[Home]Epitaph For My Heart

Apparently the introduction to this song ("Caution: to prevent electric shock / do not remove cover / No user-serviceable parts inside / Refer servicing to qualified / service personnel") was initially a song in its own right, called Epitaph For My Heart, but Stephin Merritt decided to write another song with the same title since he was concerned that there were already enough very short songs on the album.

LD Beghtol writes:

Though Stephin did all the vocals on the recording, live it was always so much fun for Claudia and me to get to sing the "Caution! Caution! Caution!" madrigal intro…

'Who'll take its ashes and, singing, fling / them from the top of the Brill Building'

Between the 1930s and the 1960s, the Brill Building housed up to 165 music businesses, including songwriters, publishers and record labels. In the period before the rise of writer-performers (e.g. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Beach Boys), the songwriting teams in the Brill Building were pre-eminent in producing hits. These teams included Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David — see [details of the building and key songwriters].

In the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin Merritt mentions how much he enjoys rhyming consecutive syllables (cf. Why I Cry from The Magnetic Fields' album [Get Lost]).

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