"God In An Alcove" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, David John Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
Go and look for the dejected
Once proud idol remembered in stone aloud
Then on coins his face was mirrored
Take a look, it soon hath slithered

To a fractured marble slab
Renunciation clad
His nourishment extract from his subjects
That mass production profile

He's a God in an alcove

Once he spread the rain
So they dreamt in vain
Once he spread the wheat
Had made some garlands for his feet
Until the lily poet of our times

Horizoned on the line
Love became the in theme then
Opposing fakers thrice by ten
Don't perceive his empty plea
That redundant effigy

He's a God in an alcove

Take in view his empty stool
What's left is satin cool
Clawing adornment for his crimes
They saw they had to draw the line

So they sent him far away
So they sent him far away
To a little alcove
To a little alcove all alone

He's a God, a God

Now I am silly
Now I am silly
So silly, silly
Silly, silly, silly, silly
Silly, silly


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"A God In an Alcove" as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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  • +2
    My InterpretationSeems like the old gods of past civilisations.
    Most appropriately the fall of Paganism to Christianity.
    Although Wonder Ned's theory is also plausible.
    The whole 'Alcove' thing works, the religions of old are still there but pushed aside into little alcoves.


    'Love became the in theme then'

    With the fall of Paganism, sex was immoral.


    The rest of it is pretty obvious if you take my theory and apply it.

    Except for 'Oh I am Silly' Perhaps Bauhaus put that in for shits.
    This is my favourite song.
    I EFFING LOVE THIS SONG
    Super7amon March 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I think its about false profits. It could also be about christ. Beautiful lyrics. God bless Bauhaus!
    beehauson February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally, I think the last two verses are about Lenny Bruce
    Bliss Freakon May 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn excellent song from the equally excellent 1980 album In the Flat Field. It seems the words are on a par with poetry, since they stand alone beautifully. For some reason it always makes me think of the last official Roman god (not counting the deified Emperors and Empresses) Antinous...I dunno, probably just me though.
    celeryon November 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI may be alone, but I actually like the live version even more than the recorded. The song is amazing.
    itsxpartyxtimeon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo way, the live version has so much more emotion and feeling put into it. It's fucking fabulous.
    itsxpartyxtimeon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about Washed up, rejected, Celebrities and Politicians.
    Roseweaveon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably way off base, but the last verse makes me think it's about Napoleon.
    Nighteshade Kittyon December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's not much connection.But this song immediately makes me think of the Greek god Pan.
    Wauhauson July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIdol worship reduces spirituality to vulgarity. It ends the search, constricts the spirit.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link

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