"Come Alive Diana" as written by Jonathan Joseph Higgs, Jeremy Joseph Pritchard, Alexander Kaines Robertshaw and Michael David Spearman....
Come alive Diana, I don't have time,
To dig a grave, but I know,
It's the only option left to me now summer has sucked the stone,
And burst your tires.

On the shore you found him,
Warped and wild were his eyes,
And they shook and they quivered in their sockets
Like a bullet they ricocheted between your thighs.

Her phantom head!
Is thinking for all mankind I saw her portrait in the Mail
Her phantom head was directing the holiest of hunts
I made mistakes!
I lost an author, ooh, and then I lost a daughter's awe
I don't know how you'd affect it, more

Her phantom head, her phantom head

Line the streets Diana, with armored cars,
Oh column inch, timeless inch,
Can you inch another centimeter closer to hearts and minds?
You'll win them yet.

And the young Diana, she waves inside a global grief,
In a wind, gonna pry her, gonna lose her,
And the patterns emerge like germs, lest we forget.

He told me, he told me

Her phantom head! Is thinking for all mankind
I saw her portrait in the Mail,
Her phantom head was directing the holiest of hunts
I made mistakes! I lost an author, ooh,
And then I lost a daughter's awe
I don't know how you'd affect it, more

They're ringing and ringing the Liberty Bell
And I can feel the heat, I can hear the heat, rising for
That Aryan Aryan Aryan knell
And mother looks away, father looks away, for a second

(And her phantom head)
Is rolling around some yard,
While simultaneously wired

Her phantom head!
Is thinking for all mankind I saw her portrait in the Mail
Her phantom head was directing the holiest of hunts
I made mistakes! I lost an author, ooh,
And then I lost a daughter's awe
I don't know how you'd affect it, more

Her phantom head, her phantom head,
Her phantom head, her phantom head,

They're ringing and ringing the Liberty Bell
That Aryan Aryan Aryan knell


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"Come Alive Diana" as written by Jeremy Joseph Pritchard Alexander Kaines Robertshaw

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  • +2
    General CommentEver since the death of Lady Diana, tabloid newspapers have used her picture on the front page to attract readers. The thin stories they are attached to are mostly about conspiracy theories over her death, particularly Dodi Fayed's father's claim that she was deliberately killed, amongst other reasons to stop her marrying an Egyptian Moslem.

    Come alive Diana, I don't have time, to dig a grave, but I know, it's the only option left to me now summer has sucked the stone, and burst your tyres.

    An unwillingness to accept her death.

    On the shore you found him, warped and wild were his eyes, and they shook and they quivered in their sockets like a bullet they ricocheted between your thighs.

    After the bloodless charade of the marriage to Charles, Dodi woke her physical passion.

    Her phantom head! Is thinking for all mankind I saw her portrait in the Mail

    All you now see of Diana is her portrait on newspaper posters, a phantom head

    Her phantom head was directing the holiest of hunts

    The hunt for her supposed killers, holy from its crusading nature

    I made mistakes! I lost an author, ooh, and then I lost a daughter's awe

    Reported friction between Diana and her biographer, and with her father

    Line the streets Diana, with armoured cars,

    Contrasting people on the streets for her funeral and to protest

    oh column inch, timeless inch - can you inch another centimetre closer to hearts and minds?
    You'll win them yet.

    Newspapers exploiting her memory, as if feelings for someone now long dead could somehow grow.

    They're ringing and ringing the Liberty Bell

    Always talking about freedom to disract us from their control

    and I can feel the heat, I can hear the heat, rising for
    That Aryan Aryan Aryan knell

    A white establishment using Diana populism to fuel a fascist resurgence, making the death of Dodi irrelevant or even desirable

    [And her phantom head,] is rolling around some yard, while simultaneously wired

    We view the world through her eyes, like a victim of the guillotine, seeing the ugly truth only in the last moments of life.

    A wonderful song, dealing with the perversity of the media and the use of iconic characters to manipulate public emotions. At this late stage, as the song suggests, 'the only option left' is to 'dig a grave' and let her memory rest in peace. But 'I don't have time'... so Diana must 'come alive', or rather stay 'alive' as a phantom.
    hotratson May 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd only add that the line about directing a hunt in the chorus is likely a reference as well to Diana the Huntress from Roman mythology. The idea of Diana at the head of a hunt in this song could refer to a press endlessly whipping the public up into a frenzy looking for someone to blame for her death, and the 'hunting' of Diana by the paparazzi in France which led to her death as her limousine driver sped to evade the photographers (burst tires are referred to in the first verse).

    The repeated image of a disembodied head, a portrait endlessly plastered on newspapers, also connects to the idea of a hunt, as the head of the hunted animal is mounted on a wall. It's a gruesome parallel to draw, but the dehumanisation of celebrity figures does mean the person is decapitated from their public face, their 'image', when they're made into a figurehead. The grotesque reanimation of Diana to sell newspapers and whip up nationalist sentiment is exactly that.
    dianaoddon April 05, 2013   Link

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