Jack Frost


Every Hour God Sends

So you fly, then you fall
Why'd you learn to walk, when you can crawl
Every hour god sends some wings
Every hour god sends some stones

You steal, and you scheme
You think therefore you are, and you seem
You seem a little nervous, just relax
Just give them all your innocence, you've got stacks

Every hour god sends some wings
Every hour god sends some stones

Now cool out and don't push
Sooner or later they'll give you an ambush
An ambush unexpected, from the blue
I like a little circus, don't you?

Every hour god sends some wings
Every hour god sends some stones
Every hour god sends some eyes
Every hour god sends some nerves
Every hour god sends some luck
Every hour god sends some love
Every hour god sends some light
Every hour god sends some prize

(Hey we're gonna have a jihad)


Birdowner (as seen on tv)

These are weird times
There's a widow in my street
She turns her husbands into birds
They've got claws instead of feet
A cage is in the garden
There's feathers in my phone box
Screeching, squawking, it sounds like talking
Damn noise never stops


See her at the market
She's buying all the seed
I walk right up and ask her
"Is there anything you need?"
I go "coo coo coo"
What else can I do
I go "coo coo coo coo coo"
What else can I do

I go "coo coo coo"
What else can I do
Every night she brings me in
And I fly around the room
There's a parrot who was a doctor
There's a finch who was a clerk
Two black starlings, former darlings
Changed the milkman just for a lark
The cops arrived at dawn
Things were getting out of hand
It seems she had her eyes on
Every single man
Fumbling with their handcuffs
They wanted her to fry
She was waiting in a garden
Watched them piggies fly



Civil War Lament
They packed us up in boxes, wooden boxes
And sent us home
Underneath the willow, near the river
By my headstone

And all you do is carry on

It's snowing now it's winter, river's frozen
And still you come
I can almost see you, and touch you
My pretty one

When all you do is carry on



Geneva 4 am
Air hostesses are dreaming at the bar
I thought I heard somebody say "I wish I was in America"
There's been no surprises here, not since the crash
There's been no survivors since the missus was blinded by the flash

I can't see you anywhere
But I look for you everywhere

Arms dealers up in arms at the prices of the drinks
A divorcee keeps telling me that this whole picture stinks
And all the co-pilots who just wanna fly
The architect tips his glass and says "Well here's mud in your eye"



Trapeze Boy

I hadn't thought about Mrs. Morgan for years, until I read in the paper
that she had died. When I was a boy, Mrs. Morgan played solo with my
mother every Tuesday afternoon. There were two other women there, but
I can't remember their names anymore. Monkey, Magda, something like that.

Mrs. Morgan collected opals. Her husband Ted owned a circus, which kept
him away and out of the picture most of the time. I'd come home from
school and the women would be hard at the cards. I liked Mrs. Morgan, she
always had a little chip of opal for me, and said that I should save it
for a sweetheart. I came home one day and Mrs. Morgan was crying in our kitchen.
My mother told me to leave them alone. I learned later that a boy from the
circus had fallen and died. He used to ride the trapeze. Mr. Morgan went out
of business and they moved away. I've still got the opals.

It's funny how someone you've never met manages to stay with you.



Providence

Remember when I told you
You were pretty lost
It seems you had it up to here
You just paid the cost

All I have, all I need, all you got, is providence

You're looking pretty tired
Seems you lost some weight
You made it through, I don't know how
That's what you can do

The pines smell sweet in the frozen air
And their silhouettes just fading there
The wolves crouch close against the snow
But where we're running I don't know
In villages and soft sad towns
The candles sway as night comes down
Cold bones creak and strange beasts cry
Watching shadows in the sky

Remember when we were lovers
The things we used to do
The way the wind came through the door
The way it pulled you through
It was over before we knew it
Gone from both our minds
So if you get the inclination
Just think of me sometime



Thought That I Was Over You

Well I saw you at the opening
Somebody's hand was up your dress
You were showing off everything
Except your finesse

Thought that I
Thought that I was over you
Thought that I, thought that I
Thought that I was over you

In a shack one night in Brisbane
You said that I'd just missed my flight
Playing cards, raining hard
And holding on with all my might

Like a firework going off in my mind
I have to say it hurt me seeing you have a good time
I know you're there, you've got new friends
From my point of view, well it depends

I'm sure there was a reason
It's pretty clear to me
If he's got a hold on your heart yeah
I hope he shows some mercy

