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Watching me Fall

Craig Shillington

Mt Clear, Australia

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Towering high above everything is the eleven-minute Goth monster of ‘Watching Me Fall’. Some call it overlong, and that’s reasonable (few eleven minute songs ain’t), but it needs to be overlong. Would a Tyrannosaurus Rex be nearly as imposing if he were ten times smaller than he is supposed to be? Likewise, I can’t imagine a three- or four-minute ‘Watching Me Fall’. It needs space to unwind all of its coils, allocate all of its grinding guitar rolls, give full vent to all the emotions, get that spiritual pus out of the way. And look just how Smith’s emploi has changed. He doesn’t scream any more; when he screams, it’s similar to a deep agonizing moan than to a ravenous fit of anger, like it used to be. This IS a magnificent epic, a perfect summary of a meaningless, wasted life, an ideal soundtrack to “The Fall Of The House Of Usher”, if you wish. So it doesn’t have an instantly memorable riff. Well, neither have lots of opera arias, which this song resembles in scope. Just turn the bass level up loud and feel the power. And listen to that sadistic guitar sound. Or, rather, to that ARMY of sadistic guitar sounds. It rules.

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*^yeah i’ve been watching me fall for it seems like years
watching me grow small, i watch me disappear
slipping out my ordinary world, out my ordinary eyes
yeah slipping out the ordinary me into someone else’s life
into someone else’s life…

there’s a thin white cold new moon and the snow is coming down
and the neon bright tokyo lights flicker through the crowd
i’ve been drifting around for hours and i’m lost and i’m tired
when a whisper in my ear insatiable breathes
“why don’t you follow me inside?…”

yeah the room is small, the room is bright
her hair is black, the bed is white
and the night is always young
is always young… always young
the night is always young…

yeah i’ve been seeing them strip to the bone in the mirror on the wall
seeing her swallow him whole like it’s not me at all
she holds out her hands and i follow her down to my knees
and the sucking inside insatiable smiles
“you will forget yourself in me…”

yeah the room is small, the room is bright
her eyes are black, the bed is white
and the night is always young
and the night goes on and on
and the night is always young
and the night is never over and over and over and over and over…

and this it’s gone
and this it’s gone
yeah then it’s gone

yeah it’s a cruel mean cold new day and outside the snow is still coming down
and in the blood red tokyo bed i watch me coming round
she pulled him down for hours
deeper than i’ve ever been
and as i fall in the mirror on the wall
i’m watching me scream
i’m watching me scream
i’m watching me scream

i’m watching me scream

yeah i’ve been watching me go for it must be years
watching me get slow, i watch me disappear
and one day, yeah i know, i won’t come back at all…
and always over and over in his ordinary eyes
i’m watching me fall
i’m watching me fall
i’m watching me fall

i’m watching me fall^*


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