PJ Harvey Discography

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Discography:
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Dry (1992)
Rid of Me (1993)
To Bring You My Love (1995)
 B-Sides
Dance Hall at Louse Point (w/John Parish, 1996)
Is This Desire? (1998)
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
Uh Huh Her (2004)
 B-Sides
The Peel Sessions 1991-2004 (2006)
White Chalk (2007)
A Woman A Man Walked By (w/John Parish, 2009) X
Let England Shake (2011)
The Hope Six Demolition Project (2015)

Track Listings:
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Dry
 Oh My Lover
 O Stella
 Dress
 Victory
 Happy And Bleeding
 Sheela-Na-Gig
 Hair
 Joe
 Plants and Rags
 Fountain
 Water

Rid of Me
 Rid Of Me
 Missed
 Legs
 Rub 'Til It Bleeds
 Hook
 Man-Size Sextet
 Highway '61 Revisited
 50ft Queenie
 Yuri-G
 Man-Size
 Dry
 Me-Jane
 Snake
 Ecstasy

To Bring You My Love
 To Bring You My Love
 Meet Ze Monsta
 Working For The Man
 C'mon Billy
 Teclo
 Long Snake Moan
 Down By The Water
 I Think I'm A Mother
 Send His Love To Me
 The Dancer
B-Sides
 Reeling
 Daddy
 Lying in the Sun
 Somebody's Down, Somebody's Name
 Darling Be There
 Maniac
 One Time Too Many
 Harder
 Goodnight

Dance Hall at Louse Point
 Girl
 Rope Bridge Crossing
 City Of No Sun
 That Was My Veil
 Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drain
 Civil War Correspondent
 Taut
 Un Cercle Autour Du Soleil
 Heela
 Is That All There Is?
 Dance Hall At Louse Point
 Lost Fun Zone

Is This Desire?
 Angelene
 The Sky Lit Up
 The Wind
 My Beautiful Leah
 A Perfect Day Elise
 Catherine
 Electric Light
 The Garden
 Joy
 The River
 No Girl So Sweet
 Is This Desire?

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
 Big Exit
 Good Fortune
 A Place Called Home
 One Line
 Beautiful Feeling
 The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore
 The Mess We're In (w/Thom Yorke)
 You Said Something
 Kamikaze
 This Is Love
 Horses In My Dreams
 We Float

Uh Huh Her
 The Life and Death Of Mr. Badmouth
 Shame
 Who The Fuck?
 Pocket Knife
 The Letter
 The Slow Drug
 No Child Of Mine
 Cat On The Wall
 You Came Through
 It's You
 The End
 The Desperate Kingdom Of Love
 Seagulls
 The Darker Days Of Me and Him
B-Sides
 The Falling
 The Phone Song
 Bows and Arrows
 Angel
 Stone
 Who The Fuck?

The Peel Sessions 1991-2004
 Oh My Lover
 Victory
 Sheela-Na-Gig
 Water
 Naked Cousin
 Wang Dang Doodle
 Losing Ground
 Snake
 That Was My Veil
 This Wicked Tongue
 Beautiful Feeling
 You Come Through

White Chalk
 The Devil
 Dear Darkness
 Grow Grow Grow
 When Under Ether
 White Chalk
 Broken Harp
 Silence
 To Talk To You
 The Piano
 Before Departure
 The Mountain

A Woman A Man Walked By
 Black Hearted Love
 Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
 Leaving California
 The Chair
 April
 A Woman A Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All The Little
  Children Go
 The Soldier
 Pig Will Not
 Passionless, Pointless
 Cracks In The Canvas

Let England Shake
 Let England Shake
 The Last Living Rose
 The Glorious Land
 The Words That Maketh Murder
 All and Everyone
 On Battleship Hill
 England
 In The Dark Places
 Bitter Branches
 Hanging In The Wire
 Written On The Forehead
 The Colour Of The Earth

The Hope Six Demolition Project
 The Community of Hope
 The Ministry of Defence
 A Line in the Sand
 Chain of Keys
 River Anacostia
 Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
 The Orange Monkey
 Medicinals
 The Ministry of Social Affairs
 The Wheel
 Dollar, Dollar

Lyrics:
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(Album titles preceded by ##, Song titles by --)

##
Dry

--
Oh My Lover

Oh my lover
Don't you know it's alright?
You can love her
You can love me at the same time
Much to discover
I know you don't have the time but
Oh my lover
Don't you know it's alright?

Oh my sweet thing
Oh my honey thighs
Give me your troubles
I'll keep them with mine
Take at your leisure
Take whatever you can find but
Oh my sweet thing
Don't you know it's alright?

It's alright
It's alright
There's no time
So it's alrigh-igh-ight

What's that color
Forming around your eyes
Waltz my lover
Tell me that it's alright
Just another
Before you go...go away
Oh my lover
Why don't you just say my name?

And it's alright
Say it's alright
There's no time

--
O Stella

Stella marie you're my star

Stella marie you're my star
Stand on ground look up at her
Just hanging in gold stone
Just hanging there face froze

But I think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Go, go, go
Go go

Stella marie you're my star
In your blue blue tavern
You'll light my lantern
O stella's large
*Pink on her face
*It's glowing this place

A place for heroes only
Place for heroes only
Place for heroes only
Place for heroes only
Go, go, go
Go go go go

Stella marie you're my star
I pin you to my chest
Sell you to the rest
I kiss her gown
Send those angels down to woo me now

I think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Think I see her smiling
Go, go, go
Go go
Go, go, go
Go go
Go, go, go
Go go

--
Dress

Put on that dress
I'm going out dancing
Starting off red
Gleam and sparkling he'll see me
Music play make me dreamy for dancing
Must be a way that I can dress to please him
It's hard to walk and the dress is not easy
I'm swinging over like a heavy loaded fruit tree

If you put it on
If you put it on
If you put it on
If you put it on

It's sad to see
Lonely or this lonely
Close up my eyes
Dreamy dreamy music make it be alright
Music play make it good for romancing
Must be a way I can dress to please him
Swing and sway everything will be alright
But he's feeling so down tight tonight

If you put it on
If you put it on
If you put it on
If you put it on

You pretty thing
My man says
But I bought you beautiful dresses
You pretty thing
My man says
But I bought you beautiful dresses

Filthy type your dress is filthy
I'm falling flat and my arms are empty
Get away better get it out of this room
A fallen woman in dancing costume

If you put it on X8

--
Victory

I stumble in and in
You fit me with those angel wings
Set me goal
Set me high
Set it up I'm in the sky

The storm is gone
(and the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And Delilah is dining
(and Delilah is dining)
At my table

Tell any how how how
How lucky we are
Angel at my table
God in my car
Get it at sea
Take a ship
I'd christen her "Victory"
She'd make it

Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry

Come on boys
Let's push it hard
You bump down, push your motor car
Come on boys
You've done us proud
You sweat 'til I'll mop it right off your brow

Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry
Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry

'Til the storm is gone
('til the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And delilah is dining
(and delilah is dining)
At my table

'Til the storm is gone
('til the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And delilah is dining
(and delilah is dining)
At my table
Hey

--
Happy And Bleeding

She burst
Dropped off
Pick the fruit
Realize
I'm naked
I'm naked too
So cover my body
Dress it fine
Hide my linen and lace
Been sewing ever since
Since time began

More than the hills
More than the trees
More than the mountains, you
More than I can see
In front of me
More than the mountains, you

So fruit flower myself inside out
I'm happy and bleeding for you
Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm tired and I'm bleeding for you

This fruit was bruised
Dropped off and blue
Out of season
Happy and bleeding
Long overdue
Too early and it's late too
Too early and it's late too
Mind and body, I wouldn't I would not do
Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm happy and bleeding for you
Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm tired and I'm bleeding for you

Fake fruit flower myself inside out for you ( X5 )
{happy and bleeding, happy and...}
Fake fruit flower myself inside out for you
{happy and bleeding, happy and...}
Fake fruit flower myself inside out for you
{happy and bleeding, happy and...}...

--
Sheela-Na-Gig

I've been trying to show you over and over
Look at these my child-bearing hips
Look at these my ruby red ruby lips
Look at these my work strong arms and
You've got to see my bottle full of charm
I lay it all at your feet
You turn around and say back to me

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Gonna wash that man right out of my head
*Just like the first time he said he didn't care
Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
Heard it before, no more
Gonna wash that man right out of my head

Turn the corner another one there
Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Heard it before

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Put money in your idle hole
Put money in your idle hole

Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Just like the first time he said he didn't care
Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Heard it before, no more
Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
Turn the corner another one there
Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
Heard it before

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Put money in your idle hole
Put money in your idle hole

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

--
Hair

Samson, the strength
That's in, your arms
Oh to be, your stunning
Bride

Samson, your hair
Glistening, like sun
Oh would, that it
Were mine

Samson, your hair
That's in, my hands
I'll keep it safe
You're mine, you're mine

He said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe, Delilah my babe
Said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe, Delilah my babe

Said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe
You lied in my face
You cut off my hair
You lied in my bed

Samson, your stay
With your 'lilah
I'll hold you in
My hands
Yeah

Your hair
Restrain
My man
My man

He said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe, Delilah my babe
Said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe, Delilah my babe

He said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe, Delilah my babe

Said wait, said wait
Delilah my babe
You lied in my face
You cut off my hair
You lied in my bed

--
Joe

Joe will you be my buddy please
Stay with me when I fall and die
Always thought you'd come rushing in
Clear the shit out of my eye

Joe will you be my buddy please
Lay my enemies out in lines
Come in close now I'll wash your feet
With my hair I'll mop them dry

With my hair I'll mop them dry
Something over there I do not like
There's no use to wondering

Joe will you be my buddy please
In this hell and day long time
When I'm trusting my hated tree
Cut me down with your silver knife

Cut me down with your silver knife
Something over there I do not like
There's no use to wondering

--
Plants and Rags

Plants and rags
Ease myself into a body bag
Plants and rags
Ease myself into a body bag

dreamt a man
He fed me fine food
He gave me shiny things

I dreamt of a man
He fed me fine food
He gave me shiny things

White and black
You looking for the sun boy
The sun doesn't shine down here
No no no

White and black
You looking for the sun boy
The sun doesn't shine down here
In shadows

House and home
Who thought they could take away that place
Outside, and they lead us out quietly
Lead us outside, and they lead us out quietly

House and home
Who thought they could take away that place
Outside, they lead us out quietly
They lead us outside, and they lead us out quietly

--
Fountain

Stand under fountain
Cool skin, wash clean
Wash him from me

Along comes the wind
A big bone shaker
Blows off my clothes
Completely naked
What to do
When everything's
Left you

Out of the blue
It is he
Vision to me
Bearing leaves
Petals green
Covers me
In all my shame

Hand in hand
He's my big man
Stays with me
Some forty days
No words
Then goes away
I cry a-gain

On my hill I wait for wind
And on my hill I wait for wind X5

--
Water

Water, walking
Walking on water
Walking

Walking on for years and years and years
Taking it into my head
Living by the right lines
Reading what the very man said

Water
I'm walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on

Walking, walking on for years years
Taking it into my head
Mary Mary drunk it soft
Been reading what your very man said
Lying on eleven years
Taking it into my head
Leave my clothes on the beach
I'm walking down into the sea

And prove it to me
And prove it to me
And prove it to me

Now the water to my ankles
Now the water to my knees
Think of him all waxy wings
Melted down into the sea
Mary Mary what your man said
Washing it all over my head
Mary Mary hold on tightly
Over water
Under the sea
Water
Water
I'm walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water

##
Rid of Me

--
Rid Of Me

Tie yourself to me
No one else
No, you're not rid of me
Hmm you're not rid of me

Night and day I breathe
Ah hah ay
Hey, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me

I beg you, my darling
Don't leave me, I'm hurting

Lick my legs I'm on fire
Lick my legs of desire

I'll tie your legs
Keep you against my chest
Oh, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me
I'll make you lick my injuries
I'm gonna twist your head off, see

Till you say don't you wish you never never met her?
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her?
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her?
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her?

I beg you my darling
Don't leave me, I'm hurting
Big lonely above everything
Above everyday, I'm hurting

Lick my legs, I'm on fire
Lick my legs of desire
Lick my legs, I'm on fire
Lick my legs of desire

Yeah, you're not rid of me
Yeah, you're not rid of me
I'll make you lick my injuries
I'm gonna twist your head off, see

Till you say don't you wish you never never met her
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her

Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs I'm on fire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs of desire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs I'm on fire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs of desire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs I'm on fire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs of desire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs I'm on fire)
Don't you don't you wish you never never met her
(Lick my legs of desire)

Lick my legs I'm on fire
Lick my legs of desire
Lick my legs I'm on fire
Lick my legs of desire

--
Missed

He should not be hid
He's just too big
In a cloud please come down
I'd put stars at your feet
Put Mars in your head

Show yourself to me
And I'd believe
I'd moan and I'd weep
Fall silent at your speak
I'd burst in
Full to the brim

Mary lost her head
And let it bleed
Came crying back to me
"My son where's he hid?
Don't deny it
And don't you hide him"

No I've missed him X4

No words
No sign
Mary say
"I'm not lying"
How come he's so big
But good lord he's been hid
Good lord where you hid?
Ha!

