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The Sisters of Mercy – Body Electric

 

Through the cables and the underground now
The faceless breathless calls
This is Babel, Sensurround now
This place is death with walls
This place is death with walls
This place is death with walls
This place is death with walls

Too much contact, no more feeling
The sound around them all
Acid on the floor so she walk on the ceiling
And the body electric flashes on the bathroom wall
And the body electric flashes on the bathroom wall
Crawling to the corners where the idiot children call
See the body flashing on the wall

 

The title is taken from Walt Whitman’s poem I Sing The Body Electric:

Contemporary cashflow problems at Merciful Release meant that the Sisters second single was released on the CNT label out of York. CNT (Confederacion National de Trabajo) was the name of an anarchist worker’s collective which was active in the Spansih Civil War. The cover features Francis Bacon’s excellent Head VI, one of a series of Bacon pictures based on Velasquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X.

 

Diego Velazquez Pope Innocent X 1650. Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pop Innocent X 1953 © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.