"Ascension Day" as written by Mark S. Hollis and Timothy Alan Friese-greene....
Bet I'll be damned
Built the debt
I turned 2's up today
Bet I'll be damned
Gets harder to sense to sail
Farewell fare well
Mother numb to & devout to
Reckon luck sees us the same

Weighted my hand
Kill the bet
I'll burn on judgement day
Weighted my hand
Get hard hit to sin to sail

Farewell fare well
Mother numb to & devout to

Double deal
A season wrapt
Too lax to lapse so soon
Reckon luck sees us the same

Bed on my back
Dealt my hell
I've dealt my months of May
Bed on my back
Get parted ascension day

Farewell fare well
Mother numb to & devout to Reckon luck sees us the same
Reckon love deals us the same


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"Ascension Day" as written by Timothy Alan Friese-greene Mark S. Hollis

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    General CommentIt's a shame there isn't more discussion on Talk Talk. Mark Hollis is one of my favorite singers and an absolutely fascinating lyricist. I think ripelivejam is on the right track saying this song deals with fate. I also feel, though, that it deals with redemption, which seems to be a common theme on this album. It essentially challenges fate, which is assuring damnation. Hence the line "Kill the bet I'll burn on judgment day". It's a resolution, and a prayer for good will, placing faith in love, I feel.
    akb2112on April 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so climatic, the spindly guitar just gets more ferocious and building, like the crash of waves and disaster. lyrically and thematically it sounds like someone trying to escape their fate again and again, only to have it crashing down upon them in the end. it's amazing how this band can conjure up impossible space and tightly wound fierceness in the same song.
    ripelivejamon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can identify with his abstract lyrics, such a hopeful desperation
    yumayumaon August 02, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the song is about redeeming oneself for their past sins and ascending to heaven, hence the title "Ascension day."

    Bet I'll be damned
    Built the debt
    I turned 2's up today
    Bet I'll be damned
    Gets harder to sense to sail
    Farewell fare well
    Mother numb to & devout to
    Reckon luck sees us the same

    Weighted my hand
    Kill the bet
    I'll burn on judgement day
    Weighted my hand
    Get hard hit to sin to sail

    "Bet I'll be damned today, built the debt." Is an example right here. The character believes that he is an evil person who can only keep doing evil, that they can't find peace in their lives, and surely enough by the end, he finally does.
    Shiggy2014on October 05, 2014   Link

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