Favorite Fall songs in terms of LYRICS

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Pretend like every Fall song had no instruments at all and was just Mark E. Smith reciting his lyrics. Boring, yes, but which ones would be your favorite?

Lee is Free (Lee is Free), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Tempo House. Not sure what it's all about, but it always gets to me.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hip Priest - that's hardly got any backing anyway - but it would have to be with MES reciting it the same way - "he-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee is not appreciated..."

And New Puritan.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Kicker Conspiracy

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Eat Y'Self Fitter
too many choice moments...

detoxyDancer (sexyDancer), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


sleeve (sleeve), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I always wondered about that "GOHOHO9OGOHOHO9HO9OGOHO"
Is it someone learning how to type?

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

pay your rates!!

jim p. irrelevant (electricsound), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also very fond of "Wings."

Douglas (Douglas), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink





(the ps he added when i saw them live once)

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that is a fucking genius addition to those excellent lyrics.

sleeve (sleeve), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That is awesome.

I would say "Winter"/"Winter 2"

Dr. Gene Scott (shinybeast), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Glam Racket.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Popped in to say "Wings" (and I'm already #3).

morris pavilion (samjeff), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"dr. bucks' letter"!

"5. Amex card - they made such a fuss about giving it to me, but I spend more time getting it turned down-uh"

turboalbino (haitch), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's here! I saw him! He's on the second floor! I saw him, I swear!


(Plus, "sodomized by presumption")

clotpoll, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Jawbone and the Air-Rifle:

The villagers danced round pre-fabs and laughed through twisted mouths
Don't eat, it's disallowed
Suck on marrowbone and energy from the mainland.

robert in SLC, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 02:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Garden" would be my second choice.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 02:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Classical

juno crunch, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 02:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Glam Racket
Dog is Life

D.I.Y. U.N.K.L.E. (dave225.3), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 03:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Twister. Wings. Iceland. Winter.

Myke Weiskopf (Myke Weiskopf), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 04:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Leave the capitol

Michael B, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 06:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pat, the Trip Dispenser..

"There are no big shots on the rock, and even if there were, McGinty would not be. Among Them."

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 09:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

How i wrote elastic man

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I second Dr Buck's Letter. "Palm Pilot, it's my lifeline, i think it's my PA's computer, she rules my diary and i download it".

JimD coulda been anything that he wanted to be (JimD), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

for comedy value, "a lot of wind".

for sheer joyous MES joyousness, "eat y'self fitter".

but really, this is too difficult. almost every word he ever uttered is a gem. i've been listening to a LOT of fall recently, and i still find myself amazed by just what goes on in MES's mind.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 14:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Tempo House or Garden or Eat Y'self Fitter. Which is why Perverted By Language is the best Fall album.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Funnily enough, I've listened to the whole "Peel Session" CD set over the past two days. Long car journeys at the moment.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wings or Jawbone. They seem to be make the most sense -- relatively speaking, of course! I mean a cursed jawbone? Traveling back in time to the U.S. Civil War?

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Don't eat chocolate,
Eat salad instead".

Also, fairly predictably:
Totally Wired-
"You don't have to be weird to be wired..."

Gaaawd, there's so many. Especially after getting the excellent Peel Session box set.

Wobs (Wobs), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"container drivers"

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The newest one where he reads the Football results.

TRG (TRG), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Another vote for "Eat Y'rself Fitter."

n/a (Nick A.), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Paint Work

Although the muffled, barely-intelligible quality of the lyrics and 'read-outs' on those are a big part of what I love about 'em, so wanting to hear them without being buried in the mix is a little perverse.

scriblerus (mike lynch), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 22:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like No Bulb for some reason.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 22:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"British People in Hot Weather"!


And you know that servants keep their order knowledge
And as you walk in on the footsteps steed babe
In the encrusted green unwild
You know you are a spoilt Victorian child

dar1a g (daria g), Thursday, 15 December 2005 02:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I always liked Wings too.

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Thursday, 15 December 2005 02:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Another favorite, from the first Fall song I ever heard:

My aqua-cat is where it's at
New to mammal range
But you know it would never suit
Territories alpine.


I often hope in years ahead
My gossamer front gate
Will keep out the trash in which
My psychic street's enmeshed.

robert in SLC, Thursday, 15 December 2005 03:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, bit late here but Fit and Working Again must be near the top surely?

stu, Saturday, 24 December 2005 04:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bojemian rhapsody

Haikunym (Haikunym), Saturday, 24 December 2005 04:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dice man, printhead, leave the capitol

nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Saturday, 24 December 2005 04:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

See, if you came across a new(ish) band in 1978 and theres their first album, and look there's a song called "Music Scene"

I'm betting you would not expect the first lyric to be:

"Oh aye you're a good lad
Here is a pound note"

Mark G, Friday, 9 February 2018 14:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

C n' C Hassle Schmuck from the Peel session has some great one-liners. "You wouldn't even know the sun was up unless there was a press release on it", a mock tribute to Arthur Askey "who's just been shot" and the pre-cog "the date was 2010, all England was a university town - all you could get was wine"

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Words of Expectation or Winter (Hostel-maxi) 1 and 2 or Wings. However, I suppose I could go on all night. Lol.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Wow those lines from In These Times are fantastic! (6 posts back- "I often hope etc". )

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Before The Moon Falls. Would work well as an angry, ascerbic poem.

mor frog bs (S-), Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah man, that's a lyrical gem too. Good one.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

they take from the medium poor
to give to the needy poor
via the government poor
give it to the poor poor
they're knocking on my door

rotting scout belt

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm proud of the way I've avoided prison
If we carry on like this we're gonna end up like King Crimson

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Now your sleeping with a hippy halfwit/Who thinks he's Mr Mark Smith" from "The Reckoning" is one of the greatest slams ever

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 23 February 2018 18:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

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