The Face of Death Releases Gigs Lyrics Comments


Robyn Hitchcock


Title Artist Label Type Year
Give it to the Soft Boys The Soft Boys Raw Records Single 1977
Wading Through a Ventilator The Soft Boys Delorean Record Company Bootleg 1984
Gotta Let This Hen Out! Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Midnight Music Album 1985
Raw Cuts The Soft Boys Overground Records EP 1989
The Face of Death The Soft Boys Overground Records Single 1989
The Soft Boys 1976-1981 The Soft Boys Rykodisc Album 1993
Where Are The Prawns? The Soft Boys Fan Club release 1994
Maxwell's, New York, 1980 The Soft Boys Handmade Productions Bootleg 1998
12 x 7: All the Soft Boys Certify Insane The Soft Boys Bootleg 2008
Luminous Groove Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Yep Roc Records Album 2008


Billed As Venue City State Country Date
The Soft Boys Alex Wood Hall Cambridge England UK 11/15/1977
The Soft Boys Alex Wood Hall Cambridge England UK 12/01/1977
The Soft Boys Red Cow London England UK 12/30/1977
The Soft Boys Rock Garden London England UK 12/22/1978
The Soft Boys Great Northern Hotel Cambridge England UK 01/19/1982
"Robyn Hitchcock & Chums" (First Egyptians gig) Hope & Anchor London England UK 09/29/1984
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Dingwalls London England UK 11/17/1984
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Bell London England UK 12/17/1984
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Dingwalls London England UK 03/15/1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Marquee London England UK 04/27/1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Irving Plaza New York New York US 06/21/1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Cabaret Metro Chicago Illinois US 06/22/1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US 11/25/1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US 11/26/1986
Robyn Hitchcock Greenstreets Columbia South Carolina US 04/28/1990
The Soft Boys Astoria London England UK 01/13/1994
The Soft Boys The Concorde Brighton England UK 01/14/1994
The Soft Boys Astoria London England UK 01/15/1994
The Soft Boys Corn Exchange Cambridge England UK 01/17/1994
Robyn Hitchcock Vic Theatre Chicago Illinois US 10/30/1996
Robyn Hitchcock Knitting Factory New York New York US 03/15/1997
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK 02/03/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Winchester Arts Centre Winchester England UK 09/24/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ronnie Scott's London England UK 09/26/1999
Robyn Hitchcock G2 Glasgow Scotland UK 09/30/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US 10/31/1999
The Soft Boys Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania US 03/20/2001
The Soft Boys Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US 03/23/2001
The Soft Boys Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US 03/26/2001
The Soft Boys The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto Ontario Canada 03/28/2001
The Soft Boys Metro Chicago Illinois US 03/30/2001
The Soft Boys First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US 03/31/2001
The Soft Boys Richard's on Richards Vancouver British Columbia Canada 04/03/2001
The Soft Boys Crocodile Café Seattle Washington US 04/04/2001
The Soft Boys Pine Street Theatre Portland Oregon US 04/05/2001
The Soft Boys The Fillmore San Francisco California US 04/07/2001
The Soft Boys KCRW Santa Monica California US 04/09/2001
The Soft Boys Knitting Factory Los Angeles California US 04/10/2001
The Soft Boys The Junction Cambridge England UK 04/18/2001
The Soft Boys Pavilion Theatre Brighton England UK 04/20/2001
The Soft Boys The Waterfront Norwich England UK 04/22/2001
The Soft Boys The Basement Nottingham England UK 04/23/2001
The Soft Boys Electric Ballroom London England UK 04/26/2001
The Soft Boys Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth England UK 04/29/2001
The Soft Boys The Square Harlow England UK 10/18/2001
The Soft Boys La Scuderia Bologna Italy 01/15/2003
The Soft Boys Boat Race Cambridge England UK 01/29/2003
Robyn Hitchcock Union Chapel London England UK 10/29/2019
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 02/19/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Southbank Centre - Queen Elizabeth Hall London England UK 03/19/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Storey's Field Centre Cambridge England UK 05/12/2022


Lyrics per those in 'Somewhere Apart - Selected Lyrics 1977-1997'. The book lists the title as simply "Face of Death" (without the definite article).


The face of death is my best friend
He lurks behind my favourite bend
And though we meet, we never speak
I've got a feeling he's unique

He looks so crushed, but he's alright
He eats his food, he sleeps at night
His leather jacket's quite like mine
I'm sure we two would get on fine

But some day I'll make him mine
I'll wear your face I'll come to tea
My place or yours? And then you'll see
It's like walking through a...


He tried too hard, it never came
To anything - they burned his name
They threw him out 'cause he was wrong
And left him trapped inside this song

Face of death!