Monday, February 18, 2008


I am the assassin, with tongue forged from eloquence

I am the assassin, providing your nemesis

On the sacrificial altar to success, my friend

Unleash a stranger from a kiss, my friend

No incantations of remorse, my friend

Unsheathe the blade within the voice, my friend

My friend, my friend, my friend

Meet Fish. Early 80's, still in the makeup, sooo dated now. Poet with the broken heart. Drunk. Learned how to cut with words. Spoke to me quite a bit when I was younger, still does, for obvious reasons. Appeals to that dark side that I haven't quite conquered. Acquired taste. "A poor man's Genesis".

From Wiki-

This song concerns character assassination, the word of the title having been an invented verb by singer/songwriter Fish, mixing the words "Assassin" (a killer) and "Sassing" (which means a one who talks disrespectfully to another). The lyrics are full of speech metaphors alluding to verbal fighting, for example, "Unsheathe the blade within the voice."

No doubt.

Listen as the syllables of slaughter cat with calm precision

Patterned frosty phrases rape your ears and sow the ice incision

Adjectives of annihilation

Bury the point beyond redemption

Venomous verbs of ruthless candour

Plagiarise assassins fervour

Apocalyptic alphabet casting spell

The creed of tempered diction

Most of Marillion's lyrics were so damn English I had to go look up their meaning (wide boys and tower blocks needed some explanation), but Fish was obviously concerned with class warfare in Thatcher's time, and girls that broke his heart. Mix all that with high octane booze and things grow pretty dark.

I remember it well. I don't know if his lyrics about his homeland have stood the test of time, but the rest of it sure has.

And what do you call assassins who accuse assassins anyway, my friend?