The Slow Crack

Transaction

[rev. Jan. 13, 2012]

How much do you want
How much do you want it
How much are you willing to spend
Superseded model bargain number special profit margin
How much were you willing to lend

The man at the desk
Who takes everything he can find
It's more a transaction than a bribe

How much did you get
How much do you get it
How long are we going to wait
Something in this information, (simply sign the bottom bottom) something find a new formation
How much are you paying off late

The girl at the bar
Who drinks anything she can find
Avoids this transaction in her mind

The voice in your ear
Who says anything it can find
Enter that transaction blind

How much do you want
How much do you want it
How much are you willing to spend
Superseded model number, bargain special profit margin
How much are you willing to lend

The man at the desk
Who takes everything he can find
More a transaction than a bribe

The girl at the bar
Who drinks anything she can find
Avoids this transaction in her mind

The voice in your ear
That says anything it can find
Enter this transaction blind

I'm outside your house
I see everything you can't find
More a transaction than a sign

 

Fireman

[rev. Aug. 30, 2015]

Fireman
I didn't expect to see you again
The fever burning hatred in flames
I guess we just keep playing these games

Hush now baby, don't you cry
Momma gonna build you a great big fire
And if that fire can't melt your bones
You won't be smoking all alone

It's the fireman
A heat haze summer falls all over this land
The dry roots crackle, smoldering sun
Now you got to suffer for everyone

(Smoulder
Thinking about the fireman
Fireman
Delilah
Delilah
Delilah)

Hush now baby don't you weep
Daddy gonna get you well away from this heat
And if the heat still singe your hair
There's just one man who can take you there

And if that man has turned to ash
Daddy gonna change things with the lure of cash
And if that money can't soothe your burns
There's just one man who can make you learn

It's the fireman
I didn't expect to see you again
The fever burning hatred in flames
I guess we just keep playing these games

(Fireman, fireman...) [Repeated several times]

Fireplace, fireside
Fire when you see the whites of their eyes (it's the fireman)
Fire ahead, fire below
Fire such-and-such and so-and-so (it's the fireman)
Firewood, firewheel
Fire extinguished, fire and steel (it's the fireman)
Fire a shot when you need to feel
Fire one up for after the meal (it's the fireman)

 

Woman With Reason

[Company Caine cover]

[rev. Sept. 6, 2013]

Got no hands and he got no bones
Probably end up in an old man's home without that girl
Stranger than fiction that's what it seems
Always says exactly what she means
Yes she does

She's a woman, woman with a reason
She's got reason

Points to the sun and gives you the moon
Always early afternoon
Her book puts the true Mexican kings
They give her roofies, lots of things
Yes they do

She's a woman, woman with a reason
She's got reason

Hangs on to the sky like it was a coat
Head ablaze and her hair afloat (hey now woman)
She lives in the day and she waits for the night
She don't mind, she says it's alright
I do believe it is

She's a woman, woman with a reason
She's got reason

Got the soul of a Cocteau book
The way she acts and the way she looks
I can't explain
She's warm like the sun, tries to touch everyone
That woman

She's a woman, woman with a reason
She's got reason

It doesn't matter about the time or the season
That woman got so much reason
Woman with a reason
Gotta be with the Mexican kings
They give her roofies and lots of things
Woman with a reason
It doesn't matter about the time or the season
That woman's got so much reason
Woman with a reason
I can't begin to explain
That woman she got
Woman with a reason

 

Favourite Pack Of Lies

[rev. Jan. 13, 2012]

I am not the kind of man given to extravagance
Even so I must confess a weakness for your elegance
I came in through this door to another world
A world that's been waiting for me
Golden rays, and perfect days
I'm so amazed by this sorcery

Tell me again how many men
Before me drifted now and then
And never realized
Say I'm the first, say I'm the worst
Should have been here when the bubble burst
My favorite pack of lies

I am not the kind of man, given to violence
And you know I will go to the limit of my tolerance
I fell into this web without bloodshed
I lost my head and you found it for me
Distant drums and fortune hums
I'm overcome by the mystery

Tell me again how many men
Before me drifted now and then
And never realized
Say I'm the first, say I'm the worst
Should have been here when the bubble burst
My favorite pack of lies

I am not the kind of man, given to extravagance
Even so I must confess a weakness for your elegance

Tell me again how many men
Before me drifted now and then
And never realized
Say I'm the first, say I'm the worst
Should have been here when the bubble burst
My favorite pack of lies

