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Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 28 Jan 2014, 6:54pm

Forgot what a gem of a song this one is, especially hearing it on the recent remastered Strummer stuff that was uploaded. Nothing turns up on an internet search, can anyone suss the lyrics out?
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by biopunk » 28 Jan 2014, 10:08pm

Here's my attempt, Hes:

In this town, that's the way-ay-ay-aaaaay it goes.

Say seven words for the sailors
Over out on the sea
But there ain't no saint just for killers
No mama's going to pray for me

Well I was blown here by the wind
To a rusty city left unnamed
The dusty singing cowboy died here
He's still doing tombstone things. ???

And he knew how hard it was to cry
This evil darling, this deep blue sky
To be the rain in a dying man's eye
Cry for water and you get no reply
Beg for mercy and laughter fills the sky

Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
Morning/Mourning, she cries.
running in your eyes

Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
There's no fruit from acid rain
Go see if the coffin kid has a lid that bears your name

In this town, that's the way-ay-ay-aaaaay it goes.

You've heard of lamp-lit haciendas
With wide-eyed/twilight (?) girls who harmonize/haunt the night (?)
But the senoritas you've befriended
Cut the stars all out of the mirrors of their eyes/ ???

Chica/She sent seven shotgun shells
Into the netherworld of Hell
She slaughtered 95 white chickens
So you can never break the spell
Follow her down boy
And you're bound to die

Down in canyons
Beyond the blind people's eye
She'll leave your bones
Down in the hunting/haunted ground

Those Cherokee(?) long/war dead
Got in your soul
Dead like a rock
Nevermore to roam

Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
Morning/Mourning, she cries.
Barrels from the shotgun blaze right between your eyes

Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
There's no fruit from acid rain
Go see if the coffin kid has a lid that bears your name

Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
Morning/Mourning, she cries.
Barrels from the shotgun blaze/bled(?) right between your eyes
Bad dreams boys of my last night's Dog Town fight
Go see if the coffin kid has a box to fit/fill your size.

In this town, that's the way-ay-ay-aaaaay it goes.
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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 29 Jan 2014, 3:57am

Cheers Bio, a lot of that sounds good to me.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by daredevil » 30 Jan 2014, 12:22am

Thanks biopunk. I always thought Joe was singing "Dark Town", but Dog Town fits better.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by laxman » 30 Jan 2014, 6:34pm

daredevil wrote:Thanks biopunk. I always thought Joe was singing "Dark Town", but Dog Town fits better.
Thanks from me too, and I thought it was "Dark Town" as well!

Dead like a rock
Nevermore to roam

Is "roam" actually "roll"?

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 30 Jan 2014, 6:42pm

I always thought it was, "Down in canyons, beyond the black eagle's eye."
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 30 Jan 2014, 6:45pm

I always realised it was "dog town" because of Joe's canine howl afterwards.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by biopunk » 30 Jan 2014, 11:10pm

Heston wrote:I always thought it was, "Down in canyons, beyond the black eagle's eye."

I can hear eagles too, (and bugles... :disshame: ). I still think it's "blind" tho':

"Down in canyons, beyond the blind eagle's eye."

(Projecting: You can see everything (to the horizon), and that's a whole lotta nothing?)

laxman wrote:Is "roam" actually "roll"?
I think you're right there.

"Dead like a rock, nevermore to roll"

How does "Those Apache war dead." sound?
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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Chuck Mangione » 30 Jan 2014, 11:15pm

Terrific job, biopunk.

Chords now please. ;)

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by biopunk » 30 Jan 2014, 11:33pm

Chuck Mangione wrote:Terrific job, biopunk.

Chords now please. ;)
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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Chuck Mangione » 30 Jan 2014, 11:41pm

biopunk wrote:
Chuck Mangione wrote:Terrific job, biopunk.

Chords now please. ;)
:twitch:
The latter sentence is aimed at anybody in general. No idea if you play the guitar or not...

:shifty:

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by biopunk » 30 Jan 2014, 11:47pm

Chuck Mangione wrote:
biopunk wrote:
Chuck Mangione wrote:Terrific job, biopunk.

Chords now please. ;)
:twitch:
The latter sentence is aimed at anybody in general. No idea if you play the guitar or not...

:shifty:
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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 31 Jan 2014, 2:55am

I'll stick the chords up later Chuck. I used to strum along to that STH album many moons ago.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 31 Jan 2014, 8:34am

Em...........Dm...........................G.....C........F..........C........
In this town, that's the way-ay-ay-aaaaay it goes.
...........................Dm....
Say seven words for the sailors
F.................C...
Over out on the sea
....................................Dm...
But there ain't no saint just for killers
F................................C...
No mama's going to pray for me
.................................Dm..........
Well I was blown here by the wind
G.......................C.......
To a rusty city left unnamed
.............................Dm.......
The dusty singing cowboy died here
G......................C................
He's still doing tombstone things
F....................................C.....
And he knew how hard it was to cry
F...................................C...
This evil darling, this deep blue sky
F..................................C....
To be the rain in a dying man's eye
G.....................................
Cry for water and you get no reply
F.......................................C..........G......
Beg for mercy and laughter fills the skkkkkkkk-y
Em............................
Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
Am............................
Morning/Mourning, she cries.
Em...................
The flight of eagles hurls you
Am..................
round an around
Em............................
Dog Town (Owwww-woo!)
Am...........................
There's no fruit from acid rain
Em..............................Am.............................Bm
Go see if the coffin kid has a lid that bears your name
Em...........Dm.....................G.......C..............F........C.........
In this town, that's the way-ay-ay-aaaaay it goes.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Evil Darling lyrics

Post by Heston » 31 Jan 2014, 8:35am

Some of the chord symbols have got out of alignment when I've posted but that's about the gist of it.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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