Song for today-one of my favourite tracks. Cheers! !
Always been an intriguing lyric. Is it about being a bat or vampire or . . . . being p1ssed as a f@rt and sleepwalking ?
Good morning, gentlemen. Why the uneasy frowns? Too much everything and I can't recall. Did I let you down? Nobody will answer me. Makes me feel that I want to die. My mind is inclined to lie. Oh no, think I did it last night again. Oh no, been out on the overhang again.
My hotel room was a battleground. How did I find my way? My wallet's gone and my jacket's torn. My memory's a hazy grey. Do I seem to remember now, two creatures about eight feet tall? No safety net to break my fall. Oh no, must have done it last night again. Oh no, crawled out on the overhang again. Been out on the overhang. Been out on the overhang.
Watching demons and spirits glide. Heading out to the nearest star. Better lead me back to the bar. Oh no, might do it tonight again. Oh no, crawled out on the overhang again. Been out on the overhang. Crawling out on the overhang. Been out on the overhang. Out on the overhang. Out of the overhang.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
I think given that's it's a bonus track on Broadsword he's continuing the beast theme.
I reckon it's about a poor unsuspecting victim who after indulging in a few bevvies has the unfortunate condition of turning into a gargoyle who jumps out of any available window. In this instance he's staying at a hotel on a conference. When he jumps out the window he sits out on the "overhang" or ledge of the building and does gargoyle like things and runs amok in the night with other beasties and gargoyles. In the morning he comes back in and has no memory of the night before. He's has been caught out this time by the security staff who have been sent to the room.
I think Dave Pegg was the part or full inspiration for the song. By this time he had had time to make several impressions. I have heard Ian reference the 4 stages of Pegg drunkeness, can only recall stage 1 or 2 being "everybody's pal." Great little vision though Patti. I'd like to go for a bust out with the Gargoyle's myself and their horrible squealing laughter.
Oh. THOSE kind of Gargoyle's. The kind that assemble in town centers and force IA to configure an alternate route back to the hotel. I can recall several of these louts when for a reason I cannot recall, a train I guess, I had to stay up all nite on a weekend night in Manchester once. Or the kind that have become common in Chicago, at some of the tonier addresses like the Gold Coast, flash mobs administering serious beatings, all Clockwork Orange like. Though I admit there is an aspect of my character that likes the idea of terrorizing the overpriveleged, but I prefer the thousands of people who were outside the Connecticut home of the CEO of one of top home lender banks a couple years back. Us Gargoyles normally head for the graveyards for our rituals, the owls are often complicit, cats too.
A song's meaning is up to you. Let me ramble on...I love the music, too! Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, double the meanings, double the fun.
When you put people/friends? at risk through poor investments, you're likely to drink to forget. Your friends/investors will not forget. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, drinking until you see two Bigfoot's won't help with the reality of investments in the overhang. lol Maybe the subject of the song is helping with the compensation awarded to executives, directors or key employees of the company, forgetting his real friends. More drinking to forget. Oh no! Shades of The bank teller (that usually knows the most) Gerald Bostock, banker, faker, story teller. ha-ha.
www.investopedia.com/terms/o/overhang.asp#axzz207w0fvsY Definition of 'Overhang' A measure of the potential dilution to which a common stock's existing shareholders are exposed due to the potential that stock-based compensation will be awarded to executives, directors or key employees of the company. It is usually represented in percentage form and is calculated as stock options granted, plus the remaining options that have yet to be granted divided by the total shares outstanding. Investopedia Says Investopedia explains 'Overhang' There is no precise rule-of-thumb for determining what level of options overhang is bad for investors but, generally speaking, the higher the number, the greater the risk. If a company has a very high options overhang, it must generate even higher levels of growth in order to provide decent returns to investors net of the overhang's dilutive effects on investor returns.
Maybe it's just the nonsense that it seems.'
So I drift down through the Baker Street valley, in my steep-sided un-reality. And when all is said and all is done I couldn't wish for a better one. It's a real-life ripe dead certainty that I'm just a Baker Street Muse.
I had never heard of the economic definition of 'overhang'...wow...that changes the song...I had only thought of, you know, geology ( a cliff's overhang) and wordplay on hangover. The new meaning certainly adds dimensions to possible lyric interpretation.
And having worked in a tentacle of that business for 27 years, (specifically with derivative products, the "swaps" version of which have Europe and the world right on the brink of economic collapse)and becoming familiarized with many terminologies, I can claim never once having heard that one.
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