LET THE BODY GO

Let the body
Let the body go
You can't keep it still
Let the music
Let the music flow
Take you where it will
Release it now
Release it now
Let the moment
Let the moment come
The wave resolves to break
Let the movement
Let the movement run into another shape

Close your eyes now, feel the sound
The light and the rhythm all around
Dance your fears out
Dance those tears out
Dance your weary heart out

Let the body
Let the body sing
A sweet, soft refrain
Let these memories
Let these memories make you whole once again
Release them now
Release them now
Fragments and echoes of a lifetime shared
Of love freely given
Those tiny details
Inconsequential things that make up a person

How beautiful they are
They are so impossibly beautiful
And how I shall miss them
How I shall miss them
And how much I shall miss them

Let the body
Let the body go
You can't keep it

 

GIVING YOU WHAT YOU WANT

It's not you, it's me                   
No need to take things so seriously 
Why be weighed down with science
With evidence     
Let's just float away                
On common sense  

No it's not you, it's me              
Nothing to see here               
Just keep living the dream           
You sell that vaporware, honey     
Oh you're such a tease           
The perfect seduction               
Holy singularity!                   

There must be a way                 
There must be a way               
To cross the great divide between us  
Hey hey hey                      

Now I'm giving you what you want  
It's a simple enough lament       
Nothing controversial               
Nothing too clever               
Just a man in love               
Giving you what you want           

It's not you, it's me               
Choosing the red pill               
Old Cassie's legacy               
You know what the curse is, don't you  
Oh don't be naive                   
This is all borrowed time           
Are we smarter than yeast?       
It might be too late                
It's probably too late               
To cross the great divide that seals our fa - a - ate 

Still I'm giving you what you want   
It's a tune you can hum to work       
Make yourself comfortable           
It's business as usual               
Just a man resigned               
To giving you what you want       
                                                           
But it's you and it's me            
Dear sweet listener               
In this hellish quandary           
Stuck in the blink of a               
Geological eye                   
Oh what to salvage               
And who to sacrifice               
There must be a way               
There must be a way               
To muddle on in cheerful despara - a - a - tion   

Yeah, I'm giving you what you want   
Which is to be entertained           
Tick the right boxes               
Lick the right arses               
Just a man on fire               
Giving you what you want           

Just the man                       
Giving you what you want           

He's giving you what you want       
Got any last requests?           
'Every breath you take'?       
'It's too late'?                       
Just the man 'n' the moon           
Giving you what you want           
Giving you what you want    

 

ALTERATIONS

 

THE DEATH OF COPYRIGHT

 

I heard a pop song today

It was grimly efficient

It brought me to my knees

In three terrible minutes

I saw my life go by

I saw the crashing of empire

It stole my DNA

Then claimed I had no father

 

I heard a rock song today

It was VERY IMPORTANT

It took me for a ride

Before I'd even given consent

I saw the whites of my eyes

I saw the heads of the surfers

It made me feel a man

Then inserted inverted commas

 

And now I'm all alone

And now I'm all alone

And now at last I'm all alone

 

There's nothing on the radio

The static slips into my heart

I lost what I never had

'Twas all about the taking part

The air fairly hums with dreams

But I don't sing their melodies

I sing what I cannot hear

'Twas all about the part you played

It's all about the way the chorus fades

 

Aujourd'hui j'ai entendu une tube

Elle était sinistrement efficace

Elle ma fait tomber aux genoux 

Pendant trois minutes terribles

J'ai vu ma vie passer devant moi

J'ai vu la chute de l'empire

Elle m'a vole le ADN

Puis elle a pretendu

Que je n'aie pas de pere

 

Et maintenant je suis toute seule

Et maintenant je suis toute seule

Et enfin je suis toute seule

 

Qué idioma es

Qué idioma es

Qué idioma es 

 

Heute hörte ich ein Rock Song

Es war SEHR WICHTIG

Es brachte mich in Fahrt

Bevor ich Zustimmung gegeben hatte

Ich sah das Weiß meiner Augen

Ich sah die Köpfe der Surfers

Ich fuhlte mich wie ein Mann

Dann setzte es Anführungszeichen ein

 

Und jetzt bin ich ganz allein

Und jetzt bin ich ganz allein

Und nun shießlich bin ich ganz allein

 

There's nothing on the radio...

 

 

 

 

SOME SONGS...

