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(30269) Wed 23 Dec 92 11:15p By: Gregory Hempel To: All Re: Sisters St: Local --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALICE She stays pressed against the wall so she can see the door in case the laughing strangers call and crush the petals on the floor Alice in her party dress she thanks you kindly so serene she needs you like she needs her thanks to tell her that the world is clean to promise her a definition tell her where the rain will fall tell her where the sun shines bright and tell her she can have it all today Pass the crystal spread the tarot in illusion comfort lies the safest way the straight and narrow no confusion no surprise Alice in her party dressed to kill she thanks you turns away she needs you like she needs her pilis to tell her that the world's okay to promise her a definition tell her where the rain will fall tell her where the sun shines bright and tell her she can have it all today today Alice don't give it away FLOORSHOW The bodies on the naked on the low damp ground in the violet hour to the violent sound and the darkness the blinding the eyes that shine and the voices and the singing and the line on line: this is the floorshow the clapping hands animal flow from the animal glands in the violet hour to the violent sound going round and around and around and I feel the bite I feel the beat I see the dancing feet I feel the light I feel the heat I see the new elite I see the final floorshow I see the western dream I see the faces glow and I see the bodies steam See them shimmy see them go see their panted faces glow slow slow quick quick slow see those pagans go go go go go This is the floorshow the last ideal it's populist got mass appeal the old religion redefined for the facile futile totally blind Mundane by day inane at night pagan palying in the flashing light in the violet hour to the violent sound going round and around and around and around and bodies on the naked on the low damp ground in the violet hour to the violent sound and the darkness the blinding the eyes that shine and the voices singing line on line See them shimmy... KISS THE CARPET She got red eyes she wear dust I went over over over over I went bust I kissed I kissed the carpet I climbed the curtain I was sure I was certain and I said yeah yeah She got red eyes she wear dust I went over over over over I went bust I kissed I kissed the carpet I climbed the curtain I was sure I was certain but I said next time I look before I next time the carpet next time I look before I kiss the carpet should I kiss kiss kiss LIGHTS The lights shine clear through the sodium haze the night draws near and the daylight fades ignore the voices discard the day for the brand new darkness for the bright new way hit there have been better plans but none that I could ever understand emerald signal the green on black the lights say move say never look back and so I find another place where l've never been seen find another place where the red turns green where the emerald glistens through the darkness again where the emerald glistens through the rain The lights shine clear through the sodium haze the nights draws near and the daylight fades but there's a voice in the distance quiet and clear saying something that I never ever wanted to hear There have been better plans but none that I could ever understand I see the emerald see the signal see the green on black I see the lights say move say never look back and so I find another place where l'll never be seen find another place where the red turns green where the emerald glistens through the darkness again where the emerald glistens through the rain rain rain and I'm happy here in the rain VALENTINE The razor bites and the shriek subsides he arches clatching at his sides across the floor across the tiles the man is dead and the razor smiles a shiny love song a quick incision cut him down on television A people come to this beyond the age of reason a people fed on famine a people on their knees and a people eat each other a people stand in line waiting for another war and waiting for my Valentine For a million empty faces for a million hollow smiles cancer for my education watch the body hit the files waiting for another war and waiting for my Valentine FIX Love for the party, love for the nation love for the fix and for the fabrication love for the corpse, for the corporation love for the death and for the detecation romance and assassination give me the love for the genocide give me love BURN Burn me a fire in the reptile house in the colour and the carnage fall me down my face in the fire in the reptile house and the kissing and the colour come crashing down in the fire in the reptile house and the colour and the carnage fall me down my face in the fire in the reptile house and the kissing and the colour come crashing down down down down around me down down down down around my face In the fire in the reptile house in the... HEARTLAND Lay me down the long white line leave the sirens far behind me paint my name