liker | 18/01/2020
Also... we appear to have missed out a line from the top. It sounds a lot like "urgent is your superlative" than "dentist" but I'd accept "virgins" or some other word that fit in there. Then after "superlative", "restraint", next line - "You can trust in me and I'll come and get you out of it" although that last bit might be "altitude", this lad's not much clearer with his enunciation than MES! Actually I'll take that back, nobody's THAT mumbly!

Minor soz that this makes 3 posts in a row but that's the nature of thought, things occurring hours or a day after your first point was made. And the place is... a bit quiet... so there's not much intervening conversation. Minor soz. Not really any sort of big deal.

Love to you all!
bzfgt
  • 17. bzfgt (link) | 19/01/2020
Thanks FL, now you say it it seems obvious it was a typo. I'll listen to the line
bzfgt
  • 18. bzfgt (link) | 19/01/2020
It sounds like "virgin eat your superlative" except "superlative"is also very uncertain
dannyno
  • 19. dannyno | 21/01/2020
Comment #14, Fall Liker:

in the UK dentists used to work for the NHS, part of the government.


This is somewhat misleading. In the UK, most dentists are in fact private practitioners and always have been. Although many if not most will treat NHS patients as contractors in effect, a significant number do not. Dentistry is notable for not having been incorporated into the NHS in the way other health services were, notably GPs.
Kenny Cummings
  • 20. Kenny Cummings (link) | 26/01/2020
Here’s the story from my side:

https://halfedge.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/trusting-in-me/
Kenny Cummings
  • 21. Kenny Cummings | 26/01/2020
Somewhere I have a photo of the sheet of paper with Mark's scrawl:
We all did several takes singing it down entirely, then Ding comped the vocals with different singers doing different lines. Fun times. Read the link I posted above, complete with pics.

-Kenny Cummings

Lyrics to Trust In Me:

(KC = Kenny Cummings, PS = Phil Schuster, Ding = Simon Archer, Billy = Billy Pavone)

KC:
Verdant is your superlative
The story
You can talk to me in all confidentiality
Trust In Me, I am Dr. Me

PS:
After you left the surgery, don't you worry
I will come around to your house for tea

Ding:
Trust In Me

Billy:
Messengers enjoy being given gifts
Every three months

KC:
If you need an x-ray (Ding: Trust in me)
I will come to your house and do it for free

Billy:
After you left surgery
Don't you worry
I will come around to your home
For a cup of tea, trust in me

Ding:
Trust In Me

KC
Messengers enjoy being given gifts, every three months

PS
If you need an x-ray

Ding:
I'll come around to your house

PS:
And do it for free

Ding:
Billy Ding Kenny and Phil

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