"Rhythm Of Cruelty" as written by and Mcgeogh Devoto....
I brought your face down on my head
It was something I rehearsed in a dream
You're too good looking for your own damn good
And you don't know what it could mean

You've got me dying of thirst in the meantime
It even hurts when I scream
You've got me drowning and still in the meantime
You don't know what it could mean

Because in my drunken stupor
I've got to admire your ingenuity
And I nod my head, oh so wisely
To the rhythm of your cruelty

You've got me dying of thirst in the meantime
It even hurts when I scream
You've got me drowning and still in the meantime
You don't know what it could mean

Because you want to have your price
And something you could hold your faith up to
I don't know how to tell you this
But you've got it coming all the way to you

You don't even know what it could mean
You don't even know what it could mean
I don't know what it could mean
We don't even know what it could mean


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"Rhythm of Cruelty" as written by Devoto Adamson

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    General CommentTo me this song is about a certain kind of controlling person who is self righteous and can't admit to what they feel, and being in relationship with that person. To me there's almost an element of sadomasochism in this-- of the speaker seeming almost to lust after the person even while being treated badly by them.
    razorgrrlon April 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbout a one sided relationship, I've had girls that echo this song
    Bobbyperu1892on September 13, 2015   Link
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    General CommentCompare this—or nearly any other “love song” by Magazine—with the lyrics of their song “My Tulpa,” in which the tables are turned on Howard Devoto. The tone of ambiguous sadomasochism is there, as usual: oh yes. But the song’s narrator debases himself, in hopes of gaining an iota of attention from the target of his infatuation. Who (oh yeah) happens to be male, in that particular instance.

    In Devoto’s songs about women, though? He expresses condescension, a desire to escape, and an assumption she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    To be fair, he IS far more intelligent than your average bloke.

    Also, it’s difficult to examine this gender dynamic more closely. I’m unaware of any tracks he’s written—other than “My Tulpa”—in which male-to-male attraction is explicitly present.
    foreverdroneon October 18, 2017   Link

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