in black and gold my heart my flame my heart my road my heartland fade across the line heartland sing the faces shining in the failing failing failing heartland make the places mine Clearly now the past mistakes the giant steps we had to take the path that ever promise made to die in dream dissolve and fade my heartland heartland heartland Behind the lines a face that glimmers still looking for a face that shines in the promise in the places l'm going to make them mine my heartland heartland heartland BODY AND SOUL All your hidden faces your seven veils unfold give me forbidden places all your tales untold give me ever and always ever and always body and soul Heaven and a hope eternal over your heart of gold sun and sunset burning in the flame you hold ever and always give me ever and always body and soul Yesterday today tomorrow body and soul Give me ever the years you wept inside when cold all the sins and secrets never cried all the dreams you kept and the tears you sold give me give me ever and always ever and always body and soul your heart your mind your body and soul TEMPLE OF LOVE With the fire from the fireworks up above me with a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain at hand you run for cover in the temple of love you run for another but still the same for the wind will blow my name across this land in the temple of love you hide together believing pain and fear outside but someone near you rides the weather and the tears he cried will rain on walls as wide as lovers' eyes in the temple of love: shine like thunder in the temple of love: cry like rain in the temple of love: hear my calling in the temple of love: hear my name and the devil in a black dress watches over my guardian angel walks away life is short and love is always over in the morning black wind come carry me far away with the sunlight died and night above me with a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain inside you Run for cover in the temple of love you run for another it's all the same for the wind will blow and throw your walls aside with the fire from the fireworks up above with a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain you run for cover in the temple of love I shine like thunder cry like rain and the temple of love grows old and strong but the wind blows stronger cold and long and the temple of love will fall before this black wind calls my name to you no more In the black sky thunder sweeping under ground and over water sounds of crying weeping will not save your faith for bricks and dreams for mortar all your prayers must seem as nothing ninety-six below the wave when stone is dust and only air remains in the temple of love shlne like thunder in rhe temple of love cry Iike rain in tne temple ot love hear the cal ing and the temple of love is falling down In the temple of love: shine like thunder in the temple of love: cry like rain in the temple of love: hear my calling in the temple of love: hear my name in the black sky thunder sweeping under ground and over waters sounds of crying weeping will not save your faith for bricks and dreams for mortar all your prayers must seems as nothing ninety-six below the wave when stone is dust and air remains the only haven you can trust and the devil in a black dress watches over my guardian angel walks away life is short and love is always over in the morning black wind come carry me far away with the fire from the fireworks up above with a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain you run for cover in the temple of love I shine like thunder cry like rain and the temple of love grows old and strong but the wind blows stronger cold and long and the temple of love will fall before this black wind calls my name to you no more In the temple of love you hide together believing pain and fear outside but someone near you rides the weather and the tears he cried will fall as rain on walls as wide as lovers' eyes in the temple of love: shine like thunder in the temple of love: cry like rain in the temple of love: hear my calling and the temple of love is falling down TRAIN Train train train train take a last decision and the cars to move it past information tunnel vision and the scars to prove it everybody got a reservation far beyond the black horizon beyond the things you know everybody got a destination everybody got a place to go Take a walk downtown to where the victims go take your shadow to the end to the very last window everybody got friends got shop upside and over down the line everybody got assignations I got mine Take a one-way ticket to the chain-reaction out a hole between the ground and sky make a railway track for the main attraction cross my heart and take a ride far beyond the black horizon beyond the things you know everybody got a destination everybody got a place to go BODY ELECTRIC Through the cables and the undergrouna the faceless breathless calls this is Babel, sensurround this place is death with walls too much contact, no more feeling the sound around them all acid on the floor so she walk on