This Corrosion

The Sisters of Mercy

About This Corrosion

"This Corrosion" is a song by English rock band the Sisters of Mercy, released as the lead single from their second studio album, Floodland (1987), in September 1987. The song peaked at number 6 in Ireland, number 7 in the UK, and number 17 in Germany.


Year:
1987
10:55
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Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now

Gimme the ring, kissed and told
Gimme something that I missed (gimme the ring)
A hand to hold, wild and what it seems (gimme the ring)
Kill the king with love is the law
And then we'll turn round (gimme the ring)
Gimme dream child
And do you hear me call? (Gimme the ring)
On the loan and on the level
Still on the floor (gimme the ring)
Sing dream child
And do you hear at all?

(Sing)
(Sing)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

(Sing)
(Sing)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now
Hey 
Hey hey
Hey
Hey hey

Ooh ooh ooh (hey hey)
Ooh ooh ooh (hey hey)

Hey now, hey now now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Hey hey hey ye hey now no now now
Gimme siren, child and do you hear me?
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?
Sing, child, of right and wrong
Gimme things that don't last long
Gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call?

(Sing)
(Sing)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now

On days like this
In times like these
I feel an animal deep inside
Heel to haunch on bended knees
Living on if and if I tried
Somebody send me please
Dream wars and a ticket to seem
Giving out and in
Selling the don't belong
Well, what do you say
D'you have a word for giving away?
Got a song for me?

(Sing)
(Sing)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now

I got nothing to say I ain't said before
I bled all I can, I won't bleed no more
I don't need no one to understand
Why the blood run hold
The hired hand
On heart
Hand of god
Flood land and driven apart
Run cold (hey now, hey now now)
Turn
Cold, burn like a healing hand

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now (like a healing hand)

Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)
Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me (like a healing hand)

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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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16 facts about this song

Release and Classification
"This Corrosion" is a song by the British rock band The Sisters of Mercy, released in 1987. It is classified as a Gothic Rock/Gothic Metal song.
Chart Performance
It reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart and was also a top 40 hit in several other countries including Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Musical Composition
The song is over 10 minutes long and features a bombastic orchestral score, arranged by Jim Steinman.
Collaboration
It was produced by Jim Steinman, who is known for his work with American musician Meat Loaf. Steinman's legendary "Wagnerian" production style is evident throughout the song.
Album Inclusion
"This Corrosion" is included on the band's second studio album, "Floodland."
Unique Chorus
The song’s chorus is unusually long and contains over a dozen repetitions of the word “Hey!” making it one of the identifiable features of the song.
Use of Choir
The track features the New York Choral Society, a 40-piece choir, giving it a grand, theatrical sound.
Music Video
The music video for "This Corrosion" was filmed in the deserts of Jordan, featuring epic visuals that complement the song's dramatic sound.
Songwriting
The song was written by Andrew Eldritch, the lead singer of The Sisters of Mercy.
Background Information
It is believed that the song is a response to former band member Wayne Hussey's departure from The Sisters of Mercy.
Cover Versions
Several bands have covered "This Corrosion," including the American metal band Dope and the British synth-pop band Parralox.
Record Breaking
It was one of the most expensive songs to produce at the time, due largely to Steinman's extravagant orchestration.
Legacy
The song has become not only one of The Sisters of Mercy's most popular tracks, but a defining song of the 1980s goth scene.
Acclaims
In 2018, "This Corrosion" came 77th in the UK poll, The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One.
Inspiration
Eldritch has stated that he wrote the song as a parody of the stadium rock of bands such as U2 and Simple Minds.
Remix
The song was remixed by the electro-industrial band Kmfdm for their 2009 album, Krieg.

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