I lean on the fence and you squat in the middle
And we wait until the stream runs dry
Though you don't see the sense and we can't solve the riddle
It's amazing how time flies

And we hear the children calling, we agree that it's appalling
But it's best to keep on stalling
Count me out

Now there's bloood on my hands and I'm wearing a muzzle
So I'll look the other way
I'll place my head in the sand and let the rest solve the puzzle
I'll think about just who's to blame

Because I hear the children weeping and I see the virus creeping
History is repeating
Count me out

Now there's chains around my neck and my head's in the oven
And the crowd kicks at my door
And you're leading the pack under wraps, undercover
Because you need to win this war

You picked up your flag and kissed it with your black volcanic lipstick
Now I'm simply your statistic
Count me out


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    General CommentA Crack in Melancholy Time

    I lean on the fence and you squat in the middle (1)
    And we wait until the stream runs dry (2)
    Though you don't see the sense and we can't solve the riddle (3)
    It's amazing how time flies

    And we hear the children calling, we agree that it's appalling
    But it's best to keep on stalling (4)
    Count me out (5)

    Now there's bloood on my hands and I'm wearing a muzzle
    So I'll look the other way
    I'll place my head in the sand and let the rest solve the puzzle (6)
    I'll think about just who's to blame (7)

    Because I hear the children weeping and I see the virus creeping (8)
    History is repeating
    Count me out

    Now there's chains around my neck and my head's in the oven (9)
    And the crowd kicks at my door
    And you're leading the pack under wraps, undercover (10)
    Because you need to win this war (11)

    You picked up your flag and kissed it with your black volcanic lipstick (12)
    Now I'm simply your statistic
    Count me out (13)


    A Crack in Melancholy Time seems to evoke a sudden appearance of some event that shakes someone out of their melancholy revery. It also seems to have a connection with the proverb: "A stitch in time saves nine."

    Meaning:
    You use this proverb to say that it is better to spend a little time to deal with problems or act right now than wait. If you wait until late, things will get worse, and it will take much longer to deal with them.

    "Stitching Time" is also the name of the LPD song on 1992's "Shadow Weaver" album
    Also, as a tangential thought, conmpare these lines from the song "Zeroid" on Gong's "Zero to Infinity" album released in 2000, sung by Gilli Smyth:

    "I'm through I'm through the crack in time!
    In the garden see the woman in the blue coat
    with stars in her hair!
    Magdelene... Priestess... Magdelene...
    An unearthly wind blows the curtains of leaves.
    Through the slit I see a flash
    of everything."

    (1) sit on the fence (third-person singular simple present sits on the fence, present participle sitting on the fence, simple past and past participle sat on the fence)
    (idiomatic, intransitive) To remain neutral on a certain topic, to not have a stance or opinion.
    Usage notes
    This expression implies that it is wiser to not be neutral.
    Compare with the line "If I'm the final man to raise a glove and fight your master plan then I just throw my hand in." from "This One Eyed Man is King" on the next year's album "From Here You'll Watch the World Go By"

    (2) Compare with the line "We walk on hot coals where a stream meandered." from "Just a Lifetime" on the album "Crushed Velvet Apocalypse".

    (3) What riddle is this? Of how to get along?

    (4) Stalling for time, even as time flies? Time to not make a hasty decision?

    (5) Count me Out - compare with John Lennon's lyrics for the song "Revolution":

    You say you want a revolution
    Well you know
    We all want to change the world
    You tell me that it's evolution
    Well you know
    We all want to change the world
    But when you talk about destruction
    Don't you know you can count me out (in)

    At the end of 1966, Lennon met and fell in love with the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. John's head-over-heels devotion to Yoko--think of how often her name shows up in future Lennon songs--earned the derision of many fans, especially after the Beatles broke up and Yoko got blamed for it. But her politics certainly reinforced Lennon's move to the left.

    The two came in contact with leaders of the movement in Britain--significantly, Ali and Robin Blackburn, both members of the Trotskyist International Marxist Group. A later interview/discussion among the four that appeared in the IMG paper Red Mole (reprinted in Ali's memoir Streetfighting Years)--gives a sense of the back-and-forth about the questions facing the struggle.

    John's song "Revolution" on the Beatles' White Album is a reflection of such discussions. It famously says that "you can count me out," but this is a comment on tactics--specifically, the role of violence in the struggle.

    "Revolution" encapsulates a debate John was having with himself and others about how social change should be achieved. In fact, on the album version of the song, John also sings "you can count me in"--because, he later said, "I wasn't sure."

    (6) Bury your head in the sand

    Meaning
    Refuse to confront or acknowledge a problem.

    Origin
    This comes from the supposed habit of ostriches hiding when faced with attack by predators. The story was first recorded by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don't hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The 'burying their head in the sand' myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding.

    The story also relies on the supposed stupidity of ostriches, and of birds in general. In fact, there's little to support that either as birds have a significantly larger brain to weight ratio than many other species of animal. The notion is that the supposedly dumb ostrich believes that if it can't see its attacker then the attacker can't see it. This was nicely reformed as a joke on Douglas Adams' 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', in which the 'Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal' was described as 'so mind-bogglingly stupid that it assumes that if you can't see it, then it can't see you.'

    (7) Compare with the lines "still you point your fingers in the dark" from "Mood 159" on the album "A Perfect Mystery" released in 2000.

    (8) Edward's use of virus appears to be multi-layered - sometimes reffering to an actual medical virus, sometimes reffering to an informational virus that causes behavioural change, like a meme, and sometimes a computer virus. Compare with the lines "We've all got the plague" from an early Dots tune, including the "ashes to ashes we all fall down" from the old Nursery Rhyme, or lines like "I've got this creepy crawly virus and I feel it kicking in, I'm in your heart now in your fingers [typing], am I getting on your nerves?" from "Cyberspider" on the Tear Garden album "To be an Angel Blind..."

    (9) Sticking one's head in the oven and letting the gas on is a method of suicide that seems to appear in several LPD songs such as "Jewel on an Island" from 1986's "Island of Jewels" album...it is not reccomended. (suicide, that is)

    (10) Compare with the line "Driving the pack, from the rear, with a trumpet, with an axe." from Dissonance on 1998's "Nemesis Online" album.

    (11) Which war?

    (12) References to Volcanoes (and Mountains) in Pink Dots music remind me of the Genesis song title "Dance on a Volcano" which is a British term meaning to exist in blissful ignorance unaware of something big about to make a change in one's life.

    (13) Whose statistic is the speaker? If the speaker wishes them to count him out, then that is the same as saying count me as the number zero. More on the number zero later.
    Madpropheton December 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe above interpretation is miles better than anything I could come up with. It does indeed seem to be about neglecting a problem and having it snowball into something bigger, but there's definitely more to this than that.
    Anilandon July 10, 2010   Link

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