"This Corrosion" as written by and Andrew Taylor....
Gimme the Ring, kissed and toll'd
Gimme something that I missed
(Gimme the ring)
A hand to hold, wild and what it seems
(Gimme the ring)
Kill the king, when love is the law,
And the we'll turn round...
(Gimme the ring)
Gimme dream child
And do you hear me call?
(Gimme the ring)
On the loan and on the level
...still on the floor
(Gimme the ring)
Sing dream child
And do you hear at all?

(Sing)
(Sing)
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing...

Gimme siren, child and do you hear me?
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?
Sing, child, of right and wrong
Gimme things that don't last long
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?

(Sing)
(Sing)
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing...

On daze, like this
In times like these
I feel an animal deep inside
Heel to haunch on bended knees
Living on if and if I tried,
Somebody send me... please...
Dream wars and a ticket to seem
Giving out and in
Selling the don't belong
Well, what do you say
D'you have a word for Giving Away?
Got a song for me?

(Sing)
(Sing)
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing...

I got nothing to say I ain't said before
I bled all I can, I won't bleed no more
I don't need no one to understand
Why the blood run hold
The hired hand
On heart
Hand of God
Floodland and Driven Apart
Run cold
Turn
Cold
Burn
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand


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"This Corrosion" as written by Andrew Taylor

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  • +2
    General Comment"the Ring"

    Possibly a reference to the Ring of Niebelung from Richard Wagner's epic ring cycle. The wearer of the ring is conferred huge power, but in return for the power is required to forego human love. The sound of 'This Corrosion' is very Wagnerian: the bombastic, overblown choral chants are typical of Wagner's work.


    "kissed and toll'd"

    Kissing a ring is a way of showing deference, especially toward one in power. This is a typical way of greeting the Pope, for instance. "Toll'd" is a way of announcing a death by ringing (tolling) a bell; this is also a pun on 'Kiss and Tell' which is a euphemism for gossiping and petty betrayal. Wayne Hussey's behaviour during The Sisterhood episide neatly fits this description. Hussey can be viewed as laying claim to something that was not his (the Sisterhood name), and then not using the power effectively. The two ways of using the Ring can be likened to the two meanings of this line: Eldritch uses The Ring as a means of ultimate power ("kissed and toll'd"); the bell toll'd for Hussey's version of The Sisterhood, and RCA were forced to kiss Eldritch's in the form of a cheque for 25 grand . Meanwhile, "kiss and tell" is all too descriptive of the embarrassing teary confessional that was typical of The Mission's modus operandi .


    "And the we'll turn round"

    Pun on "wheel" and "we'll". This is suggestive of gaining revenge.


    "Gimme dream child"

    Eldritch again, impatiently, demands the return of The Ring. The 'dream child' is therefore the possessor of The Ring: Wayne Hussey. It's a very accurate and perceptive description of Hussey.


    "On the loan and on the level"

    This is an adaption of the Ozymandias quotation used in Dominion with 'loan' substituted for 'lone'. This probably refers to Hussey's 'loan' of the 'Sisterhood' name; Eldritch is therefore comparing the fate of the Hussey Sisterhood with Ozymandias' colossal wreck. Ouch!


    "sing This Corrosion to me".

    The 'Corrosion' is sung, and refers to the tarnished version of The Sisters' sound that The Mission were selling ( 'selling the don't belong' ).


    "On daze, like this".

    Obvious pun on 'daze' and 'days'.


    "The highered hand".

    This is a pun on 'hired' and 'highered'. The 'hired hand' could be an assassin. The 'highered hand' implies a moral authority, although it could mean domineering and dogmatic as in 'high-handed'. I think it's the former as '...hand/On heart' would seem to imply truth and honesty. Either way, ultimately 'This Corrosion' is regenerative as Eldritch closes the song screaming "Like a healing hand".

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    laurelinwyntreon October 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just cool as hell, if it was written basically as a joke then that just makes it even more awesome. Love that final verse, and at the very end when he screams out "like a healing hand!"
    Muzzyon February 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a lot of fun! It shows a lighter side to the Sisters, and it works very well. The nonsense lyrics are a fun to sing aloud.
    Neonknighton April 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnheilig do a quite excellent cover of this song: youtube.com/…
    oballon June 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is actually an attack on Wayne Hussey.
    xtiandethon May 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed. It's a parody of lyrics by Hussey his imitators, impressive sounding words and cliche fragments strung together with little thought as to meaning.

    Lots of references to hands, royalty and religion here.
    vigilanton July 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust one thing to add -

    "Well, what do you say?
    D'you have a word for Giving Away?
    Got a song for me?"

    Mr. Hussey does, indeed, have a song for Mr. Eldritch. His side of the story is put across in Wake (RSV), from the Mission's "The First Chapter" CD, and is definitely one of their better tracks.
    Blue_Manon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLambchop version of this is stealthier, more hushed but just as gothic.
    _ellieon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to be a lot of talk about floodland being tagetted at the Mission. Got to say, Im not yet convinced, i can see how it could be interpreted that way. Just not yet convinced.
    MMFB2001on February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA fantastic centerpiece to a great album.
    This song never fails to raise gooseflesh on me, especially during the choral crescendo towards the end.
    Major Valoron August 15, 2006   Link

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