When All Else Fails

updated: 3/9/18

The track ‘When All Else Fails’ is a bit of a SABBAT mystery.

It appears in the lyrics book Martin sang from in the studio whilst
recording Dreamweaver, along with the rest of the Dreamweaver tracks
and Blood For The Blood God.

Unlike the rest of the tracks it is undated as to the year it was written,
and also unlike the rest of the Dreamweaver tracks it is not based upon
‘The Way Of Wyrd’.

Blood For The Blood God was re-recorded during the Dreamweaver sessions and
judging by a promo sheet included with a Dreamweaver LP testpressing, which appeared on ebay in 2018,
so was ‘When All Else Fails’ :

Under the black marker pen it says:

‘When All Else Fails’ ( only CD and Cassette )

I think it is reasonable to assume that if it had got as far as the initial press promos it must have been previously recorded in the studio.

In an interview in 2005 Andy stated:

Int:    Is it true that you had arguments over the music with Martin in the
recording sessions of that album?

Andy:    No, the only argument I had with Martin was over a song called
“When all else Fails” which I didn’t want to do as it was about suicide and
I was still very upset about a close friend that had committed suicide.
I think it was very wrong of Martin to even push the subject.

In KERRANG! No 240, May 27, 1989 Martin said:

[WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS is] nothing to do with the actual concept [of Dreamweaver], it’s just an extra track for the CD. It’s a guys suicide note – with “to whom it may concern” at the top. It’s very bitter and twisted, “In My Darkest Hour”, that sort of thing. I’m not making any judgements, it’s just how that person feels at the time. It’s a very personal song; I was feeling a bit down at the time and it was just something I felt that I had to write.

The master tapes of the Dreamweaver sessions have since been lost by Noise,
so if a SABBAT recording of this song was done, it probably doesn’t exist now.

Andy has demo recordings of the Dreamweaver sessions, but I think that it’s safe to assume that even if he still has a copy of this track, he has no interest in ever letting it see the light of day.

In August 1992 Martin recorded ‘When All Else Fails’ (with unchanged lyrics)
with Skyclad at Lynx Studios in Newcastle and it was included on the Skyclad
EP ‘Tracks From The Wilderness’.

To whom it may concern (whoever that may be)
For I can think of no-one who has shown concern for me.

My last will and testament I now bequeath
To all those I trusted (to those who deceived me)
Though by hope deserted of this I am sure
That where I am going you’ll hurt me no more.

While your plotting my downfall I’m planning my wake
Still you’re trying to see how much more I can take
In this game that we’re playing I know I can’t win
And my dreams have all ended before they begin.

One for the wish that would never come true
Two for the kisses betraying a fool
Three for the life that was my bed of nails
For there’s only one answer when all else fails.

I fear I have been here too long for my own good
Outstaying my welcome when all the time I should
Have heeded my heart when it said take your bow
But I’m sadder and wiser and listening now.

In this life that you’re leading you’re fooling yourself
If you think you are better than anyone else
So shed not your tears for me now pretty child
For when I was crying – remember, you smiled.

The knife that I’m holding was never as sharp
As the words from your cruel lips that punctured my heart
Tell me where was your friendship in my hour of need
When you stood and you laughed while watching me bleed?

One for the wish that would never come true
Two for the kisses betraying a fool
Three for the life that was my bed of nails
For there’s only one answer when all else fails.

Don’t talk to me of loneliness – don’t speak to me of tears
For I have had enough of both to last a thousand years
“If music be the food of love” then let a famine rage
To starve my childish innocence before it comes of age.

One for the wish that would never come true
Two for the kisses betraying a fool
Three for the life that was my bed of nails
For there’s only one answer when all else fails.

I beg you forgive me – I apologise
For wasting your time with such lengthy goodbyes
But as I depart – unto destiny kneel
I pray that one day you will know how I feel.

Goodbye.