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The lyrics to "Lurker" are actually a riddle. The B side continuation of "Dodo/Lurker" is a song called "Submarine," which is also the answer to the riddle in "Lurker."
Some lyric interpretation:
"Clothes of Brass" - reference to the exterior of Submarines, Brass fittings used for its resistance to corrosion.
"Hair of Brown" - the seaweed caught around the upper half of the submarine as it appears.
"Seldom need to breathe" - subs supply their own air and very infrequently need to resurface.
"Don't need no wings to fly" - wings not needed to fly through the ocean.
"and a heart of stone" - Uranium, the stone that powers the nuclear reactor which powers the vessel.
"and a fear of fire and water" - the 2 most deadliest things that can happen to a submarine, fire burns up the oxygen and everyone dies, water in reference to a hull breach, which leads to pressure loss, and everyone dies.
"Who am I?" - a Submarine. (thanks, Kevin - Tampa, FL, for above 2)
More similar to the Progressive Rock sound of the Peter Gabriel era Genesis, this was the longest track on Abacab, running 7:30. The "Dodo" segment refers to the killing of animals for human aggrandizement and the inevitable extinction of species. A dodo is a species of flightless bird that has been extinct for hundreds of years. (thanks, S.D. - Denver, CO)
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
A talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."