"Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
In the board room the quiet man
Takes a second to think what to do
He's out of his seat and he's starting to speak
And he hears his own voice

For years and years he's done nothing but bow down
And put up with all their demands
She sits like a viper and offers the clock
Without giving a damn
He takes it

Honor forbids me, but honor be damned
You have whined till you got what you want
I did the working when things were going badly
You left us to rot

He locked the door of the boardroom
And turned like the scene from the old country song
Towering over the table he's lost
He is drunk with it all

You only came back to us when we'd turned it around
When we'd rescued your arse from the fire
Your contribution to all that we did
Was to say it was dire

Night after day after night I've been working
Despite of you fucking us all
Now I'm gonna die, I don't care if you cry
Just please leave me alone

And spare your tears for yourself
We've had those till we're sick
You should leave while you still have the chance

The others were shocked at this shameful disgrace
At the end of an honored career
He paused in the silence to pull down his tie
And observe the mele

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    General CommentIsobel Campbell certainly seems to think that this song was written about her. Interesting that it is followed by 'I'm waking up to us' on the Barman compilation album, which is even harsher.

    Her 'Monologue for an old true love' on her solo record, Amorino, could be taken as a response.

    Funny that B+S recently described their inter-band relations as 'Fleetwood Mac without the drugs'
    mookundion January 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI somehow let this song escape my attention the first few times I heard it.

    It's one of my favorites.
    tooth_brushon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPart of me kind of wonders if this is about Stuart David leaving in some way or another.
    DTOon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me sad
    rose.paradeon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i felt like crying.
    rose.paradeon August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has the same melody of one of the worst songs ever recorded: Ive Never Been to Me by Charlene. Fortunately the lyrics are much much better, so I like it very much.
    Finster_17on November 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI checked out the Charlene song and it does sound very much alike, but I think that's part of Belle and Sebastian's grace and cleverness, they go back, take the best and most melancholic melodies of certain eras and turn them into the songs that they should have been. This song is one of a kind.
    enriquevwon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNYtimes thinks it's aimed at Isobel Campbell. Oh shit!
    snapbeeon September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it can be about Campbell, she left a couple of years after this.
    admvenomon August 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt seems a bit of a cryptic message if it's aimed at Campbell.

    More likely it's just a wonderful little narrative about an office worker at the end of his tether. He's retiring (hence being given the wholly unoriginal gift of a carriage clock) and that might be what tips him over the edge. Feeling undervalued, having given his whole life to his job, he launches into a tirade directed at his boss. She has been exploiting her staff, shirking from duty herself and offering little other than abuse at her staff. He ends by saying he'd rather not have his colleagues sympathy, they should leave before they become as cynical as he is.

    Murdoch paints such a vivid picture of the quiet man's big moment, it's incredibly moving.
    SvenShawon October 19, 2011   Link

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