 

Something That Means Something

[rev. Oct. 30, 2010]

The oceans are drying
The children stop crying
We're trying, we're dying to leave this
Island to you

No recovery
Each day's a terrible discovery
Under the wound they cover me
Is this true

What do you want me to want
Something that means something
What do you want me to want
You don't have a clue, do you

The cities are stinking
Now keep quiet I'm thinking
I'm linking this unthinking
Ritual to you

No recovery
And all these sins don't bother me
Under the skin another me
Which is you

What do you want me to want
Something that means something
What do you want me to want
You don't have a clue, do you

A cry from Venus
I know she's above and between us
She's been with us, seen with us
Dreamed of us, too

No recovery
I wish this earth could mother me
I hope these skies don't smother me
Just like you do

What do you want me to want
Something that means something
What do you want me to want
You don't have a clue, do you

 

Consider Yourself Conquered

[rev. Jan. 13, 2012]

Attracted by the metals in your teeth and in your earth
We faint in amazement
Along congested reefs our leviathans are berthed
In a jagged arrangement

Consider yourself conquered
Consider yourself conquered

Of that gray and mournful day when you set foot on the shore
I have dreamed in a fever
I dream about the engines and the noise outside my door
And the grim receiver

Consider yourself conquered
Consider yourself conquered

Attracted by the scent of the hunt on the wind
We arrive in profusion
We fight amongst ourselves and prepare for the night
In a drunken confusion

Consider yourself conquered
Consider yourself conquered
Consider yourself conquered
Consider yourself conquered

(Conquered)
(Conquered)

Now listen, I don't need no documents or deeds
When I see your defenses
Our war god doesn't care where he spills his seed
Or loses his senses (conquered) (ha!)

(Hey!)

 

Like A Ghost

[rev. Sept. 7, 2013]

At the Place Pigalle I'm sitting in a chair
Waiting for some service, taking in the air
My life spins past as I'm thinking of you

The waitress comes up, I look her in the face
Say "Bring me something fit for the human race"
She doesn't hear a word, she looks right through

Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)

Twelve o'clock when the wine runs out
Go out on the balcony, hear someone shout
I look below - is that my body on the street?

Check the mirror, nobody home
I can't find a razor, can't find a comb
We've got to have a talk 'cause you're dressed in a sheet

Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)

Well I really start to worry when I stand in the queue
It's starting to pour and I don't know what to do
Funny thing is that I don't get wet

I hail a cab but he sails out of sight
What's my name, what's my age, what am I doing in this night
These questions and answers, I try but I forget

Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
At the Place Pigalle I'm sitting in a chair
Waiting for some service, taking in the air
My life spins past when I'm thinking of you

The waitress comes up, I look her in the face
Say "Bring me something fit for the human race"
She doesn't hear a word, she looks right through

Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)

Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)
Like a ghost (take a look before I melt away)

 

Ariel Sings

Full fathom five thy father lies
Of his bones are coral made
Those are pearls that were his eyes
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
Hark, now I hear them
Bell

 

A Minute Without You

[rev. Sept. 7, 2013]

Diamond-hard heartthrob fakes displeasure
As his duty finish rests around his needs
God, his face is like a sunken treasure
Being dragged up from the violent seas

And it's one for the woman that's never been had
Two for the women that were always unclad
Three for the wind knocking at the door
Four someone you know who we are looking for

Overwhelming hunger descending on me
Stretches from the cradle to the factory
A minute without you is just too long
A lifetime beside you and it's gone like this song

They bring down the angels from the troubled sky
Put them in a cage to make baby cry
Madison Avenue choked by the dust
Don't wanna be there but I know I must

Overwhelming hunger descending on me
Stretches from the cradle to the factory
A minute without you is just too long
A lifetime beside you and it's gone like a song

Overwhelming panic descending on me
Chase me from the grave to the nursery
A minute without you is just too short
A lifetime beside you and I'm bound to get caught

Early in the evening gonna pull down the hood
Let the silence rush by 'cause it feels real good
Seven stupid prophets say it'll end in rain
But the fire in their eyes is gonna burn you again

Overwhelming hunger descending on me
Stretches from the cradle to the factory
A minute without you is just too long
A lifetime beside you and it's gone like a song

Overwhelming panic descending on me
Chase me from the grave to the nursery
A minute without you is just too short
A lifetime beside you and I'm bound to get caught

A minute without you is just too long
A lifetime beside you and it's gone like a song

