"No Joke!" Lyrics

by Derrick Bostrom in


SCUM In some forgettable rhyme / We crawled across the border line / We kissed the enemy till / I thought we traveled out of time / You couldn't have heard me speak / There was, so it did seem, I say / A fog so heavy that I / Could not tell if it was night or day / Hand over all water / You know that means business scum / Under the stone / We find the scum / Under the stars / We find the scum / I thought a beautiful thing / A fire was lit within my mind / On ruby hummingbird wings / Went shivering up and down my spine / The water that quit our thirst / Was not from earthly vineyards mined / And then we drunkenly sailed / The gutter of our invisible shrines

NOTHING

I fall towards a flash of light / That burns the seed of life away / No thing is changed / Nothing arranged / No thing will ever be / There's no place / Clear dry space / I'm a hole in this time / In a time full of holes / You see it / I'm nothing / My heart is gone I missed the point / I sleep to dream I'm wide awake / Nothing is near or far away / Nothing awaits to be / Here I stand / Tongue in hand / I'm a hole in this time / In a time full of holes / You see it / I'm nothing / I think perhaps I'll live to lie / Awake to fall asleep to fall / Into a trance in which I dream / I lived and walked upon

HEAD

If I only can't decide / The crystal eight ball's on the table / Thanks for nothing / Here's my only prayer / Thin air / Long ago / The other night / Far, far away / As the head falls off the table / Crashes to the floor and shatters / Dust and glass are blowing everywhere / Down there / Through the wall I hear you laughing / You're so special I don't like you / You will always be my only friend / No end

TASTE OF THE SUN

Lost in the eyes / Back through the eyes / Where the simmering rain / Has come boiling over again / Locked in a cage / Down in the cave / Where the night never ends / But nighttime was always a friend / As I walk together / So I drift away / You say / It's just the taste of the sun you're after / But you're calling out to the wind / In your broken laughter / Locked in a cage / Down in the cave / Where the night never ends / But nighttime was always a friend / Touched by some hand / Born stupid / I'm at your disposal again / Lost in my room / Locked open / The sparkling shadows of dance / I'm endlessly caught in this weight

VAMPIRES

As I'm lying there / Cold comforts blown from nowhere / And blue light is on the ground / And the coloring / Is changing reflecting everything / From cold mirrors all around / I see candles / On the mountain / I see the vampires / That surround them / Shaking shaking / I see the candles on the mountain / In the still of the night / We stop breathing from this atmosphere / For no air is all around / And the running vein / Is sung softly by the candle light / To cold waters underground / As I'm lying there / Cold comforts blown from nowhere / And blue light is on the ground / And the coloring is changing reflecting everything / From cold mirrors all around /

PREDATOR

This rendered me silent / Tuneless, only petrified / Roads leading to nowhere / Twisting through it's silver hair / In time I got me the lucky right / To see it in an apple light / I'll always remember right / To see it in an apple light / Sleep, asleep in an old chair / Stupor of another time / Thoughts circling nowhere / Captured in a bed of lime / Once while I was watching / Something got a piece of me / Now, now I can tell you / Why I am incomplete / Now the predator is in sight / It sees me in an apple light / I'll always remember right / To see it in an apple light

POISON ARROW

Lights blowing away / Came untied in a hurricane / Behind the shadow of the wind / The wave is sharp and narrow / To find the needles eye then / To fire with poison arrows / I've counted to one / And so believe this is yesterday / All flying away / Seems impaled on a candy sword

EYEBALL

Four skulls in a square of bushes / Fireworks now and all were wed / They loved and walked and fed on garbage / Moved pool tables with bad backs / Since I hurt myself / I feel so much better / Suck my eyeball / Alcohol was pouring through the victims / As on the rocks they laid their breath / Alcohol was fed to the mummies / As they all were happily led to death / Take yourself a photo of my backside / Printed up on the front page / Not too sweet, not too strong / Pins, combs, picks and magic sage

FOR FREE

One small touch / Now that's all / This one's for everyone / No more of anything / Here before it's begun / The battle for the future has been won / Here before it's been told / The story of the future has been sold / Dust from scratch / Not for sale / It's free for everyone / This stylish currency / One small touch / Not for sale / It's free for everyone / No more of anything

COBBLER

More and more I find / I thought I lost what I left behind / On and on it goes / Through the door and away it goes / So I'll find myself a new pair of shoes / Make myself a new pair of shoes / Up and down my spine / Feeling broken and now I find / That's the way it's been / My bottom teeth are made of tin / Find myself a new pair of shoes / Make myself a new pair of shoes / Grow myself / Steal myself / Make myself a new pair of shoes / Down and out of time / Slipping underneath the slime / Out the monkey hole / Pay for things I thought I stole / Can you tell my the way it oughta feel / When I'm walking down the road / And I'm looking for a deal / Can you tell 'bout the way I better go / When the sun is coming up / And my shadow starts to show / Hiding out in a cave up in the hills / With a rabbit and a rooster / And some elevating pills / See me round every Monday afternoon / With eleven dog eared doughnuts / And a giant pink baboon / More and more I find / There's not a lot that I left behind / On the lawn it grows / Find the wind and the way it blows

INFLATABLE

I realize and I / I gotta get away / I feel alive and I / I go be dead today / I eat some flies and I / I pick ticks off my eyes and / Fry some broken auto parts and / Fly electric monkey carts / Gotta run gotta hide / Gotta get away / Gotta run gotta get away / I see the sky and I / Crawl in a hole and die / I see the rain and / Ride your brand new choo choo train / Find that lovely lizards fly / Try some brain goo picnic pie / Blind no arms no head no leg / Fried another rotten egg / Babe's born to beg / Don't you cry for me / Don't cry for me / Set your neighbors free / Then count to three / Neath the rotten log / Inflatable dog / Long and made of gold / And the corpse is growing cold / I realize and I / I gotta get away / I feel alive and I / I go be dead today / I eat some flies and I / I pick ticks off my eyes and / Fry some other auto parts and / Fly electric monkeys carts / Gotta run gotta hide / Gotta get away / Gotta run gotta get away / Molten human spray

SWEET AMMONIA

Thieves have brought us invisible make-up / The fires are growing hypnotically thin / Fish are leading us out of the water / Spineless majesty swallows a grin / There's a seed on the wind / There's a rose in the seed / On the petals of the rose / Is the smell of sweet ammonia / Frozen cherubs alight in a glowing tree / Copper locust, invisible string / Fried robots are blowing sweet melodies / Silver frogs in lava stream sing / I am the light beam I am the rock / I think I am I think I am / I am the lime doll I am the dog / I think I am I think I am / Pulled a muscle inside my thinking / Not using my head for while / Unearthing the tunneling underground / I bury my head in the sky

CHEMICAL GARDEN

Saw it in Braile / Come randomly pouring out / In a wave of black ice / And nighttime and then / In a fast moving storm / With singalong thunderclouds / The soft explosion / Of dayfall and then / Orange and blue / The fire is starting / Shimmering through / The chemical garden / I am not alone / Stumbling through / The chemical garden / Behind these black eyes / A story is playing out / Atop a cloudy hill / The verdict is read / On every lip / The sound of the feather falls / A wave of nighttime's / Electrical head / Though I refuse to see / I'm suddenly shown / Cut through the sweetest parts / To get to the bone

All lyrics by Curt Kirkwood

except "Cobbler" and "Inflatable" by Cris Kirkwood

Lyrics reprinted with permission

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