"Confessions" as written by Howard Hughes and Peter John Murphy....
I could use your gullibility
Distort the painful truth
Present a fear and laugh at you
Leave you lost unsure removed
The must I feel to put it right
Put an end to naive faith
In slick success's avenue..
The vacuum of save face

Direct words can turn lost minds
Towards some monster seed
Lyrics sung from pretty looks
Can on the reader feed
Be strong to check and recognize
The pretty face is all
But being used to sell you songs
That never say it all

The incident meets the senses
The illusions in a mask
The sun of a summer afternoon
Docility rocks the mask
Broken loose from moorings
In a flash the swell had passed
Towards the beach with unabated speed
Confessions of a mask


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"Confessions" as written by Peter John Murphy Howard Hughes

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    General CommentShould be "Docility rocks the masts," in keeping with the series of nautical metaphors in the chorus. Also "my moorings," which may seem a minor discrepancy: but that small word makes it clearer these lines refer to Peter--not "the reader"--feeling himself slip away from the dock.

    Admirably clear, particular compared to the song which follows. "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart" (the song) is almost impenetrable; it does seem to be attempting to communicate something, though who knows what. Interesting how both tracks refer to "the reader," as if Murphy sees himself in the role of a novelist more than a songwriter.

    "[I could] Present a fear and laugh at you/Leave you lost unsure removed" -- he's attempting to turn his back on the techniques he used while in Bauhaus. Also becoming aware of the pitfalls inherent in using his "pretty face" to sell songs; the face becomes the only thing which really matters.

    If there's any connection with the Mishima novel whose title he borrows, I can't imagine what it might be. Though it provides a useful image to represent his effort to confess: for having once worn a mask, hoping it would help him achieve slick success. Which might refer to his work in Bauhaus being less emotionally candid, relying on cryptic morbid imagery to evoke a response. Or simply the "mask" of hiding behind his own pretty face.

    Give him credit for the attempt at introspection, seeking public expiation for earlier faults. Later, Murphy--especially in "The Answer is Clear"--aims bitter (albeit usually dead-on-target) potshots at former bandmate Daniel Ash. Which would come across as more self-serving, if not for this song's self-critique.
    foreverdroneon July 02, 2010   Link

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