Written by:
Mark E Smith, Julia Nagle, Adam Helal, Nev Wilding, Tom Head
 
Initial release:
The Unutterable, Eagle Records  EAGCD164
 
Date:
6 November 2000
 

Group on initial recording:
Mark E Smith - vocals; Julia Nagle - keyboards; Tom Head - drums; Neville Wilding - guitar; Adam Helas - bass 
 
First played live:
12 June 2000 Ashton
 
 
Last played live:
30 November 2000 Leeds
 
 
Number of known performances:
10
 
 
Commentary:
Julia Nagle in the press release for The Unutterable:  "WB, inspired by William Blake's poetry. It's a musical minestrone: swishy synth pads, 4 note gtr ditty repetition, full of interesting musiconia appearing and disappearing."
The lyrics are mostly taken from William Blake's "A Song of Liberty" (http://www.bibliomania.com/0/2/81/129/15850/1/frameset.html)
 
The first live version of the song, from Ashton, only features sparse lyrics (from the opening part of the song), though the riff on the album track is there from the beginning. Subsequent live versions don't develop very much; on 24 November 2000 MES walks off halfway through the rendition; the next two times it's played as an instrumental to open the gigs (25 November in Edinburgh and 29 November in Manchester). Soon after, it disappeared entirely from the set.