Pseud's Corner ++
I wear a matching tie
And a matching shirt
And I'm gonna make certain
The establishment gets hurt
I'm a BBC2 revolutionary
We'll have bakewell tart for tea*
For I'm Anthony Haden's-Guest **
And we've a Rad-Lib policy
I'm not a Manson Hippie.
I'm not a tall psychotic.
There's a ten bob deal on the mantlepiece***
And we're macrobiotic
Ah Ah . . . (three times)
Don't ever do it, it'll bring you down (down, down)
Death and destruction (Laughter)
Oh, the madness of it all.
The darkness in your eyes, your smile.
I'd know that pseud anywhere*****
It's a beautiful pseud!
Show me magic!
(It's the only pseud you've got)
Take me . . . in the warmth of your embrace and tell me that you
(I just love your pseud- when you try and stop-??- it's terrific)*****
Oh my God, I'm sweating ****
*- Bakewell Tart- Apparently, there was a lady newscaster
with the last name Bakewell- and she was considered the intellectuals; "bit
of fluff", or tart. (Thanks to Ruth FW)
**- Anthony Haden-Guest is an author in Britain, (and also related to
our own Christopher Guest- This is Spinal Tap, Princess Bride here
in the States.) "Rad-Lib" refers to a party Richard attended.
Guest went around saying he was a "rad-lib" and it annoyed Richard-
so it ended up in the song (thanks to Ruth for the scoop on this one)
***- "bob" is slang for shilling. The line itself is a drug reference.
****- Most people hear "psycho", but the more I listen, I swear it's "sweating"
*****- Tooth? I STILL think it's "Pseud" which would make more
sense considering the title . . . and considering the meaning of the word
pseud (noun) [short for pseudo-intellectual]
First appeared 1964
British : a person who pretends to be an intellectual
++- The UK satirical magazine 'Private Eye' has a
regular column called 'Pseud's Corner' in which
pretentious writing and statements are held up
as examples of self-parody.
I do believe the lyrics here
are now correct. Thanks to Ruth Fink-Winter, James Norman, Andy Leighton, and
of course- Richard for working it all out.