 

Some songs don't want to be written

Some songs have no intention of staying hidden

Some only make sense to a child in the back of a car

Some simply exist to rhyme fnarr with oompaloompa

Some come to life in hostile terrain

Some really shoulda been left on holiday, yeah

Some are measures of crude corporate thought control

Some know freedom's a quite unobtainable goal

But then some songs know it all

 

Some need blue sky, the glint of frost

Some the inky night and a senseless loss

Some seem to have lust tatooed on their behinds

Some songs are just too old, too young, or darling too tired

Some burn bridges, let others construct

Some cite revolution but would not let the bucks stop

Some will have you giving thanks for being alive

Some will leave you convinced that you may as well die

But then some songs tell such lies

 

Owooo...

 

Some songs tell such lies

 

Owooo...

 

Some songs tell such lies

 

Owooo...

 

 

 

 

YOU DON'T NEED ME TO TELL YOU THAT

 

Isn't bad, isn't everything

Might have guessed this would be the denouement

Might have but I'm thick right?

 

Isn't bad, isn't everything

The difference between us

You see half empty

I only care what it tastes like

 

There's no turning back the tide

This did I decide to save despair

 

Life don't give no guarantees

No fait accomplis

'Tis harsh but fair

 

Does the tongue form the word before the brain instructs it

Does the skin speak desire faster than we can dream it

Do the eyes not reveal what the heart has not the courage to

Oh you don't need, you don't need 

You don't need me to tell you that

 

Isn't bad, isn't anything

Fine line, unhappy medium

Her lost cat posters getting dog ears

 

Isn't bad, isn't anything

Chasing youths adrenaline

To find the fear of God still victorious

 

Life don't give no guarantees

We sow so we shall reap

Is just a guide

 

How should one turn back the tide

How should one bloody know

So far, so so

 

Does the tongue form the word...

 

Oh you don't need, you don't need

You don't need me to tell you that

 

Is is and isn't isn't 

This potency undiluted

By time, tears, or any such solution

 

It isn't my sentiment

It is entirely Lowe-Tennant

I merely raise a glass

You raise a glacier

As if you could turn back the tide

Well who am I to tell you where to build

 

Life don't give no guarantees

From double negatives

RELEASE ME!

 

From the tongue, from the word, from the brain's instruction

From the skin, from desire, from the speed that we're dreaming

From the eyes that reveal, from the heart without the courage to

Oh you don't need, you don't need

You don't need me

Oh you don't need, you don't need

You don't need me

 

La la la la la la

La la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la

 

Oh you don't need, you don't need

You don't need me

Oh you don't need, you don't need

You don't need me

 

Does the tongue...

 

 

NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE

(for Ian Carey)

 

A simple tale I have to tell

Of a friend I loved too well

Always headin so very fast

To nowhere in particular

We should talk but I'm afraid

It is more than a bit too late

His animal eyes

Caught in the headlights

Now they're frozen in time

You gotta face up

You gotta face up

Don't cry

 

Keeping up appearances

Might've guessed it'd end in tears

Yeah the wife the kids the neighbours

Little hills grew mountainous

Where were you inside your head

Curled up safe from your bastard dad

Looking for love

Looking for peace

The quick release

You gotta wake up

You gotta wake up

Oh please

 

I really wish I could have helped you

(I didn't know how, I didn't know how)

Really wish I could have held you

(Not stood tongue-tied)

Everything is how you left it

Except those who had to learn to move on

Nothing impossible

Nothing impossible in this life

 

You were once in a house on fire

You were once such a proud father

Even now after all these years

Of being sad and furious

The clinical term doesn't relate

You were my best mate

Oh what a waste

Oh what a perfect waste

 

I really wish I could have helped you...

 

I really wish I could have helped you

(I didn't know how, I didn't know how)

Really wish I could have held you

(Not stood tongue-tied)

Everything is how you left it

For those who had to learn the hard way

Nothing impossible

Nothing impossible, nothing at all

 

 

 

HEADLONGING

 

