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The singer of Parades Go By is dead ('and so I lost the world above / beyond the moss' etc), and in the 69 Love Songs booklet Stephin Merritt and Daniel Handler discuss other songs where the narrator is dead. Stephin cites The Byrds' I Come and Stand at Every Door [lyrics] as a precedent.

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].

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