Postscript

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1993
Original album - Very
Producer - Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

This brief hidden track appears at the end of Very after roughly two minutes of silence following "Go West." Nowhere is it mentioned in the original album notes, and even the name "Postscript" was conjectural until it was confirmed by the 2001 reissue. (The first words, "I Believe in Ecstasy," had also been suggested by fans as a possible title.) It's a highly atypical number in which a chorus of Chris Lowe's heavily multi-tracked vocals sing about the conflicting senses of joy and sadness at remembering a close friend or lover who is now lost. ("It's a reversal of roles," says Neil, pointing out that he plays most of the keyboards on this track while Chris sings and plays piano.) Prominent use of a synth/sampler harmonica lends it a surprisingly folksy feel, evoking friendship or perhaps even domesticity. The song ends with an unresolved chord and the words, "And I know we'll meet again."

Of course, it's no accident that it follows, after that period of respectful silence, the largely AIDS-inspired deconstruction of "Go West." In fact, it's been widely interpreted that this "Postscipt" is Chris's tribute to his close friend and roommate (and rumored lover) Peter Andreas, who was in the final stages of AIDS at the time the track was recorded. He died shortly after the album's release. An alternate interpretation—one that Chris has strongly denied—is that this song is an ode to the drug Ecstasy. Although I don't necessarily take songwriters at their word when they talk about their songs, in this case I wholeheartedly believe Chris.

It hadn't occurred to me until I had read it on more than one other website, but the decision to precede "Postscript" by approximately two minutes of silence may have been more than simply a means of "hiding" it. After all, offering two minutes of silence is a traditional means of paying tribute to fallen soldiers and other honored dead, particularly in Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations. (One minute of silence is more typical in the United States and elsewhere.)

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