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THE JOKER

THE JOKER
I look out from this scratched and faded view
Makeshift repairs instead of getting new
Don’t you ever get tired of tracing all the wires
Knowing that the switches won’t switch for you?

I work at the job that’s easiest, you see
Paying rent instead of living free
Don’t you wanna be bad instead of just being sad
Finding out you can be you instead of me?

The Joker he stares proudly at the wall
He can be who he wants to be
But he don’t wanna ‘be’ at all
He’s an empty Harlequin
With colours growing dim
And he struts about inside his little world

I keep up with the latest lines of talk
So I can ride instead of having to walk
Don’t you like the fashions that gotta little passion?
Being daring takes an extra bit of thought

I sleep with one eye fixed upon the clock
Waiting for the Reaper’s ghostly knock
Don’t you keep the days checking which ones can stay
Using them for your story’s clever plot?

The Joker he stares proudly at the wall
He can be who he wants to be
But he don’t wanna ‘be’ at all
He’s an empty Harlequin
With colours growing dim
And he struts about inside his little world

Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) Pig Pen Music 1989.

Lyrics by Peter Greatorex.
Music by George Davies/Peter Greatorex/Ben Ballard/Simon Malpas.
Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, Autumn 1991.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010.

Performers:

Peter Greatorex – vocals
George Davies – guitar, bass
Simon Malpas – trumpet
Ben Ballard – drums

Facts:

  • This song is very closely related to Armed & Dangerous as they both share the same tune in the verses. George considered this tune-sharing conundrum a challenge and set about making this song and Armed & Dangerous appear to not be all that similar after all.
  • The tempo is 138BPM and the key is Bm.
  • This recording was never finished although we felt that it has a curous merit all of its own, despite a few musical blunders.
  • Ben recorded the drums at the same time as George’s guide guitar track, which was played on the Ice Maiden.
  • When Pete laid down a guide vocal track, Simon was rehearsing his trumpet parts in the background. If you listen carefully you can hear a little snatch of horn blowing occasionally in the background, and some of it is quite sweet.
  • George then added a guide bass track on the Plank which in those days was tuned like any other bass.
  • Even the click track makes an occasional appearance in the mix which has had trigger flange across the cymbals and liberal amounts of delays from the Quad.
  • It is not certain why this was never finished.


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