AXOLOTL

 

I’m glowing bright, obsidian

Axolotl, amphibian

Un-elemental chemicals

Got me growing six black tentacles

 

A little nightmarish, a little maudlin

Good golly go get the kid some laudanum!

Salvation’s more than I can afford

Who needs The Devil when you’ve got The Lord?

 

Oh my soul

Losing control

Who built this heart?

Oh my God.

 

Now Sister Maggie’s coming in fleet-foot

Baby’s got a belly full of black soot

I’ve got the feeling I’d better just stay put

Ah she’ll love you better than any real man could

 

An accidental amphibian

I’m growing giddy as a Gideon

Another head for the chopping board

Who needs The Devil when you’ve got The Lord?

 

Oh my soul

Who’s in control

Who built this heart?

Oh my God. 

 

 

A BIT ON THE SIDE

 

Hoochie-coo-mon-ami-oh-my

Honey, honey

Honey, honey

 

Go on get your little bit on the side

Honey, honey

Honey, honey

 

She’ll only love you ‘til the money runs dry

Honey, honey

Honey, honey

 

So go on get your little bit on the side

Honey, honey

Honey, honey

 

You’ve made your bed now lie in it

You know that I’d agree

This feeling it ain’t right

I can’t deny it 

But what use is there to fight?

 

And if you’ve still got love for me

You’d better recognise it

And if you’ve hid that demon deep

You’d better exorcise it.

 

 

LOW LAYS THE DEVIL

 

Quiet as the secret you keep

Still in your heart as you sleep

Old as the lay of the land

Cold as all matters at hand

 

Long as the river of song

Mad as the world it moves on

High as the heavenly sea

Low lays the devil in me

 

High as the heavenly sea

Low lays the devil in me.

 

Straight as the wood of the cross

Wild as all the love that you’ve lost

Sure as inside the egg lies the yolk

I’m standing outside the gates of Hell 

And I’ll keep singing ‘til I choke

 

High as the heavenly sea

Low lays the devil in me

High as the heavenly sea

Low lays the devil in me.

 

Come lay your head on my lap

And let your hair fall back

You’ve got to live with yourself 

So baby don’t look back

 

Don’t look back.

 

 

KING OF CHROME

 

Well he’s tearing a line down that open road

He’s got a Hotchkiss Shaft and 9 tonne load

No thing in Hell nor Heaven can match this king of chrome

 

He clenches his knuckles around the steering wheel

It’s been 18 years since his last home-cooked meal

He used to swim around naked with the fish and the foam

 

He’s got white-noise blaring from his cabin door

He ain’t seen his own mother since 1984

And he likes his meat served red, straight off the bone

 

He’s out there searching for that missing part

He’s got an eye for trouble and a broken heart

He don’t know where he’s going but he ain’t never going home

 

Truck driver

Oh truck driver

Last of the midnight riders

What do you dream in the night all alone?

 

Truck driver

Oh truck driver

First of your kind, now the sole survivor

Where are you heading in the night all alone?

 

Endless highways all leading up

He drinks elixir from a plastic cup

Oh sing it out loud, baby, sing it low.

 

Truck driver

Oh truck driver

First of your kind, now the sole survivor

Where are you heading in the night all alone?

 

 

SWIMMING WITH THE CROCODILES

 

Take the bandage off his eyes

Take the bandage off and then go down

Swimming with the crocodiles

Spinning round and round and round

 

Only I know I’m better off this way

The water’s still the safest place to stay

 

They’re sinking in their teeth tonight

I can feel them move beneath me with no sound

Swimming with the crocodiles

Spinning round and round and round

 

Only I know I’m better off this way

The water’s still the safest place to stay

 

You’re all I’ve ever wanted

And there’s no remedy

I feel you when there’s no one else around

 

Hold me like a child, you swollen crocodiles

Hold me under until I drown

Then pull me down.

 

Just tell me what you came for 

Just tell me what you can and what you can’t

‘Cause honey I might be a while -

Honey I might be a while longer

 

And only I know I’m better off this way

The water’s still the safest place to stay

 

You’re all I’ve ever wanted

And there’s no remedy

I feel you when there’s no one else around

 

Hold me like a child, you swollen crocodiles

Hold me under until I drown

Then pull me down.

 

 

HERE COME THE DEAD

 

Well listen up ‘cause here they come

They’re filing out one by one

They’re climbing all down your halls

They’re seeping in through your walls

 

You’ll want to laugh, but you’ll cry instead

Here come the dead.

 

Well you’ve got nothing when you ain’t got time

They’ll strike you down right in your prime

Blood and guts on your knees

It all went nuts - I’ll tell you that for free

 

The sky is black, the moon is red

Here come the dead. 

 

A ceaseless fire and an endless rain

Are gonna flush us apes back down the drain

We’re all hanging on, hog-mad with fear

It’s Pandaemonium in here

 

We prayed for Heaven, but we got this instead

Here come the dead.

