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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Back With Two Beasts

Snowfaller
Ice is forming 'round this heart of mine
I seen a lot of damage baby, but I won't get hurt this time
Now I got a reason
Now I got a stake
Now I gotta put you back every time you break

Left my ego in the mezzanine
Here he comes again, bustin' up my scene
Now I got a future
Now I gotta try
Now I, I gotta live for you every time you die

Imagine it's snowfaller
Bring winter, just call her
Imagine it's snowfaller

I left my ego in the mezzanine
But here he comes again, bustin' up my scheme
Now I got a future
Now I gotta try
Now I gotta live for you every time you die

Imagine it's snowfaller
Bring winter, just call her
Imagine it's snowfaller

Imagine it's snowfaller
Bring winter, just call her
Imagine it's snowfaller

 

Pantechnicon
Lost myself a picture book
Best you've never seen
Slowed half down I take a hook
Hang it on the ring
Got my head
Got my red
Got my violet-green
Just give back my old stranger
Wherever you have been

And it's all in the photographs
And it's all in the past
It's at home in the memory
It's the least and the most

Got involved in secrets
In 1943
Judged myself a player
Wherever I may be
Got my black
Got my shack
Got my rosemary
Never gonna get to Paris
Before Burgundy

And it's all in the photographs
And it's all in the past
It's at home in the memory
It's the least and the most

Saw a lot of rivers in the desert
Wandering in the trees
Thinking I was quite alone
I lectured to the breeze
Got my sap
Got my rap
Got my fiddler's threes
Never gonna get your honey
Angering the bees

And it's all in the photographs
And it's all in the past
It's at home in memory
It's the least and the most

 

Unreliable External
Come on now baby let's have a little fun tonight
2,000 long years and they're all leading up to tonight
Why'd you wanna be so cruel to me like that
But you're already near me, you already see

And you look so good tonight
Sky so black tonight

Everybody knows that you got it for free
If they catch up with ya you're gonna wanna know me
Alright

Sometimes I think I'll go crazy from the things that you say
I can't understand why you say that everything is dead
You saw the light, it was too bright, and you said
Then you turn around and you found it's me instead

Look so fine tonight
Sun is gonna shine tonight

Everybody knows that you know one of us
If they catch up with you don't make a fuss
Alright

Desired these purple vile lips in your tonight [2:59]
Common steel rover maxed out like a lira tonight [3:08]
Tuffunnel caaa--ves in resulting in a hurt [3:16]
All my little experiments right down the drain tonight
That's alright
(That's right!)

[more faint indiscernible words here]

 

Pearls
Well I hope
You're well insured
If my poor little heart
Becomes injured

And I hope
You can appreciate
When I say I'm coming early
I'm bound to be late
So don't
Change your rate

In the morning
Buildings swarming
Pearls are forming
In the seas
In the evening
Birds are leaving
In the seething
Canopy

In my time
With this name
I've been so many different men
Which one do you blame?

In my skin
With this face
I dreamt I was a dragonfly
Gone from this place

And I soared
Into the light
But I was unmade into a human
Just tonight

In the morning
Buildings swarming
Pearls are forming
In the seas
In the evening
Birds are leaving
In a seething
Canopy

You're so kind
You're so soft
And I could never see the strings
That hold you aloft

You're so vain
You're so obscure
And I wouldn't take any more of that
It might be pure

You're so in love
You're so outdoors
I wouldn't take any more of that
It isn't yours

In the morning
Buildings swarming
Pearls are forming
In the sea
In the evening
Birds are leaving
In a seething
Canopy

 

Saturation
Cast adrift
On these solar seas
The humble servant
Of your majesties

In the orbits tremor
The slightest string is pulled
Corral the villains
Where are the fools [1:30]

And it's all in a day, a generation
When you get to the saturation
It's all down, down, down, down
If only
If only I could solve it for you
If only
If only I could dissolve it for you

You cut my hand
On a chandelier
You know what I was searchin'
For a little good cheer

In the planes above us
The slightest prick is felt
And we break down
And we just melt

And it's all in a spell incantation
When you get into penetration
It's all down, down, down, down
If only
If only I could solve it for you
If only
If only I could dissolve it for you

I'm set apart
On the broken reef
I'm as helpless
As the smallest leaf

And in the lethal jungle
The slightest sound is heard
Who are the humans?
Where are the birds?

And it's all in a miscreation
And you get to the explanation
It's all down, down, down, down
If only
If only I could solve it for you
If only
If only I could dissolve it for you
Alright!

