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"The Cask"
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album _The Raven_
(Lou Reed, 2003)

written by Lou Reed
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Edgar:

        Never bet the devil your head
        When I was an infant
        my mother treated me like a tough steak
        To her well regulated mind
        babies were the better for beatings
        But she was left handed
        and a child flogged left handed
        is better left unflogged
        The world revolves from right to left
        It will not do to whip a baby from left to right
        If each blow in the right direction
        drives an evil propensity out
        a blow in the opposite direction
        knocks it's quota of wickedness in

        Hence my precocity in vice
        my sensitivity to injuries
        the thousands of injuries heaped upon me by Fortunato
        and then finally his rabid insults for which I vowed revenge

        I gave no utterance to threat
        But the knowledge of "avengemenship"
        was so definite so precise
        that no risk could befall me
        by neither word
        nor deed had I given cause to doubt my good will
        I would punish with impunity
        I will fuck him up the ass and piss in his face
        I will redress the wrong
        But lips and psyche
        mind be silent
        Fortunato approaches



Fortunato:

        Don't take me to task
        for loving a cask
        The cask of Amontillado
        Please don't make a pass
        You can go kiss my ass
        All I want is this mythical cask
        The cask of Amontillado
        I've heard so much through the grapevine
        I've heard so much on the line
        But the one thing that I lust after
        Is the one thing I've never had
        So is it too much to ask
        Too have just one taste of the cask
        Why you could go kiss my ass for the cask
        of Amontillado

        Edgar old fellow
        dear bosom friend
        Hail fellow well met
        oh great elucidator
        great epopee



Edgar:

        Haha..
        Fortunato what luck to meet you
        what good good luck to meet
        you and see you looking so splendid
        I have received a cask of Amontillado
        or what passes
        for Amontillado



Fortunato:

        Amontillado
        That most wondrous sherry
        A cask
        Impossible
        How
        So rare



Edgar:

        I've had my doubts
        I was silly enough to pay the full price
        without consulting you in the matter
        but you were not to be found
        and I was fearful of losing a bargain



Fortunato:

        Fearfully stupid if you ask me Edgar



Edgar:

        I am on my way to see Mr. Bolo



Fortunato:

        A cask



Edgar:

        A cask
        To gather his opinion
        Are you engaged



Fortunato:

        Mr. Bolo cannot tell Amontillado from goat's milk



Edgar:

        Yet some say his taste is a match for your own



Fortunato:

        Hardly, dear boy
        Let us go



Edgar:

        Where



Fortunato:

        To your vaults to the supposed Amontillado



Edgar:

        Oh my good friend no
        I could not impose upon your good nature
        You have, after all, an engagement



Fortunato:

        To hell with the engagement
        I have no engagement
        Before the sky withers and falls let us go



Edgar:

        But the vaults are damp
        and I see you are afflicted with a severe cold



Fortunato:

        Oh let us go
        The cold is nothing
        You've been taken advantage of
        And Mr. Bolo cannot tell Amontillado from piss
        The cask



Edgar:

        It is farther on
        But see the white web work
        which gleams from these cavern walls



Fortunato:

        Nitre
        Nitre



Edgar:

        How long have you had that cough
        Yes, nitre



Fortunato:

        It is nothing



Edgar:

        We should go back
        Your health is precious
        You are a man who would be missed



Fortunato:

        [coughing]



Edgar:

        Let's return
        I cannot be responsible for causing you ill health
        And anyway there's always Mr. Bolo



Fortunato:

        Oh be damned, I'll not be swayed
        The cough is nothing
        It will not kill me
        I won't die of a cough



Edgar:

        Of that you can be sure
        Have some of this Medoc to warm the bones
        and defend you from this infernal dampness
        Drink
        Drink damn you



Fortunato:

        I drink to the buried that repose around us



Edgar:

        And I to your long life
        The nitre
        It hangs like moss
        We are below the river's bed
        The moisture trickles, chills the bones
        Let's go back
        Your cough



Fortunato:

