I know what you're thinking. 'Not another indie-funk song with lyrics inspired by 14th century epic poetry!' They're ten a penny, right?
Originally this song was going to be about an utterly repugnant politician we have in the UK called Christopher Chope (Abandon All Chope was going to be the title), who this week blocked a bill to legislate against Female Genital Mutilation, as he seems to think we still live in 1841.
Some other subjects he's voted against/blocked include same-sex marriage, banning the use of live animals in circuses, making secretly filming up women's skirts illegal, cheaper parking at hospitals for carers and the pardon of Alan Turing (who broke the enigma code in WW2 and pretty much invented modern computing, before being chemically castrated for being gay). Chope also believes Muslim women should be banned from wearing burkas in public, that climate change doesn't exist and is an ardent supporter of the idiocy of Brexit. A charming sounding man, I'm sure you'll all agree.
When I started writing the lyrics, it just made me angry, so I decided to write about the origin of the phrase, Dante's Divine Comedy, instead.
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, considering it was a bit thrown together. All of the synth sounds were created with my Electro-Harmonix Synth9 pedal.
Abandon all hope all ye who enter
Cos I'm a mess and I just can't get centred
In this inferno I'm led by Virgil
The sights and sounds are enough to make me feel ill
There is a ferry, it's sailed by Charon
Takes us across the River Acheron
The anguished screams of the uncommitted
They took no sides so they won't be admitted
Abandon all hope
So as we travel through the concentric circles
We witness pain, damnation eternal
And in the centre we find Satan
Trapped in ice and chewing on traitors