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We are driving on the Autobahn
An English translation preserving the rhythm and cadence of the original might be
We drive, drive, drive, down the M25
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in incense and patchouli
The association of Patchouli - a heavy perfume derived from the patchouli plant - with hippies and bohemians.
Along with the opening reference to Casablanca, this helps fix the time and place of the song: North Africa was a popular destination for hippies on the enlightenment trail. (Refer to songs like Crosby Stills and Nash's Marrakesh Express and quite a lot of Joni Mitchell's output in the Blue period.
The action of this song takes place in North-West Africa sometime between 1965-1975, somewhere between Casablanca and Tangiers.
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In the year of the cat
There is no such year in Chinese astrology. There is, however, a Year of the Tiger.
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like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime
Peter Lorré: an Austrian-Jewish refugee from Hitler who continued his acting career in Hollywood. Right from the start he was typecast as a sinister-looking villain, firstly as an outsider serial killer in German classic crime thriller M. He went on to play villains, including master criminal Chiffre in an early James Bond screen adaptation, and is best remembered for his roles alongside Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.
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Dear diary, what a day it's been.
Dear diary, it's been just like a dream.
Woke up late. Wasn't where I should have been
"Diary of a Nobody", by the Grossmith brothers, saw Victorian London through the eyes of a hopeless dreamer called Henry Pooter. Pooter elevated the trivial and the banal into an art-form.This slyly funny song could have been penned by him.
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And I was round when jesus christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
In the garden of Gethsemane, and the next day at the Crucifixion.
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If it's a 7 hour flight
A call-out to an old Rolling Stones song, Flight 505, where a routine plane trip ends in disaster?
http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rolling_stones/flight_505.html
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Don't take the pictures lightly
Listen to their sound
For from their coloured feeling
Experience is found
two possibilities: synasthaesia, a neurological condition where the sensory circuits of the brain are naturally cross-wired so that smells are experienced as colours, colours are also experienced as sound, tastes re sensed as colour, et c. Or else our old friend LSD again.
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salmon
A fish reverenced by Celts and largely reserved for the nobility. Being able to harvest significant numbers (by right of river ownership or having the wealth to own fishing boats) was a sign of status. Water and river gods often took the form of salmon. The fish was a popular decorative motif in Celtic art.
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Taliesyn
Taliesyn: the romantic name for the northern kingdom of the Britons, pushed to the margins by the invading Saxon. Straddling what is now southern Scotland and northern England, its last remnants were extinguished by pressure from the Scots, Saxons and finally the invading Normans in the eleventh century. The language, related to Welsh, is said to have lingered on for several hundred more years before becoming extinct. Echoes linger on in placenames and in the strange counting chant used by Border shepherds, which counts in multiples of twenty and has strong echoes of Welsh numbering.
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"Three times I have been born
I know this from meditation... "
A recurring myth in Celtic mythology is that of the great wizard, sometimes Merlin himself, who gained wisdom by being born three times as three different animals before returning to the human world as a man. As an eagle he learnt about the skies and the element of air; as a salmon he learnt about the seas and rivers and the element of water; as a stag he learned about the land and the secrets of the earth element. But only when born a man did he add mastery of the fourth element, fire, the soul and the intellect of man.
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Arnold Layne
The very first single from Pink Floyd, released in 1967. They even did a proto-video to the song, which is very reminiscent of the Monkees on hard drugs:
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Bath of tequila, Manuel
The Soundtrack to film "More" LP is set in Ibiza - in the late 1960's when it was a popular destination on the hippy trail and when it attracted the parents, perhaps, of the current generation of Ibiza hedonists. Way back then, it would not have been built up and commercialised to the extent it is now and would have been relatively unspoilt. But there would still have been culture clashes between locals and ignorant British visitors - hence this dialogue. Note an early use of the generic "Manuel" as collective name for Spanish waiters Interestingly, in Michael Palin's diaries, he refers to attanding Pink Floyd gigs and socialising with the rock nobility. Other Pythons, such as Eric Idle, would have also been part of the same set And in the Travel Agent . sketch, Idle, playing a buffoonish traveller to Palin's travel agent, makes disparaging comment about package holidays and bandy-legged wop waiters called Manuel. John Cleese wasn't in this sketch. But was the ultimate inspiration for naming the Spanish waiter at Fawlty Towers to be found here, in a Pink Floyd song....

