1983 – 1984

[The Smith / Tolhurst (into) Smith / Tolhurst / Thompson / Anderson / Thornalley Cure]

Let’s Go To Bed

Let me take your hand   I’m shaking like milk   Turning   Turning blue   All over the windows and the floors   Fires outside in the sky   Look as perfect as cats   The two of us together again   But it’s just the same   A stupid game

But I don’t care if you don’t   And I don’t feel if you don’t   And I don’t want it if you don’t   And I won’t say it   If you don’t say it first

You think you’re tired now   But wait until three…   Laughing at the Christmas lights   You remember   From December

All of this then back again   Another girl   Another name   Stay alive but stay the same   It’s just the same   A stupid game

But I don’t care if you don’t   And I don’t feel if you don’t   And I don’t want it if you don’t   And I won’t play it   If you don’t play it first

You can’t even see now   So you ask me the way   You wonder if it’s real   Because it couldn’t be rain…   Through the right doorway   And into the white room   It used to be the dust that would lay here   When I came here alone

But I don’t care if you don’t   And I don’t feel if you don’t   And I don’t want it if you don’t   And I won’t say it   If you don’t say it first

Doo doo doo doo   Let’s go to bed!   Doo doo doo doo   Let’s go to bed!

 

Just One Kiss

Remember the time that you rained all night   The queen of Siam in my arms   Remember the time that the islands sank   But nobody opened their eyes

Remember that time that the trees fell down   The wood crashing through the wall   Remember the sound that could wake the dead   But nobody woke up at all

Somebody died for this   Somebody died for just one kiss

Remember the time that the sky went black   We waited alone on the sands   Remember the taste of the raging sea   But nobody held out their hands

Somebody died for this   Somebody died   For just one kiss

Just one kiss   Just one kiss

 

The Walk

I called you after midnight   Then ran until I burst   I passed the howling woman   And stood outside your door

We walked around a lake   And woke up in the rain   And everyone turned over   Troubled in their dreams again

Visiting time is over   And so we walk away   And both play dead then cry out loud   Why we always cry this way?

I kissed you in the water   And made your dry lips sing   I saw you look   Like a Japanese baby   In an instant I remembered everything…

I called you after midnight   Then ran until my heart burst   I passed the howling woman   And stood outside your door

I kissed you in the water   And made your dry lips sing   I saw you look   Like a Japanese baby   In an instant I remembered everything…

 

The Dream

You’re too far away   Too far away to touch   And this mother’s love inside me   Hurts too much   Prettily waving   Playing on the sand   Dreaming of everything   Dancing   Dancing in our hands   Dancing   Dancing

Dizzy dizzy dizzy   As I speak   Like a tumbling cat   I watch in fascination   Like a vampire bat   Don’t do it don’t do it   Don’t do it don’t do it   Don’t give it away   We’ll use it up tomorrow   If we don’t use it today

Rest your head   Oh! just put it outside   All wrapped up in ribbons   The night   The dream   The time love died

We pushed it in our mouths   Pushed it deep inside   All wrapped up in ribbons   The night   The dream   The time   Love died

 

Lament

Today there was a tragedy   Underneath the bridge   A man walked   Cold and blue   Into La Ment   The sky coloured perfect   As the man slipped away   Waving with a last vanilla smile…

Somewhere at a table   Two drowned fools   Smoking   Drinking water as they talked   Of how they loved our lady   And oh! the smell as candles die…

One more ice cream river body   Flowed underneath the bridge   Underneath the bridge

 

The Upstairs Room

I love it all   These games we play   I close my eyes   You run away   I’m sure I asked you to stay   But now you’re gone

And so I feel the grey   Pulse in my head   I turn off the lights and crawl into bed   I try to think of sunshine   But my body goes wet   With the first crash of thunder…

I don’t think I can know   Anyone but you dear   That’s for sure!

When it gets to four   It’s my turn to go   Oh the kiss!   So alcoholic and slow   Arranging me for Saturday   I thought you would know   That I always sleep alone…

I don’t think I can know   Anyone but you   Dear   That’s for sure!