 

Surrealist Woman Blues

[rev. Sept. 7, 2013]

I once had this woman, a surrealist woman
She changed before my very eyes
One minute revolving, next minute dissolving
I wish that it had been otherwise

I followed her home, I followed her back
Followed her where I did not choose
She swallowed me up, she swallowed me whole
I got the surrealist woman blues

I went to the seaside, the surrealist seaside
It was hot, lord it was so cold
One minute of laughter, then tears ever after
Ocean in motion and uncontrolled

I followed her home, I followed her back
Followed her where I did not choose
She swallowed me up, she swallowed me whole
I got the surrealist woman blues

I followed her home, I followed her back
I followed her where I did not choose
She swallowed me up, she swallowed me whole
I got surrealist woman blues

I once had this woman, a surrealist woman
She changed before my very eyes

 

Song Of Solomon

[rev. Jan. 13, 2012]

You are altogether beautiful
Oh girl companion of mine
And there is no defect in you
There is no defect in you

With me from Lebanon my bride
With me from Lebanon, may you come
May you descend from the top
From the top of Anti-Lebanon
From the top of Senir
Or even Hermon
From the lairs of lions
From the mouths of leopards
You have made my heart beat
Oh my sister, my bride
You have made my heart beat
By one of your eyes
By just one pendant of your necklace

Open to me, oh my sister, my girl companion
For my head is filled with the dew
The locks of my hair with the drops of the night
I've put off my robe, how can I put it back on
I've washed my feet, how can I soil them

I am asleep, but my heart is awake
To the sound of knocking, my dear one knocking
My dove, my blameless one
Until the day breathes and the shadows have fled
She'll go my way to the mountain of myrrh
To the hill of frankincense

 

Starling St.

[rev. Sept. 7, 2013]

Music in Starling St. sounds like the wind
Down the café when the daylight has thinned
Harry and Dorothy say let's begin
You clap your hands for a jug of fine wine

Two-legged Joe with his both ways bet stare
His house down the lane and the life he leads there
You notice he's gone and he just doesn't care
He claps his hands for a jug of fine wine

 

The Slow Crack - 2004 Reissue Bonus Tracks

This Asphalt Eden

[Released as a single]

[rev. Jan. 13, 2012]

I walk alone
This asphalt eden I must have outgrown
Just flesh and bone
No indication, no way to get home
Now feel their hands, and their demands
And understand the way that it could have been

I remember myself as I wanted to be
When you walk past my cage I'm gonna set myself free
If it was obvious then, well it's just history
It's too late, it's too dark to see

They speak their names
They still walk in fire and can't feel the flame
They stake their claim
But this place was taken before trespassers came
Now feel their hands, and their demands
And understand the way that it could have been

If it was obvious then, well it's just history
It's too late, it's too dark to see

 

Never Come Back

[B-side on This Asphalt Eden single]

[rev. Sept. 4, 2013]

Well I came to this land where the snow and the sand
Cover my footprints with ice
The cruel gray sea calls me "come and be free"
And I almost take that advice

And in the night I cling to the names
Of the women I wanted and the men that I blamed
And their scorn that scorches my tracks
One thing I know you can never come back

Oh darling please meet me in the dark empty streets
Won't you bring me the things that I need
No one is waiting where she used to stand
Just the jagged thorns of the weed

And in the day they drink their hot wine
And I long for the things that can never be mine
So your pretty clothes do not unpack
As plain as the day you can never come back

 

Shell

[B-side on This Asphalt Eden single]

[rev. Dec. 28, 2006]

Hello sweet creature
Won't you give me some blood-like guarantee
I've been listening to myself too long
And they're making a prophet out of me
I'm as empty as a shell can ever be

I've been walking through the desert
No, it must have been the library
Reading a book which once gave me hope
Now it's making a fool out of me
I'm as empty as a shell can ever be

Lazy dreaming, half remembering
Half remarking to myself
Never noticed that the crowds were leaving
Never looked for anyone else

Now it's market day almost any day
Yet they give away their love for free
I'm just waiting for a ship to come
And it's making a slave out of me
I'm as empty as a shell can ever be

Lazy dreaming, half remembering
Half remarking to myself
Never noticed that the crowds were leaving
Never looked for anyone else

Hello sweet creature
Won't you give me some blood-like guarantee
I've been listening to myself too long

I've been walking through the desert
Must have been the library

I've been walking through the desert....