Can't you hear the phone ringing
Can't you see the train has come
Can't you hear the Seraphim a-singing
Devil beating on his drum



Threshold

I can barely bear to be with you tonight
I can hardy stand to see you in this light
How can I even try to deny it
I can barely bear to be with you tonight

How long will you keep me waiting

I can only hold you in the dream tonight
I won't even think what claims you've made tonight
How can I even try to deny it
I can only hold you in the dream tonight

[Repeat verse 1]



Number Eleven

Plane crash in the desert, everybody walked away
Suitcase open to the breeze, light lifting up pretty heavy
So we climbed out, looked around us
Your shirt stuck to your skin
Wreckage shimmered under sky, nothing on the horizon

I know you can keep me warm

Have you ever seen the evening, the way it opens up
Lie down under a wing, we breathed in everything

I know you can keep me warm

The stranger in me shuddered, your eyes were partly closed
My hand deep in the still white sand, the stars dropped down so near
And I hope they never find us, just to disappear
We left it all behind us, now you'll find us here


Didn't Know Where I Was

Well you spoke about amnesia, as though it's where it's at
Your lover had a seizure, while her brother fed her pussycat
You were hanging from the railing, like a flag that's just been torn
You were trying, you were failing, you were screaming through the storm

Didn't know where I was, didn't know where I was
I didn't know my name
Didn't know where I was, didn't know where I was
It all looked the same

By the time I reached Wisconsin, it was looking just like Perth
A damaged doomed Charles Bronson stumbling on this earth
When the carburetors buckled your pistons just went slack
From the time that you were suckled, you were crying through the cracks

There's people in the city, there's witches in the caves
There's matchsticks in the kitty, why can't you behave
Torches search the heavens, it's raining out at sea
Everyone has disappeared you keep telling me

Your cover is blown, your smile is cracked
Your house burned down and that's a fact



Even As We Speak

Yeah, and somebody said, if you really want to get ahead
You can make your bed, but you don't have to lie in it
So keep your bad advice, I listened to it once or twice
I'll just throw the dice and wait a minute

Even as we speak, the headlines of the week
They may be wrong, but I'll be strong
And you belong with me

Yeah, and somebody sang, I don't believe in this whole shebang
The Lutherans rang, and I felt the power
I opened up my arms, walked out underneath the palms
And the car alarms went off every hour

Yeah, and somebody wrote, that it might have been a joke
Or just a mistake, at least that's what I reckon
I threw the windows open, it didn't matter that I was broken
I'm still hoping for something better every second

Even as we speak, the headlines of the week
They may be wrong, but I'll be strong
And you belong with me
Even as we speak, when things become more bleak
They may be wrong, but I'll be strong
And you belong with me
Even as we speak, the passing of another freak
They may be wrong, but I'll be strong
And you belong with me
Even as we speak
They may be wrong
And you belong with me


@SONG: ramble

The very second time I walked in this room
You knew that I was gone
And just the way the sun slanted in
Made it all seem wrong
I know you say you love me
And somewhere I think that you do
I love all the tricks you've shown me
I'll cut myself in two

It's coming on again

So I saw the newspaper that had burnt in the fire
The headlines were rain
Go walk outside and clear my head
Down on Albion Lane
I know you live around here somewhere
As I scan the sky
I know that you sleep around here somewhere
Where it's warm and dry

On Saturday afternoon the crowds rolled in clouds
Ignored the rumors of war
We drink a toast to auld lang syne
Stretched out on the floor
I know you'll never remember
And it's better that way
Let this wine take your memory
Of everything before today



Everything Takes Forever

As you stumble into the future
Remorselessly moving out of the past
And you separate the reflex moments of living
You drag down the morning into your room

You can sing with your partner
You can sing by yourself
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing with the vampires
You can sing with the beast
You can sing that everything takes forever

As you sit at the table you make small decisions
You lie in your bed and you laugh at the dark
You ask yourself a hundred dumb questions
And you answer yourself with a hundred dumb lies

(Chorus)

And then tomorrow wake up with a stranger
You drag down the morning into your room

(Chorus)
You can sing in the twilight
You can sing in the morning
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing in the orchards
You can sing by the streams
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing under stars
You can sing in the graveyard
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing in your sunglasses
You can sing by the moon
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing with accordions
You can sing with violins
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing with the knifethrowers
You can sing with the freaks
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing in the avenues
You can sing under starlight
You can sing that everything takes forever
You can sing with the last ones
You can sing with the children
You can sing that everything takes forever