Big head small head medium sized head

Rush head spin head over to you there

Them they're us they're equally likely to

Fight do might do what I been meanin to

See to be two double the fun but not

Just not quite not double the time to kill

Road kill joy kill anything else that comes

Fast comes fierce comes free of association

Amen a leading inexorably

A freeze a nothing can ever be

Safe be sure be more than the sum of your

Past your art you're sellin yourself a bit

Short bit deep bit drawin the poison out

Side out stake out sneakin around I get

Bored get lost get carbon sequestering

Home ring drug ring snuggling in skin

Head skin tight skin showin your name and age

Less hey jester generous to a fault

Foot fault tip fold fingers and hunker down

South down powerdown out for the count and his

Teeth his meat his crossin the border appeal

A screamer what has got into you

Win you grin you what have you done to me

Sink me drink me under the table with

Fear with fur with lager lager been

There been done been over the moon with that

Cow that tale that exaggeration but

Where but why but how on earth do we

Fall we turn we spin out of gun control

Pet troll wild troll muzzled and puzzled I'm

You I'm through I'm living without the one

That one long gone always a step ahead / removed

 

I want something to hold on to

 

You moved through moved living without the one

That one long gone always a step removed / ahead

 

I want something to hold on to

 

 

 

 

THE UP SHIT CREEK BLUES

 

Such a party 

Such a great party

Remembered in hushed tones

With overdue diligence

Snakes and ladders

Collateral damage

Interesting times

 

What a party

What an exclusive party

Probable reserves

Our just desserts

Energy is currency

The skin of modernity

Now comes the hard graft

 

But the crowd sings

 

Something will turn up

Oh, it usually does

The great white techno fix

Waist high asterisks

Hindsight's a wonderful thing

Sing suckers!

 

Something will turn up

Well, it usually does

Mirrors and artifice

Belated wish lists

For told-you-so demons to sing

Sing

Sing

Sing

 

Such a party

Such a great party

One grand narrative arc

Invite the world and its dog

Growth is sacred

The emperor is naked

Are you awake yet?

 

What a party

What a swell party this is

Sheeple and uber-doomers

Cheap thrills, crazy numbers

Deniers' fantasies

Robust policies

Systemic unspeak

 

So the crowd sings

 

Something will turn up

Oh, it usually does

So many lights, so many cars

So many unforced errors

Hindsight's a terrible thing

Sing suckers!

 

Something will turn up

Well, it usually does

Never mind the methane

Give us our tittytainment

Who wants to be a millionaire

Yeah

Yeah

Yeah

 

Such a party

The most exclusive party

Remembered in hushed tones

Our unquiet bones

Dig for victory

Pick your obituary

Aren't the stars beautiful

 

 

 

 

REMINDERS, REMIND

 

Good morning

I said good morning

This is a good morning to do nothing

I should be somewhere else

I should be someone else

But look

The park is exploding with colour

And I am restrained with beauty

With the arbitrary

This bench is comfortable

Though not too comfortable

No one would ever leave, after all

And we can't have that, can we?

Feral to moral

Nature to nurture

Chaos to order

Such potent myths to swallow

Reminders 

Reminders

Remind

 

Two mothers pass, sisters in arms

Their children exclamation marks

Look what I've done, Mum

Look what I've done

Oh, aren't you the clever one

Pigeons coo inane sympathy

Car horns bleat in another country

Devils, dust and asymetry

Beguiling transmissions

Of mundane discussions

Which may be recorded

For training purposes

Reminders

Remind

 

Tell me

Would your hands hide your face?

Would you scream obscenities?

Would you laugh at the timing before it was too late?

Well, would you?

 

Stage left, another bench

The everyday drama

To Paris on the Eurostar

How long for?

Just the weekend

Came back Sunday night

Oh, that's so sweet

How was it?

French

And?

Oh you know, all the romantic touristy stuff

Sounds like a dream

He proposed

You're kidding me?

Oh my god, oh my god

It's official then

Yes, but...

Reminders 

Reminders 

Remind

 

Did I mention I'm invisible

No one sees me but that child

Blowing bubbles by the dozen

And cats, obviously, if they could be bothered

See 

She waved back

 

Her mother looks puzzled, naturally

I am out of reach

Out of line

Out of time

Reminders 

Remind

Old men play chess with oversize pieces

At war with themselves

In the rapture of logic

How to calculate what a life is worth

You should count yourself lucky

Oh, how the street exploded with colour

So much colour everywhere

Life dissolving in a wail of sirens and garbled tongues

And now I am here observing your rituals

The stolen pleasures

The incidental triumphs

The painted elephants

As I said, I really should be somewhere else

But this is a good morning

A very good morning

To do nothing

 

 

 

 

PARADISE BY NUMBERS

 

Oh, the easy life: the lure of paradise

Survival made to run to a logical outcome

The girl, the tree, the snake: the wiping of the slate

Exploit it while you can, young man

 