--
Legs

Oh you're divine
Oh you're divine
Oh Oh Oh did I tell you you're divine
Oh Oh Oh Oh did I ever when you were alive

Did it hurt when you bled?
Did it, oh lover boy, oh fever head?
I'll bet you never thought I'd try
Your mouth, my love, was open wide

Singing oh you were going to be my life
Dammit!
Oh Oh Oh Oh you were going to be my life

Did you sing "Oh happy day"?
Singing it
Sing it that time I went away?
Got to ease my aching head
Do you know
No other way cut off your legs oh
Hey oh

Did you ever wish me dead
Oh lover boy, oh fever head?
No you must, no you must not go away
How will you ever walk again?
And I, I might as well be dead
But I could kill you instead...

--
Rub 'Til It Bleeds

Speak, I'm listening
Baby, I'm your sweet thing
Believe what I'm saying
God's truth, I'm not lying

I lie steady
Rest your head on me
I'll smooth it nicely
Rub it better 'till it bleeds

And you'll believe me
Caught out again
I'm calling you weak
Getting even

And I, I was joking
Sweet babe, let me stroke it
Take, I'm giving
God's truth, I'm not lying

And you'll believe me
I, I, I'm calling you in
And I'll make it better
I'll rub 'till it bleeds

I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it, hey!
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it

I'll rub it until it, hey!
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it

--
Hook

I was blind
I was lame
I was nothing
'Till you came
You said "Babe,
Make you sing
Make you feel
Like some queen"

Said "I'll take you Kathleen
To your home and mine"
Lord, he hooked me
Fish hook and line

And rode in fucking mad (?)
With a halo of deep black
'Til my love made me gag
Call him Daddy, take my hand

Said "I'll take you Kathleen
To your home and mine"
Good Lord, he hooked me
Fish hook and line

I'm hooked
Oh higher
Oh beautiful
Oh higher
Oh beautiful
Oh higher

Now I'm blind and I'm lame
Left with nothing but his stain
"Daddy your maid, she can't sing
She can't feel, she's no queen!"

Said "I'll take you Kathleen
To your home and mine"
Lord he hooked me
Fish hook and line

Said "I'll take you Kathleen
To your home and mine"
Good lord he hooked me
'Leen out of time

--
Man-Size Sextet

I'm coming up man-sized
Skinned alive
I want to fit
Mmm, I've got to get
Man-sized
I'm heading on
Handsome
Got my leather boots on

Got my girl and she's a wow
I cast my iron knickers down
Man-size no need to shout
Can you hear, can you hear me now?

I'm man-sized
Man-sized

I'll measure time
I'll measure height
I'll calculate
My birthrite
Good Lord, I'm big
I'm heading on
Man-sized
Got my leather boots on

Got my girl and she's a wow
I cast my iron knickers down
Man-sized no need to shout
Can you hear, can you hear me now?

My babe looking cool and neat
I'm pretty sure good enough to eat
Man-sized no need to shout
Let it all, let it all hang out

I'm man-size
Man-size X7

Silence my lady head
Get girl out of my head
Douse hair with gasoline
Set it light and set it free

--
Highway '61 Revisited

Well, God said to Abraham "Kill me a son"
Abe said "Man, you must be putting me on"
God said "No"
Abe said "What?"
God said "You do what you want to, Abe but
The next time you see me coming, you'd better run"
Abe said "Where do you want this killing done?"
God said "Out on that Highway 61"

Well, Georgia Sam he had a bloody nose
Welfare department would give him no clothes
He asked poor Howard "Where can I go?"
Howard said "There's only one place I know"
Sam said "Quick man, tell me, i got to run"
Howard just pointed with his gun
He said "that way down on 61"

"Well, Mack the finger" said Louie the King
"I got 40 red, white and blue shoe strings
And a thousand telephones that won't ring
You know where I can get rid of these things?"
And he said "Now let me think for a minute, son"
Said "Yes, that can be easily done.
Just take them down on that 61"

That highway
Highway, highway, highway, highway

Now the fifth daughter on the twelfth night
Told the first father that things weren't right
"My complexion" she said "is much too white"
He said "Come here and stare up into the light"
And said "Mmm, you're right. Let me tell the second mother it's been done"
But the second mother with the seventh son
They were out on that Highway 61

Now, the roving gambler was very bored
Trying to create the next world war
And he found a promoter, fell on the floor
And said "I've never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yep, I think it can be easily done."
Highway
"We'll just put some bleachers there out in the sun
Have it out on that 61"

--
50ft Queenie

Hey I'm one big queen
No one can stop me
Red light red green
Sat back, I'm watching
I'm number one
Second to no one
No sweat I'm clean
Nothing can touch me

I'll tell you my name
F U C K
50ft queenie
Force ten hurricane
Biggest woman
I could have ten sons
Ten gods
Ten queens
Ten foot and rising

Hey I'm the king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Glory glory
Lay it all on me
50ft queenie
50 and rising
You bend over
Cassanova
No sweat I'm clean
Nothing can touch me

Hey I'm the king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm thirty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm forty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm fifty inches long

50ft queenie
50ft queenie

--
Yuri-G

Hey there Luna
I'd like to tell ya
How sad am I
So love sick I could die

Needing water
My neck's stiff, my head hurts
Been looking up all night
Been looking at the Moon, she's so bright

She's so white
She's so clean
I'm telling you
She's everything
I'd give it all
My sorry eyes
Give just everything
She's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
Give back my memory

Told by a doctor,
"You make her figure
Needles stick in her
She'll be your Luna"

I stuck them in real clean
I stuck them in a mile
I drew her down on me
I drew her with a smile
I'd give it all you see
I'd give my sorry eyes
I'd give just everything
She's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Give back my memory

I stuck them in a mile
I stuck them in real clean
I stuck them in a mile
I drew her down on me
I drew her with a smile
I'd give it all you see
I'd give my sorry eyes
I'd give just everything
She's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Give back my memory

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
I let her walk all over me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Give back my memory X3

--
Man-Size

I'm coming up man-sized
Skinned alive
I want to fit
I've got to get
Man-sized
I'm heading on
Handsome
Got my leather boots on

Got my girl and she's a wow
I cast my iron knickers down
Man-sized no need to shout
Can you hear, can you hear me now?

I'm man-sized
Man-sized

I'll measure time
I'll measure height
I'll calculate
My birthrite
Good Lord I'm big
I'm heading on
Man-size
Got my leather boots on

Got my girl and she's a wow
I cast my iron knickers down
Man-sized no need to shout
Can you hear, can you hear me now?

My babe looking cool and neat
I'm pretty sure good enough to eat
Man-size no need to shout
Let it all, let it all hang out

I'm man-size
Man-size X7

Silence my lady head
Get girl out of my head
Douse hair with gasoline
Set it light and set it free

Silence my lady head
Get girl out of my head
Douse hair with gasoline
Set it light and set it free

--
Dry

I caught it in the face
Coming around again
I thought it was worth waiting
You're caught up in my head
Wet sides from time to time
But mostly I'm just dry

You leave me dry
You leave me dry
You leave me dry

You've come all this way
No hair out of place
You put it on the stage
You put right in my face

You leave me dry
You leave me dry
You leave me dry

No water well in sight
No water at my sides
I'm sucking on the well
I'm sucking 'till I'm white

But you leave me dry
You leave me dry
You leave me dry
You leave me dry
You leave me dry

--
Me-Jane

Damn your chest beating just you stop your screaming
You're splitting through my head and swinging from the ceiling
Oh move it over tarzan can't you see I'm bleeding
I called you by your first name.. Good Lord It's me-jane
I heard it..
Split head..
I mean it..
Oh Me-Jane
Me-Jane
Oh damn your chest beating just you stop your screaming
All the time you'rer hunting screaming fishing breathing
Don't you ever stop and give me time to breath in?
I've called you by your first name.. Good Lord it's Me-Jane
I heard it..
Split head..
I mean it..
Me-Jane
I'm trying
To make sense
.. You're screaming

Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it all on me

Tarzan I'm pleading stop your fucking screaming
You know theres many walls.. I'm hanging from the ceiling
Oh move it on tarzan can't you see I'm bleeding?
Good Lord you never stop..

Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me (Jane)
Don't ruin it on me (Jane)
Don't ruin it on me (Jane)
Don't ruin it on me (Jane)
Don't ruin it on me (Jane)
Don't ruin it on me ... Jane

--
Snake

You snake
You crawled
Between
My legs
Said "Want
It all?
It's yours
You bet
I'll make
You queen
Of everything
No need
For God
No need
For him
Just take
My hand
You'll be
My bride
Just take
That fruit
Put it
Inside"
You snake
You dog
You fake
You liar
I've burned
my hands
I'm in
the fire

Awooooooh....oooooooohhhh

You salty dog
You filthy liar
My heart
It aches
I'm in
The fire
You snake (You snake)
I ate (I ate)
A true (A true)
Belief (Belief)
Good Lord (Good Lord)
That fruit's (That's fruit's)
Inside (Inside)
Of me (Of me)
Oh Adam (Oh Ad-)
Please (-am please)
You must (You must)
Believe (Believe)
That snake (That snake)
Put it (Put it)
In front (In front)
Of me (Of me)
That snake
Put it
In front
Of me
In front
Of me

--
Ecstasy

Flying
I'm flying
Hitting heavens high
I'm head on brake too low

Floating
I'm floating
Hanging below the sea
I'm telling you look at me

Ecstasy
I'm in ec...ecstasy

Singing
I'm singing. Yah!
Sounding hanging breathe
I'm begging you look at me

Ecstasy
I'm in ec....ecstasy
Ecstasy

##
To Bring You My Love

--
To Bring You My Love

I was born in the desert
I been down for years
Jesus, come closer
I think my time is near

And I've traveled over
Dry earth and floods
Hell and high water
To bring you my love

Climbed over mountains
Travelled the sea
Cast down off heaven
Cast down on my knees
I've laid with the devil
Cursed god above
Forsaken heaven
To bring you my love

To bring you my love
To bring you my love
To bring you my love

I know he's gonna be here
He know he's gonna be here
Yeah alright

Forsaken heaven
Cursed god above
Lay with the devil
Bring you my love

To bring you my love
To bring you my love
To bring you my love

--
Meet Ze Monsta

See it coming
At my head
I'm not running
I'm not scared

Big black monsoon
Take me with you

I'm not jerking
I won't hide
Yeah, I'm ready
Meet ze monsta tonight

Big black monsoon
Take me with you ... Ow!

What a monsta
What a night
What a lover
What a fight

Big black monsoon
Take me with you

Yeah it's coming
Out of this world
Yeah, I'm lucky
Lucky girl

Hell ain't half full
Take me with you

Big black monsoon
Take me with you

--
Working For The Man

In the night I look for love
Get my strength from the man above
God of piston, god of steel
God is here behind the wheel

I'm just working for the man

Pretty things get in my car
Take them flying, it's not far
Take in handsome, take in me
Look good in my steel machine

I'm just working for the man

Don't you know yet who I am
Working harder for the man
Go around I'm doing good
Get my strength from the man above

I'm just working for the man

I'm just doing what I can

Go around I'm doing good X8

--
C'mon Billy

C'mon billy
Come to me
You know I'm waiting
I love you endlessly

C'mon billy
You're the only one
Don't you think it's time now
You met your only son

I remember
Lover's play
The corn was golden
We lay in it for days

I remember
The things you said
My little billy,
Come to your lover's bed

Come home
Is my plea
Your home now is
Here with me
Come home
To your son
Tomorrow might never come

C'mon billy
You look good to me
How many nights now
Your child inside of...

Don't forget me
I had your son
Damn thing went crazy
But I swear you're the only one

Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, billy, come to me
Come alone, and come to me

--
Teclo

Long goes the night
Longer the day
Teclo your death
Will send me to my grave

I learn to beg
I learn to pray
Send me his love
Send him to me again

Let me ride
Let me ride
Let me ride on his grace for a while

Let me ride
Let me ride
Just let me ride on his grace for a while
Hmm

Long goes the night
Longer the day
Teclo your death
Will send me to my grave

Let me ride
Let me ride
Just let me ride on his grace for a while

Let me ride
Let me ride
Just let me ride on your grace for a while

Just let me ride

--
Long Snake Moan

Um-hmmm

Dunk you
Under
Deep salt
Water

Bring me
Lover
All your
Power

I'll be
No hell
Out of
Your spell

Over
Under
Die of
Pleasure

Hear my
Dreaming
You'll be
Drowning

Hell's no
God above
All drunk
On my love

You wanna hear my long snake .... moan!
You oughta see me crawl my .... roar!