        The cough is nothing
        Let us have some more Medoc
        Let us proceed to the Amontillado



Edgar:

        So proceed
        Herein the Amontillado
        Now Mr. Bolo



Fortunato:

        Mr. Bolo is an imbecile
        An ignoramus



Edgar:

        Can you not feel the nitre
        You really should go
        I implore you
        No
        Then I must leave you here
        But first
        let me render you all the little attentions within my power



Fortunato:

        The Amontillado
        Hahahaha..
        A very good joke indeed, haha..
        We will have many a rich laugh about it
        over our wine in the palazzo



Edgar:

        The Amontillado



Fortunato:

        Yes, yes yes
        The Amontillado



Edgar:

        Well
        Then let's go



Fortunato:

        Ah, for the love of God



Edgar:

        Precisely
        for the love of God
        Fortunato
        Fortunato




                     /A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        ....




* intro and riff

     /A}
 1e -------------
 2B -------------
 3G -------------
 4D --4h5p4h5p4--
 5A --0----------
 6E -------------

 {E}                {E       /A}
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
--------------------------x-4h5p4h5p4--
--5--------4---------2----x-0----------
--0--------0---------0-----------------

 {E}                {E       /A}
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------   ...
--------------------------x-4h5p4h5p4--
--5--------4---------7----x-0----------
--0--------0---------0-----------------



*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics








========================================
"The Cask"
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from the play _POEtry_
(Robert Wilson/Lou Reed, 2000)

written by Lou Reed

performed by actors, local musicians (?)

May 09, 2001
Muziek Theater, Amsterdam, Holland
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[The Cask Of Amontillado (spoken)]


        Never bet the devil your head
        When I was an infant
        my mother treated me like a tough steak
        To her well regulated mind
        babies were the better for beatings
        But she was left handed
        and a child flogged left handed is better left unflogged
        The world revolves from right to left
        It will not do to whip a baby from left to right
        If each blow in the right direction
        drives an evil propensity out
        a blow in the opposite direction
        knocks it's quota of wickedness in
        Hence my precocity in vice
        my sensitivity to injuries
        the thousands of injuries heaped upon me by Fortunato
        and finally his rabid insults for which I vowed revenge
        I gave no utterance to threat
        But the knowledge of "avengemenship"
        was so definite so precise that no risk could befall me
        by neither word nor deed
        had I given cause to doubt my good will
        I would punish with impunity
        I will fuck him up the ass and piss in his face
        I will redress the wrong

        .... (dialogue in German)
        ....
        ....

        I will fuck him up the ass and piss in his face
        I will redress the wrong
        But lips and psyche
        mind be silent
        Fortunato approaches




[The Cask (song)]


        Don't take me to task
        for loving a cask
        The cask of Amontillado

        Please don't make a pass
        you can go kiss my ass
        All I want is this mythical cask
        the cask of Amontillado

        I've heard so much through the grapevine
        I've heard so much on the line
        But the one thing that I lust after
        is the one thing I've never had

        So is it too much to ask
        too have just one taste of the cask
        Why you could go kiss my ass
        for the cask of Amontillado




intro                /A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (Don't take me to task ...)
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (The cask of Amontillado)

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (Please don't make a pass ...)
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (All I want is this mythical cask ...)

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (I've heard so much through the ...)
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (But the one thing that I lust after ...)

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (So is it too much to ask ...)
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   (Why you could go kiss my ass ...)

        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   dialogue in German
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}   ....
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        {E}{E/A}{E}{E/A}
        ....




* intro and riff

     /A}
 1e -------------
 2B -------------
 3G -------------
 4D --4-5-4-5-4--
 5A --0-0-0-0-0--
 6E -------------

 {E}                {E       /A}
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
--------------------------x-4-5-4-5-4--
--5--------4---------2----x-0-0-0-0-0--
--0--------0---------0-----------------

 {E}                {E       /A}
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------   ...
--------------------------x-4-5-4-5-4--
--5--------4---------7----x-0-0-0-0-0--
--0--------0---------0-----------------



*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics




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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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