The upstairs room is cool and bright   We can go up there in summer   And dance all night…

Your sister started talking at a minute after ten   So everyone jumped up   And then fell over again   In April you can join them   And stare at me   At the ghost from your past…

 

The Lovecats

We move like cagey tigers   We couldn’t get closer than this   The way we walk   The way we talk   The way we stalk   The way we kiss   We slip through the streets   While everyone sleeps   Getting bigger and sleeker   And wider and brighter   We bite and scratch and scream all night   Let’s go and throw   All the songs we know…

Into the sea   You and me   All these years and no one heard   I’ll show you in spring   It’s a treacherous thing   We missed you hissed the lovecats

We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully   Wonderfully pretty!   Oh you know that I’d do anything for you…   We should have each other to tea huh?   We should have each other with cream   Then curl up by the fire   And sleep for a while   It’s the grooviest thing   It’s the perfect dream

Into the sea   You and me   All these years and no one heard   I’ll show you in spring   It’s a treacherous thing   We missed you hissed the lovecats

We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully   Wonderfully pretty!   Oh you know that I’d do anything for you…   We should have each other to dinner huh?   We should have each other with cream   Then curl up in the fire   Get up for awhile   It’s the grooviest thing   It’s the perfect dream

Hand in hand   Is the only way to land   And always the right way round   Not broken in pieces   Like hated little meeces…   How could we miss   Someone as dumb as this?

I love you… let’s go…   Oh… solid gone…   How could we miss   Someone as dumb as this?

 

Speak My Language

It was only yesterday   Waving arms across the street   Your white face left me blue…   How can I say all the things   I have to say to you?   Oh! all the people here   All look the same…   The little time I spend with you   We drink each other dry

Mammnnarghaassstmmetc!   Speak my language!

It was only yesterday   My eyes touched yours across the street   We cut the words   And waved goodbye   And dropped off the edge of the world

Mammnnarghaassstmmetc!   Speak my language!

 

Mr. Pink Eyes

You look so cool   Oh I don’t think!   Just fall over   Be like me   Mr. Pink Eyes

Your mind is blank   And mine’s away   Oh you can’t see   You can’t smell   Mr. Pink Eyes

It’s got to be jazz!   That’s what she wants   You are so vile   Mr. Pink Eyes

Oh give me a look   Give me a look   Or sit on my head   Or jump on my foot   Do something!

 

New Day

New day   In heaven the ground is waiting   For the dust   The seed   My love once more

I shout   New day

Hold the air and gasp in life   This solid dance   This cold cold night   Is gone…   The dark heat throbs   The fools’ sweat swims   The hazy lights   The deadly sins   Are gone…

Crack the stone   Invade my head   Dropping honey dropping dead again

The silence shouts   Across the gap   Another dreaming   Love me again   Shout…

 

Shake Dog Shake

Ha ha ha!!!   Wake up in the dark   The aftertaste of anger in the back of my mouth   Spit it on the wall   And cough some more   And scrape my skin with razor blades   And make up in the new blood   And try to look so good   Follow me!   Make up in the new blood   And follow me to where the real fun is   Ha ha ha!!!

As stale and selfish as a sick dog   Spurning sex like an animal of god   I’ll tear your red hair by the roots   And hold you blazing   Hold you cherished in the dead electric light

Your face   I’ll never see you this way again   I captured it so perfectly   As if I knew you’d disappear away

Shake dog shake

You hit me again   You howl and hit me again   The same sharp pain   Wakes me in the dark   And cuts me from my throat to my pounding heart   My heart   My shaking heart

Shake dog shake

But we slept all night in the virgin’s bed   And dreamed of death   And breathed like sick dogs   We slept all night in the virgin’s bed   And breathed like death   And dreamed of sick dogs

Shake dog shake

Wake up wake up wake up!   Shake dog shake   Wake up wake up wake up!   Shake dog shake

Wake up in the new blood   Make up in the new blood   Shake up in the new blood   And follow me to where the real fun is…

Shake dog shake

 

Piggy In The Mirror

Shapes in the drink like Christ   Cracks in the pale blue wall   I’m walking slowly and quickly but   Always away   Twisting twisting to the floor

Flowers in your mouth and the same dry song   The routine from laughter land   Sixteen white legs and a row of teeth   They watch you in secrecy

You’re dying for the hope is gone   From here we go nowhere again   I’m trapped in my face and I’m changing   Too much   I can’t climb out the way I fell in

Jump with me   For that old forgotten dance   The midnight sun will burn you up   Your life is cold   Your life is hard   Your life is too much for words

These occasions are such a relief   Another point another view to send   Hey hey hey!   We start to talk   And it’s all so safe…   I feed you in my dreams

Footsteps on a wire   High above my head   The stain reveals my real intention   I’m the waiting beast   I’m the twisted nerve   As I dance   Dance back to the body in my bed

Look at the piggy   Piggy in the mirror

 

Bird Mad Girl

This girl has got a smile   That can make me cry   This girl just burns with love   She’s burning burning deep outside

Night time night time   Sets my house on fire   I’ll turn into the melting man   I’ll lose my life   To feel I feel desire

Oh I should feel   Like a polar bear…   It’s impossible

She flies outside this cage   Singing girlmad words   I keep her dark thoughts deep inside   As black as stone   And mad as birds

Wild wild wild   And never turn away   Sends me all her love   She sends me everything   She sends me everywhere

