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"Obscene Procession" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1987 home demo cassette collection Jules Verne's Sketchbook, then a second demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 2 in 2002.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “We still might do this one properly one day. Meant to sound like a Broadway tickertape parade, Mickey Rooney out in front. The lyrics were to be sung by an old animal to a young one. This was an early SKYLARKING number.”

Andy: “Brought up for Skylarking (no, I can't hear it fitting either!). I would have liked to have done this in a real Broadway, tickertape parade style. Lots of baton twirling majorettes, huge inflatables, no, big animals, not the majorettes' breasts. With the whole mess led by Mickey Rooney. Or, Norman Wisdom for our British listeners. Advice from an older animal to a younger one. Beware of humans, especially when they're hungry.”

LyricsEdit

Jules Verne's Sketchbook versionEdit

Can't you see 'em, in obscene procession?

Clad in fox fur or khaki, they're violent and insane

Pink and wobbling with all their possessions

They live on junk food and TV and booze

And bottles of pain relief pills and oh...


Don't you love them?

They make life hell here

And think there's heaven above 'em


Can't you hear 'em in obscene procession?

It's called talking, it's how they betray their closest friends

Cough and wheezing, they dribble pretension,

Slimy tongues tell the truth which they love to bash and bend


Can't you smell 'em in obscene procession?

Stink of bacon, defoliant, fear and small cigars

Whiffs of semen, adulterous confessions,

Mixed with money and those little air fresheners

Hung in their cars and wardrobes and oh...


Don't you hate

So full of hot air

They need their warfare

To deflate 'em


Animals beware

Knives and forks that glare

Never trust those caring humans

Being the worst

Especially when they're hungry


Animals beware

Knives and forks so bare

Never trust those staring humans

Being the worst

Especially when they're hungry

They make each other hungry

There's no need to be hungry

Not today


Can't you see 'em, in obscene procession?

Fat and pompous, they crush their only children to the floor

Aren't you glad that I told you about them?

Aren't you glad you never evolved up any more?

Fuzzy Warbles versionEdit

Can't you see 'em, in obscene procession?

Clad in fox fur or khaki, they're violent and insane

Pink and wobbling with all their possessions

Full of junk food and TV and booze

and bottles of pain relief pills and oh...


Don't you love them?

They make life hell here

and pray there's heaven above 'em


Can't you smell 'em in obscene procession?

Stink of bacon, defoliant, fear and small cigars

Whiffs of semen and adulterous confession

mixed with money and those little air fresheners

hung in their cars and wardrobes and oh...


Don't you hate

So full of hot air

They need some warfare

to deflate 'em


Animals beware

knives and forks that glare

Never trust those caring humans

Being the worst

especially when they're hungry

They make each other hungry

There's no need to be hungry

Not today


Can't you hear 'em in obscene procession?

It's called talking

It's how they betray their friends and more

Aren't you glad that you found out about them?

Aren't you glad that you never evolved up any more?

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