 

Heading South
The wind in the wireless
Smell of the neon
Rustle our papers
Starlight broke down

Alone in the backseats
Rain on the windshield
Face in the rain drops
Mist rolling in

We're heading south
We're heading south again
We're heading south
Heading south again

Lightning is frozen
TV's gone haywire
The traffic on Broadway
The sound of the moon

Golden impression
This certain explosion
The price of a ticket
Beating a drum

We're heading south
Heading south again
We're heading south
Heading south again

Romeo vacuum
Cyrillic adaption
Smooth application
Tomorrow vision

Ending abruptly
I stop for a moment
Possible outcome
Rational thought

We're heading south
We're heading south again
We're heading south
Heading south again

 

Ionian Blues
[rev. Jan. 13, 2006]

Shapeless thing in the wine dark sea
Amphitrite's currents bring my love home to me
And it's over and over in the brine
Just like a man run out of time
And I'm crashing in the surf
Then I'm lying in the earth

Thunderclouds rend the sky
Old Earth-shaker won't be happy till I die
Been sitting here, Calypso, nearly seven long years
The hour of my release steadily nears
And I'm playing on your lyre
Then I'm burning in the fire

 

Anthem X
[rev. April 7, 2008]

According to evidence
We all descended from god's magnificence
The holy world, a diamond tower
We are the sirens of this ruined lie

Oh you fools, glow glorious
Return the fire that was stolen from us
A million things must come and pass
We are the casing and the cover and the cast

Come inside, pull you down
Let light and music and honor be born
My golden ones who dare to fight
You stand against the fabrications of the night

Writing tunes with much revere
Preserved by people and cut and battered here
Take those blows, stand your ground
Or wander lost and never to be found

 

Night Sequence
[rev. April 23, 2007]

Another warm chlorinated night
The pool throws blue light
The harbor sprawling in the garden
The spirit of the earth
Coming up through the ground

Tonight there is no weather
As if out here
You're on a set
Of painted on yachts
Fake glittering stars

The pool turns out to be blue cellophane
The grass is actually paper
The camera moves in
We detach from our unit
Actors uncertain
He motions to someone out of view
Shares a joke
And accepts a drink
From some accomplice
Sipping quiet he's waiting for his monologue
Mynah birds still whirr and click
But all else is still and listening
A makeup girl does his hair and disappears
The actor is actually playing you
We dissolve in close
He finishes his drink
He begins, ahh
'A long time ago...'
He leaves off
Someone hands him a phone
Something terrible has occurred

Is this part of the story?
The audience may at this point choose
If you want a happy ending
Then you may jump to another story
If you wanted to see some more of the yachts
They'll be back in other scenes
Yeah!
If you think you can move along a little faster
Here we go...

The actor is having an argument
We overhear:
'Bu... But... But that's... but that's not possible!
I... I... I know, but why... but when... why wouldn't know...
They'll never know... but why wouldn't... I...
Cue in music
Moonlight Sonata
Sped up with some subtle disco beat
Bring up more starry light
Let a zephyr blow through this garden

A woman appears on the set
It's that famous actress who is the actor's girlfriend in real life
But who is actually also playing your wife in this film
They embrace
She takes the phone from the actor
And dismisses the crew
We're left dangling
We can't wait to find out
If, how, why
If, how, why

We think about the nature of performance
And we see the garden darken
Clouds now cover the stars
The yacht's completely gone

The harbor was a projection
Actress was a hologram
The garden was a stage
Aww, the night is suddenly gone
We're blinking in the sudden light
People push past
The air is filled with smoke, perfume, sweat
Voices shout, some whisper

A cab pulls up
Now this is strange
We climb inside
The actor is in there
He slides over begrudgingly
Wow, he really looks like you close up
We begin our journey
Him on one side, you on the other
I fall asleep
Ha! When I awake I'm confused
Who is who?
Who is who?
Who is who?
Who is who?

The driver turns around
'This would be your stop'
And the cab stops
You get out
We drive on
The actor decides to act like you
He mimics your lazy/amazing minions/millions [10:12]
He has perfected your accent
His makeup and hair are amazing
Even from here
I can't believe they even knew where you live
We pull up outside your house
The actress playing your wife comes out
Out of your house
Carrying a phone
She climbs in the front seat
She hands you--I mean, the actor--the phone
You deny everything
I mean the actor
No, but that's not true
That's just not true
Cars speed past
The hum of the city
Song of the day
The actor hangs up
On closer examination the phone is a prop
He reads from a script all but concealed
Why?
Why did you give Kilbey my number?
She answers with:
'Maybe this is an imposter
Kilbey is your friend, what do you mean?'
He replies:
'I feel like he's watching us all the time
Incorporating us into one of his songs
Writing about our lives
In his dispassionate way'

The cab turns into Cleveland Street
The driver turns around
'Just after these lights then'
There's so much I would like to ask the actress
I lean forward to say something
The taxi stops
We climb out
We come to a warehouse
We go in where they are making a film
We go in where they are making a film
We go in where they are making a film

The garden
A harbor
The pool
The chlorine
The alcohol
A hot night is invoked
A breeze maker emits a gentle breeze
The recorded sounds of a distant drunken party
People, laughter, drifting on the air
Woozy music
Glasses clinking
Ice tinkling
Yachts on the harbor
People on board waving to us
Drinking
Laughing
Waving
Summer
Holiday
Night
Antics
Rockets go up
Framing the bridge
Push out of the crowd
Crowd of extras and wardrobe people
Some wearing swimming costumes
Some in evening wear
More fireworks
More fireworks
Their soft explosions thumping the night
Revelry
Abandonment
Music swelling up
Credits roll
You leave the premises

 

I Don't Know
I don't know what people say now
Walk away next Tuesday now

I don't know if you've been told
All that glitters is not cold

Mmm, and I don't know how you do it
After all, you've been through it

Well I don't know how you're feelin'
After all you've had to deal with

Well I don't know if all that's true
and I'm still me you're still you

Well I don't know what I should try, man
I'd like to live before I die, man

 

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