IF YOU’RE GONNA DINE WITH THE CANNIBALS, SOONER OR LATER, DARLING, YOU’RE GONNA GET EATEN draws inspiration from a song by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Cannibal’s Hymn of their 2004 album Abbatoir Blues / The Lyre of Orhpeus.
The piece deals with voyeurism, the repeated attempt of two people trying to be with each other, the apparent impossibility thereof and hence an unleashed desperation and brutality.
I can see that they’ve hurt you, dear
Here is some moonlight to cloak us
And I will never desert you here
Unpetaled among the crocus
Allow me, my love, to allay your fear
As I swim, in and out of focus
But if you’re gonna dine with the cannibals
Sooner or later, darling, you’re gonna get eaten
But I’m glad you’ve come around
Here with your animals
And your heart that is bruised but bleating
And bleeding like a lamb
Banging like a gong
Beating like a drum