"Shutout" as written by and Scott Engel....
Throw off
Those gimmicks
To the boys
Let them
Send it all up
In the air
There is
Crouching and wailing
On stones
Down here
We must freeze off
This atmosphere
Scraping out noise
Across night wires
Runs for the distant cities
There is never
A lock
In the fall
Down here
As the
BIG FULL
Pours away
In the shutout
In the shutout
How will we know
The great doll
Something attacked
The earth last night
With a
Kick that man habit
Eye
Cut the
Sleep tight boys
Who dreamed
And dreamed
Of a city
Like the sky
There were faces
Bobbing in the heat
For some rising
From her zone
Moving, hitting,
Holding on
For the promise
To carry us home
In the shutout
In the shutout
Never a lock
In the fall
In the shutout
In the shutout
How will we know
The great doll


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"Shutout" as written by Scott Engel

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    General Commentfucking incredible.
    and the shredding?
    oh yes.
    this should've just been a Scott Walker [EP] with the first 4 songs from Nite Flights.
    badartson June 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe he's saying "freeze off this ratmosphere"; a very colorful play on words that conjures the dank and horrifying environment in which this narrative takes place.

    I love the surrealistic yet very expressive ways he toys with language. "Something attacked the earth last night with a "kick that man-habit" eye". The whole song paints such a vivid and unsettling picture although remaining obscured, although it seems to hold an underlying theme of sexual torture:

    "How will we know The great doll" : "all the ways we will violate (know in the carnal sense) this dehumanized body "the great doll".

    There were faces
    Bobbing in the heat
    For some rising
    From her zone
    Moving, hitting,
    Holding on

    seems to allude to sexual torture which is in keeping with the theme of the rest of Scott's four songs on this album.
    DukeOfPruneson February 12, 2018   Link

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