the ceiling and the body electric flashes on the bathroom wall crawling to the corners where the idiot children call see the body flashing on the bathroom wall Through the cables and the underground... AFTERHOURS One more night spent on your mlrror black Maria, in your eyes this stuff sio strange and lonely England fades away in your eyes Two o'clock in the morning ninety-four degrees through the stillness through the heat the cars go by on fifth and breathing slow get up off the floor and angel put your clothes on it's time for us to go Let's take a ride WALK AWAY And in the summer when the clouds show through I might go the same way too if you and I could talk together well what am I supposed to do with you and I would walk together then with always close around and now you gaze toward the doorway when the weather comes falling down and when the rain comes down would you choose to walk or stay would you choose to walk would you choose to stay would you walk walk walk away away away And when the rain comes down would you choose to walk or stay would you choose to talk would you choose to stay would you walk walk walk away though when the day is nearly Through I might see the same way too if you would name the things that bring you down on me so I could say it's not quite true if you don't really know or understand the circumstance behind then I might clear your mind and you won't have to go so so when the rain comes down would you choose to walk or stay would you choose to walk would you choose to stay would you walk walk walk away away away POISON DOOR Behind the door the poison door we search the still hours looking for a place to hide behind the door where dreams collide behind the door the poison door we sit in silence waiting for a deadly friend behind the door where dreams descend and the shadows smile lips dark and wild the shadows smile and kiss the sky behind the door the poison doorthe puppets dance on a burning floor like dying flames behind the door shoot me down again behind the door the poison door we search the still hours looking... The shadows smile but their lips are s... and the shadows smile lips dark and wild the shadows smile kiss your memory goodbye the shadows smile and kiss... the sky ON THE WIRE Now the ground comes up too fast too fast to meet you in clouds of dust erupting thick around your feet, be careful in the rubble in shrouds in waiting wall to wall to where you tread now the quick and the dead and the same old fates come calling cards away how do you think it came to pass you by the hard way by desire how do you think it came to pass you by? On the wire I don't sleep so I don't dream so I don't wake up frightened everything is what it seems if you look deep enough tonight and see... on the wire, on the wire, I will not fall NO TIME TO CRY It's just a feeling I get sometimes a feeling sometimes and I get frightened just like you I get frightened too, but it's (no no no) no time for heartache (no no no) no time to run and hide (no no no) no time for breaking down (no no no) no time to cry Sometimes in the world as is you've got to shake the hand that feeds you it's just like Adam says it's not so hard to understand it's just like always coming down on just like Jesus never came and what did you expect to find it's just like always here again it's (no no no) time for heartache... Everything will be allright everything will turn out fine some nights I still can sleep and the voices pass with time and I keep no time for tears no time to cry no time to be afraid of fear and I keep no time to cry it's (no no no) time for heartache.. BLOOD MONEY (Flesh) (bone) (splinters on the telephone) (whispers...) bullet in the head down head down got power to burn got means flowers to burn between those pretty dreams hold out for cover hold out your hands to me...for blood, blood money ( kiss...) children...kiss the ring children...kiss the blade blood money blood money which hands holds your hand? ...holds? blood, blood money... BURY ME DEEP Call it superstition followed and fell under the falling under the spell singing bury me bury me spoken in tonges of many colours, in the colours of heaven, in the colours of hell, in the cannot, would not tell, in the broken temple bells, in thye ringing oh, Marian, I can hear those voices singing bury me inside lie beside and bury me deep in the spoken in tongues cover me over unsung unsaid, not borrowed, broken and torn on the bed tomorrow, mourning before you sleep bury me deep bury me inside lie beside and bury me, bury me, bury me deep BLACK PLANET (ln the western sky) (my kingdom come) So still so dark all over Europe and I ride down the highway 101 by the side of the ocean headed for sunset for the kingdom come for the black black planet black black world Run around in the radiation run around in the acid rain on a black black planet black planet hanging over the highway out of my mind's eye out of memory black world out of my mind So still so dark all over Europe and the rainbow rises here in the western sky the kill to show for at