"For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands" as written by and John Darnielle....
Set the spectrum for the greyscale, that's better
Favorite bold fonts in blackletter
Star-crossed lovers and their tragic fates
And the one Celtic Frost record
Almost everybody hates

Candlelight playing its tricks
On the walls of the cave
Hauling these songs to the light
From the mouth of the grave

Mark the map out for the treasure, don't say where
Find the octave in the shadow and stay there
Sleep till sunset, stay up late
Bleed bile all night
Into an SM58

Candlelight playing its tricks
On the walls of the cave
Hauling these songs to the light
From the mouth of the grave

Finally head west but it's a dead end
Come home dead broke but still among friends
Keep what's precious, drop what's not
Without a second thought

There's not so many of us
But you don't know any of us
Work like a gravedigger, let the blood spill
Headline really big festivals
Every other summer in Brazil

Candlelight playing its tricks
On the walls of the cave
Hauling these songs to the light
From the mouth of the grave


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"For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands" as written by John Darnielle

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    General CommentI'm guessing this song is about how bands from non-English speaking countries work their butts off but don't find any success because the music-buying market is dominated by English-speaking countries. "Finally head west, but it's a dead end:" some bands like Whitesnake say that they weren't popular until they were popular in the U.S.: being popular in their own countries wasn't enough because the largest music-buying market is the U.S. But we speak English in the U.S. not Portuguese so it's almost impossible for a Portuguese band to get popular here. Portuguese bands can headline festivals in Brazil because they speak Portuguese there.

    Celtic Frost are a Swiss band. I don't know them very well though, so I don't know which album of theirs is the one that everybody hates.
    cbinghamon January 15, 2018   Link

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