Dunk you
Under
Deep salt
Water

In my
Dreaming
You'll be
Drowning

Raise me
Up lord
Call me
Lazarus

Hey Lord
Help me
Make me
Marvel

You wanna hear my long snake ... moan!
You oughta see me crawl my... roar!
Is my voodoo working ( X4 )
Moan! ( X4 ), Woo!, Moan ! ( X3 )

--
Down By The Water

I lost my heart
Under the bridge
To that little girl
So much to me
And now I'm old
And now I holler
She'll never know
Just what I found

That blue eyed girl
(That blue eyed girl)
She said no more
(She said no more)
That blue eyed girl
(That blue eyed girl)
Became blue eyed whore
('Came blue eyed whore)
Down by the water
(Down by the water)
I took her hand
(I took her hand)
Just like my daughter
(Just like my daughter)
Won't see her again
(See her again)

Oh help me jesus
Come through this storm
I had to lose her
To do her harm
I heard her holler
(I heard her holler)
I heard her moan
(I heard her moan)
My lovely daughter
(My lovely daughter)
I took her home
(I took her home)

Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water
Come back here, man, gimme my daughter
Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water
Come back here, man, gimme my daughter
Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water
Come back here, man, gimme my daughter...

--
I Think I'm A Mother

You think you'll come over
I'll give you my number
You lover supporter
Then give me your mother
You come take me home and
Take me to your doctor
You think you'll come over?

I think I'm a mother

Roll over, roll over
And roll me a man-a
You lover, my lover
You just roll me over
You give me your mother
A man if I love her
I love her, I'll keep her
I better just keep her

"Come on and support her,"
I said to the mother
She said you come over
She said she'd support her
I love her, I kept her
And then she just left and
Alone, I implore ya
I think I'm a mother
Need your mother, more than ever
Need your mother

--
Send His Love To Me

Lover had to leave me
'Cross the desert plain
Turned to me his lady
Tell me "lover wait"

Calling Jesus, please
Send his love to me

Oh, wind and rain they haunt me
Look to the North and pray
Send me, please, his kisses
Send them home today

I'm begging, Jesus, please
Send his love to me

Left alone in desert
This house becomes a hell
This love becomes a tether
This room becomes a cell

Mummy, daddy, please
Send him back to me

How long must I suffer?
Dear God, I've served my time
This love becomes my torture
This love, my only crime
Oh lover please release me
My arms too weak to grip
My eyes to dry for weeping
My lips too dry to kiss

Calling, Jesus, please
Send his love to me
I'm begging, Jesus, please
Send his love to me

--
The Dancer

He came riding fast like a phoenix out of fire flames
He came dressed in black with a cross bearing my name
He came bathed in light and the splendor and glory
I can't believe what the lord has finally sent me

He said dance for me, fanciulla gentile
He said laugh awhile, I can make your heart feel
He said fly with me, touch the face of the true God
And then cry with joy at the depth of my love

'Cause I've prayed days, I've prayed nights
For the lord just to send me home some sign
I've looked long, I've looked far
To bring peace to my black and empty heart

Ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, aaaaaah !

My love will stay 'till the river bed run dry
And my love lasts long as the sunshine blue sky
I love him longer as each damn day goes
The man is gone and heaven only knows

'Cause I've cried days, I've cried nights
For the lord just to send me home some sign
Is he near? is he far?
Bring peace to my black and empty heart
So long day, so long night
Oh Lord, be near me tonight
Is he near? is he far?
Bring peace to my black and empty heart.

##
B-Sides

--
Reeling

I wanna bathe in milk
Eat grapes
Robert DeNiro sit on my face
I can't sleep for thinking
Set my head a reeling

I wanna go to Spain
Spend nights
Just sipping on nectar and ice
No, I can't sleep for thinking
Set my head a reeling

Living in a horse race
Wanna make the shit hit the fan
No, I can't sleep for thinking
Set my head a reeling

Even Aphrodite
She got nothing on me

Take me to the moon
Take me to the moon
Fly me to the moon
Take me to the moon...

Die my hair on stage

Reeling
Reeling

Even Aphrodite
She'll have nothing on me
Reeling
Reeling

Take me to the moon
Take me to the moon
Fly me to the moon
Take me to the moon...
Reeling...

--
Daddy

Daddy hold me
It seems so very dark tonight
And day
Daddy, I can't sleep
I need you to come and sing to me
That the stars up in the sky
Will shine down gently on the two of us tonight
And soon enough it will be light
We'll hold on tightly to each other, you and I
And I won't cry
Oh Daddy, your baby is weak and calling out your name
Oh my Daddy, oh don't leave me
I beg you, sing your song again
That the stars up in the sky
Will shine down gently on the two of us tonight
And soon enough it will be light
We'll hold on tightly to each other, you and I
And I won't cry or call your name
And I won't
And I won't...

--
Lying in the Sun

I'm lying in the sun
I'm lying with my love
Into his blackened hair I swear I saw a dove
He is the one, my God
Comes clear before my eyes
I'm kneeling on the ground
My love it tastes like wine
Come on and step inside
Come on and step inside
I'm lying in the sun
I'm lying with my love
Into his blackened hair I swear I saw a dove

--
Somebody's Down, Somebody's Name

Saw it all happen
It took place at my window, I was looking down
I had no time
Just time to say "hold on, I'm coming"
He's lying there
It's all just too late
Somebody's down, somebody's name
Saw it fall and all take place
At my window, I was looking down
Oh for Pete's sake, hold on, I'm coming
He's moved on now
And it all passed
It's all too late
Somebody's down, somebody's name
Saw it all with my own eyes
Saw it all as clear as day
Clear as blue
Blue fucking daylight
I say
Hold on, I'm coming
Somebody down, somebody's name
Somebody down, somebody's name
Hold on
No more
Hold on no more
Hold on, I'm coming
Don't you tell me it's too late
Somebody's down, somebody's name
Pushing up daisies out of the ground
Thought I heard him call her name
By the time he hit the ground
Another day, another town
Another body on the ground
By the time the sky went grey
Nobody down, nobody came
I just said
Oh Lord, no more X2
Oh Lord, I'm coming
Don't you tell me it's too late

--
Darling Be There

Take me over
Pale blue water
Take me under
Take me home

Darling be there
Bring me laughter
I'll be happy
Ever more

Bring me sunshine
Bring me love
Not tomorrow
Never more

Darling be there
Bring me laughter
I'll be happy
Ever more

Darling be there
Bring me laughter
I'll be happy
Ever more

--
Maniac

I need a man
To bring me love
To make me sing
I sing I need a man
To make me feel
Like I'm a queen
I said to take me to the god eyes
And kiss the devil on the lip

I need a man
To make me moan
To make me bad
I need a man
To drive me slow
To drive me mad
I said to take me to the god eyes
And kiss the devil on the lip
To leave me oh no no no no, oh... rha.

I need a man
His heart is stone
His mother's bad
I need a man
His heart is stone
And deepest black
His heart is stone
His mother's bad
His heart is sick
The deepest black
M-a-n-i-a-c
I need...

--
One Time Too Many

He sees me
So clearly
Come over
And get my number

He'd come around
He'll break down
Say baby
Don't ever leave me
ahh....

You please me, You tease me
One time too
One time too many
ahh.,

--
Harder

Oh oh my my my
My bed's up all night
Work me till i moan
Drives me out of my mind

Why it's so hard
You're made out of cold steel
Why it's so hard
Music man running my wheel

Just keep me burning

Just keep me yearning
Put my whole body on fire
Burning whole body desire

Why it's so hard
Yeah taking me over
Why it's so hard
My cold steel soldier

Harder X3
Vow

Oh oh make me beg
He's sweet in my bed
Work me till i'm done
Mad dog can sure hunt

Why it's so hard
Daddy made out of cold steel
Why it's so hard
C'mon daddy drive my wheel

Harder X3
Wow

Why it's so hard
You're taking me over
Why it's so hard
My cold steel soldier

Harder X3
Yeah

--
Goodnight

Here I am
Prairieland
Got it all, got
Gun in hand
Here I sleep
Dungarees
They're all my husband
Put on me

We have the stars
We have the trees
We have everything
We need to feed

I'll make babes
You'll make chairs
We'll sell them at
The county fair
We'll walk on
We'll walk tall
We'll dance once a week
The union hall

We'll have the stars
We'll have the trees
We'll have everything
We need to feed

Here I am
Prairieland
I got it all, got
Gun in hand
I'll sweep the porch
I dust his room
We'll sleep together
On our chair at noon

We have the stars
We have the trees
We have everything
We need to feed

We have the stars
We have the trees
We have everything
We need to feed

##
Dance Hall at Louse Point

--
Girl
[instrumental]

--
Rope Bridge Crossing

And I remember everything
Sunrise on a blue horizon
With you, your hand in mine
I remember the things you said

Said, I'd be your lady, wait through it all
Be there to catch you, after the fall
Run through the red light, out of my (hair|head)
Run from the darkness here to the day

An' I dream of running
And in the dream I myself could run
And I feel the ground beneath my feet
And I move like music,
You move me, like music

Head out of my way
Head out to red light
"Hold on" the dream says
Head out of my life
You said "I'd be there"

Now I'm treading very carefully
And I hope that I don't scream
And I hope that I don't fall
Off your bridge, crossing over
Sunny mountain, swollen river fall
You said "I'd be there"
You said "I'd be there"
Through it all

Head out of my way
Head of to red light
"Hold on" the dream says
Head out of my life

All over my way
Head out to red light
"Hold on" the dream says
Head out of my life
You said "I'd be there"

--
City Of No Sun

Love me tenderly my darling
In the city of light and truth
For this moment forever sing
For my darling that I love you

City of no sun
No peace in my heart
You left me nothing
You left me broken
What's
What's
What's
Love me
Love me

Outside the fields
In sunlight
The singing breeze
And the silence

Lover release me
I can't feel I can't breathe
No heart no peace
No more nothing
Long day long night?
Love rise
Love rise

--
That Was My Veil

It starts at daylight
I see him before my sad eyes
I hear him breathing
Oh lover, need you to lead me
No never thought that you'd leave

That was my veil
That was my time
Once held secret
But now lies

No words can heal my heart
Inside I'm broken, now it's done
Was she a pretty girl
Does she have pretty hair
Was she soft-spoken
Was there a love there

That was my veil
That was my time
Once held secret
But now lies

Give back my veil
Give back my time
No more secret
You give me lies
Give me back my veil
Give back my life
No more secret
You give me lies
Lies

--
Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drain

I need your lie
Darling love lies

And if you gave it to me
I'd hold it in the palm of my hand
like a good luck charm, or a vice
And I'd reach up like a child to receive it

There is no more said
There is no more real
I got sun on my back
I remember you

Take me inside
Your warm love lie

And if he took me
I'd hold him up to the light
like a god, or a good luck charm, or a vice
And I'd open up like a child to believe it

There is no more said
There is no more real
Got sun on my back
And I remember you

No
There is no more said
There's, there is no more real
I got sun on my back
And I remember you

And still you can't give your peace to me

--
Civil War Correspondent

Words leave my heart dry
Words can't save life
Love has no place here
No joy, no tears

Darling, time's changed
Time leaves, time fades
Please see through my eyes
Save your tears for the next who dies

I shout but he don't hear
I put down on a page
Darling spare me your tears
Just send me the light of day

I shout but he don't hear
Just put down on the page
Darling spare me your tears
Dear God please send me the light of day

I can feel his
Heart wired
Heart like
Gunfire
Gunfire
Gunfire
Gunfire.

--
Taut

Jesus save me
Jesus save me

Can I tell you something?
Can I tell you a story?
It's about me and Billy
'Cause I remember

I remember it all started when he bought that car
It was the first thing he'd ever owned apart from me
And the colour was red
And the colour was red and he drove me
He drove me out of my mind
I'm over it now
It was spring or summer sixty five I don't remember
Steaming and sweating and sticking against the wheel
And I could see the tendons stand out in the back of his neck
And he used to make me pray, wearing a mask like a death's head
When he put me there in the back seat, and he said

Jesus save me
Jesus save me

Inherited his father's hate is what he'd say
And he'd cuss enough to strip the paint off heaven's gate but somehow
He could make joy come loose inside
I would feel really I would feel really and truly alive
And I would do anything for him
It just wasn't enough
It was never enough
He'd turn to me and say
He'd, he'd say "even the son of God had to die, my darling"
And he wanted everything
He wanted everything
He wanted to die from the pain
Each new moon
He used to make me pray
Every morning
Hidden in the backseat, such Jesus
He'd make me pray
And he'd in there when he wanted everything
He wanted the honey from the king
Say it
"Even the son of God had to die my darling"
Go on, say it!

