NUX VOMICA

 

NOT YET

 

Mama when she’d ride that horse 

Buried out in Wilson fields 

Mama’d tell me all she thought 

Mama’d tell me all how riding feels 

 

And I thought 

Not yet. 

 

Then when mama got too old 

No one ever rode that horse 

Until one night I stole her key 

And I did ride it all night ‘till dawn 

 

When I thought 

Not yet. 

 

It looks an ugly world out there 

Of girl-guides and disease and war 

I love my little velvet bed 

I never want to leave it anymore 

 

At least 

Not yet. 

 

Charlie was the first I caught 

And Charlie was the first I begged 

To lay an anchor in my heart 

He was running his fingers down the inside of my legs 

 

When I thought 

Not yet. 

 

All my fears will come to me in dreams 

Maybe the end ain’t as far as it seems 

Not yet revived but not yet mourned 

Not quite denied just not yet born.

 

 

CALLIOPE! 

 

I woke this morning deep in the earth 

Laying bare with the granite and the moths 

Up I clambered and I was met by the sun 

It was then I saw you there, down on the street 

 

My love 

You’ve come such a long way 

With no one to comfort you 

Or to tell you you’re needed 

 

You and I come from the same place 

But if I were to call for you 

What’s there left to believe in? 

 

So I signaled up to the high and crumbling moon 

We’ve made it then, my love 

Closed both my eyes and crawled under the sink 

And as I dreamt I swear i felt you in my arms again 

 

You’ve come such a long way 

With no one to comfort you 

Or to tell you you’re needed 

 

You and I come from the same place 

But if I were to call for you 

What’s there left to believe in? 

 

What’s there left to believe in? 

 

That old weight of love came down

Broke my heart and ripped my crown

 

I know I’m falling for you

I know I’m falling for you, love

You’re all I’ve left to believe in.

 

 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG MOTHERS TO BE

 

She found the world embedded in the snow 

It’s too bad the rest have made it all their own 

There’s got to be a better way somehow but I don’t know 

Wish I could find the words and heal my baby 

 

She made a crib of blankets from the floor 

Painted the bluest colour on the walls 

I don’t want to know the time

I don’t care about that at all 

Nobody knows the way to heaven, baby 

 

No, this can’t go on 

Your advice for young mothers to be 

Will never find the words, darling believe me 

So here it is, your heart’s out in the cold 

The friends you’ve kept still call you on the phone 

The Vicar said it’s wrong but hey, what does he know? 

He said it’s wrong but that the Lord forgave me 

 

Well I don’t want His pity and your scorn 

Boy, why are you preaching, no-one’s listening anymore 

That life of yours sickens me 

Directly to my maternal core 

No man alive has earned the right to save me! 

 

No, this can’t go on 

Your advice for young mothers to be 

Will never find the words, darling believe me 

 

Now here I am, I’m pushing 24 

I’ve got a house and a little terrace on the lawn 

My baby’s grown and I’m as happy as a fawn 

Now only the beauty of the world delays me 

 

No, this can’t go on 

Your advice for young mothers to be 

Will never find the words, darling believe me 

 

Oh, this crown of thorns 

Your advice for young mothers to be 

Will never find the words, darling believe me.

 

 

JESUS FOR THE JUGULAR

 

How’d you preach the word if you don’t know how to read 

Where’d they hold your soul once you’ve signed the deed 

Would The Son still rise if there was no-one around 

Would the fox be as quick if he hadn’t his hound 

 

Let him go, let him go, let him go from me 

 

Well this whole world spins with her feet off the ground 

She’ll make the stars applaud when she sits back down 

There’s a bulls-blood fountain in the pit of a moan 

And I will summon an eclipse on my way to the Lord 

 

Let Him go, let Him go, let Him go from me 

 

Jesus for the jugular - one at a time 

Ain’t nobody ever gonna ever have to die.

 

 

PAN

 

I knew you’d starve in heaven 

And I’d pray for your release 

There’s and angel at my table and a devil up my sleave 

With nothing on - nothing but a smile 

 

I knew your prize was empty 

And that they’re waiting on your need 

Piano-white and wide and empty 

I don’t even want to know what that means 

 

Why d'you wanna know? 

You’re still nothing but a child 

 

Will it come back to me 

Will it come back to me 

If it comes back to me, my love 

Will it come back to me for long? 

 

He’ll not answer to your bidding 

I just buried him last night 

I’m still trying to force another 

Needle in the camel’s eye 

 

Why d'you wanna know? 

You’re still nothing but a child 

 

Will it come back to me 

Will it come back to me 

If it came back to me, my love 

Will it come back to me for long? 

 

Girl, you ought to know you are nothing but a child 

And you can’t satisfy my heart of its so-called desire 

 

You are nothing but a child.