the end of the great white pier I see a black black planet black black world Run around in the radiation tune in turn on burn out in a acid rain on a black black planet black black world A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE And she came to look for me sold me name and innocence took my key and told me to follow her down from igor with her bangles and her reference one from the church from the valley of the well she wanted a haven and a place to hide so I gave her an alibi took her inside but a rock and a hard place wait for me between the devil and the deep blue sea everything I ever did right or wrong hid out of sight where I belong and I didn't have the heart to tell her why and there wasn't a part of me that didn't want to say goodbye but cause and effect go hand in hand with the devil may care but I don't mind and I thought she'd never quite understand so I left her there that night and will she find me? I don't think so, no when you go, you go alone and l'm gone... far away far away And I didn't have the heart to tell her why... MARIAN In a sea of faces, in a sea of doubt, in this cruel place your voice above the maelstrom in the wake of the ship of fools l'm falling further down it you can see me, Marian, reach out and take me home... I hear you calling Marian, across the water, across the wave I hear you calling Marian, can you hear me calling you to save me, save me, save me from the grave... Marian... Marian there's a weight above me, and the pressure is all too strong, to breathe deep, breathe long and hard to take the water down and go to sleep, to sink still farther, beneath the fatal wave, Marian I think l'm drowning this sea is killing me... I hear you calling Marian... Was ich kann und was ich konnte weiss ich gar nicht mehr gib mir wieder eiwas schones zieh mich aus dem meer ich hore dich rufen Marian kannst du mich schreien horen, ich bin hier allein ich hore dich rufen Marian, ohne deine hilfe verliere ich mich in diesem ort I hear you calling Marian. . FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS See a body and a dream of the dead days following lost and blind living, far from here tomorrow is hard to find and it seems like twenty-five years of promises and give me more scenes of a hand-me-down in dresses heard before First and last and always: 'til the end of time first and last and always: mine Maybe it's not easy maybe it's a way too long say, say you'll be by me when the evidence comes along First and last and always, my calling, my time first and last and always: mine See a place and a dream of the dead days a following lost and blind cross my heart with silver here's the key behind seems like twenty-five years of ever after ever more more more seems I wore this face for you far too long before First and last and always... POSSESSION Carrion child, prey for me, play your wild card, see the house come down around your head, home to me, so much dreaming, some say l'm growing cold and taking over nothing, cut, two ways... possession: taking over... stand these pictures on your shelf and wear your heart upon my sleeve, wear a dress that you can see through, see yourself inside; l'll be your imagination tear apart what you believe make a mess of your convinction take away my pride, leave nothing, but the debris cut, two ways, carrion child prey for me, play your wild card, see the house come down around your possession: taking over... possession: shake shake shake shake somehow the fact takes over, and the fiction coming through, somehow I do my crying breaking down for you, this way the doubt takes over, contradiction coming through this way I do my lying, making up and making out for you... possession: taking over child (nothing) pray for me (but the debris) play your wild card (cut two ways) some say l'm growing cold and taking over...down around your head (nothing) home to me (but the debris) so much dreaming, see the house come down around your possession: shake shake shake shake possession: taking over... possession: shake shake shake shake possession: taking hold... NINE WHILE NINE And it's passing strange and l'm waiting for the train caught up on this line again and it's passing slowly killing time but it's better than living in what will come and l've still got some of your letters with me and I thought sometimes or I read too much and I think you know let's drink to the dead lying under the water and the cost of the blood on the driven snow and the lipstick on my cigarettes frost upon the window pane nine while nine and l'm waiting for the train... she said do you remember a time when angels do you remember a time when fear in the days when I was stronger in the days when you where here she said when days had no beginning while days had no end when shadows grew no longer I knew no other friend but you were wild... Frost upon these cigarettes lipstick on the window pane and l've lost all sense of the world outside but I can't forget so I call your name and l'm looking for a life for me and l'm looking for a life for you and l'm talking