Jesus save me
Jesus save me

--
Un Cercle Autour Du Soleil

She lay breathing
Sunshine between
Time here lingers
Trace with my finger
A circle
A circle
'Round the sun
The sun
The sun
The sun

To more laughter
Since the black come
But head down get high
Up there's blue sky
And a circle
A circle
'Round the sun
The sun
The sun
The sun

Time here lingers
Can trace with my fingers
A circle
A circle
'Round the sun
The sun
The sun
The sun

--
Heela

I was lost in love
I was lost inside
Till he said to me
You've gotta lovely smile

Now I'm saved
Saved
Now I'm saved
Now I'm saved

Heal me with his hands
Heal with his heart
When he said to me
No no we'd never part

Heal me with his hands
Heal with his heart
When he said to me
No no we'd never part

(She ...)
(She was a girl, she got her hair done nice)
(She said "I've given all I got to my healer man)
(He put his hands on me, showed me what I am")

Saved
When I got my healer by my side
I'm pushing daylight, pushing
When I got my healer by my side

When I got my healer by my side
When I got my healer by my side
When I got my healer by my side
When I got my healer by my side
When I got my healer by my side
When I got my healer by my side

--
Is That All There Is

I remember when I was a girl
Our house caught on fire
And I'll never forget the look on my father's face
As he gathered me in his arms
And raced to the burning building out on the pavement
And I stood there shivering
And watched the whole world go up in flames
And when it was all over
I said to myself
"Is that all there is to a fire?"
Is that all there is?

Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

And when I was twelve years old
My daddy took me to the circus
The greatest show on earth
And there were clowns
And elephants
Dancing bears,
And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads

And as I sat there watching
I had the feeling that something was missing
I don't know what
But when it was all over
I said to myself
"Is that all there is to the circus?"

Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

And then I fell in love
With the most wonderful boy in the world
We'd take long walks down by the river
Or just sit for hours gazing into each other's eyes
We were so very much in love

And then one day
He went away
And I thought I'd die
But I didn't
And when I didn't
I said to myself
"Is that all there is to love?"

Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep

I know what you must be saying to yourselves
If that's the way she feels about it
Then why doesn't she just end it all
Oh no. not me. I'm not ready for the final disappointment
'Cause I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you
That when that final moment comes
And I'm breathing my last breath
I know what I'll be saying to myself
"Is that all there is?"

Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is

--
Dance Hall At Louse Point
[instrumental]

--
Lost Fun Zone

Zone
I believe I am here to stay
I believe his son was sent to say (or save?)
The fun zone is here
Ride? free so
Take me one more time
Take me one more time
Take me one more time
I don't believe that I gotta die some day
Please take me one more time
Take me one more time
Take me one more time

##
Is This Desire?

--
Angelene

My first name Angelene
Prettiest mess you've ever seen
Love for money is my sin
Any man calls I'll let him in

Rose is my colour and white
Pretty mouth, and green my eyes

I see men come and go
But there'll be one who will collect my soul
And come to me

Two thousand miles away
He walks upon the coast
Two thousand miles away
It lays open like a road

Dear God, life ain't kind
People gettin born then dying
But I've heard there's joy untold
Lays open like a road in front of me

Two thousand miles away
He walks upon the coast
Two thousand miles away
Lays open like a road

It seems so far away
I see men come and go
Two thousand miles until I reach that open road

--
The Sky Lit Up

I'm walking in the city tonight
I'm walking in the city at dark
Remembering, remember light
Thinking of nothing, and the shooting stars

And this world tonight is mine
A world to be remembered in
Think on a faded photograph
My hair longer than it's ever been

The sky lit up
The sky
My friend
The sky lit up
And I'm lighter than I've ever been

I saw the trees crossing the moon
I saw the stars and heaven above
Shine on my own beautiful prayer
Shining on my own beautiful love

The sky lit up
The sky my friend
The sky lit up
I'm lighter than I've ever been

And I'm dancing with him
In this city and in this town
I don't care what he's thinking of
Just take the car, just take my hand

The sky lit up
The sky lit up
The sky lit up
The sky lit up

--
The Wind

Catherine liked high places
High up, high up on the hills
A place for making noises
Like whales
Noises like the whales

Here she built a chapel
With her image
Her image on the wall
A place where she could rest and rest
And a place where she could wash
And listen to the wind blowing

And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind
And listen to the wind blow

She dreamt of children's voices
And torture on the wheel
Patron Saint of nothing
A woman of the hills
She once was a lady
Of pleasure and high born
A lady of the city
But now she sits and moans

And listens to the wind blow
Listen to the wind blow

I see her in a chapel
High up on the hill
She must be so lonely
Oh Mother can't we give
A husband to our catherine
A handsom one, a deal
A rich one for the lady
Someone to listen with

And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow

--
My Beautiful Leah

Did you see her walking?
Did she come around here, sir?
Black hair, brown eyes
My beautiful leah

She was always so needing
Said "I have no-one"
Even as I held her
She went out looking for someone
Looking for someone

She only had nightmares
And her sadness never lifted
And slowly over the years
Her lovely face twisted

Did she come around here, Sir?
I swear you would remember
Black hair, brown eyes
Late september
October, November, December

It never leaves my mind
The last words she said
If I don't find it this time
Then I'm better off dead

--
A Perfect Day Elise

He got lucky, got lucky one time
Hitting with the girl in room five oh nine
She turned her back on him facing the frame
Said, "Listen Joe don't you come here again"

White sun scattered all over the sea
He could think of nothing but her name Elise
God is the sweat running down his back
The water soaked her blonde hair black

It's a perfect day
A perfect day, Elise

He got burned by the sun
(He's a lucky man)
His face so pale and his hands so worn
(And the sky)
Let himself in room five oh nine
(As she turned away)
Said a prayer, pulled the trigger and cried
(Tell me why)

It's a perfect day
A perfect day, Elise

Ah oh, It's a perfect day
A perfect day, Elise

--
Catherine

Catherine De Barra
You've murdered my thinking
Gave you my heart
You left the thing stinking
I'd shake from your spell
If it weren't for my drinking
The wind bites more bitter
With each light of morning

I envy the road
The ground you tread under
I envy the wind
Your hair riding over
I envy the pillow
Your head rests and slumbers
I envy to murderous
Envy your lover

'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breathe
'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breathe

I envy the road
The ground you tread under
I envy the wind
Your hair riding over
I envy the pillow
Your head rests and slumbers
I envy to murderous
Envy your lover

'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breathe
'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breathe

'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breathe
'Til the light shines on me

Oh my Catherine
For your eyes smiling
For your mouth singing
With time I'd have won you
With wile I'd have won you

For your eyes smiling
For your mouth singing
With time I'd have won you
Oh my Catherine
With time I'd have won you
With wile I'd have won you

--
Electric Light

The beauty of her, under electric light
The beauty of her, under electric light
Tears my heart out every time

Dawn There waiting, right outside
Dawn There waiting, right outside
She tears my heart out every time

Siren rising across the sky
Sirens rising across the sky
Tears my heart out every time

--
The Garden

And he was walking in the garden
And he was walking in the night
And he was singing a sad love song
And he was praying for his life

And the stars came out around him
He was thinking of his sins
And he's looking at his song-bird
And he's looking at his wings

There, inside the garden
Came another with his lips
Said "won't you come and be my lover?"
"Let me give you a little kiss"

And he came knelt down before him
And fell upon his knees
"I will give you gold and mountains
If you stay a while with me"

And there was trouble
Taking place
Trouble
Taking place

There, inside the garden
They kissed and the sun rose
And he walked a little further
And he found he was alone

And the wind it gathered round him
He was thinking of his sins
And he's looking for his song-bird
He was looking for his wings

And there was trouble
Taking place
Trouble
Taking place

There was trouble
Taking place
Trouble
Taking place

--
Joy

Joy was her name
A life un-wed
Thirty years old,
Never danced a step

She would have left these red hills
Far behind if not for her condition
Would have left these red hills
Long ago if not for my condition

Pitiful joy
She looked away
Into a hollow sky
Came face to face

With her own innocence surrounding her
Until it never was a question
Innocence so suffocating
Now she cannot move, no question

No hope for joy
No hope or faith
She wanted to go blind
Wanted hope to stay

"I've been believing in nothing since I was born
It never was a question"
No !

--
The River

And they came to the river
And they came from the road
And he wanted the sun
Just to call his own
And they walked on the dirt
And they walked from the road
'Til they came to the river
'Til they came up close

Throw your pain in the river
Throw your pain in the river
Leave your pain in the river
To be washed away slow

And we walked without words
And we walked with our lives
Two silent birds circled by

Like a pain in the river
And the pain in the river
And the white sun scattered
Washed away this slow

And we followed the river
And we followed the road
And we walked through this land
And we called it a home
But he wanted the sun
And I wanted the whole
And the white light scatters
And the sun sets low

Like a pain in the river
Like a pain in the river
Like a white light scatters
To be washed away slow

Like a pain in the river
Like a pain in the river
Like the way life scattered
To be washed away slow

--
No Girl So Sweet

In came the girl with the saddened eyes
And asked him over again and again
"Was I too weak? Was I a child?
And can't we leave here and start again?"
And I love you

Said "I don't mind if you take me down"
And "I don't mind if you break it all"
But "how much more can you take from me"
"How much more can you take from me"

"I'd like to take you inside my head"
"I'd like to take you inside of me"
"You came from heaven is all he said"
"You came from heaven and came here to me
And I love you

He drove it fast to make the night
And looked at his angel where she lay
Resting her head and closed her eyes
And outside the heat and the summer fades

Deep in the sky a storm he'd seen
Deep in the sky a storm he'd seen
"There ain't nothing no girl so sweet"

"Took her from heaven and gave her to me"
"Took her from heaven and gave her to me"
"Took her from heaven and gave her to me"
"Took her from heaven and gave her to me"
"Took her from heaven and gave her to me"

--
Is This Desire

Joseph walked on and on
The sunset went down and down
Coldness cooled their desire
And Dawn said, 'Let's build a fire'
The sun dressed the trees in green
And Joe said, 'I feel like a King'
And Dawn's neck and her feet were bare
Sweetness in her golden hair
Said, 'I'm not scared'
Turned to her and smiled
Secrets in his eyes
Sweetness of desire
Is this desire
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above?
Hour-long, by hour, may we two stand
When we're dead, between these lands
The sun set behind his eyes
And Joe said, 'Is this desire?'
Is this desire
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above?
Is this desire
Enough enough
Enough inside
Is this desire

##
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

--
Big Exit

Look out ahead
See danger come
I want a pistol
I want a gun
I'm scared baby
I wanna run
This world's crazy
Give me the gun

Baby Baby
Ain't it true?
I'm immortal
When I'm with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
And I want to go to
A different land

I met a man
He told me straight
"You gotta leave
It's getting late"
Too many cops
Too many guns
All trying to do something
No one else has done

Baby Baby
Ain't it true?
I'm immortal when I'm with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
And I want to go to
A different land

Sometimes it rains so hard
And I feel the hurt
In my heart
Feels like the end of the world
I see the children
Sharp as knives
I see the children
Dead-end lives
Beautiful people
Beautiful girls
I just feel like it's the end of the world

I walk on concrete
I walk on sand
But I can't find
A safe place to stand
I'm scared baby
I wanna run
This world's crazy
Give me the gun

Baby Baby
Ain't it true?
I'm immortal
When I'm with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
I want to go to
A different land

--
Good Fortune

Threw my bad fortune
Off the top of
A tall building
I'd rather have done it with you
Your boy's smile
Five in the morning
Looked into your eyes
And I was really in love

In Chinatown
Hung over
You showed me
Just what I could do
Talkin about
Time travel
And the meaning
And just what it was worth

And I feel like some bird of paradise
My bad fortune slipping away
And I feel the innocence of a child
Everybody's got something good to say

Things I once thought
Unbelievable
In my life
Have all taken place
When we walked through
Little Italy
I saw my reflection
Come right off your face

I paint pictures
To remember
You're too beautiful
To put it into words
Like a gypsy
You dance in circles
All around me
And all over the world

And I feel like some bird of paradise
My bad fortune slipping away
And I feel the innocence of a child
Everybody's got something good to say

