"Exquisite Corpse" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
1. Life is but a dream repeat

2. I make the air fall apart
Around me
Now as the petals are no more
A corroding, shrinking stalk remains
Bereft of his blooms
And the ultimate cruelty of loves pinions
Beset his appearance
Beset his appearance
No king could replenish his state
Now browning, sinking, dying
A thousand deaths x3

3. Terry sat up
And hugged the green army surplus bag
Around his skinny waist
It was cold
And the person beside him had faded badly
Legs apart his eyes lit up


5. The sky's gone out!

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"Exquisite Corpse" as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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    General CommentFor those who don't know, Exquisite Corpse is a Surrealist game usually played with 3 people. You fold a piece of paper into thirds. Person #1 draws the head and shoulders, then folds the piece of paper back and hands it to the next person. Without seeing what #1 drew, Person #2 draws the torso, repeats the process, and Person #3 draws the legs and feet.

    It's not supposed to make sense - it's supposed to be surreal.
    Morellaon March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentinteresting... It is like seperate impressions of an exquisite corpse made into a whole song.
    CÆTon June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti understand the whole exquisite corpse game thing but how does that fit in with the song? its so random...
    schizophrenic137on June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthey probably wrote the song in the manner of Exquisite Corpses
    velvetsisteron March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm making a guess on this, but perhaps when the song was written, it was written in the same way you would play Exquisite Corpse, except with writing not drawing.
    x____Fucktardon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes it was written in this manner.
    It was an extremely interesting song to hear for the first time.
    x___replayon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEach member wrote a verse. They also did this for another song called "1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash"
    toughguybambinoon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love Bauhaus, but I just heard this song today, and it was so bizarre. I already love it.
    itsxpartyxtimeon December 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLets see... it seems to me that some of the verses were sorta' put in as filler, assuming the "Exquisite Corpse" game was used to write this song, some of the filler parts were thrown in by the less lyrically adept (or out of sheer sense of humor) such as "Life is but a dream..." Although (2) definitely seems like someone expressing their misgivings about aging. (3) I would say was about someone being extremely ill or hung-over just looking completely horrid.
    BigEvilon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOr... (2) could also be about a broken heart now that I think about it. As if his words completely destroyed something of love and value and now he's left barren.
    BigEvilon June 01, 2007   Link

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