Who is the stranger here

Who is the stranger here

 

Oh for a life of ease: the blur of parodies

Where hope plays tag with love, where charity's enough

Us proles dare not reject our circuses and bread

We all will be a long time dead

 

Every face the same face

Every prayer the same prayer

Every page the same page

Every fear the same fear

 

Every kiss, every question

Every desire, every doubt

 

Countries, brands and teams enforcing loyalty

'Cross boundaries, walls and seas

The end becomes the means

The straw, the sticks, the bricks

Those cute wolf/pig hybrids

Fat fingers of finance on jazz hands

 

Who is the stranger here

Who is the stranger here

 

Every face the same face

Every prayer the same prayer

Every page the same page

Every fear the same fear

 

Every cry, every answer

Every singer, every song

 

Every face the same face...

 

 

 

 

AURORA

 

Silver the light on the water

Cyan the arc of the sky

Cerise the name that you called her

Clear are the tears I still cry

 

Silver the light on the water`

Cyan the arc of the sky

Amber the sand that I wander

Mile after torturous mile

 

Aurora, ahhh

Your wonder does deceive

Aurora, ahhh

You stole my love from me

 

Tu encanto deceptiona

Me robaste mi amor

 

Chrome the corona of your eye

Violet the veins in your arms

Green iridescence your outline

Scarlet the marks on your palms

 

Chrome the corona of your eye

Violet the veins in your arms

Cursed all who try to forget you

Lost in the reign of your charms

 

Aurora, ahhh

Your wonder does deceive

Tu encanto deceptiona

Aurora, ahhh

You stole my love from me

Me robaste mi amor

 

Aurora, ahhh...

 

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora

 

 

 

 

THE FORECASTER

 

She sings the forecast

Languorous and gorgeous

Clouds moving southwards

Hazardous ambassadors

 

Mmmm...

 

Snow looms for curlews

Sleet round the south downs

 

Clear skies by morning

Black ice then forming

Expect disruption

Widespread til luncheon

 

She sings the forecast

Lowestoft to Fishguard

Well-versed assertions

The cadence of seasons

 

Mmmm...

 

All our futures

From Bracknell to Lancaster

Storms and warm fronts

And warnings of coastal fog

Falling pressure

From Thurso to Exeter

Drizzly days with no end

She wryly smiles

No extremes in these Isles

 

A flourish to finish

A temperature cadenza

 

So ends the broadcast

Fine science and hard art

All's dark

All's dark

 

 

 

ASCENDANT

 

WAITING FOR GREEN

 

three chinese women on bikes

at the traffic lights

waiting for green

a guy with the cutest jacket you ever did see

leans toward me all conspiracy

he says 

they're showing photographs of a child from the blast

and whose it was was not made known

 

fingers thumbs and toes

sensory overload

all rebounds like

god I loved you

don't you know me

 

oh the horror he says

as the lights remain red

I used to ride the cutest bike you never did see 

freedom he says

freedom

in winter speeding carelessly

escaping with bruises

it's past and gone except that I'm left

 

fingers thumbs and toes

sensory overload

all rebounds like 

god I loved you

don't you know me

 

then he shows me his leg

it was broken

such a long time ago

oh it was so long ago

they said can you feel the pain

he says can you see

I say we only see what we want to feel

we all have our own pain to deal with

 

fingers thumbs and toes

sensory overload

all rebounds like

god

I loved you

don't

you know me

 

my two friends 

they said don't be dismayed at him

he doesn't understand women

 

 

 

 

RESISTANCE

 

here in the night 

stark neon naked

humble low-rise indefinite sea

you mean the world to me

the shimmer of air in between walls

can looks be measured in unsaid words

you mean the world divides

 

and if we break the law of gravity

will that make you love me or subtly incline

I put one foot in front of the other

 

here be sharks

a non-stop fearway

cats eyes strung out until we all freeze

you mean the world to me

the inexact science of longing and loss

dreams weighed and numbered

tagged and filed

you mean the world divides

 

and if we break the law of gravity

will that make you love me or subtly incline

I put one foot in front of the other

 

come deliverance come

come denial come

come acceptance

come sweet silent sleep

 

come deliverance come

come denial come

come acceptance

come sweet silent sleep

 

 

 

 