Spanish waiters called Manuel...
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Mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin
This line introduces a theme which parodies a military marching band, performed in a slurring drunken sort of way. A Salvation Army brass band was booked into the studios as session men for the track "Jugband Blues"; this could be a heavily distorted piece of band recording. Saucerful of secrets was another LP released in the wake of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper: this track, with its brass band overtures, could well be Pink Floyd's take on the jolly Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - a more sinister piece about a war hero left out to dry when his usefulness to his country went the way of his leg. Hence the rank, and the reference to psychedelic medal ribbons?
While the whole area of medal ribbon colours is a psychedelia all of its own, no recognised British war medal combines red, blue and orange. The nearest they come is the Africa Star, whose colours are red and blue over a pale yellow-orange. But the North African war ended in 1943. There is a South African War service Medal where the ribbon stripes are red, blue and orange, however.
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Astronomy
A star
The Star in question is the "fixed" star Sirius, viewed as highly important in folklore, mythology and ritual magick. Sirius is also the Dog Star - see correction of previous lines. Also immortalised in song by Irish band Clannad.
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And don’t forget my dog
Fixed and consequent
Should read as:
And don't forget my dog, fixed and consequent....
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His boots were very clean
Boots, plural. Is Corpoal Clegg really dreaming about having both legs again?
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He won it in the war, in 1944
1944: the year the war finally swung in the Allies' favour. British forces were involved in a series of heavy battles on all fronts that brought the end closer and saw the Axis armies thrown on the defensive. Corporal Clegg might have lost his leg in any of the following:
(i) Monte Cassino: between January and late May 1944, heavy German defences in this strategic strongpoint brought the Allied advance in Italy to a standstill. It took five months of fighting reminiscent of WW1 at its worst to break through and continue the advance on Rome.The casualty toll for all Allies was in six figures.
(ii) D-Day/Normandy, June-September 1944: following the euphoria of the successful landing, it took three months of brutal slog to break through and into France. British forces were used to deliberately draw off the cream of German opposition and to wear it down, allowing time for American strength to build up in sufficient numbers to lead the break-out. British casualties again ran to nearly six figures.
(iii) Imphal/Kohina, , March-August 1944: The expected Japanese invasion of India was held, contained and the invading army destroyed in detail. British casualties were high, but the Japanese were utterly defeated.
(iv) Arnhem, September-October 1944: the famous "bridge too far" operation, employing American and British airborne troops with British ground support.
A popular German weapon was the "schuh mine", where explosives were packed into a wooden box with minimal metal used in its construction. Undetectable by conventional means, it was designed to maim rather than kill. Any man standing on one lost at least a leg: a variant was designed to flip a grenade charge into the air that exploded at groin-height, This acted as a demoralising weapon for both the victim and his mates, who also got to see the :wound. it could be that this is why Mrs Clegg turned to gin.
In 1967, this would still have been recent, bitter, memory to many Brits of the generation immediately above Pink Floyd.
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Caribbean moon yellow yellow
Justly described as one of the very, very, most undoubtedly, gayest, music videos ever made. So camp it is several acres of tents.Camper than several years worth of Glastonbury and scout jamborees rolled into one. You wonder if, when he agreed to perform the song in a page-boy haircut and a sailor suit, he had any idea at all what would be mixed onto the blue-screen behind him.... This is flaming hilarious. Watch it and weep with laughter.
