Walter never graduated, ever,
Wendy, did he ever ask her? Did he?
Carlos, Walter, Wendy, Stanley

Wendy, was the operator, later,
Delia, said she wasn’t proper, clocked her
Carlos, Walter, Wendy, Stanley

I went to her degree show and she says I have it heavy,
The show was a disaster, it was heavy heavy heavy


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    Song MeaningDrRoy is on the right track. The song is about the beginnings of electronic music. Wendy Carlos (electronic music pioneer) was born Walter Carlos, but later had a sex change: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… (Wendy was the operator later).

    Stanley is Stanley Kubrick, who used Wendy Carlos' music in A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.

    Delia is Delia Derbyshire: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… or BBC radiophonic music fame. They were making electronic music in the 60's long before digital synths, and even before analog synths by laboriously splicing tape samples. Delia largely stopped making music when it became too "easy" with the introduction of custom built synthesizers. (Delia, said she wasn’t proper, clocked her) That line also maybe makes a play on the distinction between feeding cut tape through a tape machine at different speeds (no clock) vs. the Moog, which used a clock signal to generate its tones.

    I'm probably missing a lot here, since I don't get the reference to graduation or the degree show. But I would say the lyrics definitely have a significance.
    kneejerkreactionaryon March 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm trying to figure out if Wendy Carlos has anything to do with this. Probably not.
    DrRoyon July 21, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song's pretty cool to listen to... I don't really think the lyrics have any significance though.
    soccerchicpupon January 08, 2010   Link

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