This Corrosion – Peeling Back the Layers of a Goth Anthem


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for The Sisters of Mercy's This Corrosion at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. A Gothic Choir’s Call: The Lament of the Disenchanted
  5. The Ring of Truth Amidst Decay: Symbolism Unraveled
  6. The Cry for Connection in ‘Sing This Corrosion to Me’
  7. The Hidden Meanings Behind the Euphonic Decline
  8. Memorable Lines: The Bleeding Heart Refuses to Wane

Lyrics

Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now

Gimme the ring, kissed and told
Gimme something that I missed (gimme the ring)
A hand to hold, wild and what it seems (gimme the ring)
Kill the king with love is the law
And then we’ll turn round (gimme the ring)
Gimme dream child
And do you hear me call? (Gimme the ring)
On the loan and on the level
Still on the floor (gimme the ring)
Sing dream child
And do you hear at all?

(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
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

(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
Hey
Hey hey
Hey
Hey hey

Ooh ooh ooh (hey hey)
Ooh ooh ooh (hey hey)

Hey now, hey now now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Gimme siren, child and do you hear me?
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?
Sing, child, of right and wrong
Gimme things that don’t last long
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?

(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

On days like this
In times like these
I feel an animal deep inside
Heel to haunch on bended knees
Living on if and if I tried
Somebody send me please
Dream wars and a ticket to seem
Giving out and in
Selling the don’t belong
Well, what do you say
D’you have a word for giving away?
Got a song for me?

(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

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

I got nothing to say I ain’t said before
I bled all I can, I won’t bleed no more
I don’t need no one to understand
Why the blood run hold
The hired hand
On heart
Hand of god
Flood land and driven apart
Run cold (hey now, hey now now)
Turn
Cold, burn like a healing hand

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)

Full Lyrics

When ‘This Corrosion’ by The Sisters of Mercy first echoed through the underground clubs and murky bars of the late ’80s, its arrival was like a rapturous thunderclap across the gothic landscape. Penned by lead singer Andrew Eldritch and produced by the legendary Jim Steinman, known for his grandiose approach with Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler, the song remains an enigmatic fixture that transcends the ephemeral nature of music trends.

Tapped into the pulse of the era’s sense of disillusionment and yearning for connection, ‘This Corrosion’ stands as a testament to Eldritch’s intricate songwriting. Below the surface of its infectious chorus and swelling production lies a labyrinth of meanings that fans continue to navigate. Let’s dissect this timeless track and unveil the hidden truths that have cemented its place in the annals of gothic anthems.

A Gothic Choir’s Call: The Lament of the Disenchanted

The song opens with a haunting chant, a call and response that immediately sets a tone of communal invocation. This structure resonates with the feelings of shared discontent among those who felt marginalized by the mainstream culture of the time. A group of disenfranchised souls beckoning for something to fill the void, the repeated ‘Hey now, hey now now,’ acts as both a summoning of spirits and a unifying cry for solidarity.

This opening salvo is a primer for the auditory experience to come—a preparation for a journey into the heart of darkness and disillusionment that characterized much of the ’80s goth subculture.

The Ring of Truth Amidst Decay: Symbolism Unraveled

‘Gimme the ring, kissed and told’—a line that might appear cryptic at first glance, is a multilayered symbol when dissected. The ring may be interpreted as an emblem of promises and commitments made, only to be eroded by time and betrayal. It’s the desire for something pure and untainted in the midst of corrosion, for an anchor that holds fast even when the fog of uncertainty descends.

The song swirls around this axis, a quest for solidity in a world that constantly changes and disappoints. This quest for meaning among the ruins speaks not only to personal relationships, but to a broader societal disillusionment—a yearning for something to believe in.

The Cry for Connection in ‘Sing This Corrosion to Me’

The chorus, ‘Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me,’ serves as more than just an earworm. It’s a plea for communion, an invitation to share in the recognition of decay that permeates our bonds and beliefs. Eldritch’s lyrics implore the listener to join in and acknowledge the world’s inherent entropy, to find beauty and companionship in the very act of singing—of voicing the unspeakable truth of our shared condition.

The repetition of the phrase ‘sing this corrosion to me’ becomes almost a mantra, a grounding chant amidst the chaos, suggesting that in the shared experience of singing—of voicing our truths—there is solace to be found.

The Hidden Meanings Behind the Euphonic Decline

Beneath its anthemic surface, ‘This Corrosion’ carries undercurrents of existential angst and a scorn for the superficiality of society. The ‘siren child’ Eldritch beseeches could be a metaphor for the intoxicating but ultimately deceptive lures of consumer culture, the fleeting pleasures that capitalize on our deepest desires, only to leave us more hollow.

The song is a complex study of contrasts—between the shallow seduction of the immediate and the profound longing for the eternal. The lines ‘Gimme things that don’t last long’ serve as a sardonic acknowledgment of the temporary fixes we seek to stave off the encroaching sense of oblivion.

Memorable Lines: The Bleeding Heart Refuses to Wane

Towards the song’s end, Eldritch delivers a personal proclamation of weariness and resilience. ‘I got nothing to say I ain’t said before, I bled all I can, I won’t bleed no more,’ speaks to a determined stance against the grain, a refusal to concede to the forces of weariness and repetition. It’s a declaration of reaching the limits of vulnerability and an assertion of self-preservation.

Despite the sentiment of an individual pushed to the brink, these lines resonate as a statement of defiance. They are the words of someone who has seen through the guise and stands resolute, bloodied but unbowed in a world that continues to demand more than what one is willing to give.

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