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Lyr Req: Disaster (Julian Cope)

GUEST,Dulwich Dave 15 Nov 19 - 06:04 PM
Joe Offer 16 Nov 19 - 02:39 AM
GUEST,Dulwich Dave 16 Nov 19 - 03:18 AM
DaveRo 17 Nov 19 - 02:26 PM
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Subject: Julian Cope lyric 'Disaster ' anyone ?
From: GUEST,Dulwich Dave
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 06:04 PM

A Google search for the lyrics of this song has come up with nothing. Can anyone help?

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Subject: ADDPOP: Disaster (Julian Cope)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 02:39 AM

There's a YouTube video here:

The easiest way to find lyrics by Google, is to search for a distinctive phrase, and put it in quotes. I found this by searching for "we have fled from disaster"

(Julian Cope)

Confident at last we have set our sails for Egypt
Penury and Newgate left behind
We are all alone, oh, but we have new horizons
Saviours of the feeble and the blind

Oh we have fled from disaster
Oh we have fled from our her sign
Oh we have sailed all these passing days
Shallow in friendship and grace

Taking men aboard we began to have misgivings
Victims of an opulent parade
But smiling now we leave the golden island of our fathers
Sharing off the errors of our ways (shoving or shedding off???)

Oh we have fled from disaster
Oh we have fled from her sign
Oh we have failed all these passing days
Shallow in friendship and grace

I’m praising the day when the cold sea mist was lifting
Cold that drives a wet dream to our eyes
I’m smiling, smiling, idle (every?) restlessness I’ve known
Looking for an oath (oar?) that is my own

But now I leave the shanty towns for castles in the south
Should I trip and stumble full into the lion’s mouth
We are drifting needlessly
Won’t you come and marry me?
We are drifting needlessly
Won’t you come and marry me?
We are drifting needlessly
Won’t you come and marry me
Before our ship could reach dry land?

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Subject: RE: Julian Cope lyric 'Disaster ' anyone ?
From: GUEST,Dulwich Dave
Date: 16 Nov 19 - 03:18 AM

Great stuff Thanks Joe.

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Subject: RE: Julian Cope lyric 'Disaster ' anyone ?
From: DaveRo
Date: 17 Nov 19 - 02:26 PM

I wondered what this song was about, and in particular why Egypt?

I pasted the blogpost Joe linked to into Google Translate:

Sometimes I think of Julian Cope and I imagine him smoking cigarettes with Varg Vikernes on the porch, as the afternoon falls. They have discovered, as we all knew, that they have more things in common than differences and now, now old, they wait for the world to end at once with a long, long conversation. Other times, however, I imagine it with André Ethier. It is the twilight, and both of them sing that song that is "Pride of Egypt". Cope invents some line about megaliths and the armed revolution. Andre leaves him, because he is Canadian and very polite. Then there is darkness and the valley is silent. They are no longer Ethier or Vikernes. Only Cope is in the dark, sitting in his rocking chair, remembering perhaps the times when he was about to be a pop star, the times when he touched with his fingers the fleeting glory that took in the sack Ian MacCulloch and other medium-sized talents.

In the meager list of artists who have managed to change his speech according to the change of his life and without his work being resented, Cope occupies a greater place. Good example of such a change are, for those who want to visualize it quickly, the two direct ones that I include here. Separated for just five years, they portray a Martian evolution that goes from the enfant terrible mephysopholic leather-clad - and half-possessed by Bowie and Morrison - to the tripty visionary and time traveler; from the revisionist pop to the deconstructor kraut (always keeping the melodic hook). In the first one there is a controlled fury that grazes the dislocation but never ends free. In the second, the world has exploded and the process of recomposing the puzzle in a new and imaginative way has begun. But those five years are precisely those used by Cope to become another; to finally abandon the pursuit of the covers, withdraw from the spotlight, plan his essential book "The Modern Antiquarian" (which he would publish in 98 after at least eight years of work) and publish two prodigious albums such as "Peggy Suicide" (91) and "Jehovakill" (92).

After that his career continued to be interesting, his thinking accurate and his activism stajanovista, but there were the major findings. However, let's go back to the first live. Already in it, although it belongs to the era of the very pop and chrome "Saint Julian" (87), it floated more than just the brightness of dark pop; something different from the decadent and romanticized nihilism of period mates like the excellent Jesus or the overrated Bunnymen. There was already something that worked above and below the mainstream parameters.

In 97, perhaps as a late link, as confirmation that, indeed, in those pop years there had been a background tide that led to the shamanic abyss, the Island label publishes "The Followers of Saint Julian." It is a compilation of oddities and B faces that covers only the period 86-87, and the typical record that at first listen seems what it promises: a tailor's drawer for completists. However, in the long term it has become one of Cope's albums that I listen to the most. There is something about him madness, trial and counter trial; With an uncomfortable mind with his situation he has not yet found the hole through which to sneak into another dimension, enclosed in his own ice square. It also contains two excellent versions (“Levitation” of the Elevators and “Non-Alignment Pact” by Pere Ubu) and a strange theme, between classic and visionary, excellently sung and that defines, perhaps, that desire for change from which I speak. It takes me spinning in the head a fucking month: "Disaster".

I found Pride of Egypt on YouTube:

None of which answers my original questions.

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