Artist: Skinny Puppy
Album: Rabies (1989, Nettwerk Records), Track 9
Credit: Nivek Ogre (lyrics), Skinny Puppy
Only two tracks truly stand out on Skinny Puppy's album "Rabies":
Worlock and Choralone. A dark, almost tuneless chant, this
song weeps deprivation, perversion, interference. Some feel it was the
Dwayne Goettel and cEvin Key reacting to the overbearing production
influence of Al Jourgensen, the album's producer. It is classic Skinny
Puppy, Ogre's voice slowed down to a barely audible pitch, the background
chaotic strings, and there is no beat.
One could attribute many meanings to this song, as with most Puppy songs. Some
feel it is about a man losing his mind; others see it as a thinly veiled
threat to Jourgensen; still others see it as about being trapped in a
horrible relationship. One could even make the argument that it is about
Rampancy, AI gone mad: "Growth - denied."
There is also a live version of this song which was released on the
"Spasmolytic" album (released on 4/12/1991). The
first US release did not include this track, but subsequent releases do.
However, none of the releases list it on the cover. This live version has
significantly different lyrics.
Unfortunately, I do not own this album nor do I have access to an MP3, or I
would list the lyrics of that version as well.
The presentation of this work attempts to visually lay out the lyrics as they are performed. Items listed with ?? after them are other possible lyrics; ?? by itself represents a word that defies decoding (the vocoder makes it very hard to understand some of the words).
rotates - spitting toxins
taught to destroy
a balance not unlike
rotates - on
directs and wins - each vision blurred
living/thinking - (not ever) linking (not ever)
that shape unknown (linking)
basic, binary - on, off, on, off
breathe; exhale: exhale-lungs
overexposed (skin) - burns
water/paper - to air
~ Skinny Puppy ~
Track #9 from "Rabies" (1989)