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Table Talk

from Slaught by Endless Idiot

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I've always had a thing for eerie fairground tunes, often in 3/4. Check out Pirouette from Skull and Fork for another example.

In this one, I wanted to keep the arrangement really sparse so as to focus on the words, which are semi-spoken rather than sung. The scene is an imaginary dinner party, with two middle-class people tossing stale remarks about over-population, hunger and poverty across a snow-white tablecloth.

I love the threat in the last three words, which comes after an actual flesh and blood working woman appears to clear up the mess the diners made.


She says:
'Too many cooks would spoil the broth,'
And shows her teeth
And claws the tablecloth
With sharpened fingernails.

'And too much broth would spoil the cooks,'
Says he,
And stretches out to flick the line away,
A penny to a pauper.

Where it falls
The laundered linen jerks and judders
And sets a wine glass spinning on its side.

Next day, the stain of wine has fully dried.
The laundress wets the soap and presses down.
Her hand is fully human -
They will drown.


from Slaught, released May 5, 2023


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