to myself again and it's so damn cold it's just not true and l'm walking through the rain trying to hold on waiting for the train and l'm only looking for what you want but it's lonely here and I think you knew and l'm and l'm waiting and I wait in vain nine while nine and l'm waiting for the train... AMPHETAMINE LOGIC Watch them do the falling over watch them do the standing still nothing but the knife to live for one life all I need give me one good reason give me more s... (women) and the women come and go (talk) talking about me like they know (men) bought and sold and the world keeps turning people cold and people burning nothing but the knife to live for one life all I need give me one good reason give me more s... Nothing but the knife to live for one life all I need give me one good reason give me more s...(amphetamine logic) hit up steel in hand lit up like candles burning like Catherine wheels turning on nothing but the knife to live for one life all I need give me one good reason give me more s...(amphetamine logic) DOMlNlON/MOTHER RUSSIA In the heat of the night in the heat of the day when I close my eryes when I look your way when I meet the fear that lies inside when I hear you say in the heat of the moment say, say, say Some day, some day, some day - Dominion come a time some day, some day, some day - Dominion some say prayers I say mine In the light of the fact on the lone and level sand stretch far away in the heat of the action in the settlest dust hold hold and sway in the meeting of mined down in the streets of shame in the betting of names on gold to rust in the land of the blind be...king, king, king, king some day, some day... In the heat of the night. We serve an old man in a dry season a lighthouse keeper in the desert sun dreamers of sleepers and white treason we dream of rain and the history of the gun there's a lighthouse in the middle of Prussia a white house in a red square l'm living in films for the sake of Russia A Kino Runner for the DDR and the fifty-two daughters of the revolution turn the gold to chrome gift...nothing to lose stuck inside of Memphis with the mobile home, sing: Mother Russia, Mother Russia Mother Russia rain down down down 1959 Living as angel in the place that I was born living on air living in heaven giving the Iie down, the line to the there's my heaven And I know which way the wind blows in nineteen fifty-nine And the wind blows still and the wind blows wild again for a little child can never kill this clean this way and it feels like me today tell me do you feel the same? Isabelie? Or do you feel like nineteen fifty-nine? And the wind blows wild again and the wind blows wild In nineteen fifty-nine in fifty-nine Isabelle Do you, do you feel the same? Come with me Like a little child like another gun Like homeless, restless, known to none, like way beyond the line like it never was in nineteen fifty-nine DRIVEN LIKE THE SNOW Still night, nothing for miles, white curtain come down, kill the lights in the middle of the road and take a look around... it don't help to be one of the chosen one of the few, to be sure when the wheels are spinning around and the ground is trozen through, and you're driven, like the snow pure in heart driven together and given away to the west a white dress 'til the river don't run a black dress looking like mine 'til the sun don't shine no more where the sky meet the ground where the street fold round where the voice you hold don't make no sound, look, snow on the river and two by two, took a lot to live a lot like you, I don't go there now, but I hear they sung their "fuck me and marry me young" some wild idea and a big white bed, now you know better than that, I said like a voice in the wind blow little crystals down like brittle things will break before they turn like lipstick on my cigarette and the ice get harder overhead like think it twice but never never learn... And the mist will wrap around us and the crystal, if you touch it... And the cars lost in the drift are there and the people that drive lost in the drift are there and the cars l've lost in the drift are there theirs, ours, lost in the drift are... driven, driven together and driven apart SOME KIND OF STRANGER And yes I believe in what we had but words got in the way and only yesterday as I was leaving Lord knows I tried to say but l've heard a million conversations going where they've been before seen the way that caretul lingers undecided at the door and all I know for sure all I know tor real is knowing doesn't mean so much when placed against the feeling the heat inside when bodies meet when fingers touch All of my words are secondhand and useless in the face of this rationale and rhyme and reason pale beside a single kiss and l've heard so many things I fail to understand at all l'd settle anytime for unknown footsteps in the hall outside And all I know for sure... Because the world is cruel and promises are broken don't try to tell me anything don't try to tell me you'll be true to me you know the real truth is never spoken and I know the world