And I feel like some bird of paradise
My bad fortune slipping away
And I feel the innocence of a child
Everybody's got something good to say

So I take my good fortune
And I fantasize of our leaving
Like some modern-day
Gypsy landslide
Like some modern-day
Bonnie and clyde

On the run again (on the run again)
On the run again (on the run again)
On the run again (on the run again)
On the run again (on the run again)

--
A Place Called Home

One day I know
We'll find a place of hope
Just hold on to me
Just hold on to me

Walk tight, one line
You're wanted this time
There's no one to blame
Just hold on to me

(Come on)
And I'm right on time
(My love)
And the birds keep singin'
And you're right on line
And the bells keep ringin'
(Come on)
And the battle is won
(My love)
And the planes keep wingin'
And I'm right on time
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the girl keeps singin')

I walk I wait
With folded hands and lonely
I stumble
I stumble

With you I wait
To be born again
With love comes the day
Just hold on to me

(Come on)
And I'm right on time
(My love)
And the birds keep singin'
And you're right on line
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the bells keep ringin')
(Come on)
And the battle is won
(My love)
And the planes keep wingin'
And I'm right on time
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the girl keeps singin')

Now is the time
To follow through
To read the signs
Now the message sent
Let's bring it to its final end

(Come on)
And I'm right on time
(My love)
And the birds keep singin'
And you're right on line
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the bells keep ringin')
(Come on)
And the battle is won
(My love)
And the planes keep wingin'
And I'm right on time
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the girl keeps singin')

(Come on)
And I'm right on time
(My love)
And the birds keep singin'
And you're right on line
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the bells keep ringin')
(Come on)
And the battle is won
(My love)
And the planes keep wingin'
And I'm right on time
One day there'll be a place for us
(And the girl keeps singin')

(Come on)
One
(My love)
Day
I
(One day there'll be a place for us)
Know
(Come on)
There'll be
(My love)
A place
Called
(One day there'll be a place for us)
Home

--
One Line

Do you remember the first kiss?
Stars shooting across the sky
To come to such a place as this
You never left my mind

I'm watching from the wall
As, in the streets, we fight
This world all gone to war
All I need is you tonight

And I draw a line
To your heart today
To your heart from mine
A line to keep us safe

All through the rising sun
All through the circling years
You were the only one
Who could have brought me here

And I draw a line
To your heart today
To your heart from mine
One line to keep us safe

And I draw a line
To your heart today
To your heart from mine
And pray to keep us safe

Watch the stars now moving
'Cross the sky
Keep this feeling
Safe tonight

--
Beautiful Feeling

Sometimes I can see for miles
Through water and fire
From England to America
I feel life meet my eyes

And it's the best thing
It's the best thing
It's the best thing
A beautiful feeling

A smile from San Diego
He is still a boy
Two ends to every rainbow
And a train from Mexico

And he's the best thing
He's the best thing
He's the best thing
A beautiful feeling

And when I watch you move
And I can't think straight
And I am silenced
And I can't think straight

And it's the best thing
It's the best thing
The best thing
Such a beautiful feeling

--
The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore

Speak to me of
Universal laws
The whores hustle and the hustlers whore
All around me
People bleed
Speak to me
Your song of greed

Speak to me
Of you inner charm
Of how you'll keep me
Safe from harm
I don't think so
I don't see
Speak to me
Of your inner peace

Little people
At the amusement park
City people
In the dark
Speak to us
Send us a sign
Just give us something
To keep us trying

The whores hustle and the hustlers whore
Too many people out of love
The whores hustle and the hustlers whore
The city's ripped right to the core

Speak to me
Of heroin and speed
Genocide and suicide
Of syphilis and greed
Speak to me
The language of love
The language of violence
The language of the heart

This isn't the first time
I've asked for money or love
Heaven and earth
Don't ever mean enough
Speak to me
Of heroin and speed
Just give me something
I can believe

The whores hustle and the hustlers whore
Too many people out of love
The whores hustle and the hustlers whore
The city's ripped right to the core

--
The Mess We're In

(Thom Yorke)
Can you hear them
The helicopters
I'm in New York
No need for words now
We sit in silence
You look me
In the eye directly
You met me
I think it's Wednesday
The evening
The mess we're in
And ooooh...

(PJ Harvey)
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me

(Thom Yorke)
Night and day
I dream of
Making love
To you now baby
Love making
On screen
Impossible dream
And I have seen
The sunrise over the river
The freeway
Reminding of
This mess we're in
And ooooh...

(PJ Harvey)
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me

(PJ Harvey)
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me

(PJ talking / Thom singing...together)
What were you wanting / What was that you wanted
I just wanna say
Don't ever change now baby
I'd thank you
I don't think we will meet again
And you must leave now
Before the sun rises
Over the skyscrapers
And the city landscape comes into view
Sweat on my skin
Oh
This mess we're in
Ooooh...

(PJ Harvey)
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me
The city sunset over me

--
You Said Something

On a rooftop in Brooklyn
At one in the mornin'
Watchin' the lights flash
In Manhattan

I see fire bridges
The Empire State Buildin'
And you said somethin'
That I've never forgotten

We lean against railings
Describin' the colors
And the smells of our homelands
Actin' like lovers

How did we get here
To this point of livin'?
I held my breath
And you said somethin'

And I'm doing nothin' wrong
Ridin' in your car
The radio playin'
We sing up to the eighth floor

A rooftop, Manhattan
One in the mornin'
And you said somethin'
That I've never forgotten

You said somethin'
You said somethin'
You said somethin'
That was really important

--
Kamikaze

How could that happen?
How could that happen again?
Where the fuck was I looking
When all his horses came in?
And he built an army
Of kamikaze

Ten thousand willing
Pilots flying
Interfacing
Space and beyond
Built an army
To come and find me

Beyond all reason
Beyond all my hopes
The call of duty
Another war zone
Make me moan, moan

Kamikaze
Kamikaze
You can't touch me
Kamikaze

Eight miles high
He walks his path
And I follow mine
One truth for one eye
He's come to find me

Ten thousand willing
Pilots flying
Interfacing
Space and beyond
Here is his army
Space and here we come

Kamikaze
Kamikaze
You don't touch me
Kamikaze

Kamikaze
You don't touch me
Kamikaze
You don't touch me

Space here we come

--
This Is Love

I can't believe life's so complex
When I just wanna sit here and watch you undress
I can't believe life's so complex
When I just wanna sit here and watch you undress

This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love that I'm feelin'

Does it have to be a life full of dread?
Wanna chase you 'round the table, wanna touch your head
Does it have to be a life full of dread?
Wanna chase you 'round the table, wanna touch your head

This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love, love that I'm feelin'

I can't believe that the axis turns
On suffering when you taste so good
I can't believe that the axis turns
On suffering when my head it burns

Now, love, love, love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love, love that I'm feelin'

Even in the summer, even in the spring
You'll never get too much of a wonderful thing

You're the only story that I've never told
You're my dirty little secret, wanna keep you so
You're the only story that I've never been told
You're my dirty little secret, wanna keep you so

Come on out, come on over, help me forget
Keep the walls from falling as they're tumbling in
Come on out, come on over, help me forget
Keep the walls from falling on me tumbling in
Keep the walls from falling as they're tumbling in

This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love, love that I'm feelin'

This is love, love, love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love that I'm feelin'
This is love, love, love, love that I'm feelin'
This is love, this is love that I'm feelin'

--
Horses In My Dreams

Horses in my dreams
Like waves, like the sea
They pull out of here
They pull, they are free

Rode a horse 'round the world
Along the tracks of a train
Broke the record, found the gold
Set myself free again

I have pulled myself clear
I have pulled myself clear
I have pulled myself clear silent
I have pulled myself clear

Horses in my dreams
Like waves, like the sea
On the tracks of a train
Set myself free again

I have pulled myself clear
I have pulled myself clear
I have pulled myself clear silent
I have pulled myself clear

--
We Float

We wanted to find love
We wanted success
Until nothing was enough
Until my middle name was "excess"

And somehow I lost touch
When you went out of sight
When you got lost into the city
Got lost into the night

I was in need of help
Heading to blackout
Till someone told me "Run on in, honey,
Before somebody blows your goddamn brains out"

You shoplifted as a child
I had a model's smile
You carried all my hopes
Until something broke inside

But now we float
Take life as it comes
We float
Take life as it comes

So will we die of shock
Die without a trial
Die on Good Friday
While holding each other tight

This is kind of about you
This is kind of about me
We just kind of lost our way
We were looking to be free

But one day, we'll float
Take life as it comes
We'll float
Take life as it comes

But one day, we'll float
Take life as it comes
But one day, we'll float
Take life as it comes

Oh, one day...

##
Uh Huh Her

--
The Life and Death Of Mr. Badmouth

Baby, you got a bad bad mouth
Everything is poison that's coming out
Cheating, lying since the day you were born
Someone outta rinse it out with soap

Wash it out, wash it out, wash it out

No kind words are coming out of your mouth
Plenty goes in but nothing good comes out
Badmouth, sad mouth, you were an unhappy child
That doesn't make your lying tongue alright

Wash it out, wash it out, wash it out

Cos everything is poison
You'll be the unhappy one
Your lips taste of poison
You're gonna be left alone

When you told me every word you said
Came from voices talking in your head
Baby, I just think you're out for what you can get
Your badmouth has killed off everything we had

Wash it out, wash it out, wash it out

Cos everything is poison
You'll be the unhappy one
Your lips taste of poison
You'll be in the corner crying

--
Shame

I don't need no rising moon
I don't need no ball and chain
I don't need anything but you
Such a shame, shame, shame
Shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

You changed my life
We were as green as grass
And I was hypnotized
From the first 'til the last
Kiss of shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

I'd jump for you into the fire
I'd jump for you into the flame
Tried to go forward with my life
I just feel shame, shame, shame
Shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

If you tell a lie
I still would take the blame
If you pass me by
It's such a shame, shame, shame

--
Who The Fuck?

Who the fuck do you think you are
Get out of my hair
who the fuck do you think you are
Comin' round here
who the fuck who the fuck
who the fuck do you think you are

Get your comb out of there
combin' out my hair

I'm not like other girls
You can't straighten my curls
I'm not like other girls
You can't straighten my curls
No!

Who the fuck you tryin' to be
Get your dog away from me!
What the fuck you doing in there
Get your dirty fingers out of my hair

Who who who who
fuck fuck fuck you

I'm free, you'll see
I'm free, you'll see

--
Pocket Knife

Please don't make my wedding dress
I'm too young to marry yet
Can you see my pocket knife?
You can't make me be a wife
How the world just turns and turns
How does anybody learn?

Mummy, put your needle down
How did you feel when you were young?
Cos I feel like I've just been born
Even though I'm getting on
How the world slips by so fast

How does anybody last?
As the world keeps coming
And the bees keep humming
And I'll keep running

Flowers I can do without
I don't wanna be tied down
White material will stain
My pocket knife's gotta shiny blade
I'm not trying to cause a fuss
I just wanna make my own fuck-ups
I'm not trying to break your heart
I'm just trying not to fall apart

--
The Letter

Put the pen
To the paper
Press the envelope
With my scent
Can't you see
In my handwriting
The curve Of my g?
The longing

Oh

Who is left that
Writes these days?
You and me
We'll be different
Take the cap
Off your pen
Wet the envelope
Lick and lick it

Oh

I need you
The time is running out
Oh baby
Can't you hear me call?

It turns me on
To imagine
Your blue eyes
On my words
Your beautiful pen
Take the cap off
Give me a sign and I'd come running

Oh
It's you
I want you

--
The Slow Drug

The slow drug

Blue now is the colour
Love the drug I'm needing
Got to keep this feeling

With the headlights burning
We're looking up for something
Answers on the ceiling

Watching out the windows
Watch the way the wind blows
Soon it will be morning

Still the question lingers
I twist it round my fingers
Could you be my calling?

See this winged boy falling
Falling out of something
Hits the drug I'm needing

Arrows that he's turning
Need to keep this feeling
Slow drug in the morning

With the headlights burning
Looking up for something
Something that we're needing

Still the question lingers
I twist it round my fingers
Could you be my calling?

