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On the first floor of the dryout house
Was a replica dartboard
And the man on the floor
Sorta went out of window, over the lawn
And round to the mad kid
"Please take this medallion,
Please wear this medallion.
It's no sign of authority.
Wear the gold and put it on"

Courtesy winter
(Winter)

So [around the] mad kid
Man on the first floor said
"I just looked round
I just looked round
I just looked round
"And my youth it was sold"

Two white doves cross the sky
There fly krakens
And sometimes, that little.....
Makes me tremble
Courtesy winter

The mad kid had 4 lights, the average is 2.5 lights
The mediocre has 2 lights, the sign of genius is three lights
There's one light left, that's the one light
That's the science law

Courtesy winter


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    General CommentAnother transcription of the first section of lyrics, as performed by Taylor Parkes in an article for The Quietus about Smith's lyrical style circa 1978-1983 (see thequietus.com/articles/…), reads as such:

    "On the first floor of the dryout house was a replica dartboard
    And the man on the floor,
    His soul went out of the window, over the lawn
    And round into the mad kid
    "Please take this medallion
    Please wear this medallion
    It's no sign of authority
    Put the gold on, put it on
    Courtesy winter

    His soul went into the mad kid
    And the man on the first floor said
    'I just looked round
    I just looked round
    I just looked round
    And my youth, it was sold.'"

    He clearly say very similar lines (in a completely different order) on the Peel Session version, indicating that this is the likeliest interpretation.

    Hence, not merely an odd narrative sequence, but a truly eerie one.

    The "lights" bit is both hilarious and perversely charming.
    Cynothoglyson May 02, 2010   Link

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