TROUBLES OF THE BRAIN

 

 

BLOOM

 

Don’t she seem

Like some faded picture

And don’t she stare

Sad as the still, wide ocean

 

Over me

Came all the rain and lights

Over me

 

She took my hand and now there’s no other

 

Don’t you see

She is never-ending

She walked on stones

From Ellis End to Maryland

 

Over me

Came all the rain and lights

Over me

 

She took my hand and now there’s no other

 

And in this dream

We go on forever

We climb the stairs

Thought I was good for nothing

 

And then

Over me

Came all the rain and lights

Over me

 

She took my hand and now there’s no other

She took my hand and now there’s no other.

 

 

DON’T LET THE SAME BEE STING YOU TWICE

 

I left a message to myself

That girl ain’t no good for your health

Unhooked my brother’s telephone

Pretended nobody was home

 

Your love weren’t nothing but trouble - I guess I’m only now paying the price

 

Don’t let the same bee sting you twice

Don’t let the same bee sting you twice

 

Climbing up your mama’s stairs

Oblivious to your affairs

But really how could I have known?

Your lies were seeds carefully sewn

 

But now I know I should always have listened to dear daddy’s advice

 

Don’t let the same bee sting you twice

Don’t let the same bee sting you twice

 

Well now ain’t you meant to die after one sting, honey?

But you just keep on coming back for more

And I’ve been losing my mind over this and ain’t it funny

I’ve still got no idea what it is you’re looking for

Oh, and here she comes again -

 

And now you’re standing at my door

Just too damn pretty to ignore

And i think that maybe I’ve gone mad

And your love really weren’t so bad

 

And then you claim it was a case of neurotic perception

And I say: “Maybe, well that sounds about right”

 

And then I let the same bee sting me twice

Yeah I let the same bee sting me twice.

 

 

THE STARS CAME OUT ONCE THE LIGHT WENT OUT

 

I’m caught between the pen and the page

Lost in the remains of the age

Daddy when you were young was it all this strange?

 

Fear’s inching up the ridge of my spine

The talking clock reminded me

I’ve never felt all myself and I don’t know why

 

I can’t seem to get to grips with it

I almost touched my fingertips to it

Why oh my oh my?

 

Then the stars came out once the lights went out

And I could not speak so I had to shout

And then the moon passed sadly by.

 

The joys are few and far between

I’ve got the doomsday app. on my iPhone screen

Honey, I’ve seen the truth and it’s worse than it seemed

 

Sins derived and sins original

Lies eclipsed and lies made visible

I’m turning my back on the world and fixing my eyes on the sky

 

I can’t seem to get to grips with it

I almost touched my fingertips to it

Why oh my oh my?

 

Then the stars came out once the lights went out

And I could not speak so I had to shout

And then the moon passed sadly by

 

Love will I see you again

‘Cause I could do with some mending

Love, will I see you again

'Cause I’m through with pretending

Love, will I see you again?

 

 

THE WISHBONE

 

I said I wanted summer and the morning brought the sun

I said I need a lover and by the next night I had one

I said I wanted a hurricane and the wind blew hard and the wind blew strong

 

Careful what you wish for

Tearing back the wishbone

 

I wished to live forever but ain’t that hard for you and me

There ain’t no heart at the centre of the earth far as I can see

Now I think it’s time that you lay your head in the bed you’ve made

 

Careful what you wish for

Tearing back the wishbone.

 

 

GREY LYNN PARK

 

Though they say no heart can break

There ain’t no end to trouble two can make

Been through a thousand yesterdays

Not every step I can retrace

 

Now I’m walking in the dark

In Grey Lynn Park

 

I was born and then I died

Don’t keep no record of either side

But somehow I lose these thoughts with ease

Under Pohutukawa trees

 

I’m walking in the dark

Of Grey Lynn Park.

 

 

US GODLESS TEENAGERS

 

Nowhere to call home

Talking on our phones

Always arriving stoned

 

Us Godless teenagers

 

We’re off to fly a kite

And stay up 'til it gets light

All good for nothing but not quite

 

Us Godless teenagers

 

We’ve nowhere left to disappear

There’s nowhere left to go around here

And so we hold each other dear

 

Us Godless teenagers

 

 

IODINE AND IRON

 

Ain’t it useless to fight

Or to pretend

That it’ll all come out right in the end

 

So you wait for me

I who’ve only time

Yeah 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

 

Yet you wait for me

And you fill my heart

Yeah you wait for me

And you light the dark

 

Iodine and Iron

 

So don’t plead to me now

To be only mine

Love, you’re stripping me down

Like Turpentine

 

Still you wait for me

Then you leave no trace

Yeah you wait for me

Soon I’ll be erased

 

With Iodine and Iron

Iodine and Iron

Iodine and Iron.