--
No Child Of Mine

I have no time for hate or love
Hey child, you're so full of woe
I have no time for hate or lying
Hey child, you're no child of mine

--
Cat On The Wall

I heard our song on the radio
It wasn't long before I think of you
Can't get the sound outta my head
Don't look now it's coming round again

I saved your voice from the telephone
I play it back on the message machine
It really sounds like you're having fun
I'm going out into the midday sun

Come night, I'm gonna step outside
Take a walk, I'm gonna clear my mind
The radio, still playing our song
You got me jumping like a cat on the wall

Turn up the radio

They play the radio in my dreams
Takes me back to when I was 17
Dancing in circles on the kitchen floor
I'll play this song 'til I can't take anymore

--
You Came Through

We are waiting
For the summer
The sun will bring back
Treasures for us

Come on my friend
Drink to good times
Golden wishes
To your health and mine

You come through
For me
You come true
For me
You be well
For me
You come through
For me

I'll be lifted
On this our holiday
I'll take you my friend
I'll take you with me

You come through
For me
You come true
For me
You be well
For me
You come through
For me

--
It's You

Oh dear sweet mama
I'm not feeling well
Can I step out
For a little while?

But I go missing
I steal away
And I go kissing
In the alleyway
All I want to do
And all I want to grow up to be
Is all caught up with you
Look what you're doing to me

Oh dearest young man
Teach me sweetheart
How to love you
I'm a clever girl
You've got me lying
You've got me leaving home
You've got me crying
When I'm alone

When I'm not with you my dreams are so very dark
When I'm not with you I dream of my hair falling out
When I'm not with you I walk dark tunnels of my heart
When I'm not with you everything comes apart

When I was younger
I spent my days
Wondering to whom
I was supposed to pray

It's you?

--
The End
[instrumental]

--
The Desperate Kingdom Of Love

Oh love, you were a sickly child
And how the wind knocked you down
Put on your spurs, swagger around
In the desperate kingdom of love

Holy water cannot help you now
Your mysterious eyes cannot help you
Selling your reason will not bring you through
The desperate kingdom of love

There's another who looks from behind your eyes
I learn from you how to hide
From the desperate kingdom of love

At the end of this burning world
You'll stand proud, face upheld
And I'll follow you, into Heaven or Hell
And I'll become, as a girl
In the desperate kingdom of love

--
Seagulls
[instrumental]

--
The Darker Days Of Me and Him

Promises, promises
I'm feeling burned
You taught me a lesson
I didn't want to learn

Why did I come here?
Please tell me again
Why did you ask me?
Don't say you forget

I long for, I long for
I long for my home
I long for a land where
No man was ever known

With no neurosis
No psychosis
No psychoanalysis
And no sadness

I'll pick up the pieces
I'll carry on somehow
Tape the broken parts together
And limp this love around

Limp this love around

##
B-Sides

--
The Falling

How to walk and where to run
How to walk and where to run
I see you kissing other peoples arms
I see you kissing in cheap bars

How to walk and where to run
How to walk and where to run
I see you kissing oblivious
Love ain't only your pain

I'm walking in oblivion
Walking in oblivion
I walk with a childs face
Remembering our days

Walking in oblivion
Walking in oblivion
Its gotta give its gotta change
Today is the day

To all the men whom I've loved
To all the men whom I've loved
Something to free your angry hearts
I'm opening up my arms

To all the men whom I've loved
To all the men whom I've loved
Speak of the fear inside
Its time to change, there still is time

Do you remember walking?
Do you remember watching?
Our faces in the falling hearts of children

To all the men whom I've loved
To all the men whom I've loved
I dedicate my song saying:
Today is the day
Today is the day

So we fall
And we fall again
And I have come to tell you today
That I loved you
Theres still time to save
The falling hearts of our children

Through hating and loving
Through lucking and nothing
Through a manner of sorrows
That I have spoken

I open up my tender heart
I open up my tender heart
To all the men whom I've loved
All of those who I adored

But I remember something
I remember walking
When my heart was frozen
With that feeling

Its gotta give
Its gotta change
Turning round and round saying
Today is the day
Today is the day

So we fall
And we fall again
And I have gone to tell you today
That I loved you
Theres still time to save
The falling hearts of our children

Falling, yeah
Falling, yeah
Falling, yeah
Falling, yeah

Falling, yeah

--
The Phone Song

If I could tell you anything
I would tell you something
If you, if you could miss it

That's the loop
It can be broken
That's the loop
It can be broken

If I could tell you anything
If you, if you could allow it
If you, if you could hear me
That's the change
Changes can happen
That's the loop
It can be broken
That's your heart
It can be open
That's the loop
It can be broken

That's the change
Changes can happen
That's the look
It can be broken
That's your heart
It can be open
That's the loop
It can be broken

--
Bows and Arrows

I saw your face
Whiter the purity
Then I saw savages
Standing before me

Bows and arrows
Tipped with poison
Make tenderness please
Stand by my pillow

I see evil
Everytime I dream
I see earth's poison
I hear violence sing
Even your touch
Once so pure
Comes fates cold hand
On my locked door

Won't you send those angels to watch over me?

I can't catch the bow
That this planet has thrown
I can't catch this bow
On my own
In come the arrows
Like a needle

You pierce my heart
And I taste poison
You pierce my soul
With bows and arrows

Won't you send those angels to watch over me?

--
Angel

Angel, an angel has come
Angel, an angel has come
I need so, I need someone
I need so, I need someone

He's ready, look now he's ready
He's ready, ready
All of this longing just isn't heaven
Look now it's ready, it's ready, ready
Just want to be seen

The big low, the big lonely
The big low, the big lonely
Is eating not only me
Is eating not only me

I'm ready, look now I'm ready, I'm ready, ready
I'm tired of this waiting, I'm tired of pity
Look now it's ready, it's ready, ready
Just want to be seen

Falling, falling free
Falling, falling

I'm ready, look now I'm ready, I'm ready, ready
I'm tired of this waiting, I'm tired of pity
Look now it's ready, it's ready, ready
Just want to be seen

I'm ready, I'm ready, ready

--
Stone

I don't wanna kiss you
I've already kissed you
And you said 'kiss me again'
And all the hills were rolling
And all the clouds unraveled
Looked down upon our shadows
Looked down upon our history
And then you came towards me
But my heart has turned to stone
What if my heart has gone
The world is weary, tired enough
I need help to hold this love

Was it that you told me
That you'd learnt to unfold me
To read my heart like a map
To throw it away and not bring it back
No-one in this house is sleeping
We lie awake just listening
For something human, something apart
To hear something other than our own hearts

My heart has turned to stone
What if my heart has gone
The world is weary, tired enough
I need help to hold this love

But the words just grind me down
When your tears just tire us out
When the words just grind us down

--
Who The Fuck?

Who the fuck do you think you are
Get out of my hair
who the fuck do you think you are
Comin' round here
who the fuck who the fuck
who the fuck do you think you are

Get your comb out of there
combin' out my hair

I'm not like other girls
You can't straighten my curls
I'm not like other girls
You can't straighten my curls
No!

Who the fuck you tryin' to be
Get your dog away from me!
What the fuck you doing in there
Get your dirty fingers out of my hair

Who who who who
fuck fuck fuck you

I'm free, you'll see
I'm free, you'll see

##
The Peel Sessions 1991-2004

--
Oh My Lover

Oh my lover
Don't you know it's alright?
You can love her
You can love me at the same time
Much to discover
I know you don't have the time but
Oh my lover
Don't you know it's alright?

Oh my sweet thing
Oh my honey thighs
Give me your troubles
I'll keep them with mine
Take at your leisure
Take whatever you can find but
Oh my sweet thing
Don't you know it's alright?

It's alright
It's alright
There's no time
So it's alrigh-igh-ight

What's that color
Forming around your eyes
Waltz my lover
Tell me that it's alright
Just another
Before you go...go away
Oh my lover
Why don't you just say my name?

And it's alright
Say it's alright
There's no time

--
Victory

I stumble in and in
You fit me with those angel wings
Set me goal
Set me high
Set it up I'm in the sky

The storm is gone
(and the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And Delilah is dining
(and Delilah is dining)
At my table

Tell any how how how
How lucky we are
Angel at my table
God in my car
Get it at sea
Take a ship
I'd christen her "Victory"
She'd make it

Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry

Come on boys
Let's push it hard
You bump down, push your motor car
Come on boys
You've done us proud
You sweat 'til I'll mop it right off your brow

Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry
Vic-to-ry, Vic-to-ry

'Til the storm is gone
('til the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And delilah is dining
(and delilah is dining)
At my table

'Til the storm is gone
('til the storm is gone)
And the temperature's high
(and the temperature's high)
And delilah is dining
(and delilah is dining)
At my table
Hey

--
Sheela-Na-Gig

I've been trying to show you over and over
Look at these my child-bearing hips
Look at these my ruby red ruby lips
Look at these my work strong arms and
You've got to see my bottle full of charm
I lay it all at your feet
You turn around and say back to me

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Gonna wash that man right out of my head
*Just like the first time he said he didn't care
Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
Heard it before, no more
Gonna wash that man right out of my head

Turn the corner another one there
Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Heard it before

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Put money in your idle hole
Put money in your idle hole

Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Just like the first time he said he didn't care
Gonna wash that man right out of my head
Heard it before, no more
Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
Turn the corner another one there
Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
Heard it before

He said
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist
Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

Put money in your idle hole
Put money in your idle hole

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

--
Water

Water, walking
Walking on water
Walking

Walking on for years and years and years
Taking it into my head
Living by the right lines
Reading what the very man said

Water
I'm walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on

*Lying on eleven years
Taking it into my head
Mary Mary drunk it soft
Been reading what your very man said
Lying on eleven years
Taking it into my head
Leave my clothes on the beach
I'm walking down into the sea

And prove it to me
And prove it to me
And prove it to me

Now the water to my ankles
Now the water to my knees
Think of him all waxy wings
Melted down into the sea
Mary Mary what your man said
Washing it all over my head
Mary Mary hold on tightly
Over water
Under the sea
Water
Water
I'm walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water
Walking
Walking on
Water

--
Naked Cousin

My naked cousin
I see him running
All over headland
Scared as his shit as he's running
His naked skin fries
Fries in the sun, oh my
My naked cousin can cook till he's good
Good and done
I hate his smell and I hate his company
But, but most of all I hate that he looks just just like me
His naked skin fries
Fries in the sun my my
But my naked cousin can cook till he's
Good and done
He's running...
He run from burning bushes
He run from bank of senate
He run from everything that upsets his master plan
And if he flips
And I am as good as done
My, my naked cousin
He'll just keep keep a'running
He's running...
Running naked through the trees
Scared the shit right out of me
Bought my ticket, take my ride
Take me to the sunny side
Running naked through the trees
Scared the shit right out of me
Bought my ticket, take my ride
Begging all to please, please, please
Please...
He's running...

--
Wang Dang Doodle

Tell automatic Slim
Tell razor totin' Jim
Tell butcher knife toting Nanny
Tell fast talking fanny
We're gonna pitch a ball
Down to the union hall
We're gonna romp and trump till midnight
We're gonna fuss and fight till daylight
We're gonna get your wang dang doodle all night long

Tell cooda-crawling Ray
To tell abyssinia Ned
To tell old pistol Pete
To tell everybody he meets
Tonight we need no rest
We're gonna really throw a mess
We're gonna knock down all the windows
We're gonna kick down all the doors
We're gonna get your wang dang doodle all night long

All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long

Tell fats and washbone Sam
Everybody gonna jam
Tell shaking boxcar Joe
We got sawdust on the floor
Now tell Peggy and Colin Die
We're gonna have a heck of a time
Now when the fish scent fill the air
There'll be snuff juice everywhere
We're gonna get your wang dang doodle all night long

All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long

--
Losing Ground

Losing ground
Under my feet
There's a rumbling
There's a crack in the street
It's just no good
It's just no good anymore
Everything i do
Has been done before

Yeah I found my voice
Yeah I got nothing to say
The whole thing started
'Cause my mind has gone away
I used to get high
Now i just get lost
I used to bark at the moon
The first one i came across

Almost here, almost gone
Almost here, almost gone
Almost where, we belong

Better watch where you step
Better watch what you say
Speak the truth here, baby
Believe in what you say X2
It's just no good anymore X2

You bet i got trouble baby X4

--
Snake

You snake
You crawled
Between
My legs
Said "Want
It all?
It's yours
You bet
I'll make
You queen
Of everything
No need
For God
No need
For him
Just take
My hand
You'll be
My bride
Just take
That fruit
Put it
Inside"
You snake
You dog
You fake
You liar
I've burned
my hands
I'm in
the fire

Awooooooh....oooooooohhhh

You salty dog
You filthy liar
My heart
It aches
I'm in
The fire
You snake (You snake)
I ate (I ate)
A true (A true)
Belief (Belief)
Good Lord (Good Lord)
That fruit's (That's fruit's)
Inside (Inside)
Of me (Of me)
Oh Adam (Oh Ad-)
Please (-am please)
You must (You must)
Believe (Believe)
That snake (That snake)
Put it (Put it)
In front (In front)
Of me (Of me)
That snake
Put it
In front
Of me
In front
Of me

