"Hip Priest" as written by and Mark E Smith....
He's not appreciated.
He's not appreciated.
He's not appreciated.

Drink the long draught, Dan,
for the Hip Priest.

I said drink the long draught, Dan,
for the Hip Priest!

He's not appreciated
He's not appreciated

White collar hits motorway services
It's the Hip Priest
From the eyes he can see, they know
It's the Hip Priest

He's not appreciated.
It's purple psychology.
Not just an old lady's.

That's hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
That's hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
And he's gonna make an appearance.
He's gonna make an appearance.

Was shown in a freakshow early on.
And drunk from small brown bottles since I was so long.

'Cause I'm a Hip Priest
'Cause I'm a Hip Priest
People only need me when they're down and gone to seed.
'Cause I'm a Hip Priest.
'Cause I'm a Hip Priest.

It's appreciation half won.
And they hate their allegiance to hip preacher one.
Hip Priest

I got my last clean dirty shirt outta the wardrobe
I got my last clean dirty shirt outta the wardrobe
And all the good people know

That's hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
All the young groups know
All the young groups know
They can't ever take advantage because I'm a Hip Priest.
I was as clean as a packet of chocolate chips.

That's hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
And if the good people knew they would say
He's not appreciated
He's not appreciated

So drink the long draught, Dan,
For the Hip Priest


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"Hip Priest" as written by Marc Riley Craig Scanlon

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    General CommentThis track is a diatribe against music journalists, particular the self-proclaimed young hipsters of the NME.

    'Hip priest' is, too me, an attack on how self-sanctified and self-important, but ultimately as un-hip as anything else. The priest part certainly a reflection of their holier-than-thou attitudes.

    "He is not appreciated", the track's catchphrase, slowly turns from pity of how under-appreciated said journalists are to a declaration that they are not wanted.

    "I got my last clean dirty shirt out of the wardrobe" is paraphrased from the Kris Kristoferson song 'Sunday Morning Coming Down'. I read it as a reflection of the faux-bohemian lifestyle these journalists claim to live, whilst in fact it is a derivative act of self-publicity.

    Just like to add I think this the crown jewel of The Fall's songs and the rarest thing in music- a completely unique track.

    Listen to it and be enlightened!
    Omnicideon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"People only need me when they're down and gone to seed."

    beautiful. as for the song, well...it's about the leader of the cognoscenti, or at least a self titled one. king of the hipsters. drink the long draught for the hip priest.
    warsaw_350125on January 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHeard towards the end of "Silence of the Lambs"
    makhnoon September 28, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThis shall be one of the few times I'll ever say this outright: Fuck, yes.
    Cynothoglyson May 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish I could figure out what was going on easier.
    Anilandon July 22, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"I got my last clean dirty shirt outta the wardrobe"

    Absolutely love this line. Its ten words encompass a vast amount about routine, mass production, obedience to social norms, consumption, and the contradictions ("clean dirty shirt") of fashion and culture.
    attentiveon October 28, 2013   Link

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