THE CALM

 

the calm intake of breath

the warmth of hand and head

the form future perfect

the bird shot through with light

the gasp as speed divides by height

the hairs upon your neck glisten with sweat

a less restrained intake of breath

 

it comes

 

the point of no return

the scent as rain hits earth

the yen as creed sutured

the space tween teeth and tongue

the ease with which a life is crushed

the pull transpires to push desire aside

aware of how the point derives

 

it comes

 

 

 

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY

 

centuries fly past the window

writing out contracts we rarely fulfill

it's always the small print that steals the show

but what should I know

saving moments to savour

melodies and paper

security feigned

you don't have to be mad to think that you ain't

but maybe it helps

 

beauty 

came round one tuesday 

for flapjacks and frisbee

I was too tired

he looked sad

promised to come back

but I fell asleep for an hundred years

 

I dreamt of tesco being in government

the smile on a penguin as the water rose

we think it's strawberry said the hippos

but what would they know

 

oh what a lovely oil crash

oh shit - we trusted our genius

then it got all apocalyptic

but suddenly one prick had me bolt upright

I couldn't think striiight

nor speak RP

and beauty

was nowhere to be seen

what kind of fairytale was this

someone was clearly taking

 

centuries

they flew past the window

trumpeting progress

we had to applaud

but look at the small print

those acts of god

you know 

he never pays up

 

 

 

 

DECIDEDLY DUMB

 

she's a liar 

and full of good intentions

it's hard to know where to start

when a part of you dies

yet to the casual eye still appears to be alive

what do you say

words are scarce and sulky little bulldogs

cowering in between the negatives in the drawer

beneath the blu-tak

beneath the sellotape

decidedly scared

couldn't we make a run

make fools out of everyone

and never let on

how the trick was played

 

in the evening 

butterflies come creeping

it's hard to know where to go to dispose of them

I'm sure I wasn't this cruel once

but somewhere along the way

I learned how not to care

it was for my own good

I shut up when I had to

it's funny how we come to exercise this restraint

in the face of adversity

the face of uncertainty

decidedly calm

why grandma

what big troubles you have

all the better for making you pay my dear

 

what's the point of being half in love

still it's hard to know where to stop

repetitive actions

inevitable weathering systems

take the strain

ready to tug

slide in the mud

bully for us

that fistful of butterfly dust

scattered from a palm raised in supplication and hope

but then I let go

I let go and lost

decidedly dumb

with what I felt for you

what I felt I ought to

it's hard to know what to write

when the pen only does alternate letters

I look like I shiver

I miss you

 

ah yeah

 

she's a liar

and full of good intentions

it's hard to know where to start

 

 

 

 

WEIGHT

 

stand up and let me see you

hands raised steady adagio

eyes closed inanimate

I shoot this film

 

a string of past convictions

held in complete silence

I gave you up so we could be alone

 

for someone would always come to take you away

no matter how set upon the path we thought we were

I am hanging falling breaking

between one word

one word and the next

one word and the next

 

we hope to see the future

we aim to catch it off guard

we search for proof as if proof could be found

within a skeletal code

within skin cells once shed

within the blood we were bound to deny

 

someone will always come to take you away

no matter how set upon the path you thought you were

I am hanging falling breaking

between one word

one word and the next

one word and the next

 

 

 

 

ZERO

 

let's go down to the river

watch the stars all flicker on

throw our secrets into the water

let em be carried away

time will do what it always does

it'll run through yer fingers

measure life in years but remember

zero doesn't exist

 

now is almost

now is always

now is gone

now is nearly

now is surely

now is not

now is high-time

now is high-tide

 

let's go down to the river

see the sky fade from azure

silhouettes on the dim horizon

the power of the unseen guiding human endeavour

our senses to exchange vows

water murmurs the earth's agreement

zero runs in between

 

now is almost

now is always

now is gone

now is nearly

now is surely

now is not

now is high-time

now is high-tide

 

falling leaves dance about us

distant trains make future plans

your hands speak of an innocent heart

your eyes another man

a soft breeze chinese whispers

we have been here all our lives

getting drunk on the revelation

love is seeing stars

 

now is almost

now is always

now is gone

now is nearly

now is surely

now is not

now is high-time

now is high-tide

 

almost

always

gone

nearly

surely

not

high-time

high-tide

here

 

now is here

now is here

now is here

now is here

now is here

 

 

 

 