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I have this feeling that my luck is none too good
This song was the subject of a lawsuit. Writer Michael Moorcock had verbally promised it to British space-rock band Hawkwind but Hawkwind bandleader Dave Brock had not taken the precaution of getting it in writing. Meanwhile, the Blue Öyster Cult had made a written offer for the rights with more cash attached. As related by Carol Clerk in her brick-thick unauthorised Hawkwind bio, the subsequent events saw Hawkwind lose the case and their relationship with Moorcock rupture as a result. Even though the judge ruled Hawkwind had a moral right to the song, a written agreement with the BOC carried more contractual and legal force. The BOC went on to usurp several more Moorcock songs that Hawkwind saw as theirs by right, most notably Veteran of the Psychic Wars. The live version of this sounding so like Hawkwind in style and approach that it could easily be mistaken for them, except perhaps the guitar solos are more accomplished.
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Black Blade, Black Blade
Forged a billion years ago
The Black Sword is Stormbringer, the soul-eating blade wielded by Elric of Melniboné, the start-crossed warrior created by fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. who also wrote this song.
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While over in Ireland eight more men lie dead
Kicked down and shot in the back of the head
Unfair comment. If we're referring to the same incident, this refers to a stand-up firefight where a fully armed IRA unit was surrounded and fought a stand-up shooting match with British soldiers. Eight out of ten were killed and the remainder captured. British soldiers are taught to fight, and in a real battle, people get killed. And the IRA demanded rights accorded to real soldiers and wanted its men to be "prisoners of war" rather than "common criminals" if captured. So it can hardly complain if its men get killed in action, in the sort of battle that belongs in a real war. And accounts of this battle stress that the British soldiers involved respected an enemy who elected to fight it out and were willing to die for what they believed in. The survivors, including two who later died in hospital, were treated honourably and everything was done to treat their wounds. Hardly a case of cold-bloodedly executing captured men in cold blood!
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the filth
A derogatory slang word for the British police. sometimes it fits perfectly!
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In England they'll keep you for seven long days
An alternative lyric is
In England they'll kick you for seven long days.
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And justice to sell
It has been said, with some accuracy, that British Justice is the best that money can buy.
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In Ireland they'll put you away in the Maze
The Maze Prison: Belfast's detention facility. First came to prominence during internment, a brief period where martial law was allowed to over-ride the rule of law (such as it was) in Northern Ireland at the time. people merely suspected of belonging to a terrorist group could be imprisoned on suspicion, indefinetely, and without trial. Loathed by all political parties and both ethnicities of Irish. The dominant Protestant political parties whole-heartedly approved of its use on Catholics and Republicans, but protested at its being enforced on 'their terrorists (sorry: freedom fighters).
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In Guildford there's four
London's Metropolitan Police used similar tactics to question and falsely convict four Irish people arrested after the bombing of an Army barracks in Surrey. Again, no police officer has been charged with misconduct, falsifying statements, lying under oath or for torture. Oh, and one of the Guildford four was a woman.
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There were six men in Birmingham
Written in genuine and justifiable rage at the fate of the six men arrested and jailed for the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974. This was a genuine outrage carried out by terrorists of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who wanted to make a statement about the undeclared civil war in Northern Ireland. They planted a large bomb in a crowded pub in the city of Birmingham, England, which killed over thirty people and maimed many more. But under pressure from politicians and press to make quick arrests, the West Midlands Police Force took the easy and criminally lazy solution of randomly arresting six people of the correct nationality who just happened to have been in the general Birmingham area on the night. It was proven a lot later that these suspects demonstrably had nothing to do with the bombing, but had been tortured, beaten and cajoled into signing confessions. This had been apparent right from the start - even the IRA said they were not and never had been members - but the rage of the British public was such that nobody was prepared to listen. It took thirty years for the survivors to be pardoned (one man died in prison) and released and even then they had to fight for compensation. Today, the real bombers have never been found (and even then they'd be pardoned too, under the ceasefire amnesty). No West Midlands policeman has ever been arrested and charged for their part in a traversty of justice. And today, similar policing tactics are being used not on the Irish but on Asian and Islamic people in Britain.
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Figure in black which points at me
The band had previously been called Earth. But a trip to the cinema to watch a Hammer Horror movie about a Satanic cult changed all that. The name of the film?
Black Sabbath
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