Music Video of the Day: Dumb Waiters by The Psychedelic Furs (1981, directed by ????)


What is Dumb Waiters about?  The song mentions nothing about waiters, dumb or otherwise.  Nor does it appear to be about the elevator that some restaurants and hotels use to transport food from one room to another.  Check out the lyrics for yourself:

Give me all your paper ma
Gimme all your jazz
Give me something that I need
Something I can have
Mrs. London’s coming round
She’s coming with her son
Gimme all your paper ah
So I can get a gun
She has got it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
She’s so mean
Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
They just want to suck you in
To being one of them
Tell her that I’m not in here
Tell her I’m a freak
Tell her that I fall about
Every time I speak
She has got in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
I just scream
Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
I don’t know how I got in here
It’s making me insane
Have another cigarette
And have another cigarette
In a room where lovers go
Talking on the telephone
They have go it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
They all dream

According to guitarist John Ashton, the lyrics were meant to be surreal.  As he told Songfacts, “I think they tend to make people use their imaginations really. The way we never play a song the same. It never means quite the same. I guess people relate to it any way, make something out of it themselves.”

The song reached #59 on the UK chart while doing slightly better in the U.S., peaking at #25.

Enjoy!

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Dumb Waiters by The Psychedelic Furs (1981, directed by ????)

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