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Picadilly Palare

Off the rails I was and
off the rails
I was happy to stay
GET OUT OF MY WAY
on the rack I was
"easy meat"
but a reasonably good buy
a reasonably good buy
the Picadilly palare
was just silly slang
between me and the boys in my gang
"so bona to vada, OH YOU
your lovely eek and
your lovely riah"
We plied an ancient trade
where we threw all life's
instructions away
exchanging lies and digs (my way)
well, in a belted coat
oh I secretly knew
that I hadn't a clue
the Picadilly palare
was just silly slang
between me and the boys in my gang
exchanging palare
you wouldn't understand
good sons like you
NEVER DO
So why do you smile
when you think about Earls Court?
but you cry when you think of all
the battles you've fought (and lost)?
it may all end tomorrow
or, it could go on forever
(in which case: I'm doomed)
it could go on forever...


Interesting Drug

There are some bad people on the rise
there are some bad people on the rise
they're saving their own skins by
ruining people's lives
bad, bad people on the rise
young married couple in debt
- ever felt had?
young married couple in debt
- ever felt had?
on a government scheme
designed to kill your dream
oh mum, oh dad
once poor - always poor
la la la
interesting drug
the one that you took
TELL THE TRUTH - IT REALLY HELPED YOU
interesting drug
the one that you took
God, it really really helped you
I wonder why you're only half-ashamed?
"Because ENOUGH is TOO MUCH!
and look around...
...can you blame us? CAN you blame us?"


November Spawned A Monster

Sleep on and dream of Love
because it's the closest you will
get to love
poor twisted child
so ugly, so ugly
poor twisted child
oh hug me, oh hug me
one November
spawned a monster
in the shape of this child
who later cried:
"But Jesus made me, so
Jesus save me from
pity, sympathy
and people discussing me"
a frame of useless limbs
what can make GOOD
all the BAD that's been done?
And if the lights were out
could you even bear
to kiss her full on the mouth
(or anywhere?)
poor twisted child
so ugly, so ugly
poor twisted child
oh hug me, oh hug me
one November
spawned a monster
in the shape of this child
who must remain
a hostage to kindness
and the wheels underneath her
a symbol of where mad, mad lovers
must PAUSE and draw the line.
So sleep and dream of love
because it's the closest
you will get to love
that November
is a time
which I must
put OUT of my mind
oh one fine day
LET IT BE SOON
she won't be rich or beautiful
but she'll be walking your streets
in the clothes that she went out
and chose for herself


Will Never Marry

I'm writing this to say
in a gentle way
Thank You--but no
I will live my life as I
will undoubtedly die - alone
I'm writing this to say
in a gentle way
Thank You...
I will live my life as I...
for whether you stay
or you stray
an inbuilt guilt catches up with you
and as it comes around to your place
at 5 a.m. it wakes you up
and it laughs in your face


Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference

Such a little thing
such a little thing
but the difference it made was grave
there you go
wielding a bicycle chain
oh why won't you change
change and be nicer?
such a little thing
a gentle tone of kindness
or written words on paper
- can you write?
How I love all of
the very simple things of life
(God's good air)
how I love all of
the very simple things of life
such a little thing
a fumbling politeness
the difference it saved me
wielding a bicycle chain
"I WILL NOT CHANGE
AND I WILL NOT BE NICE"
Most people keep their brains
between their legs
(don't you find?)
Leave me alone - I was only singing
leave me alone because
I was only singing
leave me alone - I was only singing
leave me alone
you have just proved (again)
MOST PEOPLE KEEP THEIR BRAINS
BETWEEN THEIR LEGS.


The Last of the Famous International Playboys

Dear hero imprisoned
with all the new crimes that you are perfecting
oh I can't help quoting you
because everything that you said rings true
and now in my cell
(well, I followed you)
and here's a list of who I slew
Reggie Kray - do you know my name?
don't say you don't
please say you do, I am:
the last of the famous
international playboys
the last of the famous
international playboys
and now in my cell
(well, I loved you)
every man with a job to do
Ronnie Kray - do you know my face?
don't say you don't
please say you do, I am:
the last of the famous
international playboys
the last of the famous
international playboys
In our lifetime those who kill
the newsworld hands them stardom
and these are the ways
on which I was raised
these are the ways
on which I was raised
but I never wanted to kill
I AM NOT NATURALLY EVIL
such things I do
just to make myself
more attractive to you
HAVE I FAILED?