 

The end is coming, well just you wait

We prayed for mercy about a minute too late

Oh my Lord, set me free

I once was blind but now I see

 

It all added up just like they said

Here come the dead.

 

Now L. Ron Hubbard and Pope John Paul

Are both out walking around them all

Ingrid Bergman and Steve McQueen

Are making trouble everywhere they’ve been

 

Go shoot the dogs and put the kids to bed

‘Cause here come the dead. 

 

 

IN THE BLOOD

 

He holds your nightmares in one hand

And your dreams in the other

But no matter which one you demand

You’ll wish you’d chose the other

You’ll wish you’d chose the other

And still you know no better.

 

He bathes the world in holy light

And everlasting colour

Now papa’s turning out the lights

Say you’ll never love another

I’ll never love another

I’ll never love another.

 

How could you love me baby just to strip it all away

How could you love me baby just to strip it all away

 

It’s in the blood.

 

 

IODINE & IRON

 

Ain’t it useless to fight or to pretend

It’ll all come out right in the end

Still you wait for me

You who’ve only time

Still you wait for me

Care to ease my mind 

Iodine and iron?

 

And I’m thinking of you when times are hard

I feel as mad as the moon and twice as scarred

Still you wait for me

And you fill my heart

Still you wait for me

And you light the dark

Iodine and iron.

 

So don’t plead to me now to be only mine

Your love’s been stripping me down

Like turpentine

Still you wait for me

And then you leave no trace

Still you wait for me

Soon I’ll be erased 

With iodine and iron. 

 

 

HOUSE OF SPIRITS

 

I’ve been laying in this wreck since the dawn of days

And it’s been playing with my head in a million different ways

I hardly ever get a minute to my thoughts alone

Before they’re clambering on the roof or making something out of bone

 

Well since they made this their home

It’s no longer my own

 

Now I’m not welcome in this house of spirits anymore, baby

Now I’m not welcome in this house of spirits anymore, baby.

 

There are buzzards in the belfry always aiming for their mark

And countless other unhinged voices in this palace after dark

They took the timber off the roof, and now it’s filling up with rain

And whatever burrowed through my head has made its way outside again

 

Well since they made this their home

It’s no longer my own

 

And I’m not welcome in this house of spirits anymore, baby

And I’m not welcome in this house of spirits anymore, baby.

 

That’s why I wrote you this letter staring back from the page

Saying I won’t stay another minute and I will not be redeemed

And I know that I love you

I love you

I love you

It’s just lately it ain’t been the same here without you

It’s just lately it ain’t been the same here without you

 

Well since they made this their home

It’s no longer my own

 

You can tell from the look in their eyes, oh my love

They won’t let me out dead or alive, no my love

I’m going to wait ’til they’ve all gone to ground, oh my love

 

Then I’ll burn this mad house down.

 

 

DO YOUR BONES GLOW AT NIGHT

 

I’m like a kitty under an anvil

I’m running out of time

I’m like a man without a candle

Heading down the mine

 

And when I stare at the darkness I see nothing but devils

I was a stranger here but they think I’m on the level

 

And I can see you in my nightmares

And I can see you in my dreams

Funny every thing I try for ain’t what it seems

 

And I can see you in my nightmares

And I can see you in my dreams

Funny every thing I try for ain’t what it seems

 

Love guide me out of this harsh, ungrateful land of the damned

Just dance me to forever, dance me to forever

Guide me out of this harsh and hateful land of the damned

Just dance me to forever, dance me to forever, love.

 

Do your bones glow at night?

Do they shimmer in the moonlight?

You know I love you alright

Oh my god.

 

Do your bones glow at night?

Do they shimmer in the moonlight?

You know I love you alright

Oh my god.

 

Love guide me out of this harsh, ungrateful land of the damned

Just dance me to forever, dance me to forever

Guide me out of this harsh and hateful land of the damned

Just dance me to forever, dance me to forever, love.

 

 

 

IN THE NIGHTFALL

 

I stepped out to the sound of my radio on the right song

And I thought I saw a sign, and I know it rained

Because the night shone

 

Darling how long do I have to wait to get you alone in the nightfall?

 

Then I woke to the sound of that roaring wind at my front door

And I thought it might flood if it only rained a little more

 

Darling how long do I have to wait to get you alone in the nightfall?

 

Oh my love

I know you feel me coming on

Oh my love

You know one kiss won’t be enough

 

Darling how long do I have to wait to get you alone in the nightfall?

 

 

TOTAL DEPRAVITY

 

I asked our father and he said

It don’t get no easier once you’re dead

This whole universe is just mud and bone

And you carry what you can alone

 

There’s total depravity staring back at me

There’s total depravity standing right in front of me

 

I try to look away and I fail.

I try to look away and I fail.

 

I asked my mother what went wrong

She said it’s been bad all along

And you’d better face the butcher straight

You don’t want to end up on his plate, son.

 

I try to look away and I fail.

I try to look away and I fail.