Oh I could be   A polar bear…   It’s impossible

I try to talk   The sky goes red   I forget   So fill my head   With some of this   Some of that   Some of every word she said

Oh I should be   A polar bear…   But it’s impossible

 

The Caterpillar

Flicka flicka flicka!   Here you are   Cata cata cata!   Caterpillar girl   Flowing in   And filling up my hopeless heart   Oh never never go   Dust my lemon lies   With powder pink and sweet   The day I stop   Is the day you change   And fly away from me

You flicker   And you’re beautiful   You glow inside my head   You hold me hypnotized   I’m mesmerized…

Your flames   The flames that kiss me dead

 

Wailing Wall

The holy city breathed   Like a dying man   It moved with hopeful tears   With the tears of the blind

And on and on as the night drew in   Through broken streets   That sucked me in   My feet were bare and cut with stones   With walking to the Promised Land

I pushed through crowds   Through seas of prayer   Through twisting hands and choking air   A vulture at the Wailing Wall   I circled…   Waiting…

 

Give Me It

Get away from me   Get your fingers out of my face   This room’s so hot   This room’s so hot

I break the walls

Get away from me   Leave me alone   Like the pig on the stairs   Hanging   In a groovy purple shirt

Gasping for air   I’m gasping for air   I’m gasping for love   I’m gasping for air…

Slit the cats like cheese   Then eat the sweet sticky things   Suck harder!   Suck harder!   Suck your insides   Insides out!

Blood thick swimming round your feet   As you’re choking   Choking   Choking on the fleshy words

Give me it give me it give me it   Deaden my glassy mind   Give me it give me it   Make me blind   One step back and one step down   And slip the needles in my side…

My head is cold   My hands are cold   My heart is cold   My heart is black   And stops every fucking night   Every night   I wait until it stops…

Sing birds sing birds sing birds sing   Get away…

 

Dressing Up

Going under slowly   It never seems too late   Going under so slow…

Dressing up to kiss   Dressing up to touch all this   I’m dressing up to dance all week   I’m dressing up to sleep   Dressing up to kiss   Dressing up to be all this

I could eat your face   I could eat all of you   Oh this night will never let me go…

Going under slowly   Never seems too late   Going under slowly…

You’ll pick me up again

 

Bananafishbones

Curl into a ball like you have more fun   That would make it faster   Why do you do it do you do it do you act like you?   Why do you do it do you act like you?

Don’t fight   Go red and blue and black and white   Sell this sell this   Or leave it senseless like a suck on a gun? « Put a piece of metal in your head » you said « Make you dead   Make you hippa hippa hippa hippa…  »

A palace of stones   Of your bananafish bones   I’d buy you a hundred years old   To celebrate our difference   Theorize and talk yourself   Until you’re tired and old

Disappear everywhere and watch me   Pull my lips apart   Exploit! Inspire! Encourage!   Be responsible for this…   Ha ha!

I don’t think   I don’t think   I make use of all this time   Oh kill me kiss me once   And then we’ll throw it away   And then we’ll throw it away…

Turn off the lights   And tell me about the games you play…

 

The Top

« I don’t care »   If only I could say that   And not feel so sick and scared « I don’t care »   If only I could say that   If only my eyes would close…

« It’s Jesus brilliant »   You used to laugh « Walking these gorgeous blocks…   This top is the place   Where nobody goes   You just imagine   You just imagine it all…  »

Every day I lie here   And know that it’s true

All I really want is you

Please come back   Please come back   Like all the other ones do…

Please come back   All of you…

 

The Empty World

As stiff as toys   And tall as men   And swaying like the wind torn trees   She talked about the empty world   With eyes like poisoned birds

She talked about the armies   That marched inside her head   And how they made her dreams go bad   But oh!   How happy she was!   How proud she was!   To be fighting in the war   In the empty world!

 

Throw Your Foot

It’s funny how your face gets bigger   Gets bigger in this atmosphere   And your mouth goes dry   With every move you try   It’s so funny here!

Jumping around   Click click click   When you’re so slow   It’s like the world is stopping…

Fifteen times I try this   And every time I faint   You look at me and   Start to tell the joke   About the man who couldn’t stop   Hiccupping…

It would be so perfect   If you would just fall out the window!   Throw your foot away!   You’re tired and your face is grey   Like the sad old fool   You groove…

Hey hey hey!!!

 

Happy the Man

I’ll never understand   (Come closer and I’ll whisper)   Who was that standing in the rain?   If only I could remember   What he said…   (And how it all began)

Happy the man   With the face that smiles!

But it has to have a name   (Something strong   Something faithful   Something pure… )   How does he look so safe?

He’ll never   Never turn away   Happy the man…