Starfish

Destination

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Our instruments have no way of measuring this feeling
Can never cut below the floor or penetrate the ceiling
In the space between our houses some bones have been discovered
But our procession lurches on as if we have recovered

Draconian winter unforetold
One solar day, suddenly you're old
Your little envelope just makes me feel cold
Makes destination start to unfold

Our documents are useless or forged beyond believing
Page forty-seven is unsigned, I need it by this evening
In the space between our cities a storm is slowly forming
Something eating up our days, I feed it every morning

Destination, destination
Destination, destination
Destination, destination

It's not a religion, it's just a technique
It's just a way of making you speak
(When) distance and speed have left us too weak
And destination looks kind of bleak

Our elements are burnt out, our beasts have been mistreated
I tell you it's the only way we'll get this road completed
In the space between our bodies the air has grown small fingers
Just one caress, you're powerless, like all those clapped-out swingers

Destination, destination
Destination, destination
Destination, destination
Destination

 

Under The Milky Way

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down in Memphis
Lower the curtain down alright
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something that's shimmering and white
It leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something that's shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight

 

Blood Money

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Blind with dollars
Mined in salt
And you pay for everything in cold, hard cash
Better read through the fine print, you sift through the ash

In the hand, blood money
In the sand, blood money

She's worth the ransom
He says, "Do you accept my card
Or can I pay for it now in cold, hard cash?"
I'm priceless, you're worthless, but it's not a bad match

And I know you understand (in the hand) it's blood money
There's such a big demand (in the sand) for blood money
A hundred and fifty grand (in the hand) blood money
It's flowing under the land (in the sand) like blood money

He's worth the ransom
She says, "Why can't you get hot?"
Because you pay for this now in cold, hard cash
You make the front page, I'm gonna bring back the lash

Then I know you'll understand (in the hand) it's blood money
There's such a big demand (in the sand) for blood money
A hundred and fifty grand (in the hand) blood money
It's flowing under the land (in the sand) like blood money

 

Lost

[rev. Sept. 1, 2015]

Sometimes I'm wond'ring under prehistoric skies
I feel it's all beginning right before my eyes
I must go back, re-examine my love
And here she comes with the penetrated stare
I don't know when, but I wish I knew where
Quick calculation, there's not nearly enough

Because we're lost, because we're lost
Cold desert stars, feel them sparkle like frost
They are so lost

Follow her down to worship some god
Who never speaks to me, I wonder if that's odd
Then he says you're never listening
The pursuit of adulation is your butter and your bread
It's an exquisite corpse and its lips are red
And its teeth are glistening

But you are lost, but you are lost
Now hang up 'cause the lines are all crossed
You are so lost

If you're alone and you're feeling blue,
Everyone in Persia probably feels like that too
I just hope they don't believe like you do
And here she comes with her unforgiving web
Almost forever I've been drinking these dregs
It must be time to change our brew, cruel, view

Before we're lost, before we're lost
Look at the map, add up the cost
Before we're lost

 

North, South, East and West

[rev. Aug. 30, 2007]

A war's being waged and the world's just a stage (in this city)
The real estate's prime, the number plates rhyme (liquidity)
Wear a gun and be proud, but bare breasts aren't allowed (in this city)
Dream up a scam and then rake in the clams (liquidity)

(It's neither here nor there) It's neither here nor there
North and south and east and west
(It has to be somewhere) It oughta be somewhere
North and south and east and west

I take my payment, I catch my flight
And don't wait up for me tonight
(You may find me there) and you might find me there
North and south and east and west

Have a quick throw or host your own show (in this city)
To a wolf from a lamb for just half a gram (liquidity)
The face of today just a scalpel away
Restore your lost soul for two dollars plus toll (liquidity)

Backs are patted when calves are fatted (in this city)
The emperor's clothes are the best for the proles (liquidity)
The guys with the brains are all bitter and vain (stupidity)
The guys with the luck got the bimbos and bucks (liquidity)

(It's neither here nor there) It's neither here nor there
North and south and east and west
(It has to be somewhere) It oughta be somewhere
North and south and east and west

I take my payment, I catch my flight
And don't wait up for me tonight
(And you might find me there) and you might find me there
North and south and east and west

North
South
East
West

 

Spark

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

I'm saturated
Wet with your tears
You spill so easily
In reflection I'll see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, faith, breathe!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spark!