--
That Was My Veil

It starts at daylight
I see him before my sad eyes
I hear him breathing
Oh lover, need you to lead me
No never thought that you'd leave

That was my veil
That was my time
Once held secret
But now lies

No words can heal my heart
Inside I'm broken, now it's done
Was she a pretty girl
Does she have pretty hair
Was she soft-spoken
Was there a love there

That was my veil
That was my time
Once held secret
But now lies

Give back my veil
Give back my time
No more secret
You give me lies
Give me back my veil
Give back my life
No more secret
You give me lies
Lies

--
This Wicked Tongue

This wicked tongue says
God is a million miles away
This wicked tongue says
He can't see my day to day
This wicked tongue says
Go on taste everything
And this wicked tongue says
You know you're not really living

And it stares into the sun
And it flies from star to star
Cursing everyone
In my ringing ears

And that noise
Is as much
As I could bare
[x4]

So I asked you where's the heart
In the rubbish heap of man
And I asked him where's the soul
And the silence rangandrangandrangandrang

So I stare into the sun
And I fly from star to star
Cursing everyone
In my ringing ears

And that noise
Is as much
As I could bare
[x4]

I give up he said
I give you win
Creation baby, has failed again
I give up he said
I give you win
Creation baby, has failed again [x5]

--
Beautiful Feeling

Sometimes I can see for miles
Through water and fire
From England to America
I feel life meet my eyes

And it's the best thing
It's the best thing
It's the best thing
A beautiful feeling

A smile from San Diego
He is still a boy
Two ends to every rainbow
And a train from Mexico

And he's the best thing
He's the best thing
He's the best thing
A beautiful feeling

And when I watch you move
And I can't think straight
And I am silenced
And I can't think straight

And it's the best thing
It's the best thing
The best thing
Such a beautiful feeling

--
You Come Through

We are waiting
For the summer
The sun will bring back
Treasures for us

Come on my friend
Drink to good times
Golden wishes
To your health and mine

You come through
For me
You come true
For me
You be well
For me
You come through
For me

I'll be lifted
On this our holiday
I'll take you my friend
I'll take you with me

You come through
For me
You come true
For me
You be well
For me
You come through
For me

##
White Chalk

--
The Devil

As soon as I'm left all alone
The devil wanders into my soul
And I pretend to myself
And I pretend to myself

I go out to the old milestone
Insanely expecting you to come there, knowing
That I wait for you there
That I wait for you there

Come, come, come here at once
Come, come, on a night with no moon

Because all of my being is now in pining
All of my being is now in pining

What formerly had cheered me now seems insignificant
Insignificant

--
Dear Darkness

Dear darkness, dear darkness
Won't you cover, cover me again
Dear darkness, dear
I've been your friend for many years

Won't you do this for me, dearest darkness
And cover me from the sun
And though the words tightening
The words are tightening around my throat and, and

Around the throat of the one I love
Tightening, tightening, tightening
Around the throat of the one I love
Tightening, tightening, tightening

Dear darkness, dear darkness
Now it's your time to look after us
'Cause we kept your clothes, we kept your business
When everyone else was having good luck

So now it's your time, time to pay
To pay me and the one I love
With the wordly goods you stashed away
With all the things you took from us

--
Grow Grow Grow

I sowed a seed
Underneath the oak tree
I trod it in
With my boots I trampled it down
Grow, grow, grow, grow

I sowed a rose
Underneath the oak grove
With my boots on the ground
Into the earth I trampled it down
Grow, grow

Teach me how to grow
Teach me how to grow

Teach me mummy
How to grow
How to catch someone's fancy
Underneath the twisted oak grove

--
When Under Ether

The ceiling is moving
Moving in time
Like a conveyor-belt
Above my eyes

When under ether
The mind comes alive
But conscious of nothing
But the will to survive

I lay on the bed
Waist-down undressed
Look up at the ceiling
Feeling happiness

Human kindness

The woman beside me
Is holding my hand
I point at the ceiling
She smiles so kind

Something's inside me
Unborn and unblessed
Disappears in the ether
This world to the next
Disappears in the ether
One world to the next

Human Kindness

--
White Chalk

White chalk hills are all I've known
White chalk hills will rot my bones
White chalk sticking to my shoes
White chalk playing as a child with you

White chalk sands against time
White chalk cutting down the sea at night
I walk the valleys by the surf
On a path cut 1500 years ago

And I know
These chalk hills will rot my bones

Dorset's cliffs meet at the sea
Where I walked our unborn child in me
White chalk poor scattered land

Scratched my palms
There's blood on my hands

--
Broken Harp

Please don't reproach me
For how empty my life has become.
I don't know what really happened,
I watched your disappointment
At being misunderstood.

I forgive you.

Oh something metal
Tearing my stomach out
If you think ill of me.

Can you,
Can you forgive me?
Forgive me.
Can you?
Can you forgive me too?
Too?

I tried to learn your language,
But fell asleep,
Half-undressed,
Unrecognisable to myself.

--
Silence

All those places
Where I recall the memories
that grip me,
and pin me down.

I go to these places
intending to think,
And think of nothing,
But anticipate.

And somehow,
expect you'll find me there,
That, by some miracle,
You'd be aware.

I'd risen this morning
determined to break the spell
my longing not to think

I freed myself from my family
I freed myself from work
I freed myself
Freed myself
And remained alone

And in my thinking
I'd steal you away
though you never wanted me anyway

Silence
Silence
Silence
Silence

--
To Talk To You

Oh grandmother
How I miss you
Under the earth
Wish I was with you

To Talk To You

I found somebody
Try to give myself to
Many times
I wanted to talk to you

If I laid on the Earth
Could you hear?

Oh Grandmother
I'm so lonely
All my life

If I laid on the earth
Could you hear?
If I lay
Mary

--
The Piano

Hit her with a hammer
Teeth smashed in
Red tongues twitching
Look inside a skeleton

My fingers sting
Where I feel your fingers have been
Ghostly fingers
Moving my limbs

Oh God I miss you

Daddy's in the corner
Rattling his keys
Mummy's in the doorway
Trying to leave

Nobody's listening
Oh God I miss you

--
Before Departure

Farewell my friends
Farewell my dear ones
If I was rude
Forgive my weakness

Goodbye my friends
Goodbye to evening parties
Remember me
In the spring

To work for your bread
Soon you must leave
Remember your families
And look for your children

I don't need much
and the older I become
I realize
My friendships
Will carry me over
On a course of distance
You're a cause of sorrow
Friends that last

Will dance
with me
I don't need words
This, I need.

--
The Mountain

Above
The mountain
The mountain
An eagle is flying
High above the mountain
An eagle comes down
To the soldier who faltered
The soldier on the ground

By the mountain
I feel nothing
For in my own heart
Every tree is broken

The first tree will not blossom
The second will not grow
And the third is almost fallen
Since you betrayed me so

Since you.

##
A Woman A Man Walked By

--
Black Hearted Love

I think I saw you in the shadows
I move in closer beneath your windows
Who would suspect me of this rapture?

And who but my black hearted love
And who but my black hearted love

When you call out my name in rapture
I volunteer my soul for murder
I wish this moment here forever

And you are my black hearted love
And you are my black hearted love
In the rain, in the evening I will come again

I'd like to take you;
I'd like to take you to a place I know
My black hearted
I'd like to take you;
I'd like to take you to a place I know
My black hearted
I'd like to take you;
I'd like to take you to a place I know
My black hearted
I'd like to take you;
I'd like to take you to a place I know
My black hearted

--
Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen

Erika, Erika is watching
Daniel, Daniel is hiding
Erika, Erika is counting "16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9"......
Erika, Erika is coming
The sun is setting the scene
In the garden it's starting to rain
The trees are trembling
Erika's repeating, "oh, oh, oh, oh"......
There is no laughter in the garden [repeat]

Erika is feeling something
Daniel is hiding
She's counting "16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8"......
The sun is leaving the scene
It took a look and turned away
The trees are trembling
Erika's repeating, "oh, oh, oh, oh"......
There is no laughter in the garden [repeat]

--
Leaving California

California leaving
California
California leaving
California

No one but me is walking
under palms that give no shade
I'm leaving you today

California leave me
California
California leave me
California

How cruel was I to think that
I could make you change?
Oh, give me some shade
Oh, England, come soon
How could I have believed
that I could live and breathe in you?

California killed me
California
California killed me
California

I think it's time to leave
I think it's time to leave
I told no one I'd stay
I think it's time to leave

--
The Chair

Where? Where have you gone?
Daniel, my youngest son?
I, I keep expecting you
to be here in your chair
Sitting in your favourite chair

When you swam into the water
I felt you leave through 1000 yawning miles
My heart slowed, my heart slowed
never to pick up again

Pieces, pieces of my life
are gone
Washed away in the water that took my son

--
April

April, how could
I not have seen
April, you coming
April how could I have
Worn inappropriate clothing?
April, all that
careful stepping,
Rounding of my soul
And now your rain
April, I feel you leaving

I don't know what silence means
It could mean anything

April, won't you answer me?
These days just
seem to crush me
Hatching, collapsing,
tumbling down
April! What if I drown, I drown!

April, I see you leaving
I don't know what silence means
It could mean anything
Won't you answer me?

I dream
I dream
April, April
that I'm walking
that I'm watching
April,
your rain overcomes me

--
A Woman A Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All The Little
 Children Go

I once knew a woman man
A courageous friend I thought
It turned out so wrong was I
When we were up against the wall
He had chicken liver balls
He had chicken liver spleen
He had chicken liver heart
Made of chicken liver parts
Lily-livered little parts
Lily-livered little parts

Prematurely going bald
Any passion long gone cold
But I wanted to explore
The damp alleyways of his soul
All the times he tried to help
He spit in my face and laughed
That woman man
I want his fucking ass
I want his fucking ass
I want his fucking ass
I want your fucking ass

Hermaphrodite
He's looking likey
Crammed in a taxi
I see you too clearly
I'm sucking on a little pea
I'm sucking on a little pea...
My, my you little toy
He's just a mummy's boy
Where's your liver?
Where's your heart?
What's with all your woman parts?
Now it's my turn to laugh
Just stick it up your fucking ass
Just stick it up your fucking ass
Just stick it up your fucking ass
Just stick it up your fucking ass...

--
The Soldier

I imagine a dream
in which I'm a soldier
and I'm walking
on the faces of dead women
and everyone I've left behind me

It's the year when
the troops entered
the 39th, 39th parallel

Send me home restless
Send me home damaged
and wanting

It's the year when
Some poet said
We must love, or accept the consequences
I want you to share
every pinprick of guilt
that I have felt
that I have felt

Send me home restless
Send me home damaged
Send me home dispossessed
Send me home damaged
and wanting

--
Pig Will Not

I...
I...
I will
I will not
I will not
No, I will not

How dare you, says the angel
He crashes down from the heights
Shakes the disbeliever
Shakes the disbelievers head
Shakes him harder
Instructing you well...

Hear me, do you hear the law?
All that rubbish inside your rotting mind
I am your guardian, I am your fairy
Get out of my way or...

Such lovers, this is true love
This is true love that we are doing now
Even lovelier than before, all broken
Your face all mashed up

I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not
I will not

--
Passionless, Pointless

Let's talk
Let's talk
Let the dirt fall
Let heads roll

No kind hand
is reaching out for me tonight
I slept facing the wall
I dreamt of buildings in pieces
You slept facing the wall
and you wanted less than I wanted

Passionless
Pointless
Where does the passion go?
I'm asking
There's no kindness in your hands
No reaching out
for me tonight

You slept facing the wall
and you wanted less than I wanted
I slept facing the wall
but when I met you how did you enter?
I don't remember
How did we ever?

--
Cracks In The Canvas

How do we cope
with the days after a death?
Empty days. Nothing left
Not even a funeral

I see shapes falling inside paintings
Animals and humans, row upon row
Walking toward something
Waiting for something

I'm looking for an answer,
me and a million others
Disbelievers
Deserted lovers
Dear God, you'd better not let me down this time

Cracks in the canvas
look like roads
that never end

##
Let England Shake

--
Let England Shake

The West's asleep. Let England shake,
weighted down with silent dead.
I fear our blood won't rise again.
Won't rise again.

England's dancing days are done.
Another day, Bobby, for you to come
home and tell me indifference has won, won, won.

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth.
Pack up your troubles, and let's head out
to the fountain of death
and splash about, swim back, forth,
back, back, laugh out loud.

Until the day is ending,
and the birds are silent,
and the insects are courting,
and by the shores
heavy stones are falling.

Smile, smile Bobby, with your lovely mouth.
Pack up your troubles, and let's head out
to the fountain of death
and splash about, swim back, forth,
back, back, laugh out loud.

