Together, Scott Walker (1943-2019) & E.M. Cioran (1911-1995) draw up a grammar (and a theology) of pain. From teenage idol and romantic crooner to musical “monster”, the “evil demiurge” of Music: what’s gotten into Scott Walker? Such an enigma would require a thorough transdisciplinary research ranging across psychology, philosophy of music, genetic criticism, and critical biography. “Pain is not alone“, sings Walker, once the lead-singer to The Walker Brothers. “It is not God, it is Pain which enjoys the advantages of ubiquity“, writes Cioran in Syllogisms of Bitterness. Scott Walker & E.M. Cioran rhyme in Pain, phrasing all along: “It is not God, it is Pain that is not alone, it is Pain that enjoys — the advantages of ubiquity…

Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone

Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone

‘Neath a protein moon
In a protein sky
Running protein fields
With my protein eye

There’s a protein song
Howling through the meat
Driving protein bods
From my protein street

Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone

From the south, the Klan sends roses
Lymph-lacquered nails hover in waifed autumn sun
For dragging down the back of summer

From the east come killer poses
Khrushchev’s shoe beats a black tattoo
In the middle of the day

From the north flow floats with quivering virgins
Fresh from frozen catacombs
Did ya spot the die-cut crosses?
Did ya?
Did ya?

Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone
Pain is not alone

‘Neath a protein moon
In a protein sky
Running protein fields
With my protein eye

Here’s to a lousy life
Here’s to a lousy life
Here’s to a lousy life
Here’s to a lousy life

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