I'm interested
You've always been a subject
That I could learn
Splendid hills, unconquerable mountains
Climb, don't ever turn back
Seed, seed, grow!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spark!

I'm saturated
Wet with your tears
You spill so easily
In reflection I'll see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, faith, breathe!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spark

 

Antenna

[rev. Aug. 28, 2015]

Why do you always wrongly assume
That you're so well aware of what's happening there
Right here in this room?

You're just an antenna, you're just a wire
There's a thousand tongues wagging in your ears tonight
And you turn around and you call me a liar

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She stay out my way, it's the pulse I am aligned to
And everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

Well, you're just an antenna, you're just a code
You translate like a book, the fuses all cook
You eat humble pie and it tastes of the road

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say, "That's the way, that's the fate I am resigned to"
Everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

You're just an antenna, you're just a gauge
You disturb my slumber, round up the numbers
And put them inside your velvety cage

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say, "Make my day, and the sunlight will not blind you"
Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
I may never pray to the fortune that's behind you

 

Reptile

[rev. Aug. 30, 2007]

Too dangerous to keep
Too feeble to let go
And you want to bite the hand
Shoulda stopped this long ago

Go now, you've been set free
Another month or so you'll be gorging on me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scale
Like a real reptile

Had you coiled around my arm
How could you ever know
How I loved your diamond eyes
But that was long ago

Go now, you've been set free
Another month or so you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real reptile

And I should have believed Eve
She said we had to blow
She was the apple of my eye
It wasn't long ago

Go now, you've been set free
Another month or so you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scale
Like a real reptile

Ahh, go, go now, you've been set free
Another month or so you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scale
Like a real reptile

 

A New Season

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Shaded crystal water
Bathed in by God's daughter
Sighing, whispers near
A new season passes here

Sensory gifts to all who come
Soak up the stars and setting sun

It's strange and wilder
Ageless bechilder
Saved by fire
Touched and finer

Gray stands the tower in the distance
Days pass like warm sun on the face
A new season
Shared is the cure to conquer loneliness

It's strange and wilder
Ageless bechilder
Saved by fire
Touched and finer

Peaceful, blissful union is the priestess
Doubt flows the river into darkness

 

Hotel Womb

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Volcano pierce the air
Ashes block out the sun
Down in the lair, well I met her there
With a price for everyone

I paid eighty dollars for this wedding ring
I couldn't take it off if I tried
And the cactus sure tastes strangely sweet
As it goes down inside

I'll dream I'm safe in my hotel womb
Soft and soul made, it's a wonderful room

A sudden voltage in the night
With a rainforest girl
As we float downstream to the Amazon River
Where the black waters swirl

I say, "Why are you people wearing those masks?"
I say, "Can we be reconciled?"
She says, "The mother of the storm has to roam the sky
Searching for her child"

I'll dream I'm safe in my hotel womb
Soft and soul made, it's a wonderful room (in my hotel)
I'll wish I'm back in my hotel womb (in my hotel)
Slip through the crack, to that wonderful room

Morning comes at last
And she's lying by my side
She's got the face of the widow that keeps following me
And the body of my bride

I say, "Why are those buildings swaying like trees?"
I say, "Can we stop for a while?"
She says, "Can't you hear the city that's hidden in there?
It's just another mile"

I'll dream I'm safe in my hotel womb
Soft and soul made, it's a wonderful room (in my hotel)
I'll wish I'm back in my hotel womb (in my hotel)
Slip through the crack, to that wonderful room

 

Acoustic Versions, B-Sides, and Others

Under The Milky Way (Acoustic)

[From Sum of the Parts]

This version is nearly word-for-word identical to the one above.

 

Antenna (Acoustic)

[From Sum of the Parts]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Why do you always wrongly assume
That you're so well aware of what's happening there
Right here in this room?

You're just an antenna, you're just a wire
There's a thousand tongues wagging in your ears tonight
And you turn around and you call me a liar

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say, "Out my way, that's the pulse I am aligned to"
Everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

Well, you're just an antenna, you're just a code
You translate like a book, the fuses all cook
You eat humble pie and it tastes of the road

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say, "That's the way, that's the fate I am resigned to"
And everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

Well, you're just an antenna, you're just a gauge
You disturb my slumber, round up the numbers
And put them inside your velvety cage

Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say, "Make my day, and the sunlight will not blind you"
Lightly babe, oh the fine lights cannot find you
I may never pray to the fortune that's behind you

 

Spark (Acoustic)

[From Sum of the Parts]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

I'm saturated
I'm wet with your tears
You spill so easily
But in reflection I see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, faith, breathe!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things can be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spark!

