Trinidad/Tobago

a man
a lover of song
a man
he won't be for long
a man
until
those plans fly out
that door

a love
of infinite gesture (gesture)
a love
it won't be sequestered (sequestered)
a man
until
he is a man
no more

oh those cracked linoleum floors
lead to change
and most in this town
well they treat you strange
and what's worse
those who don't see you at all

a mind
alchemist of gender
so long
he's legally tender
and headed for some far off
distant shore

and those faded posters
of fighters in rings
the country doctor
"sure" he sings
and the sun
vanquishes all

trinidad is calling you tobago
trinidad is calling you tobago
trinidad is calling you colorado

(no man is an island, but many are peninsulas
no one is a rock, but many are islanders)

trinidad is calling you
so they go

and they gone, and they gone, and they gone and they went

Thick Heads

it's easy
to assume
that you're marked
marked for noon

and to walk
walk, walk, walk, walk
and to walk
walk, walk, walk, walk

with a pistol
silhouette

you think violence
is in bloom (better sensations to be chasing)
your flower
will be deplumed (you can't win it's the sun you're facing)

and your talk
talk, talk, talk, talk
and your talk
talk, talk, talk, talk

it blows tumbleweeds through this
fake set

mind, mind, mind, mind
mind, mind, mind, mind
set

man you got to fix your thick head

mind, mind, mind, mind
mind, mind, mind, mind
set

Sin Anew

i need to cry
yes i do
need to let the walls wash
right over you

you know i got to cry
you know i do
gotta let the walls wash
right over you

and i'm staring at a city
it's sharp and bright sinew
and i know it's your taut skin
that i must unlearn soon

'cause there was a time
we were true
i don't remember that time
don't remember
don't remember

and there was a time
we were through
hold on a minute
that's right now
right now
right now

Casual Piracy Revisited

and the piss-take poor illustration
you did of me
as you fired away
fired away
into my hull
into my heart
into my hull
into my heart

you said "i'll hunt you down and eat your first born
if you ever hurt me"
and i tire away
tire away
of things that you say
but don't actually mean

you were never deserving
of this second birthing
no never deserving of this
second birthing 

and if you smile too much in this life
you will make enemies
as they fire away
fire away
fire at will
into yours still
ah man these seas are high
but i have sailed higher seas
place this betwixt knees
and just feel the breeze

you were never deserving
of this second berthing
no never deserving
of this second berthing 

and i turn to that sea
everything i've ever known
it slides out of me
fire when ready
fire when ready
'cause we are all victims of casual piracy
real intentions don't please
real intentions don't please
don't please
don't please
don't please

Cig No Fire

fire
doesn't know it's on fire
these words
they don't know they're on fire

water and hand
can't extinguish this fire

young shaver
he got a cig but no fire
pensioner
he got a cig but no fire

trust in the band
to deliver you

steal everything says Jim
steal everything says Jim
steal everything says Jim
but you can't steal fire

Arthur he answers him
Arthur he answers him
Arther he answers him
just watch me try a

steal it all
steal it all
steal it all
ahahahahahahahahahah

Beck and Call

ten drown on a summer day in Turkey
stoned men paid to wash a dust line
i'm laughing at nothing in particular
serving for a general crime

my wife was the fairest maid
she looked like the froth on the tide
but she lacked in animal grace
so i skinned for another hide

hide, hide, hide
don't hide away

come outside!

pardon me while i sit so near
tell you one thing that's on my mind
did you hear about the ampitheatre in İzmir?
under houses the whole fucking time

time, time, time
time awaits

don't calcify

some scratch and forty leer
a fun ticket for the coming ride
move along mr. officer
the moon will break you as sure as the tide

i met her on a ferry in the clear
we changed numbers with 'lectronic device
thin jokes poked the atmosphere
the sun was reaching for some calcium light

light, light, light
years away

in your run and in your crawl
i'll be singing this beck and call

How many listeners?

she had only one delay
delay in this lifetime
he had only this delight
flirting with the idea

set your phasers back to stun
and point them at what you want
set your phasers back to stun
and point them at everyone

cause your heart beats like a hum-drum
your heart beats like a hum-drum
your heart beats like a hum-drum
set your phasers back to stun!

the deaf are talking cross a traffic jam
deaf are talking cross a traffic jam
you can only look at your hands
I can only look at my hand

the priest still preach from the front
the host still takes from a prompter
the art still hangs on a wall
the wall still hinges at 90
the band still plays on a stage
the curious approach
the skulls all live in a cage
everybody look at your hands!

flirting with the idea
they were flirting with the idea
flirting with the idea
they were flirting with the idea

she slips back into life
he slips back into life
we all know what that's like
we all know what that's like