I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Hot metal and methedrine
I hear empire down
I hear empire down

I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Love lost, fire at will
Dum-dum bullets and shoot to kill, I hear
Dive, bombers, and
Empire down
Empire down

I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed
Get down, get undressed
Get pretty but you and me,
We got the kingdom, we got the key
We got the empire, now as then,
We don't doubt, we don't take direction,
Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me

We look hard
We look through
We look hard to see for real
Such things I hear, they don't make sense
I don't see much evidence
I don't feel. I don't feel. I don't Feel

A long train held up by page on page
A hard reign held up by rage
Once a railroad
Now it's done

I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Hot metal and methedrine
I hear empire down

We got the empire, now as then,
We don't doubt, we don't take reflection,
Lucretia, my direction, dance the ghost with me



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"Lucretia My Reflection" as written by Andrew Taylor

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    General Comment:This a great song with a wicked bass line
    TheDirgeon December 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:For some reason it kind of makes me think of 1984... sort of when England got bombed. or. yeah...

    And xinnifel, that's my favorite verse too.
    errky39on April 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I agree with xinnieful and errky that the quoted part is definitely the highlight of the song.

    I think most people know what this is about (maybe?), but in the interest of wasting time while I'm waiting for dinner, here it is again:

    This is Eldritch's "welcome to the band, Patricia (Morrison)!" song. The whole thing is a metaphor for the release of the new album and the return of the new incarnation of The Sisters after the breakup of the original.

    "I hear the roar of a big machine
    Two worlds and in between
    Love lost, fire at will
    Dum-dum bullets and shoot to kill"

    The press coverage of the split and the fallout afterwards.

    "Empire down"

    Everyone thought Eldritch was retired (and/)or dead.

    "We got the empire, now as then,
    We don't doubt, we don't take direction,
    Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me"

    Translation: "I was the most important one in the band, I'm back, I don't care what anyone else thinks or thinks I should do, I've got a crazy goth bird with me now and I'm going to make a cheeky reference to ex-Sisters member Gary Marx's new band Ghost Dance."
    The Knaveon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Lucretia Borgia is the obvious reference, but it might also be referring a number of other historical Lucretias. Eldritch: "Patricia always strikes me as a Lucretia-type person" . [ATF] The Family Borgia were notorious power freaks operating in renaissance Italy, famous for their unscrupulous operating techniques, and much admired by Machiavelli. Lucretia Borgia was a notorious poisoner, c.f. Gift .

    "Hot metal and Methedrine"

    Methedrine is a form of amphetamine and is apparently best taken intravenously. 'Hot metal' is probably a reference to the needle, though it might be something to do with guns. The comparison between guns and drugs is a typical Eldritch riff, notably "a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain inside" from Temple of Love .

    "The drug of choice is Methedrine. It's like the eighth gear. I remember taking it once in Chicago, and waking up a week later wondering what had happened in between" - Eldritch (unknown source, quoted on the Dominion mailing list).

    "A former proprietary name for an amphetamine, methylamphetamine hydrochloride, a soft drug, but used by drug addicts." - Chambers dictionary.

    "Dance the ghost with me"

    This is probably a reference to Ghost Dance, the band formed by Gary Marx after he left The Sisters. Ghostdance is also a North American Indian movement which sought to achieve unity with the dead / dead souls in order to return to the lifestyle destroyed by the arrival of Europeans. This interpretation ties in with the situation Eldritch found himself in with respect to previous band members, and the arrival of Patricia signalling the return of The Sisters.

    "A long train held up by page on page"

    This line makes alot more sense if one thinks about weddings.

    "A hard reign"

    "Reign" is a pun on "rain". "A hard rain's a-gonna fall" is a Bob Dylan song.

    "Once a railroad/Now it's done..."

    "Once I built a railroad, now it's done. Buddy, can you spare a dime", American song of the 1930s depression. As an aside, 'Buddy Can You Spare A Dime?' was once piped into the Leeds DHSS offices where it was no doubt warmly received by the punters!


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    laurelinwyntreon October 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:roar of machines
    darkwaveon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:This talk of Patricia Morrison and how Eldritch kicked her out like garbage after The Floodlands era. I suppose he had a greater vision of her as a SOM member at first. This is a powerful song both lyrically and musically but I don't know what to make of it.
    Wardraculaon January 11, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed
    Get down, get undressed
    Get pretty but you and me,
    We got the kingdom, we got the key
    We got the empire, now as then,
    We don't doubt, we don't take direction,

    I love this song, makes me think that change is a coming.
    xinniefulon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is a very good song, which I could make a far better video to than the one that exists.

    The war metaphor could be used in the visual expression.
    JASGripenon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Or, perhaps a referrence to Ghost Dancing (Native American Spiritualism).
    Either way, a great song.
    There is something about the vocal qualities of Eldritch that sticks in the brain long after the tracks have stopped playing.
    Major Valoron August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:or maybe its about the rape of lucretia a noble woman of ancient greece who then killed her self...
    immacabreon September 20, 2006   Link

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