"Blasphemy" as written by Guy Chambers and Robert Peter Williams....
The Egyptians built their pyramids
The Romans did what they did
Now everything's come down to this
It's just you and I, our kin!

We could send a million to the moon
But why can't I get on with you?
Cellophane around my mouth
Stops the anger sipping out

Our deaf and dumb dinners
Gravy in the mud
No singles, just fillers
Sometimes I wish I could
But I can't behave

I know it's not the heathen in me
It's just that I've been bleeding lately,
Don't turn to me,
Bite your tongue, the torrid weapon
You could learn a useful lesson

What's so great about the Great Depression
Is it a blast for you?

Words cut like a knife through Vaseline
You can't really mean what you mean
When you say what you say
So tourettes make them come out that way,
Wish I was here well I wish you weren't
Your gift of anger's better burnt
If nothing's said then nothing's learnt
I though I wasn't but I'm really hurting

Our deaf and dumb dinners,
There's gravy in the mud
And I can't behave
No, it's not the heathen in me
It's just that I've been bleeding lately,

Don't turn to me
Bite my tongue, the torrid weapon
We could learn a useful lesson
What's so great about the Great Depression
Was it a blast for you,

A great adventure Christmas in the snow
Senile Dementia maybe, what a way to go
I can't behave
I know it's not the heathen in me
It's just that I've been bleeding lately,
So turn to me
Bite your tongue, your torrid weapon
We could learn a useful lesson
In a greatness great depression
It's not a blast for me,
It's blasphemy

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"Blasphemy" as written by Robert Peter Williams Guy Chambers

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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who has depression but seems to be blaming his other half in the first part of the song where he says:" Is it a blast for you" implying she is the one who is to blame for the state he is in. But by the end of the song he turns it on himself by saying: "Its not a blast for me." Very subtle changes to the words confirm his own realisation that most people blame depression on others until they realise it themselves then they are more able to look for help in treating it. His description of "putting cellophane around my mouth to stop the anger seeping out" is a great description for how you feel when you are depressed. You blame everyone else except yourself. Robbie has had bouts of deprssion so his first hand account of it is spot on in my view.
    kalengaon December 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it is simply about Robbie's problem with depression and a propensity to say mean things (maybe even blasphemous?) when he is in that state of mind. In the lyrics, he blames Tourette's, which many think is synonymous with copralalia -- unintentional swearing. (In reality, it is an uncommon symptom of Tourette's Syndrome, affecting less than 10% of people with it.) I think he is telling us that he says things he shouldn't because of his depression and that while his bitter tongue is unpleasant for others, it is certainly no blast for him either.
    musiclover400on November 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits about the gallaghers. its obvious. robbie commenting on their terrible relationship as brothers and the things they publicly say about each other. it harks back to robbies brief freindship with them. i think the song maybe also wriiten in dark humour. a dig from rob. "our KId" is how the brothers refer to each other in conversation its not native to robbies speech.
    sigh73on July 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn the book called 'Feel' which was written by Chris Heath in 2004, and which I can highly recommend to anyone (Heath spent about 18 months living with Rob), Rob says that this song 'is about making loads of friends and realising they're all cunts.' According to this book, Blasphemy was written in about half an hour, and it may have been the last song that Rob and Guy Chambers have ever written together.

    I really like the way Rob 'plays' with the words in this one ('blasphemy' / 'blast for me'). For example, the line: 'What's so great about the Great Depression?' is based on double meanings. 'Great' means something being 'huge', but it also means something being 'awesome'. 'The Great Depression' is part of the American history, but it can also mean that Rob is 'deeply depressed'. In other words, Rob might be as well asking, 'What is so amazing about being deeply depressed?' as he might be referring to the history.

    Anyway, Rob really seems to be going through hard times in this one. He is disappointed by certain person (people) and doesn't understand why it has gone wrong. He knows he is not handeling the whole problem very well himself ('I can't behave'), but he really seems to blame the other person from the fact that they can't get on.
    CzechAtheiston June 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionit's sounds like a falling out, maybe a break up.
    maybe it is about the gallaghers, or his relationship with nicole appleton? or perhaps, (which i find a more compelling argument) himself and Guy Chambers.
    rehrosson February 22, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is the only song from the new album 'Reality Killed the Video Star' that I actually like, and after watching the electic proms opening night with Robbie it became clear why... This is the last song written between Robbie and Guy Chambers, around the time of 'Escapology' - Robbie's last decent album. It all makes sense now. This song is classic Robbie, none of that Pet Shop Boys rubbish.
    lauren_6_6_6on November 03, 2009   Link

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