Did you see Skinny dry out all charcoal
in the ballroom hungry crush?
Just look at yourself moth girl fluttering
in a chiffon bag, dusting the night
soaked in ultra violets.
I hope to grow up
as the crow flies,
with money for the cloakroom
after a T-shirt, tape and lucozade
fitted out and standing in
so can one of you mind the coat heap
volcanic disturbance of scarves here.
We all know what'll finish her
she'll do an Isadora
caught in the car door
all the way down to a beach holiday
east coast to south coast sole crunchers
both are imported just like America
but I've only heard the recordings
so get me a ticket when they come over
and for Christ's sake
stop waving that torch about
we're leaking fuel all over the place
makes the dance floor a bum bruiser
worse than Romford cabbage market.
When his plane crashed
red one side of his face, blue the other
half the passengers burnt
the other half jumped the fare up north
as far as the black country.
The prettiest colours
need to land on a girlfriend
lemon and lime are all the same
it's just a matter of purple
and a twisted ankle,
'that explains a lot,' he said
'now I know this is concussion'.
Isn't that cute, a claw with hinges
white wire hook trawling for me
swallowed up whole by a primitive wormform
dislocated clam shell on wah wah,
no he's just yawning
can't help it late nights
laying awake is as bad as the drink
grinding nail dust up to his back teeth.
Three finger prints are never the same
but when you think you've lost them
his prints turn up again
echoes in a bucket alive with bait.
She isn't really going out with him
draw me some icicle tears
and come out tonight
scales of moon flakes in her eyes
slower than overtime
I can't quite reach that drum beat
he's overstating the fact
yeah, but do it again
to a shiny dreamer
someone liberate that tambourine
from the spotlight, she's shy
and everyone wants a bite of the fairy cake.
It's enough to make a girl want to
throw herself in the Chelmer
and break her nails on a shopping trolley
he's not worth all night crystal gazing
now she's curled up under his tongue
sing in the chorus everyone
the sea birds brag like
they have their own personal tailor.
Why do you pay at the door
and then talk in the front row?
My kitten would teach them.
If only I knew what goes on at home
swishing her tail
objet d'art cha-cha on the dresser
for the carriage clock it's too late
and the dome has fallen right over their heads.
Moving parts not safe for children
that string of beads she kept twirling
snapped all at once
a mirror mosaic hangs in the air
because they like it in here.
Out there skyscraper windows
wide angle panning
everyone's up and watching the telly
I'll go door to door tomorrow
with coloured light bulbs for all
but now it's time
to walk back in on four strings
heel to toe on a bridge rope
then drop straight down into
a glass of alka seltzer
on the lowest step and descend
until Saturn's ring has a day off
he said he'd come down
for the beer mainly
and five men on a weekend planet
after a warp the ring has caught it
his hair drawing curtains
dig ditches under listed buildings
palm grease clap on the classic body
can't stop till he's out of ammunition
and wipe his hand on his jeans
when the drum says it's over.
Turn his voice down up difficult way
to furnace throat, cough drop ripper
all over their hard labour
nice work for young men
now the mills got knotted
and the mines all consumptive.
This is no balloon ride honey
excuse me but I've seen her in London
there's a bird on her way
to burst your bubble.
You mean like a sparrow?
Yeah, she's faster than road kill.
Hey have you seen the cormorant?
He went down, was down forever
I built a fish bone shrine
then up he comes like
some sort of coat of arms
for a family like that I'd never leave home.
You only see pigeons where I'm from lass
or some damn great vulture
poseur for pictures, then he cleans up the candy
and we'll need some of that
because she's spitting bottle tops
that tambourine's back doing cymbal stomp
she heard him two timing her fizzy love
he's a slanger
feedback ring on the rebound.