W.M.C.--Blob 59

Lyrics

Right we'll go here
Where is he?
Just been to the park (1)
Not the pub, the park
Go on

We too do not recognise the M.U. 
We come with our hands open in fiendship
We can lead you to proletariat visions of prosperity
W.M.C.!
The social alternative was incredibly frequent (2)

We come with our hands open in fiendship
We can lead you to proletariat visions of prosperity
We merely make cabaret
We are on Gramme Friday (3)

Notes

1. The previous song on Grotesque is called "In the Park."

From the liner notes: "This is a very funny track. It's a pity you can't hear what's going on."

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2. W.M.C. is "Working Mens' Club," and "M.U." may be "Musicians' Union." W.M.C.'s originated in 19th century Britain; they were intended to both provide opportunities for recreation and social interaction, and also to foster education and cultural growth, among working men. Reportedly, the former functions are more commonly attended to, which may be what the last line of the stanza above is alluding to. Somewhere along the way someone (Riley?) has started singing what always sounds to me like a traditional spiritual in the background but may be an original song. Live renditions feature MES singing this part of the song. The lyrics to this part of the song, according to Joseph Mullaney's transcription: "The one to deny It was I/Since you became blob 59/I spent a lot of time wondering/ who and what the hell/What the crime." However, I can't hear any of that on the track that appears here on Grotesque.

From TamFrmGlsgw, "I'm fairly certain 'We come with our hands open in fiendship' is a reference to the Roman salute; that is the extended arm and open hand which symbolised friendship and peace. It is of course the same salute that was later adapted slightly for the Italian Fascist movement and subsequently Hitler's Nazi Party. I say this not least because 'hands open in fiendship' seems odd in lieu of the more expected 'arms open in friendship/fiendship,' and also because Smith has made reference to ancient Rome in other lyrics."

 

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3. A reference to speed, and to the next song, "Gramme Friday."

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Comments (8)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 17/09/2013

I hear "visions of posterity", not "prosperity"

Joseph Mullaney
  • 2. Joseph Mullaney | 15/06/2014

The song being sung in the background is `Blob 59'. The Fall played this live a few times, usually seguing into another song. There is a version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaBttUCHYaY

I'm not sure if it's an original or possibly a parody of some other song. The vocals are certainly not in MES's usual style. It sounds to me like a woman singing it on the album version, perhaps Kay Carroll?

dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 22/07/2014

There is that song "The Blob" by The Five Blobs, written by Bacharach and David for the 1958 film "The Blob". No immediate similarities suggest themselves though.

Joseph Mullaney
  • 4. Joseph Mullaney | 09/08/2014

It's too distorted to make out properly, but I'm not convinced that it's `not the pub, the park'. It certainly doesn't sound like `park'.

Pretty sure it is `posterity'.

Joseph Mullaney
  • 5. Joseph Mullaney | 09/02/2015

Lyrics to Blob 59:

The one to deny
It was I
Since you became blob 59
I spent a lot of time
Wondering who and what the hell
What the crime

TamFrmGlsgw
  • 6. TamFrmGlsgw | 03/05/2015

I'm fairly certain "We come with our hands open in friendship" is a reference to the Roman salute; that is the extended arm and open hand which symbolised friendship and peace. It is of course the same salute that was later adapted slightly for the Italian Fascist movement and subsequently Hitler's Nazi Party.
I say this not least because "hands open in friendship" seems odd in lieu of the more expected "arms open in friendship" and also because Smith has made reference to ancient Rome in other lyrics.

TamFrmGlsgw
  • 7. TamFrmGlsgw | 03/05/2015

Just realised it's fiendship not friendship, sorry!
If anything, however, this further validates my point considering the sinister Fascist connotations of the Roman salute.

bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 26/06/2015

It's cool, I edited your comment to make it look like that's what you said the first time. Let me know if I've misrepresented you...

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