I'm interested
You've always been a subject
That I could learn
Splendid hills, unconquerable mountains
Climb, don't ever turn back
Seed, seed, grow!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things can be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spark!

I'm saturated
I'm wet with your tears
You spill so easily
In reflection I see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, faith, breathe!

'Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far off things can be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a spar-ar-ark

 

Warm Spell

[From the BOB 9 Flexi Disc and B-side on various singles]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Echo drenched inside reverb rain
Your festive summer, you just couldn't wait
We became free into darkness then
Until the night silence distance froze

Our old house stands never empty
Our old house filled with stranger's pity
Well I'd say I put it down to this warm spell
And I must admit I don't know you very well

Hear him laughing, his memory walks the garden
I say it's all right, I still believe in you
We pretend nothing ever changes
Shivering, we don't stay too long

In the back seat awake and dizzy
Journey's over, it left me sleepy
Well I'd say I put it down to this warm spell
And I must admit I don't know you very well

One hot night, solid air like blankets
My father's piano, dreams of his song
His fingers tingle, anticipation
Down the hall we shudder back tonight

Our old house stands never empty
Our old house filled with a stranger's pity
Well I'd say I put it down to this warm spell
And I must admit I don't know you very well

 

Musk

[From the FTV 3 Flexi Disc and B-side on various Under The Milky Way singles]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Infidel baby
Oh my heathen child
Baghdad's still ten leagues away
I go on undefiled

Wrap yourself in frankincense
Wrap yourself in rags
In the crowded market streets
Out among the hags

I'd offer you just one gold fleece
I'd offer you my bread
Who's been inside your aching bones
Who's been inside your head

Infidel baby
Oh my little girl
Nothing I can do for you
Nothing in this world

A thousand angry men-at-arms
A hundred vulgar priests
A pair of dirty little hands
Arousing drowsy beasts

There's a mad look in her mother's face
There's a whisper on the tongue
No peace in all of Christendom
Until this song is sung

 

Unsubstantiated

[From the Tequila Sunrise Soundtrack]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Ghost in flesh, I can see but you can't see
As we begin our descent into vanity
She's an X-ray of a woman
And she walks right out of the film
Dematerializes slowly
Scatters into the air

Unsubstantiated
Unsubstantiated

In the end, I can see but you can't see
The train is gone, we're alone in Germany
And the countryside is all golden
When the dream dissolves with a hiss
She's an X-ray of a woman
And she walks right out of the film

Unsubstantiated
Unsubstantiated
Hollowly she whispers "follow me"
Hollowly she whispers "follow me"

Ghost in flesh, I can see but you can't see
Decide to see what happens and it comes suddenly
Like an archetype of a lover
In the distance you will stand
And the countryside is all golden
When the dream dissolves with a hiss

Unsubstantiated
Unsubstantiated
"Follow me" she whispers "follow me"
Hollowly she whispers "follow me"
Hollowly she whispers "follow me"
Hollowly she whispers "follow me"
"Follow me"
"Follow me"
"Follow me"

 

The People Next Door (aka Warm Oily Voices)

[An Unreleased Demo Track]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Baby sleep dark in a winter of coral
And sheets of powdering snow
In a cafe somewhere won't you visit us there
But you drink up your wine and you go

The people next door are making these noises
That's seeping into this dream
The cars in the street with their warm oily voices
Starting to whisper the theme

The smoke in this place must have gone to your head
And we're falling and flailing down (yeah)
And the meter keeps ticking outside on the road
And the outskirts another town

The people next door are making these noises
That's seeping into this dream
The cars in the street with their warm oily voices
Starting to whisper the theme

Morning brings aching, amnesia shadows
Like a tray of colors and rice
In an old river bed of yellows and reds
And your hands and your feet are like ice

The people next door are making these noises
That's seeping into this dream
The cars in the street with their warm oily voices
Starting to whisper the theme

The people next door are making these noises
That's seeping into this dream
The people next door are making these noises
That's seeping into this dream