OUR FATHER

 

how wide the river that flows before us

it insinuates words we struggle to read

we shoulder the ache and hope for release

shoulder the hope and ache to belong

 

attempting to stand still centre stream

how sweetly naive to want to hold hands

swept off our feet we all but drowned

mesmerised by the refraction of love

 

our father

our father

who art thou

 

life lying deep someplace within

the undeniable ecstasy of breath

we haul ourselves back to respective sides

all the stronger and none the wiser

 

our father

our father

our father

who art thou

 

 

 

 

LUCO

 

come down to the sea love

come down to the sea

what stories of clouds could keep you thus from me

here there is life in abundance

here there is air complex and sweet

I insist most graciously

 

how come you're up there love

how come you're up there

I speak as I find

I couldn't find you anywhere

your voice conducts through this vastness

your ghostless space absence defined

I request your descent

 

come now to the sky love

come now to the sky

what law are you bound to observe thus resigned

here one can sight news from afar

here one can sense earth's curvature

I insist most humbly

 

come down to the sea love / come now to the sky love

come down to the sea / come now to the sky

what stories of clouds could / what law are you bound to

keep you thus from me / observe thus resigned

here there is life in abundance / here one can sight news from afar

here there is air complex and sweet / here one can sense earth's curvature

I request your descent / I request your ascent

 

mmmm...


ANACHRONISMS

PENEGAL

Running in circles to hypnotise the day
Reciting the prayer your mother left
Forever hopeful, forever scarred
Forever seeking resolutions

Running away by accident designed
All horizons accelerate
How small we all look at that distance
Love's not far ahead
Take courage

Mmmm...

Running for cover in the arms of a forest
Coy little promises to mountains
Acutely aware of the contours
Real life suspended
Time hangs

Running a fever, no symptoms to measure
Cursed with the knowledge your father left
Some distant guardian angel
Stands to attention, impassive

Mmmm...

Make light of your burdens
Make sense of your failings
Make me proud
Make certain

Running in circles to hypnotise the day
Reciting the prayer your mother left
Forever hopeful, forever scarred
Forever seeking


 

TAKE IT FROM ME

Don't know anything for sure or for certain
Making decisions between things
Like handsome, like handsome and pretty
It was a waste of me
Don't say it should be time
I know perfectly well what I mean
And I don't know anything
Must be a seasonal adjustment

We're all weak said the man who disappeared
And I wonder who's left
We're all so...
So very BENT on being ourselves
Individuality creeps up
You see said the blind man
To the woman eyeing him up
I'm a blind man, forever will be
That's me terminology
A blind man: end of the argument

Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me, yes!
Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me
I am no guardian
I can't seem to keep
Leaving things unfinished

And all that she could see was pity
Were it ever to be confused with love
Then everyone would cry themselves dry
And think as if they really thought
Really thought at all that we could make a difference
But she's still in love and thinking
About what he meant

Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me, yes!
Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me
I am no guardian
I can't seem to keep
Leaving things unfinished

Turn and face your god
Say you're not in love with him at all
Turn and face your god
Truth is no alibi
Take it from me

Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me, yes!
Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me
I am no guardian
I can't seem to keep
Leaving things un...

Turned and faced to god
Say you're not in love with him at all
Turn and face to god
Truth is no alibi
Take it from me

Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me, yes!
Go on, go on, go on
Take it from me
I am no guardian
I can't seem to keep
Leaving things unfinished


 

SUBMERGING

See the world in shades of black
See myself in shades of grey
There is no light to guide me on
Are you receiving me?
Shutting the world out silent
Crawl upstairs to oblivion
The only light seems to have fused
Are you receiving me?

I want out
I want deep blue water
To feel the burden drop from my shoulders
I wanna be dissolved
Absolved of all guilt
Pick up my shell and listen
No-one's home, only the ocean

See the world has no colour now
Nothin to give me succour
How was the light for you?
Am I deceiving myself
Viewing the end as a means
A nice try, bye-bye sucker
This is my final signal
Are you receiving?

I want out
I want deep blue water
To feel the burden drop from my shoulders
I wanna be dissolved
Absolved of all guilt
Pick up my shell and listen
No-one's home, only the ocean

Are you receiving me?
Are you receiving me?
Are you receiving me?
Are you receiving me?
Are you receiving me?
Receiving...

