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Life Just Bounces

Written by:
 
Mark E Smith,Craig Scanlon
 
Initial release:
 
White Lightning/The Dredger EP, Cog Sinister/Fontana  SIN612 Limited 12" SINCD6 CD  

Date:

13 August 1990
 
Subsequent releases:
 
Cerebral Caustic, Cog Sinister/Permanent PERMLP30 LP; PERMMC30 Cassette ; CPERMCD30 CD; 27 February 1995
[Released in Japan in 1995 on Permanent distributed through Zero Corporation CD: XRCN-7001]
Cerebral Caustic, Artful ARTFULCD24; 5 July 1999
Listening In, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP132 CD; 11 November 2002
Cerebral Caustic, Sanctuary CMQDD1299; 13 March 2006
Permanent Years (Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*t Room), Fulfill Records  ARTFULCD53; 22 May 2006 (track taken from Cerebral Caustic)
Shiftwork, Fontana/Mercury  9847464 CD; 7 May 2007  
 
Officially released live versions:
 
The Twenty Seven Points, Cog Sinister/Permanent PERMLP36  LP; PERMMC36 Cassette; PERMCD36 CD; 7 August 1995 (exact date unknown - could it be 6 June 1994? See comments below -  entitled here Bounces - Leeds; lead singer Karl Burns)
 
In The City, Artful ARTFULCD3; 27 January 1997 (live at The Roadhouse, Manchester  3 nights from 20-22 March 1995)
 
Oxymoron, Receiver RRCD246; November 1997 (brief edit of live version circa 1995; exact date of recording unknown)
 
A World Bewitched, Artful ARTFULCD35; 6 February 2001 (details as with In The City album; see above)
 
Time Enough At Last (contains Oxymoron; details above), Castle/Sanctuary RRCD246; 28 April 2003

 
Group on initial release:
 
Mark E Smith - vocals;Scanlon - guitar; Martin Bramah - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Marcia Schofield - keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums 

 
Group on Cerebral Caustic recording:
 
Mark E Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar, vocals; Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Simon Wolstencroft - drums; Dave Bush - keyboards; Karl Burns - drums, guitar 
 
First played live:
 
14 July 1990 Coogie Bay Hotel Sydney 
 
Last played live:
 
12 December 1995 Mean Fiddler, Dublin (The Fall)
 
6 October 2000   StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews (spoken rendition with musical accompaniment from Julia Nagle)
 
Number of known performances:
 
39
 
Commentary:
 
One of The Fall songs with two studio releases.
 
Re: live version on The Twenty Seven Points (album details above): My conjecture is that this version may be from June 6 1994. The title on the album is Bounces - Leeds. Now, no recording seems to exist of the 1994 gig, but as the song wasn't featured on the live set in 1993 (ruling out 13 May 1993) this seems the most probable date. It was played as the final song the evening before and in a gig shortly after, so we could assume that on this particular night MES slunk off early leaving the drummer to ad-lib/half remember the lyrics as well as he could. Extra weight is added to this theory by Burns' "no refunds" comment as the song finishes.
 
 
Lyrics:
 
Dredger Version:
 

(in parallel)


Dr Boring had a relationship with the drug company too
And I'm half-associated with the Softness Group PLC
On TV today somebody claimed their dog
Had been molested by a textile chemist

But life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
Sometimes life just bounces so don't you get worried at all

The prescription's filled but I'm surprised at their standards
I watch with a tight lip, retina amazed

But life just bounces....

Come a light-brown varnish morn
London is full of people leaving their homes
They got lack of length in their beds and in their rooms
And the cops say don't dare leave your home

I tell yer, Life just bounces....

Dr John sez you are very ill
And your top-knot is in the region of your soul
I was vortexed I was going for a fall

But all music bounces, so....
I tell yer music bounces, so...
I tell yer all life just bounces, so...
All life just bounces

 
 
Cerebral Caustic Version:
 

Doctor Boring had a relationship with the drug company too
And I am half related to the Softness Group PLC

On TV today
Someone claimed their dog
had been molested by a textile chemist

But life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
And life just bounces so don't you get worried at all

The perscription's filled but I'm unsure of its contents
I sit back with a tight lip
Retina amazed

But life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
And life just bounces so don't you get worried at all

And green grow the hedgerows along the walls
And I see that my problems are really small

[We're no rock group!]

Camera life, brown varnish, mauve
London is full of people leaving their homes
They got lack of length in their beds and in their rooms
And the cops say don't you dare leave your home

I'll tellya
Life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
And life just bounces so don't you get worried at all

And Doctor Boring says you are very ill
And your top-knot is in the region of your soul
I was in a vortex I was headed for a Fall
I'll tellya
Life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
And all music bounces so don't you get worried at all


 
14 July 1990 Coogie Bay Hotel Sydney 
26 August 1990 Reading Festival Reading 
? November 1990 Casino L'Alianca de Poble Nou Barcelona 
2 December 1990 Nottingham Polytechnic Nottingham 
8 December 1990 Communal Building, University Bradford
10 December 1990 St. David's Hall Cardiff 
11 December 1990 Ritz Manchester 
12 December 1990 The Institute Birmingham 
23 May 1991 Music Hall Frankfurt 
26 May 1991 PC 69 Bielefeld Germany
31 May 1991 Night Town Rotterdam 
15 September 1992 Ritz Manchester 
22 September 1992 Town and Country London
3 October 1992 Free Trade Hall Manchester
25 May 1994 Exeter University Exeter 
1 June 1994 Queen Elizabeth Hall  Oldham
5 June 1994 Assembly Rooms, Derby
6 June 1994 Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union (uncomfirmed; see commentary below left)
1 September 1994 Roadhouse Manchester
2 September 1994 Roadhouse Manchester
3 September 1994 The Leadmill Sheffield 
14 September 1994 Blind Pig Ann Arbor USA
22 September 1994 La Luna Portland USA
24 November 1994 University Bradford 
19 December 1994 Als Music Cafe Manchester 
20 December 1994 Northwick Theatre Worcester 
21 December 1994 Lomax  Liverpool
22 December 1994 Barbican  York 
21 March 1995 The Roadhouse Manchester 
22 March 1995 The Roadhouse Manchester 
28 April 1995 Salle de la City Rennes France
23 October 1995 Astoria London 
12 December 1995 Mean Fiddler, Dublin (no tape exists of this performance but there is convincing evidence of the song being played; the recollection is of Karl Burns singing his 27 Points lyrics at the same time as MES sings the normal words)
6 October 2000   StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews (spoken rendition with musical accompaniment from Julia Nagle)
 
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