SLAB

DESCENSION

 

TUNNEL OF LOVE

It was the change of a lifetime
Come armed with a hook
She overbalanced passing me
These reaching hands just shook
And the scream of her shock
Became the flash on the line
And people gathered 'round her
Like they see it all the time

How can I keep this?
I'm the killer no-one knows
How can I stop this?
The colours of her clothes -
They drip between my eyelids
And fill me up with dread
When the hum of living daylight fade
To the silent night of dead

She follows me already now
For every train I catch
And she falls down, such a dead weight
On every railroad track
I wait for the finger points
The shout of "That's the man!"
But accusation's not enough
For the ghost of a chance

But what can I give her?
Nothing in return...

UNDRIVEN SNOW

They came in tiny parachutes
Dissolving through the atmosphere
From 'planes not seen or heard
Saturation paper bombs
Caught on roofs all over town
Leaflets scattered for miles around
Who were they from?
What did they say?

From Karachi to Boston to Sydney Bay
The leaflets fell all time of day
In every known language
The message was the same
Reuters, 'papers , and T.V. crews
Tried to set up interviews
But governments blanked
No comment here or there

It will be with you
The day after tomorrow
It will be with you
To alleviate your sorrow
It will be with you -
There's nothing more to say
Carry on as usual -
There's no need to pave the way

Traffic assumed a different beat
There was new-found spring in those heavy feet
Is this what we wanted?
What have we found?
In the nodding warmth of a common know
In the smiles that ripple down the road.
No-one knows what happened -
We're just so happy that we were told.

DOLORES

On the edge of a plateau
At the top of the world
The trees as green as emerald
The waterfalls so clear
The sky is thin as paper here
Distant thunder in the air
We talk about her chequered past
Dolores takes my hand and laughs

Wickedly mysterious she looks
Passionately serious - I'm hooked

On the banks of a river
In a sweltering town
She can sense there's great sickness
In the water supply
The sky is thick with tension wires
Acrid fumes swirl in the air
She says "We won't be long here now..."
Dolores, take my hand and laugh

THE ANIMALS

Refrigerated passenger holds
Keep strong shoulders fresh and cold
Swinging cranes with sinewy loads
Trunks and bridges crack and fold
Pungent dungeons larceny beds
Heads are carved and throats are bled
Dante shanty tin-roof homestead
The rent gets paid before the baby gets fed

The animals are all eating people pie -
Now who can blame 'em?
Now who can tame 'em?
The animals are all eating people pie -
Wave bye bye baby
Sing baby goodbye
The animals are all eating people pie -
Well they agree it's lean
And it sure tastes fine...

Emasculated battleship crew
Push their way through a ration queue
Pressganged, ausganged, pensioning due
Chilled downwind from an oven flue
Looted muted newspaper man
Holds those tickets in his other hand
Scrabblin' babblin' fevered demand
For green baize seats in the arena stand

The animals are all eating people pie -
Now who can chain 'em?
Now who can chain 'em?
The animals are all eating people pie -
False scent up the alleyway
Webs across the sky
The animals are all eating people pie -
Well they agree it's lean
And it sure tastes fine...

GUTTER BUSTING

"Get back in your houses
Get back in your houses
I would not call them homes...
If you're not back in houses
Then we'll kick down your front doors
And we'll take what we like...

No-one can stop us
No-one can stop us -
A law unto our own .
No-one can hate us
No-one can hate us -
We're just cleaning the streets...

God bless this evening -
You will thank us for this.

Damn right we're high
Damn right we're high -
Make no mistake
We commission supplies
Really we love you
Really we love you -
You just need a hand..."

FLIRT

I flirt
Because my jeans are full of dirt
My mouth's a-full of hurt
So I flirt

I drink
It helps me when I think
It takes away the stink
So I drink

I wait
I lost my folks when I was 8
To you on a china plate
So I wait

You read
Because you're that kind of breed
And you think you feel the need
So you read

You pay
Because you're too old to lay
The golden girls of yesterday
So you pay

You plan
Tonight the boat to Amsterdam
Escape the quickening sand
So you plan

And from motel room to hotel room
I'm always on the run
And all my aunts and schoolteachers -
Well they know about your fun...

LOOSE CONNECTION SOMEWHERE

I'm all dried up without a job -
Is there anybody there?
I'm ugly and I cannot sleep -
Is there anybody there?

Part of me has lost its way -
Direct me if you care
You think the phone is all I have
Between me and the stairs
Part of me is loving you
Part of me don't care
You think the phone is all I have
Between me and the stairs

Part of me is loving you
Part of me don't care
You think the phone is all I have
Between me and the stairs
I'm talking now, I'm talking
Other noises stop
You're listening now , you'll listen
To all my pennies drop..

Who's that on the landing?
Is there anybody there?
This house has never settled -
Is there anybody there?
Who's that on the landing?
Is there anybody there?
Your house will never settle -
When I come up the stairs...

Part of me has lost its way
Direct me if you care
To think the phone is all you'll have
When I come up the stairs
Part of me is loving you
Bu I no longer care
I'm gonna hear that call from you
"Is there anybody there?"

I'm pregnant without money -
I'm all these things and more
I'm beaten up and bleeding -
I'm all these things and more
Who's that on the landing?
Is there anybody there?
Your house will never settle -
When I come up the stairs...

I'm walking now , I'm walking...
Impossible to stop

BIG SLEEPER

How quiet it is
How cold this feels
Like a city under siege
The trees lie bare

Close your eyes
And live again -
You could be elsewhere
Crouched down in a churning trench
Drowning in the gas

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid...

How far to go
How long to live -
This city's under siege
And people disappear

Close your eyes
And live again
Close your eyes
And flinch again -
We must be prepared
Crouched down in a churning trench
Fired by the gas...

Do not be afraid
There's work that's to be done
This fog came up to cover us -
Passover has begun...

All lyrics Paul Jarvis 1987