See the world from underneath
All beauty is static
Life is death in costume
Death is life play acting
So just one more cup of tea
One more trivial detail
Makin light to counter the fear
You won't receive me

I want out
I want deep blue water
To feel the burden drop from my shoulders
I wanna be dissolved
Absolved of all guilt
Pick up my shell and listen
Nobody's home, only the ocean


 

WASTING A DAY

There's something I meant to say
But I'm damned if I'm going to
The world has turned against me
Well that's the popular view
I'm world, weary and torn
Chasing up the anger
If looks could kill
Then come sweet murder
Oh

I can waste a day on you
Idly listening
Never understanding why
I put myself through it
I can waste a day on you
Staring in space
Losing myself
Into the wide frame

I'm world weary and torn
Wasting the days away

Your face is one in a million
Yet strangely familiar
I guess that's how I feel
About my failures
I'm world weary and torn
Chasing frustration
If looks could kill
Murder me please

I can waste a day on you
Idly listening
Never understanding why
I put myself through it all
I can waste a day on you
Staring in space
Losing myself
Into the wide frame

I'm world weary and torn
Wasting the days away...


Wasting a day on you

Away-hey-hey


 

IRC

The therapy agent directive states
No two persons under the age
Of communication shall communicate
The child meanwhile in absence of authority
Or acting body
Connects by virtue of technology

The single and in search of a partner
Requires a mother or a father
There cannot be enough information
Feed flow feed flow feed

Daylight strikes full on the chest
A broad and innocent violence
It be physics not chemistry
That will kill me
Adult size and child mind
A crystalline arrogance we have
Transparent but not without distortion

The single and in search of a partner
Requires a mother or a father
There cannot be enough information
Feed flow feed flow feed

Do you feel lucky?
Do you touch lucky?
Do you feel lucky?
Do you touch lucky?
Do you feel lucky?
Do you touch lucky?
Or does she touch you instead
You, the passively blessed

My what a slick heart you have
High on ascendancies
Hi to anyone else can I just say
Do you feel kissed my merchandise human
I love you more than you love life
Meaning

I'm single and in search of a partner
To be my mother or my father
There cannot be enough information
Feed flow feed flow feed

The single and in search of a partner
Requires a mother or a father
There cannot be enough information
Feed flow feed flow feed


 

THE WELL TEMPERED IMPROVISER

Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord
To make you want to hold your breath
Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord
To make you want to raise the dead
Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord
To erase all hope for good
But

I couldn't possibly describe it
Possibly describe it
Oh no I couldn't
Though I may just have done

Nothing like a major chord
Nothing like a major chord
To make you want to fall about
Nothing like a major chord
Nothing like a major chord
To make you want to lose control
Yeah, heh, heh
Nothing like a major chord
Nothing like a major chord
To make you want to jump for joy
Oooh...

It'll all be over before you can
Over before you can say
I had no idea that's what he was saying

Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord
To show you what you'll never have
Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord

Nothing like a minor chord
Nothing like a minor chord
To take you where you'll never go
But oh

It'll all be over before you can
Over before you can say
I had no idea that's what he was saying

And I couldn't possibly describe it
Possibly describe it
Oh no I couldn't
Though I may just have done

 


A STONE'S THROW


Seagull up in the air wheels
Blood runs double the speed
He knows your heart is out with the tide
Tries to catch the outline
Tries to draw you up
Tries to reel you in
But has not the strength

He can't give you control
He's only a child
Who will bring you stones for throwing
Always hoping
You'd let him take one home

Watch as you toss the coin and wish
Know the second it lands
You'll do the opposite
You do right
To make the time we have last
Skin bone muscle and art
You know those things you aren't
He don't care for them

He smells of cedarwood
You taste of lime
He sees where the footprints cross
You hear the swell
He touches the truth and recoils

Turns to you as you turn away
How love gets choreographed
The daft and the sublime
Wrestling arms
The latter inevitably wins
Rendering the dualist
Helpless in the sheer beauty of defeat

I can't make him see sense
I can't make him go
He'd only return with stones for throwing
Always hoping
You wouldn't throw too hard


 

EXECUTORS

South Parkway, bus shelter
Resident youths undeterred
By minimal wage packets
From glorious ad campaigns
The names drop, though not from
The tower blocks of toy town
It reassures the lost and found
On miscaught public transport

What have we come here for
What have we got to give
Happy executors, happily executing

We're all troopers, militia
We know scores and breath fear
Some of us can't count for sure
Some of us just don't want to
Feel the rainsdrops real regular
Who could ever feel at home here
Never mind, my mate's cocksure
He don't know why, and I don't care

What we have come here for
What we got to give
Happy executors, happily executing

Do words make feelings?
No, they make edges
The master directive
Not feminine, not masculine
Discovering your inner self
In urban environments
Pretending to be someone
Being no one in particular

What have we come here for
What have we got to give
Happy executors, happily executing

What have we come here for
What have we got to give
Happy executors, happily executing

Do words make feelings?
No, they make edges...