Ouija Board, Ouija Board

Ouija board
would you work for me?
I have got to say Hello
to an old friend
Ouija board, ouija board
would you work for me?
I have got to get through
to a good friend
She has now gone
from this Unhappy Planet
with all the carnivores
and the destructors on it
ouija board, ouija board
would you help me
because I still do feel
so horribly lonely
would you, ouija board
would you, ouija board
would you help me
because I just can't find
my place in this world
she has now gone
from this Unhappy Planet
with all the carnivores
and the destructors on it
Oh hear my voice ("hear my voice")
oh hear my voice ("hear my voice")
The table is rumbling...
the table is rumbling
the glass is moving
"No, I was NOT pushing that time"
it spells: S.T.E.V.E.N.
the table is rumbling
the glass is moving
"No, I was NOT pushing that time"
P.U.S.H.O. double F


Hairdresser on Fire

Here is London, here is London
is it home of the free -
or what?
can you squeeze me
into an empty page of your diary
and psychologically save me
I've got faith in you
I sense the power
in the fingers
within an hour the power
can totally destroy me
(or, it could save my life)
here in London
'home of the brash, outrageous
and free'
you may be repressed
but you're remarkably dressed
is it Real?
and we're all so busy
busy scissors
busy clippers
hairdresser on fire
all alone, Sloane Square
oh you're far too busy
to see me
"busy, busy"
hairdresser on fire
half day...
Was a client over-cautious
he made you nervous
and when he said
"I'm gonna sue you"
I really felt for you
so can you squeeze me
into an empty page of your diary
and supernaturally change me
CHANGE...CHANGE ME...


Everyday Is Like Sunday

Trudging slowly over wet sand
back to the bench where your clothes
were stolen
this is the coastal town
that they forgot to close down
Armageddon - come Armageddon
come Armageddon - come
Everyday is like Sunday
hide on the promenade
etch on a postcard:
How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here
in the seaside town
that they forgot to bomb
come, come Nuclear bomb!
everyday is like Sunday
everyday is silent and grey
trudging back over pebbles and sand
and a strange dust lands on your hands
(and on your face)
everyday is like Sunday
"win yourself a cheap tray"
share some grease-tea with me
everyday is silent and grey


He Knows I'd Love To See Him

He knows (he knows)
Or, I think he does
because when I lived
in the Arse of the world...
he knows, he knows
he know's I'd love
to see him happy
(or as close as is allowed)
because when I lived
in the Arse of the world...
he knows, he knows
he knows I'd love
to see him happy
(or as close as possible
as close as possible
as close as is allowed)
My name still conjours up deadly deeds
and a bad taste in the mouth
the police - they actually know me
they said:
"You're just another person in the world
you're just another fool with radical views
you're just another who has maddening views
you want to turn it on its head
by staying in bed!"
I said: "I know I do"


Yes, I Am Blind

Yes, I am blind
no, I can't see
the good things
just the bad things
Yes, I am blind
no, I can't see
there must be something
horribly wrong with me?
Love's young dream
I'm the one who shopped you
I'm the one who stopped you
'cause in my sorry way I love you
Love's young dream
aren't you sorry
for what you've done?
well, you're not the only one
and in my sorry way I love you
Yes, I am blind
but I do see
Evil people propser
over the likes of you and me
ALWAYS
Little lamb
on a hill
run fast if you can
good Christians
want to KILL you
and your life has not even begun!


Lucky Lisp

When your gift unfurls
when your Talent becomes apparent
I will roar from the stalls
I will gurgle from the circle
the Saints smile shyly
down on you
they couldn't get over
your nine-leaved clover
Lucky lisp was not wasted on you
lucky lisp wasn't wasted on you
When your name is with the best
will my name by on your guest list?
I will roar from the stalls
oh the balcony fool was me, you fool
Jesus made this all for you, love
He couldn't get over
your Grandma's omen
Lucky lisp was not wasted on you
lucky lisp wasn't wasted on you


Suedehead

Why do you come here
and why do you hang around?
I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry
why do you come here
when you know it makes
things hard for me?
when you know, Oh
why do you come?
Why do you telephone
and why send me silly notes?
I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry
Why do you come here
when you know it makes
things hard for me?
when you know, Oh
why do you come
You had to sneak into my room
just to read my diary
it was just to see
all the things you knew
I'd written about you
but so many blank pages
I'm so very sickened, oh
I'm so sickened NOW


Disappointed

Our unsleepable friend
gets the message on an ill-wind
'all your friends and your foes
would rather die than have to touch you'
TO SAY THE LEAST: truly disappointed
truly, truly, truly
Drank too much
said too much
and there's nowhere to go - but Down
young boy - I wanna help you
SEE THESE LINES?: truly disappointed
truly, truly, truly
Don't talk to me now
about people who are "nice"
'cause I have spent my WHOLE LIFE
in RUINS...
because of people who were "nice"
This world may lack Style, I know
but each bud must blossom and grow
Young girl one day we really will be old
but the thing is: I love you NOW
This is the last song I will ever sing
No I've changed my mind again
GOODNIGHT AND THANK YOU