“I am a rabbit from East Germany” Interview ‘Q’ speaks to Mark E Smith about the song Q: thinking of a song like ‘What about Us’. Which seems to be about an East German rabbit that comes to Manchester as an immigrant and is happy until the day it finds out that Harold Shipman has been giving out drugs to old ladies. Every time I hear that song it makes me laugh. But is it just a comedy song or do you mean something more by it?
MES: No, it’s true.
Q: Is it satire ?
MES: No, a lot of these Eastern European fellas you meet are grossly disappointed. That’s why they’re plumbers. They’re crushed.
Q: So what’s the rabbit got to do with it then ?
MES: What do you mean, what’s the rabbit got to do with it ?
Q: You wrote it, I’m just saying what’s there.
MES: Did you actually think it was about a rabbit ?
MES: You thought it was a rabbit ?
MES: East German, drug dealer, Shipman –
Q: Well, yeah, I know who Shipman was.
MES: Not Shipman, that’s the doctor. The main character is an East German.
Q: Who comes over to Manchester –
MES: Not Manchester, why Manchester ?
Q: Well, north Britain. Quite likes it, then finds out Harold Shipman –
MES: That he can get drugs from his surgery.
Q: And the moral of the story is ?
MES: I don’t know.
He feels disappointed.
Q: He does feel disappointed – I feel for that rabbit.
MES: Did you actually think he was a rabbit ?
Q: I did Mark, yeah.
MES shakes his head in pity and disbelief.
Friday Choons - 'Us' or 'We' on 16:20 - Feb 25 with 738 views
The second half of this song is one of the most perfect things ever
"We're all depraved and disgusting" I spew like a fountain "And debased, defaced, disgraced and destroyed Most of all disappointed" I say atop this mountain As I urinate into the void F**k I'm frustrated, freaking out something fierce Would you help me, I'm hungry, I suffer and I starve Oh I struggle and I stammer 'till I'm up to my ears In miserable quote unquote art About how ever since our forefathers came on this land We've been coddling those we should be running through Please don't wait around for them to come and shake hands They're not gonna be waiting for you 'Cause these humans treat humans like humans treat hogs They get used up, coughed up, and fried in a pan But I wasn't born to die like a dog I was born to die just like a man I was born to die just like a man!
It's still us against them
And they're winning They're winning
Friday Choons - 'Us' or 'We' on 17:14 - Feb 25 with 663 views