 

ASUNDER (instrumental)

 

 

COOL BREEZE BLOWIN'

It couldn't be you
And it couldn't be me
Must have been the both of us
No need to stew a hullabaloo
To make such a fuss
It's obvious
We only succeed in winding ourselves up
Toy dragons
Pounding furiously into walls

It couldn't be you
And it couldn't be me
Must have been in between
Well, there I go
Past-tensing the present again
Stupid little words
A contract of guilt lies binding
With any sense
We'd tear it up
And scatter on the western

Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way denied
Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way around this

The things we say and the things we say
We're never gonna say again
Well, excuse me if I'm unconvinced
And given up hope of so being
We can't help but be recriminicitudinary
I could go on
But surely you realise why I couldn't

Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way denied
Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way around
Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way denied
Cool breeze blowin
Have I come to find the way around
Cool breeze blowin
Did you come to find the way denied

Cool breeze blowin
Did you come to find the way

 


CAREFREE SINGALONG


You take your time but I knew you'd turn up
Eventually
But don't ask how I knew
It's all part of being human
Placing blind faith in the intangible

I took my time but it was time that had to be took
I couldn't see
What it was I was needing before
I was taking it all much too seriously
You know the score
Well

I hate cliches and despise fairytales
Still I believe in love
I make Disney character voodoo dolls
Still I believe in love
I can't stand Hollywood happy ends
Love songs that rhyme but don't make sense
Still I believe in love

Forget first sight
It's the first laugh that really counts
Forget that stuff about fate
It's all chance
One fat, ripe, glorious chance
To touch the divine
Without that God bloke getting in the way

Still I believe in love
Still I believe in love
Been known to violently convulse
At ballads that modulate upwards
Still I believe in love
Oh yes I do

Pin greetings cards to dartboards
Those helpless kittens and cute puppydogs
Got nothing against household pets
Just all that sentimental bollocks
But I believe in love
Oh yes I do

Hate cliches and despise fairytales...

Oh yes I do
Believe in love
Yes I believe in love
 

 

MISCELLANEOUS OTHERS

GOOD MONEY 

Sell the past for a pint of gold

Milk the future for trillions more

Keep the policy makers sweet

Cause all's fair in trade and war

Hail the genius of leverage

Sleight of hand, that's entertainment

White is black - it always was

Regulation's inefficient

You could make good money

You could make good money


Rake it in til the bubble bursts

Load the pain on the public purse

Stash it offshore out of sight

Tax is for the little guy

And welfare's SO last century

Workfare is the new tradition

Weep the tears of a crocodile

A proud salute to the City and Goldman

You could make good money

You could make good money


Debt creating your every whim

Debt everyone's pseudonym

Race us down to the ocean floor

The super-rich can always take more

Advertising how much you care

Advertising because you're worth it

Drug the kids and rob them blind

Curse the nerve of Occupy

With your good, good money

You could make good money


You could make good money

You could make good money


So much good, good money

You could make good money


You could make good money

You could make good money

 

 

KEEP DRIVING

Driving keep driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

89 miles to keep

Driving keep driving


The stifling pressure

The stifling pressure

Of everything that's gone before

The weight and the volume

History is bleeding

History is bleeding

It's all over your face and arms

How could you miss it?


Driving keep driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

55 miles to go

Driving go driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

34 miles to come

Closer come closer


Safe in this bubble

Safe in this bubble

The land it lies muted

The land it lies waiting

Distance is an illusion

Distance is an illusion

Oh can you see the sea yet?

Can you, my children


Oooh... The wisdom and the madness

Oooh... The wisdom and the madness

Oooh... The wisdom and the madness of crowds


Driving keep driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

21 miles to go 

Driving go driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

13 more miles to go 

Driving keep driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

Only 8 miles to go 

Driving go driving into the water

Keep driving keep driving into the water

Go faster go faster into the future

Hallelujah hallelujah

Only 5 miles to go 

Driving keep driving

Only 3 miles to go

Driving keep driving

Only 2 miles to go

Driving keep driving

Just one more mile to go

Driving keep driving

Driving keep driving

Driving keep driving

Driving keep driving

Driving keep driving