Unutterable

Lyrics

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This non-appliance sound
This dead durch sprung Technik - horrible (2)
This the breath of Nick (3)
On dripping post-seizure, [Venetian / finishing] floated brain of intolerable
This the rank post-urings and... posturings and insights of the unutterable (4)

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Notes

1. Zack, who is becoming a master of the summative note, remarks:

"Unutterable" was one of H.P. Lovecraft's favorite words... More of a Smith solo track than a Fall song, "Unutterable" would not have sounded out of place on MES's spoken word album The Post Nearly Man which begins with a "cover" of "The Horror in Clay," the first chapter of Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu."

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2. In German "durch" means by or through, "sprung" means leap, and "Technik" covers both technology and technique. "Vorsprung durch Technik" (advancement through technology) is the motto of the Audi automobile company.  

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3. "Old Nick" is a cognomen for the devil (see also "2 x 4" and "Zandra"). "The breath of Nick" could mean the breath of the devil, or, more figuratively, it could just mean really bad breath.

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4. "Unutterable" is, in fact, an English word; although I thought "inutterable" was the more usual word, the OED pronounces it "now rare," whereas it doesn't comment on the frequency of "unutterable" (nor does it, however, produce an example of its use more recent than 1883).

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Comments (3)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 04/04/2013

Vorsprung durch Technik was an advertising slogan for Audi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorsprung_durch_Technik, of course.

bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 04/04/2013

Not really "of course," or it would already have been in my notes...

Zack
  • 3. Zack (link) | 02/11/2016

"Unutterable" was one of H.P. Lovecraft's favorite words according to the website linked above.

More of a Smith solo track than a Fall song, "Unutterable" would not have sounded out of place on MES's spoken word album 'The Post Nearly Man' which begins with a "cover" of "The Horror in Clay", the first chapter of Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu."

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