 

 

A BIRTHDAY PRESENT

 

Everybody thinks it’s something real 

Right until the devil drinks it 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

Everything’s fate and spinning wheels 

Everybody wants their princes 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

There’s no sense in waiting for a swift completion to come 

That invitation is all I’m waiting on 

 

The tedious thoughts of the head of state 

Are seldom ever worth revealing 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

Indelible stains on the human race 

You hideous fakes and murderers 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

There’s no sense in waiting for a swift completion that never comes 

That invitation is all I’m waiting on. 

 

Everybody thinks the end is here 

How am I to tell the difference? 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

Wish everybody a happy new year 

There’s varying results predicted 

O-li-o 

O-li-o 

 

There’s no sense in waiting for a swift completion to come 

That invitation is all I’m waiting on.

 

 

UNDER THE FOLDING BRANCHES

 

There I knew you once, didn’t I? 

And the sound of that music traveled 

To me from that orphan sky 

And pulled 'til it all unraveled 

 

Love, hold me away 

Deep in that turning canopy of snow 

 

Go, spin me around under the folding branches 

Now is not too late, heaven can wait another year or so. 

 

Thought I loved you once, didn’t I? 

But I wanted the fame, didn’t I? 

Thought it broke your heart, didn’t I? 

That that face in the dark wasn’t mine .

 

Love, hide me away 

Deep in that turning canopy of snow 

 

Go, spin me around under the folding branches 

Now is not too late, heaven can wait another year or so. 

 

Thought I loved you once, didn’t I?

Yeah I loved you once, didn’t I. 

 

 

NUX VOMICA

 

What say you, Lord 

For the olive boys down in the house of corrections 

As they try for love and any form of ascension 

Am I on the right train headed in the wrong direction? 

What say you Lord 

What say you Lord 

 

Do you think it wrong 

Do you see a long road with no one on it 

And the right of men that you learnt only to forget 

You see my sad wife and my high margin of profit 

But you don’t care at all 

You don’t care 

 

What say you Lord 

Now that they’re breeding all our animals insane 

And the remedy is growing harder to obtain 

There’s a white horse running wild through the switch-cane 

I can hear him now 

And I fear him 

 

'Til Kingdom come 

Caught in this frenzy of elimination 

Such an irreparable disintegration 

My body’s twitching with a ready expectation 

For Kingdom come 

My Kingdom! 

 

What say you Lord 

Why is the truth of this so hard to unveil? 

Though it’s true I never knew what this would entail 

From the hands of Christ to the head of the Daily Mail 

I’ll see you all 

And I’ll raise you 

 

What say you Lord 

I wonder when this light is brought up for sale 

With the weight of love and the grace of the Baleen Whale 

Will the severed Heads of State be at all curtailed 

Will they be here at all 

Will they be dead and gone? 

 

What say you Lord 

Of the serpent-talied, forbidden fish of the harbor 

And the ready-men, defiant drinkers and charmers 

All lost and summoning the face of their fathers 

Can you see him now? 

I can see him 

 

What say you all 

Do I believe it if I do not want it 

Do I lie alone and keep my cold hand off it 

Honey, it ain’t hard to lose your grip in the midst of all of this 

But it ain’t far to fall 

It’s not far at all.

 

 

ONE NIGHT ON EARTH

 

I shook from a dream I wasn’t here 

To shake, shake from my own sight 

Shake, ache from the light of everything 

Shake, shake for that which sinks but can’t drown 

 

Your face 

It will not be back again 

Oh fate, your face 

To summon it away is to back down 

 

I’m not so alone in here tonight 

The light shines off the pennies in the street 

And love feels such a plausible delight 

Now I’ve learnt the lyrics in full to Auld Lang Sine 

 

Oh fate, your face 

It will not be back again 

Oh fate, your face 

To summon it away -

 

Oh fate, Your face 

It will not be back again 

Oh fate, your face 

To summon it away is to back down 

 

Now the wolves all howl 

And the birds all sing it: 

“He backed down.”

 

 

HOUSE WHERE WE ALL LIVE

 

There’s an old child’s swing set on the lawn

And an ivied wall lured by the years

A neckerchiefed spaniel patrols the swamp

And drinks from the garden of our tears

 

There are many rooms and many floors

A billion up and a billion down

I’m not sure God knows we’re here

Most nights It keeps to Itself

 

There’s a widow’s wing and an unloved wing

On the unwanted floor towards the rear

I’ve tried to memorise their names

But no sooner one dies than another appears.

 

There were bible verses all down the halls

But they soon got replaced with explicit cartoons

There are lipstick marks on all our collars

And the sign on the gate reads 'Come Back Soon’.

 

We all do our best to keep it clean

But some guy’s minds are like a sieve

Yeah sometimes it’s a little hard to sleep at night

In the house where we all live.

 

Now when I walk the grounds at dawn

I hear the sounds of far off bells

I lay my feet out in the reeds

And dream of being somewhere else

 

So boy, next time you are in town

Just ring the bell and I’ll let you in

I don’t think you’re going to need directions -

Just ask for the house where we all live

 

Oh I wish you could see this, mama