"Another the letter" as written by and Colin Newman Bruce Gilbert....
Passed to hand, behind the curtain
Letter brings change, now things are uncertain
Hand to hand, letter moves on
Like a series of shocks, like a series of shocks
Like a series of shocks, like a series of shocks
Like a series of shocks, but the contents are known

Oh, faint heart, when the letter arrives
You suddenly find things looking lifesize
Lifesize, lifesize, lifesize

Once the air rang with things unsaid
Now cruel outlines aren't easily read
Behind the curtain in the yellow bulb light
In the yellow bulb light, in the yellow bulb light
In the yellow bulb light, in the yellow bulb light
In the yellow bulb light, in the yellow bulb light

The letter reads
"Took my own life"


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"Another the Letter" as written by Colin John Newman Bruce Clifford Gilbert

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    General CommentNo, the lyrics are correct, albeit seemingly abbreviated due to lack of repetition and speed. It is, indeed, about receiving a suicide's final letter. The lyric were written by Bruce Gilbert after seeing a peculiar carving or woodcut in which one hand passes a letter to another behind (betwixt?) the curtains of a window. He found it a very evocative piece, and so wrote this lyric, which is far more discernable in the original, slower version (see Behind The Curtain: Early Versions 1977-79).
    Cynothoglyson May 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoh man wot a song!
    stereocaseon June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure a lot of these lyrics are wrong.
    goeataclamon March 29, 2010   Link

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