"Something Wicked" as written by and Martin/wilkinson Noble....
Where the ancient oak leaf clusters grew, the deaths head hawk moth flew,
Something wicked this way comes.
The swallow is depicted there along your fuselage,
Something wicked this way comes.

I'm not waiting for you.

It's breaking up and getting far away,
I used to know what I wanted to say.
Please remove that field grey coverall,
Your works of nature are unnatural.

Well the lake was clear as crystal, the best tea I ever had,
Something wicked this way comes.
It starts with love for foliage and ends in camouflage,
Something wicked this way comes.

I'm not waiting for you.

It's breaking up and getting far away,
I used to know what I wanted to say.
Please remove that field grey coverall,
Your works of nature are unnatural.


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"Something Wicked" as written by Jan Scott Wilkinson Martin Noble

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    General CommentTo me this sounds like an apostrophe by a naturalist to a military engineer. I get the impression that the two used to be friends, even lovers, but grew apart when one pursued a military career. This would explain the lines, "I'm not waiting for you" (an inversion of the usual "I'll wait for you!" cliche) and "I used to know what I wanted to say." It seems like the narrator is lamenting the way the addressee turned his or her talents for botany and zoology to destructive ends--"your works of nature are unnatural." Seems like a particularly oblique but uncommonly heartfelt anti-militarist statement, couched in personal rather than political terms. I think it's actually rather genius.
    owennnnnnnnnnon June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression that this song is about the usage of nature symbols for militaristic purposes, particularly by the Nazis. The Oak Leaf Cluster is a common military emblem, while the Germans used the Totenkopf (Death's Head) from the days of Prussia up until WWII. A German plane was the Messerschmitt Me-262 "Schwalbe" (Swallow). Finally, the field grey coverall could be a flight suit. BSP seems to be decrying the usage of nature symbols for unnatural purposes.
    sfo62on January 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"something wicked this way comes" is a line in Macbeth, said by the witches when Macbeth is approaching.
    phewshaon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou worked that out yourself did you sfo62?
    just a coincidence that bsp have said this song is about "Emblems of Nature used for unnatural purposes."
    if you're going to pretend you worked it out yourself at least change the words a bit lol
    selfishisgorgeouson August 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou worked that out yourself did you sfo62?
    just a coincidence that bsp have said this song is about "Emblems of Nature used for unnatural purposes."
    if you're going to pretend you worked it out yourself at least change the words a bit lol
    selfishisgorgeouson August 02, 2007   Link

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