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Track 10 is the longest one on the LP, and is called, believe it or not, “Waiter, There’s Something In My Soup”. That phrase, of course, is the opening line of a very old and very corny joke. The opening words are:
“Waiter. I said Waiter!
The song, however, cleverly joins up the idea of that meaning with both waiting (in the sense of waiting for someone, or something to happen) and being “in the soup”, i.e. in some sort of trouble. It is an astonishingly dramatic song, with cleverly paced vocals to give the said effect, and some very well positioned harmony sections to accentuate certain parts of the song. There is a dreamy middle 8 about a lost love and a consequent failure to shave. The song ends with a lively Hammond organ finale, perfectly setting off the closing words of the last verse:
“Waiter, there’s something in my soup
Could it be a fly or something else
I really don’t want to see
I suppose I’ll have to take a closer look
Although I already know
It’s me! It’s me! It’s me!
It’s me! It’s me! It’s me!”
Next time, we get to the final track on the LP.