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Big fan of the essay-style ramblings of Breaking the Back but the last line of To Whom It May Concern steals it for me.
About 4 years ago.
Got that was a good night. ; )
And I was mildly pissed
I could probably recite the album off by heart even now...
but as you say the last line of to whom it may concern is incredible
i really wish they'd get back together as I hated FT's last solo album
But I think it has to go to Sasquatch:
I had this beautiful idea
It hit me square between the eyes
But in scrabbling for a pen and paper I somehow slipped and let it slide.
I gave up on these thoughts of a richer life
Put my back to the plough and stayed alive.
This year the soil is soft.
Next year the warmth will be lost.
This soil my bread and my peace.
I fought in the marshes
I heaved a cutlass up to my neck in this muddy iceflow.
We eked out a life from this frozen ground
We pitched our tents and we built a town.
If we had not believed we could live this way we would not have encamped.
This soil my life and my love
The beautiful idea that settles upon my tongue and eloquently melts.
But the ice will come again to these valleys and cover all our farms and our dwellings.
The things you say are never written down and the songs you sing will echo and drown.
I think it's as much about Frank's delivery as the lyrics themselves.
The Rise and Fall over that rising guitar riff is probably my favourate.
Big fan of BSE and One More Powerchord and the Systems done for as well, purely for the "One more minor seventh and your pipedream is buttfucked" line.
The title track of Harmony no Harmony has some nice bits in as well.
from Strangers on Trains is good.
I've always liked Bread & Circuses - '24 hours to spend in a goddamn theme park!'
And Pornography for Cowards for more 'how's he going to fit an essay on gender politics to music?' fun.
Me and a bunch of mates sang the whole of A Song To Ruin acapella in the beer garden while standing on tables in front of about 70 people.
On topic, my favourite is probably 'ISSAC NEWTON!'
...and with my eight fingers and my thumbs I do maths"
love love love
that line in to whom it may concern is great though
I got the few that came with the re-issue of a song to ruin.
For overall lyrics:
Living The Dream:
"And I'm scared of the kids, who come to our shows. And I'm scared of the words, that they seem to know."
"Every line that made me lose my reasoning, every chord that made my conscience ache, every sound a memory that's all I ever need."
And also most of The Rise and Fall but especially the second half after "Let's make this stage our Rubicon..."
is the correct answer I think.
Brilliant brilliant lyricist.
"I AM REMUS, COME FROM THE DEAD TO TELL YOU ALL TO SACK THIS CITY TONIGHT, LET'S SACK IT TONIGHT BECAUSE I ALWAYS HEARD BETTER IN THE DARK! I ALWAYS HEARD BETTER IN THE DARK!"
It's mostly for the way he says it, such passion - it's preacher-worthy.
if you've ever done a shit job...
tonight will be the last night of my record-breakingly successful run in the lead role of the greatest play of our century
unprecedentedly warm praise from public and critics alike has met my portrayal of a man at his desk who gives a damn
incredible... that plus the rest of the song of course, i'm not gonna post all of the lyrics cos if you're like me you can't be arsed to read them.
Julia, who used to be in this band, is the new FOTL member?
Also, Kelson has joined Truckers of Husk!
I liked them. Hope they do well.