Comic book legend and all round cultural titan Alan Moore has released new single 'The Decline of English Murder'.
Born from the Thatcher era, Alan Moore's 'V For Vendetta' has taken on a new meaning of late. For one, the graphic novel has enjoyed / endured (delete as appropriate) a big budget adaptation to the silver screen, taking its tale across the globe.
Alongside this, though, elements of the activist group Occupy have begun using the titular character's trademark mask in tribute to the book. Now Alan Moore has teamed up with Occupation Records - the music label wing of the Occupy movenet - for a new single.
Out today (November 5th) 'The Decline of English Murder' seemingly "tells the story of the ‘English murder’ imposed on the people by the greed of the banks and incompetence of the state, and is written and sung by Moore with music by Joe Brown".
Find the track HERE.
One lucky downloader will receive a 'V For Vendetta' mask signed by Alan Moore - the only twenty he is believed to have signed. Check out the lyrics to 'The Decline Of English Murder' below (via Bleeding Cool).
She sorts out her hair in the washroom at Preston Services
Dries her hands under a notice that reads have you seen this child
And she nurses one tea for an hour in the cafeteria
Watching the truck drivers blind their fried eggs with the cutlery
And English Murder. It’s all over her face.
Just waiting until the right time the wrong light boy
There’ll be a photograph
With a bad 1970′s fringe and a look of uncertainty
Years later you’ll know the name but not where you know it from
And they’ve emptied the terraced row with compulsory purchases
Reasoning that they’d make more from the ground with the people gone
So he shuffles the half a mile to the nearest post office
When lads push into the queue he pretends he’s not noticed them
And English murder. It’s all over his face.
A low enough cold snap, a high enough gas bill
You’ll skim the epitaph
And you’ll possibly notice his name like somebodies you knew from school
There’ll be an off the peg verse where sad has been rhymed with dad
And the houses in which they’ve invested their City bonuses
Have increased the property prices and therefore the homelessness
And the scabby grey anti-climb paint and withdrawn amenities In case socialising promotes anti-social behaviour
And English murder. It’s all over the place.
The bunches of flowers in pedestrian precincts
Your average psychopath, at least kills with a hammer or brick and not with greed and incompetence
And after two or three years maybe they’ll express remorse.