Lucretia My Reflection

The Sisters of Mercy

About Lucretia My Reflection

"Lucretia My Reflection" is a song by English rock band the Sisters of Mercy. Released as the third and final single from their second studio album, Floodland, in June 1988, it peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart.


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I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Hot metal and methedrine
I hear empire down
I hear empire down

I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Love lost, fire at will
Dum-dum bullets and shoot to kill, I hear
Dive, bombers, and
Empire down
Empire down

I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed
Get down, get undressed
Get pretty but you and me,
We got the kingdom, we got the key
We got the empire, now as then,
We don't doubt, we don't take direction,
Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me

We look hard
We look through
We look hard to see for real
Such things I hear, they don't make sense
I don't see much evidence
I don't feel. I don't feel. I don't Feel

A long train held up by page on page
A hard reign held up by rage
Once a railroad
Now it's done

I hear the roar of a big machine
Two worlds and in between
Hot metal and methedrine
I hear empire down

We got the empire, now as then,
We don't doubt, we don't take reflection,
Lucretia, my direction, dance the ghost with me

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The Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band that formed in 1980. After achieving early underground fame in UK, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only. more »

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Written by: Andrew Taylor

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11 facts about this song

Song Artist
The song "Lucretia My Reflection" is by a band called The Sisters of Mercy. They are an English gothic rock band formed in Leeds in 1980.
Song Release
The song "Lucretia My Reflection" was released in 1988 and was one of the iconic hits of the band in the 80s.
Album Details
It is included in their second studio album "Floodland." The album marked a departure from the band's early post-punk sound and incorporated more synthesized and programmed elements.
Stylistically, "Lucretia My Reflection" is categorized under the 'Goth Rock' genre. The Sisters of Mercy is known as one of the pioneering acts in this genre.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 20 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the charts for 8 weeks.
The song is said to reflect the character Lucretia, inspired by the historical figure Lucretia who was a noblewoman in ancient Rome. It's believed that her tragic fate contributed to the overthrow of the Roman monarchy and the establishment of the Roman Republic.
Andrew Eldritch's Perspective
As per the band's vocalist, Andrew Eldritch, the song was about the enduring nature of power, not specifically tied to any historical context. He called it a song about "playing with power" and stated that Lucretia is the "avatar of a certain kind of corruption.
Music Video
The music video was shot in Hamburg and shows the singer, Andrew Eldritch, on a dock performing the song with a hurricane lamp.
Cover Versions
Over the years, many bands and artists have covered "Lucretia My Reflection," demonstrating the song's enduring appeal in the rock music community. These artists include Deathstars, Faun, and Black Light Burns.
Live Performances
Despite the band’s sporadic touring schedule and lack of new material, "Lucretia My Reflection" continues to be a regular feature in their live sets, often used as the show opener.
Decades after its release, "Lucretia My Reflection” continues to enjoy popularity and receive airplay, testifying to its lasting impact on the Goth Rock genre. It is also listed in many 'greatest songs' charts of the genre.

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