MARILLION: Assassing [Watch out for the exclusive versions of Assassing (Extended Version) and Cinderella Search]
a song by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. It was the second single from their second studio album, Fugazi (1984). The single reached no. 22 on the UK singles charts in May 1984. The 7″ single’s title track is a heavily edited version of the first track on Fugazi, with a length of 03:39 as opposed to the album version with 07:01. The B-side is the non-album track “Cinderella Search”.
The lyrics of the song, which feature a narrator-character describing himself as an assassin, appear to concern character assassination. The lyrics are full of metaphors alluding to verbal fighting, for example, “unsheath the blade within the voice.” The lyrics are generally interpreted as a reference to the verbal arguments that preceded band founder and drummer Mick Pointer’s departure from the band.
The international 12″ version contains both the full album version and the edited version of the title track; the latter is missing from the UK release. The b-side also appears in a significantly longer version.
As with all Marillion albums and singles of the Fish period, the cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson.
“Assassing” [Full version] – 7:01
“Cinderella Search” [Full version] – 5:24
Fish – vocals
Steve Rothery – guitars
Mark Kelly – keyboards
Pete Trewavas – bass
Ian Mosley – drums
Label: EMI – 12MARIL 2, EMI – 12 maril 2
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single, Black Label
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock
A Assassing (Full Version) 7:00 Producer – Nick Tauber
B Cinderella Search 5:29 Producer – Marillion, Simon Hanhart
Phonographic Copyright (p) – EMI Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – EMI Records Ltd.
Composed By – Marillion
Published By Marillion Music / Charisma / Chappell
℗ 1984 Original sound recording made by EMI Records Ltd.
© 1984 EMI Records Ltd.
Duration for side B is not listed on the release.
Cat# appears as 12 maril 2 on back cover and 12MARIL 2 on disc labels.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Runout A side): 12 MARIL 2 A – 1 U – 1 –
Matrix / Runout (Runout B side): 12 MARIL 2 B – 1 U – 1 –
I am the assassin, providing your nemesis
On the sacrificial altar to success, my friend
Unleash a stranger from a kiss, my friend
No incantations of remorse, my friend
Unsheathe the blade within the voice, my friend
Who decorates the scarf with the fugi knot
Who camouflaged emotion in a thousand yard stare
Who gouged the notches from the family tree
Who hypnotised the guilt in career rhythm trance
Assassing, assassing, assassing, assassing
Listen as the syllables of slaughter cat with calm precision
Patterned frosty phrases rape your ears and sow the ice incision
Apocalyptic alphabet casting spell the creed of tempered diction
Adjectives of annihilation bury the point beyond redemption
Venomous verbs of ruthless candour plagiarise assassins fervour
A friend in need is a friend that bleeds
Let bitter silence infect the wound
You were a sentimental mercenary in a free fire zone
Parading a Hollywood conscience
You were a fashionable objector with a uniform fetish
Pavlovian slaver at the cash till ring of success
A non com observer – I assassin the collector – defector
So you resigned yourself to failure, my friend
And I emerged the chilling stranger, my friend
To eradicate the problem, my friend
Unsheathe the blade within the voice
I am the assassin
I am the assassin
And what do you call assassins who accuse assassins anyway, my friend?
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