Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Western Tower

Track 11 from the album Havoc Monk Unseen.

It started as a drawing draughted by an architect
Everyone assumed that he knew what he was doing
The structure started rising
They must have had some second thoughts
Is it meant to be that ugly?
Are we meant to feel sick?
Fifteen stories high, a pile of concrete in the sky
People come from miles around just to gaze upon the Western Tower
An architectural crime, it must have made sense at the time
Somebody was very proud when they came up with the Western Tower
A shop that sells chicken (kind of like a KFC)
A miserable reception, a lift that smells of wee
A message placed in Reading
Nobody knows what it means
The windows filled with letters: HAVOC MONK UNSEEN
They want to knock it down, so they can build something worse
They might not have to bother: the vandals got their first
Kicked in all the toilets, lighting fires in a bin
Left behind a shell, demolished from within


  1. I meant to comment on this track before. When you started this album, "Havoc Monk Unseen" I wondered what in the world that meant. I tried anagrams, but the best I could come up with were, "Even a moon chunks" and "Cavemen Honk on us". So I assumed that was not right and gave up.
    I am glad that this track offers an explanation, though still leaves us wondering what inspired that phrase to begin with.
    I like that you brought the Rics out to the forefront again, they really shine in this track. The guitar riffs evoke your earlier work on "Letters To Cyril Connolly" and the lyrics and vocal style reminds me of XTC.

    1. Thanks, good anagrams!

      I assume Havoc, Monk and Unseen are/were the names of the little herberts who sprayed them, but that's just a guess. They were repeated over and over in various places, but appeared in exactly that order in one spot, making it look like an enigmatic phrase.

      I did once find a photo blog of a guy who'd broken into the tower and taken photos of the same windows from the inside, but can't find it now.