Weather Report 2

Lyrics

(1)

Hello, how are you today?

I thought the vitamins would change my life
I walk down the city streets
I see weather reports

(It's like an ice rink)

Made a very, very, very big mistake
Nobody has called me sir in my entire life
You gave me the best years of my life

I look to the right then the left
The whirlpools cascade over my face
And I watched
"Murder, She Wrote"
At least five times
The cast deserved to die (2)
The whirlpools go wider and wider
Of words spoken

And you gave me the best years of my life
You gave me the best years of my life

Weather report
It's like an ice rink
Limescale (3)
In a Mediterranean retarded...
Mediterranean, it is not
Three days a week
(?) my TV

I miss my family in Oxford (4)
That's why I hope to get to back
That's what I'm looking at
That's what I'm looking forward to
That's the way it goes
That's the way it goes

You gave me the best years of my life
You gave me the best years of my life
The whirlpools get wider and wider
The whirlpools get wider and wider
Nobody has ever called me sir in my entire life
Nobody has ever called me sir in my entire life
The whirlpools cascade over the smoking tent

But then anathema
Gave up Tuesday
Chino hyphen lap (5)
Cheap crispy guitar
Nobody has called me...
Nobody has...
The medium
The whirlpools cascade
Over widening, widening, widening

Never mind Jackson
What about Saxon's
Recording of lost London
You don't deserve rock 'n' roll (6)

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Notes

1. From a Quietus interview with MES (via Reformation):

Cumming: Is "Weather Report 2" a personal song?

MES: Yes it is. It’s one of the later ones. It is actually the last song recorded. It’s fitting that it’s the last song on the LP. It wasn’t meant to be like that actually. It’s a lot of people’s favourite as far as I can work out. If I’d have had my way, actually, I would have had it more instrumental. The only reason there’s a lot of vocals on there is the way we recorded it, it was quite difficult. We did that in Salford with Ding [Archer] in his studio. So it’s like you’ve got to do it very quick. The idea of it was to co-op an acoustic track with a machine track. Then I reversed it. Then Ding said, "If it’s going to work –" I was going to sing bits and bobs over it, just joining it up – and he said, "You can’t do that because we need a vocal level". So a lot of that is getting levels. They are the lyrics for it, but the middle bits – they’ve come out very well, and the end bits, I would’ve chopped them out, but they work out very well. It’s good that I didn’t have too much of a say in the matter! [Laughter]

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2. "Murder, She Wrote" was a mystery drama that aired from 1984 to 1996. It appealed mostly to older audiences, and star Angela Lansbury was 70 by the time the show went off the air. The song is in some ways a reflection on aging, and "Murder, She Wrote" may be seen as a relatively placid entertainment for someone getting on in years, which produces a violent reaction in the singer. However, Lansbury should surely be given a reprieve on the basis of, at the very least, her performance in Gaslight.  

^

3. Limescale is a chalky white deposit left by hard water in pipes, hot water heaters and kettles.  

^

4. Oxford is in Southern England, and as far as I know MES does not have family there. This may be a fictional element, but there are various streets and roads named Oxford in Greater Manchester.  

^

5. There's a song called "Chino" on the same album.

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6. Dannyno IDs this line (from the comments below):

"Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009. Sky Saxon (formerly of MES-faves The Seeds) died on the exact same day. Guess who got the coverage?"

Again from Reformation:

Cumming: It’s a haunting end to that song, that last intake of breath. 

MES: That’s right, that’s not meant to be there. [Pause, then quietly] Bit strange, isn’t it.

Cumming: Is that the process of fortunate accidents, chance operations?

MES: Very much so, yeah. On that one definitely. It’s a sound experiment, with things about whirlpools and esoteric lyrics over it, and it turned into that. I’m very pleased with it. 

Thop comments:

"[Sky Saxon's 2005 album] Transparency was recorded live at the Dirty Water Club, a regular night of garage rock music in London. The club's last night was 19 June 2009, within the same week as Saxon and Jackson's deaths. I wonder if 'lost' could be a kind of reference to the club closing, had MES been a fan of it."

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Comments (13)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 27/04/2013

"Never mind Jackson
What about Saxon S
Recording of lost London"

Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009. Sky Saxon (formerly of MES-faves The Seeds) died on the exact same day. Guess who got the coverage?

Sky Saxon's 2006 album "Transparency" was recorded in London. Perhaps that's the reference?

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 05/05/2013

There's not much textual support for this, but from "How are you today?" I've always felt that this was a hospital lyric - and so some of the lines could be overheard patients' conversations. Possibly.

Zack
  • 3. Zack | 26/08/2013

Weather Report was the name of an American jazz fusion band of which founding Fall bassist Tony Friel was a fan.

harleyr
  • 4. harleyr | 20/09/2014

I think...

Three days a week
(?) my TV

is...

Three days a week
I'm at ITV

which might make more sense of the following lines about missing his family in Oxford.
And might make the song a backwards journey from a pensioner lamenting their restricted lot to a media person working away from home and looking forward to retirement when (they think) they can spend more time with their family.

harleyr
  • 5. harleyr | 25/09/2014

...and of course Murder She Wrote is regularly shown on the ITV network, which makes another connection.

Zack
  • 6. Zack | 19/06/2015

"But then... anathema... gave up Tuesday"

dannyno
  • 7. dannyno | 08/04/2016

So someone needs to volunteer to watch episodes of Murder She Wrote to see if any of the lines in the song appear in the scripts. I'd do it but I'm still trying to watch episodes of TJ Hooker for the L.A. notes.

Thop
  • 8. Thop | 19/04/2016

'Saxon's recording of lost London'
Transparency was recorded live at the Dirty Water Club, a regular night of garage rock music in London. The club's last night was 19 June 2009, within the same week as Saxon and Jackson's deaths. I wonder if 'lost' could be a kind of reference to the club closing, had MES been a fan of it.

Zack
  • 9. Zack | 20/02/2017

"I look to the past then" should be "I look to the right then the left."

bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt | 25/02/2017

I think this is about a time MES went to see Weather Report in 1976. He was calling out loudly for "Birdland" the whole time...

bzfgt
  • 11. bzfgt | 25/02/2017

Yeah, that seems definitely correct, Zack.

dannyno
  • 12. dannyno | 09/04/2017

Somewhere in the Fall canon there will be a clear Bukowski reference.

Until that turns up, I'd just like to note the existence of a Charles Bukowski poem titled "Weather Report". It's in "Love is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977", published in 1977.


I suppose it's raining in some Spanish town
now
while I'm feeling bad
like this;
I'd like to think so
now

etc


Yeah, that's right, it pretty much carries on in that vein. I see you know your fucking Bukowski.

bzfgt
  • 13. bzfgt (link) | 06/05/2017

I know it well. I don't think I've ever read an entire poem, but all the quotes I stumble across are much of a muchness...

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