--
The Last Living Rose

Goddamn Europeans!
Take me back to beautiful England
and the grey, damp filthiness
of ages, and battered books, and
fog rolling down behind the mountains,
on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.

Let me walk through the stinking alleys
to the music of drunken beatings,
past the Thames River, glistening like gold
hastily sold for nothing.

Let me watch night fall on the river,
the moon rise up and turn to silver,
the sky move,
the ocean shimmer,
the hedge shake,
the last living rose quiver.

--
The Glorious Land

How is our glorious country ploughed?
Not by iron ploughs
Our lands is ploughed by tanks and feet,
Feet
Marching

Oh, America
Oh, England
How is our glorious country sown?
Not with wheat and corn.
How is our glorious land bestowed?

What is the glorious fruit of our land?
Its fruit is deformed children.
What is the glorious fruit of our land?
Its fruit is orphaned children.

--
The Words That Maketh Murder

I've seen and done things I want to forget;
I've seen soldiers fall like lumps of meat,
Blown and shot out beyond belief.
Arms and legs were in the trees.

I've seen and done things I want to forget;
coming from an unearthly place,
Longing to see a woman's face,
Instead of the words that gather pace,
The words that maketh murder.

These, these, these are the words-
The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words-
The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words-
Murder...

These, these, these are the words-
The words that maketh murder.

I've seen and done things I want to forget;
I've seen a corporal whose nerves were shot
Climbing behind the fierce, gone sun,
I've seen flies swarming everyone,
Soldiers fell like lumps of meat.

These are the words, the words are these.
death lingering, stunk,
Flies swarming everyone,
Over the whole summit peak,
Flesh quivering in the heat.
This was something else again.
I fear it cannot be explained.
The words that make, the words that make
Murder.

What if I take my problem to the United Nations?

--
All and Everyone

Death was everywhere,
in the air
and in the sounds
coming off the mounds
of Bolton's Ridge.
Death's anchorage.
When you rolled a smoke
or told a joke,
it was in the laughter
and drinking water
it approached the beach
as strings of cutters,
dropped into the sea and lay around us.

Death was in the ancient fortress,
shelled by a million bullets
from gunners, waiting in the copses
with hearts that threatened to pop their boxes,
as we advanced into the sun
death was all and everyone.

Death hung in the smoke and clung
to 400 acres of useless beachfront.
A bank of red earth, dripping down death
now, and now, and now
in the air
and in the sounds
coming off the mounds
of Bolton's Ridge.
Death's anchorage.
Death was in the staring sun,
fixing its eyes on everyone.
It rattled the bones of the Light Horsemen
still lying out there in the open
as we, advancing in the sun
sing "Death to all and everyone".

--
On Battleship Hill

The scent of Thyme carried on the wind,
stings your face into remembering
cruel nature has won again.

On Battleship Hill's caved in trenches,
a hateful feeling still lingers,
even now, 80 years later.
Cruel nature.
Cruel, cruel nature.

The land returns to how it has always been.
The scent of Thyme carried on the wind.
Jagged mountains, jutting out,
cracked like teeth in a rotten mouth.
On Battleship Hill I hear the wind,
Say "Cruel nature has won again."

--
England

I live and die through England
Through England
It leaves a sadness
Remedies never were within my reach
I cannot go on as I am
Withered vine reaching from the country
That I love
England
You leave a taste
A bitter one
I have searched for your springs
But people, they stagnate with time
Like water, like air
To you, England, I cling
Undaunted, never failing love for you
England

--
In The Dark Places

We got up early,
washed our faces,
walked the fields
and put up crosses.
Passed through
the damned mountains,
went hellwards,
and some of us returned,
and some of us did not.

In the fields and in the forests,
under the moon and under the sun
another summer has passed before us,
and not one man has,
not one woman has revealed
the secrets of this world.

So our young men hid
with guns, in the dirt
and in the dark places.

--
Bitter Branches

Bitter branches
spreading out.
There's none more bitter
than the wood.

Into the wide world,
it grows,

twisting under
soldier's feet,
standing in line
and the damp earth underneath.

Holding up their rifles
high,
holding their young wives
who wave goodbye.

Hold up the clear glass
to look and see
soldiers standing
and the roots twist underneath.

Their young wives with white hands
wave goodbye.
Their arms as bitter branches
spreading into the world.

Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye

--
Hanging In The Wire

Walker sees the mist rise
Over no man's land
He sees in front of him
A smashed up waste ground
There are no fields or trees
No blades of grass
Just unhurried ghosts are there
Hanging in the wire

Walker's in the wire
Limbs point upwards
There are no birds singing
The white cliffs of Dover
There are no trees to sing from
Walker cannot hear the wind
Far off symphony
To hear the guns beginning

Walker's in the mist
Rising over no man's land
In the battered waste ground
Hear the guns firing

--
Written On The Forehead

People throwing dinars at the belly-dancers
In a sad circus by a trench of burning oil
People throw belongings; a lifetime's earnings
Amongst the scattered rubbish and suitcases on the sidewalk

Date palms and orange and tangerine trees
With eyes that're crying for everything
(Let it burn! Let it burn, burn, burn...)
(Blood, blood, blood, blood and fire)

So I talked to an old man by the generator
He was standing on the gravel by the fetid river
He turned to me and then surveyed the scene
Said, "War is here in our beloved city."
(Let it burn! Let it burn, burn, burn...)
(Blood, blood, blood, blood and fire)

Some jumped in the river and tried to swim away
Through tons of sewage; they'd written on their foreheads
Date palms and orange and tangerine trees
With eyes that're crying for everything
(Let it burn! Let it burn, burn, burn...)
(Blood, blood, blood, blood and fire)

Let it burn, let it burn!
Let it burn, let it burn!
Let it burn, let it burn!
Let it burn, let it burn!

--
The Colour Of The Earth

Louis was my dearest friend
Fighting in the ANZAC trench
Louis ran forward from the line
I never saw him again

Later in the dark
I thought I heard Louis' voice
Calling for his mother, then me
But I couldn't get to him

He's still up on that hill
20 years on that hill
Nothing more than a pile of bones
But I think of him still

If I was asked I'd tell
The colour of the earth that day
It was dull and browny red
The colour of blood, I'd say

##
The Hope Six Demolition Project

--
The Community of Hope

Here's the Hope Six Demolition Project
stretching down to Benning Road
a well-known pathway of death,
(at least, that's what I'm told).
Here's the one sit-down restaurant
in Ward Seven. Nice.
Okay, now this is just drug town,
just zombies, but that's just life

The Community of Hope.

Here's the highway to death and destruction,
South Capitol is its name.
The school looks like a shit hole --
does that look like a nice place?
Here's the old mental institution
now the Homeland Security base.
Here's God's Deliverance Centre,
a deli called M.L.K.

The Community of Hope.

They're gonna put a Walmart here.

--
The Ministry of Defence

This is the Ministry of Defence
the stairs and walls are all that's left
mortar holes let through the air
kids do the same thing everywhere;
they've sprayed graffiti in Arabic
and balanced sticks in human shit.

This is the ministry of remains
fizzy drinks cans, magazines
broken glass, a white jawbone
syringes, razors, a plastic spoon
human hair, a kitchen knife
and the ghost of a girl who runs and hides.

There's the bus depot to the right
levelled like a building site
those are the children's cries from the dark
these are the words written under the arch
scratched in the wall in biro pen:
This is how the world will end.

--
A Line in the Sand

How to stop the murdering? By now we should have learned --
if we don't then we're a sham, bad overwhelms the good.

What I've seen -- yes, it's changed how I see humuankind --
I used to think progress was being made, that we could get something right.

When we first got to the camp our supplies were not enough.
I saw a displaced family eating a cold horse's hoof.

We set up tents, brought in water, air drops were dispersed.
I saw people kill each other just to get there first.

What we did? Why we did it? I make no excuse --
we got things wrong, but I believe we also did some good.

I believe we have a future to do something good.

Enough is enough.
A line in the sand.
Seven or eight thousand
killed by hand.
They stepped off the edge
they did not step back.
If we haven't learnt by now
then we're a sham.

--
Chain of Keys

Fifteen keys hang on a chain.
The chain is joined and forms a ring.
The ring is in a woman's hand.
She's walking on the dusty ground.
The dusty ground's a dead end track.
The neighbours won't be coming back.
Fifteen gardens overgrown.
Fifteen houses falling down.

The woman's old and dressed in black.
She keeps her hands behind her back.
Numbers painted on the doors.
Posters on the locked up church.
Imagine what her eyes have seen.
We ask but she won't let us in.

A key so simple and so small;
how can it mean no chance at all?
A key -- a promise, or a wish;
how can it mean such hopelessness?

A circle is broken, she says.

--
River Anacostia

Oh, my Anacostia --
do not sigh, do not weep --
beneath the overpass
your saviour's waiting patiently
walking on the water,
that flow with poisons
from the naval yard.
He's talking to the fallen reeds.
What will become of us?

A small, red sun makes way for night --
trails away like a tail light.
Is that Jesus on the water
talking to the fallen trees?
What will become of us?

--
Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln

At the refershment stand,
a boy throws out his hands
as if to feed the starlings
but really he throws nothing --
it's just to watch them jump.
See the people coming,
lumbering over the grass
to squeeze into plastic chairs,

near the memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln.

Three notes, a bugle call --
a black man in overalls
arrives to empty the trash,
hauls it to a metal hatch,
a doorway opens up
to the underworld.
The boy throws empty hands --
the starlings jump,

near the memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln

--
The Orange Monkey

A restlessness took hold my brain,
and questions I could not hold back.
An orange monkey on a chain
on a bleak uneven track

told me that to understand
you must travel back in time.
I took a plane to a foreign land
and said, I'll write down what I find.

Beneath a mountain's jagged shelves
cloaked in snow and shadows sheer
plates tipped up upon themselves
the pain of 50 million years

and mules and goats were running wild.
A happy chaos carried on
and old men and young boys smiled,
and worked until the day was gone.

Packs of sandy-coloured dogs
walked streets that looked like building sites,
but piles of rocks and dust and smog
could not block out a different light.

When I returned I ran to meet
the monkey, but his face had changed.
He stood before me on two feet.
The track was now a motorway.

--
Medicinals

I was walking through the National Mall
thinking about medicinals and how they used to grow there
when the ground was a marshland, undisturbed by human hands,
and I heard their voices;

the sumac said, We are always here
the witch hazel -- We are always here
the sassafras -- We are always here
bluestem grasses -- Always here.

I looked about, what did I see?
Medicinals growing around me rising from the gravel.
The sumac and the witch hazel, come to soothe our pain, our sores
come to soothe our troubles.

the sumac said, We are always here
the witch hazel -- We are always here
the sassafras -- We are always here
bluestem grasses -- Always here.

But do you see that woman
sitting in the wheelchair
with her Redskins cap on backwards
and her plastic bags swinging --
from inside a paper wrapper
she sips from a bottle
a new painkiller
for the native people.

--
The Ministry of Social Affairs

See them sitting in the rain
as the sky is darkening.
Three lines of traffic edge past
The Ministry of Social Affairs.

At a junction, on the ground
an amputee and pregnant hound
sit by young men with withered arms
as if death had already passed

through every alleyway and left
a million beggars' silhouettes
near where the money-changers sit
by their locked glass cabinets.

What's happened? Let's go and ask
The Ministry of Social Affairs,
near where the money-changers sit
by their locked glass cabinets.

--
The Wheel

a revolving wheel of metal chairs
hung on chains, squealing

four little children flying out
a blind man sings in Arabic

now you see them, now you don't
the children vanish behind a vehicle

now you see them, now you don't
faces, limbs, a bouncing skull

little children, don't disappear
    I heard it was twenty-eight thousand
lost upon a revolving wheel
    I heard it was twenty-eight thousand
all that's left after a year
    I heard it was twenty-eight thousand
a faded face, the trace of an ear
    I heard it was twenty-eight thousand

a tableau of the missing
tied to the government building

thousands of sun-bleached photographs
fading with the roses

--
Dollar, Dollar

A boy stares through the glass.
He's saying, Dollar, dollar.
Three lines of traffic pass.
We're trapped inside our car.
His voice says, Dollar, dollar.

I turn to you to ask
for something we can offer.
Three lines of traffic pass.
We pull away so fast
all my words get swallowed.

In the mirror glass
a face pock-marked and hollow
is saying, Dollar, dollar.
I can't look through or past
the face saying, Dollar, dollar
the face pock-marked and hollow
staring from the glass.

Douglas Brick / dbrick@kom.net
Wed Jul 26 05:30:45 PDT 2017