"Ether" as written by and Dave/burnham Allen....
Trapped in heaven life style (Locked in Long Kesh)
New looking out for pleasure (H-block torture)
It's at the end of the rainbow (White noise in)
The happy ever after (A white room)

Dirt behind the daydream
Dirt behind the daydream
The happy ever after
Is at the end of the rainbow

Dig at the root of the problem (Fly the flag on foreign soil)
It breaks your new dreams daily (H-block Long Kesh)
Fathers contradictions (Censor six counties news)
And breaks your new dreams daily (Each day more deaths)

Dirt behind the daydream
Dirt behind the daydream
The happy ever after
Is at the end of the rainbow

White noise in a white room
White noise in a white room
White noise in a white room
White noise in a white room

Trapped in heaven life style (Locked in Long Kesh)
New looking out for pleasure (H-block torture)
It's at the end of the rainbow (White noise in)
The happy ever after (A white room)

Dirt behind the daydream
Dirt behind the daydream
The happy ever after
Is at the end of the rainbow

Dig at the root of the problem (Fly the flag on foreign soil)
It breaks your new dreams daily (H-block Long Kesh)
Fathers contradictions (Censor six counties news)
And breaks your new dreams daily (Each day more deaths)

Dirt behind the daydream
Dirt behind the daydream
The happy ever after
Is at the end of the rainbow

There may be oil
(Now looking out for pleasure)
Under Rockall
(It's at the end of the rainbow)
There may be oil
(The happy ever after)
Under Rockall
(It's corked up with the ether)
There may be oil
(It's corked up with the ether)
Under Rockall
(It's corked up with the ether)
There may be oil


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"Ether" as written by David Allen Andrew Gill

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    General CommentI have always enjoyed the push and pull of this song's rhythmic structure. The bass part gets lodged into my head often, and I came onto this site for the lyrics before searching elsewhere for more details on the track. I found a great article here that shares Jon King's insights on this song along with the rest of the Entertainment LP.

    clashmusic.com/feature/…

    "There’d been a report published in the mid 70’s that found the British Government guilty of torturing IRA suspects. They used to, among a smorgasbord of cruelties, make suspects stand up for hours in hoods while white noise was played at gross volumes to break their will. The Americans, years later, tweaked this format by playing hard rock to the holed up General Noriega in Panama until he surrendered. As US Sergeant Mark Hadsell said at the time: 'These people haven't heard heavy metal. They can't take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That's when we come in and talk to them.' Yeah, dude.

    Whatever, the report on what was being done in our name was shameful; reported back to us on TV, alongside some other world atrocity, while we were enjoying ourselves, unwinding at the end of the day, getting ready for fun and games. So the notion was for 2 voices, telling scripted parallel stories. One voice, the one who’s living his fine life, says 'Locked in heaven’s lifestyle' while the other, at the same time, says 'locked in Long Kesh' (the prison for IRA & UDF members in Northern Ireland). Etc. You get the picture. This one does this as the other does that. The run out chant 'There may be oil in Rockall!', was based on our paranoid notion that the reason the British annexed, in 1955, an ugly & tiny rock in the deep Atlantic was less about stopping the Russians spy on NATO missile tests than the fact there might be oil about to pillage. And it came to pass! In 2007 the Brits announced a claim to vast swathes of the Atlantic for 350 miles around the rock! The first example of eco-colonialism!"
    porcineon October 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI cant believe this song has no comments. I really love this song. its my favorite gang of four song.
    mcscumbagon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about internment in Northern Ireland
    Yer_Maon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentman this song is been so inspirational to me
    stereocaseon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSOLID.
    The Distortedon March 23, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThese lyrics kind of remind me of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
    Cocktailson July 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's about internment in Northern Ireland being quickly forgotten about by the general public when North Sea Oil was discovered.
    Delmothoson July 28, 2012   Link

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