He goes on to say, "I read a lot of H.P. Lovecraft. I think I wrote [Parades Go By] under the influence of H.P. Lovecraft" [Lovecraft link].
LD Beghtol adds, "Everyone realizes this is yet another Stephin Merritt vampire song, yes? The synth line makes me shivery." (Other Merritt vampire songs include I Have the Moon and Crowd of Drifters from [The Charm of the Highway Strip] and, clearly, I'm a Vampire from Future Bible Heroes' [Eternal Youth].)
The quasi-orchestral arrangement and Stephin Merritt's vocal make this song the most likely one on the album to draw comparison with Scott Walker [example].
- [Lyrics and guitar tab] from stephinsongs web site.