Monday, May 05, 2008

Glycon does it again - Alan Moore's Moon & Serpent lyrics

Step up now, Gentlemen and Ladies, come this way, here in the Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, we have curiosities to suit your every inclination, demonstrations and displays, unique sensations, and a previously unimagined sexual extremity included in the modest cover fee.
You dare not bring your wives!
Persuade your husbands to remain at home!
Beyond these doors we guarantee admittance to a hidden demimonde with ritual embellishments unpracticed since the second century.
There's mountebanks and fiery worms and roses made of time in grand array.
Step right this way!
Step right this way!

Thus starts The Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels, one of Alan Moore's earliest magical performance pieces. Glycon has posted the complete lyrics here.

Like all of Moore's performances it really needs to be listened to, just to hear the great man's gorgeously earthy Northampton accent booming out his magical commands. I'd love to be able to say it's easily available, but sadly it, like all of his audio work, is almost impossible to find. It crops up occasionally on ebay or torrent sites, but I keep hoping that one day someone will get their act together and re-release the lot.

(The image, by the way, is a manipulated photo of Moore, taken by Jose Villarrubia and found here on Flickr)

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