is cold but if you hold on tight to what you find you might not mind too much though even this must pass away and memories may last for years but names are just for souvenirs some kind of angel let me look into your eyes don't give me whys and wherefores reason for surprise I don't care for words that don't belong and I don't care what you're called tell me later if at all I can wait a long long time before I hear another love song come here I think you're beautiful my door is open wide some kind of angel come inside come here I think you're beautiful I think you're beautiful beautiful some kind of angel... some kind of stranger come inside LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION I hear the roar of a big machine two worlds and in between hot metal and methedrine I hear empire down I hear the roar of a big machine two worlds and in between love lost, fire at will dum-dum bullets and shoot to kill, I hear dive, bombers, and empire down I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed get down, get undressed get pretty but you and me, we got the kingdom, we got the key we got the empire, now as then, we don't doubt, we don't take direction Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me... we look hard we look through we look hard to see for real such things I hear, they don't make sense I don't see much evidence I don't feel - A long train held up by page on page a hard reign held up by rage once a railroad now it's done... I hear the roar of a big machine... We got the empire, now as then, we don't doubt, we don't take reflection, Lucretia, my direction, dance the ghost with me... THIS CORROSION Gimme the ring, kissed and toll'd gimme something that I missed a hand to hold, wild and what it seems... kill the king, when love is the law, and the we'll turn round... gimme dream child and do you hear me call? On the loan and on the level ...still on the floor sing dream child and do you hear at all? Hey know, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me Gimme siren, child and do you hear me? gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call? sing, child, of right and wrong gimme things that don't last long gimme siren, child, and do you hear me call? Hey now, hey now, sing this corrosion to me On daze, like this in times like these I feel an animal deep inside heelto haunch on bended knees living on if and if I tried somebody send me...please... dream wars and a ticket to seem giving out and in selling the don't belong well, what do you say d'you have a word for giving away? Got a song for me? Hey now, hey now now, sing this corrosion to me I got nothing to say I ain't said before I bled all I can, I won't bleed no more I don't need no one to understand why the blood run hold the highered hand on heart hand of God floodland and driven apart run cold turn cold burn like a healing hand FLOOD And her hallway moves like the ocean moves At the head of the river at the source of the sea Sitting here now in this bar for hours trying to write it down fitting in hard with harder to come trying to fight it down the river there's a ship will carry you down river down stream down the river there's a ship will carry the dream dream of the flood as the water come rushing over as the water come rushing in as the water come rushing over flood...flood... Push the glass, stain the glass push the writer to the wall it may come but it will pass some say we will fall dream of the flood... And her hallway... Oh, maybe, in terms of surrender, on a backcloth of lashes and eyes in a flood of your tears, in sackcloth and ashes and ashes and ashes and lies And her hallway... like... Sitting here now in this bar for hours while these strange men rent strange flowers l'll be picking up yours petals in another few hours in the metal and blood, in the scent and mascara on a backcloth of lashes and stars in a flood of your tears, in sackcloth and ashes and ashes and second hand passion and stolen guitars And her hallway.. And her hallway moves like the ocean moves and her hallway moves like the sea She says no no no no harm will come your way she says bring it on down, bring on the wave she says: nobosy done no harm grace of God and raise your arms she says: face it and it's a place to stay This, this is the way it was this, this is the way it is when the water come rushing, rushing in She says she says anytime raise your arms flood And her hallway... Like a million voices call my name like a million voices calling not now, not ever again... sitting here now in this bar for hours strange men rent strange flowers seconds to the drop but it feels like hours and I think l'm going to...going to... This, this is the way it was... She says... And her hallway... NEVER LAND A fragment I had a face on the mirror I had a hand on the gun I had a place in the sun and a ticket to Syria I had everything within my reach I had money and stuff each and every call too much but never enough tear it up and watch it fall --- * Origin: (1:130/603)

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