This Corrosion (song)

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This Corrosion - 12" Single
Floodland - Album
Shot - Video (front)
A Slight Case Of Overbombing
Shot Rev 2.0 - Video


This Corrosion was released on September 18th, 1987 on the This Corrosion single, with slightly shorter lyrics for the 7" single compared to the 12" single, (see below).

Initially, the song was to become the second single by The Sisterhood, but Eldritch changed these plans and kept the track for the second The Sisters of Mercy studio album Floodland.

Various demo versions of the song are, however, circulating with Andrew Eldritch and/or James Ray (of The Sisterhood in that case) on vocals.

Finally, Andrew Eldritch was able to win Jim Steinman for the production of the song and it was released as an advance single to the album Floodland, which features the song as well. For some additional information on these developments see The Sisterhood and "This Corrosion" @wikipedia. To promote the album Floodland, an accompanying video selection titled Shot was produced, which also includes a This Corrosion video.

In 1993, This Corrosion made its way onto the compilation album A Slight Case Of Overbombing - Greatest Hits Volume One, while the video was again part of the revised video collection Shot Rev 2.0, also released in 1993.

This Corrosion was first performed live in 1990 by the Speed Kings at the (unofficial) first gig of The Sisters of Mercy's return to stage after the 1985 split of the old line-up. The song has been part of The Sisters' live-set ever since.

In addition, it has widely been covered by bands and performers as varied as Lambchop, In Extremo, Lisa Cuthbert The BossHoss, Diane Birch or Maryslim and many more. In 2013, This Corrosion was also featured in the film The World's End (and the according soundtrack release). An according "The Sisters of Mercy" t-shirt series was also part of the promotion to the film.

Lyrics


12" single lyrics 7" single lyrics
Background Chorus Background Chorus
Gimme the Ring, kissed and toll'd Gimme the Ring, kissed and toll'd
Gimme something that I missed                     (Gimme the ring)                               Gimme something that I missed                     (Gimme the ring)
A hand to hold, wild and what it seems ...                     (Gimme the ring) A hand to hold, wild and what it seems ...                     (Gimme the ring)
Kill the king, when love is the law, Kill the king, when love is the law,
And the we'll turn round ...   (Gimme the ring) And the we'll turn round ...   (Gimme the ring)
Sing dream child Sing dream child
And do you hear me call?   (Gimme the ring) And do you hear me call?   (Gimme the ring)
On the loan and on the level
On the loan and on the level
... still on the floor   (Gimme the ring) ... still on the floor   (Gimme the ring)
Sing dream child Sing dream child
And do you hear at all? And do you hear at all?
   
CHORUS:         (Sing) CHORUS:         (Sing)
        (Sing)         (Sing)
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now., sing... Hey now, hey now now., sing...
       
Gimme siren, child and do you hear me? On days like this
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call? In times like these
Sing, child, of right and wrong I feel an animal deep inside
Gimme things that don't last long Well, what do you say
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call? Living on "if" and "if I tried"
Somebody got a song for me?
CHORUS
CHORUS
On daze, like this
In times like these I've got nothing to say I ain't said before
I feel an animal deep inside I bled all I can I won't bleed no more
Heel to haunch on bended knees I don't need no one to understand
Living on if and if I tried, Why the blood run hold
Somebody send me ... please ... The hired hand
Dream wars and a ticket to seem On heart
Giving out and in The Hand of God
Selling the don't belong Floodland and Driven Apart
Well, what do you say Run cold
D'you have a word for Giving Away? Turn
Got a song for me? Cold
Burn
CHORUS Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand
I got nothing to say I ain't said before Like a healing hand
I bled all I can, I won't bleed no more Like a healing hand
I don't need no one to understand
Why the blood run, hold
The hired hand
On heart
Hand of God
Floodland and Driven Apart
Run cold,
Turn
Cold
Burn
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand
Like a healing hand



Words & music: Andrew Eldritch
Lyrics and music are property and copyright of their respective rights holders and provided only for study purposes.

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Analysis

Some basic analysis has been done at 1959 and all that ...

Discussions on the lyrics can also be found at the Heartland Forums' Lyrics Section under:


See also http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3458764513820553251/ ...