Red Yellow Blue

Red, Yellow & Blue

Released on Warp, 2008.

Tracklisting

  1. Red, Yellow & Blue
  2. Barnacle Goose
  3. Hummingbird
  4. I Need A Life
  5. Little Garçon
  6. Badonkadonkey
  7. Foxes Mate For Life
  8. Hedonistic Me
  9. In A Mirror
  10. Kurt Vonnegut
  11. Red Elephant

Red, Yellow & Blue

If I started my own country
For the flag, what colours would I use?
Such a myriad to choose from
I would pick red, yellow & blue

Red, for the blood I'd spill to own it
Yellow, for the sun which shines my way
& although I am leader of this country
Blue, because I'd still have sad days

Barnacle Goose

& I'm frustrated with myself
But I can't change
I don't want to be me anymore
& All of the tics & tocs & clicks of clocks
That tell the time tell me this is just a phase

& Everything every day
That's been scraping away
At the side of my brain
Can't come to form a thought except...

& All the thoughts I think I've saved
Here for days that remain
Just keep eating away
& I still can't sleep sing...

Why can't you tell me what I wanna hear
To help me get some rest
Oh my darling dear?

The songs of the birds
Don't bring calmness no more
Oh no, no they don't sing

& None of the girls seem to think you're cool
It's probably because you smell bad

A skin disease won't get you
Nowhere these days
It's true, it's sad but true

& Everything every day
That's been scraping away
At the side of my brain
Can't come to form a thought except...

& All of the thoughts I think I've saved
Here for days that remain
Just keep eating away
& I still can't sleep I sing...

We're going to make plans
We have plans to make plans
We're going to do it right
We've locked it in our sights
I'll la-dee-da & they can dum-dee-day
We'll tra-la-la all night and day we'll go far

& If I write enough
& think about it it'll happen
It's not as tough as mom said
As it so happens

Your analyst lied to you when
She told you the truth
About boys, fear, open sores
& Things that are simple
Like opening doors

& All the thoughts I think I've saved here
For days that remain
Just eat eat eat away
& I still can't sleep/sing

Hummingbird

The grass & the daisies
Think a lot more of the days than you
& You're you

The walls of the maze
Know the will more than the way than you
& You're just you

The buttons on my phone
Know I hate to be alone
When I dial, I'm in denial

But now at least I know
Where it is I have to go
I need supplies before I arrive

"You're running down my thigh," she said
"He's such a wonderful guy," she said
"There's pride in wanting to die,
I think I'll give it a try," she said
"I can't make it on my own
& It's so hard to be alone
When I die
I'll be alright,"
& Now at least she knows
Where it is she has to go
She'll need supplies before she arrives

We're not gonna die like this
We're not gonna die like this
Sing it with me, it goes like this
We're not gonna die like this

HUM-MING-BIRD

Fly away little humminbird!

I Need A Life

I'm looking down
So come help me up
& Stumbling around
Trying to fill my cup
It's half empty
Been that way all my life
So come pour some in
& Take me out tonight

The sun is shining but we stay inside
Oh but we go out at night
We stay in looking for a better life
Oh but we go out at night
We put up curtains, block out the light
Oh but we go out at night
& We stay in bed until we feel all right
Oh but we go out at night

I need meaning
I need a mission
I need a path
I need conviction
I need a life I've never had
I need much more good & much less bad

The sun is shining but we stay inside
Oh but we go out at night
We stay in looking for a better life
Oh but we go out at night
We put up curtains, block out the light
Oh but we go out at night
& We stay in bed until we feel all right
Oh but we go out at night

I found meaning
I found a mission
I found a lord
I found religion
I found something I never had
I'm not sure what but it's not half bad
& I'm glad
I'm so, so glad
Those party habits are gone & dead
I'm turning in my old sinful ways
For a dull new life so I can pray, pray, pray

The sun is shining but we stay inside
Oh but we go out at night
We stay in looking for a better life
Oh but we go out at night
We put up curtains, block out the light
Oh but we go out at night
& We stay in bed until we feel all right
Oh but we go out at night

I need a life
I've never had
I need so much more good, lord
& much less bad

Little Garçon

I don't care where you go
As long as it's with me

& I don't mind just what you do
As long as it's with me too

We'll I get told to never get old
But the way it unfolds
I'm a little garçon in my head
With a little fille that's stuck in bed

Badonkadonkey

I, I got you in my pocket
For when I get home
Keep you in my pocket
For when I get home
I keep you in my pocket
For when I get home
When I get home, when I get home

Will you be sticking with me
When the money's gone?
Will you be sticking with me
When the money's gone?
Will you be sticking with me
When the money's gone?
The money's gone, the money's gone

& I don't give a damn about
When I see you, I don't
& I don't give a damn about
What I owe you, I don't
The disappearing kindness
That I show for you, I know
The loving that you gave to me
Was wasted too

I'm picking up your presents
When your birthday comes
I'm picking up your presents
When your birthday comes
I'm picking up your presents
When your birthday comes
Your birthday comes, your birthday comes

I'm cooking up a dinner now
For 6 p.m.
I'm cooking up your dinner now
For 6 p.m.
I'm cooking up a dinner now
For 6 p.m.
For 6 p.m., for 6 p.m.

& I don't give a damn about
When I see you, I don't
& I don't give a damn about
What I owe you, I don't
The disappearing kindness
That I show for you, I know
The loving that you gave to me
Was wasted too

I'm taking you to put you
Underneath my thumb
I'm taking you to put you
Underneath my thumb
I'm placing you down neatly
Underneath my thumb
Beneath my thumb, beneath my thumb

& If you get squished
I'll find another you
& If you get squashed
I'll just find another you
It won't be hard to find another one like you
Another you, another you

& I don't give a damn about
When I see you, I don't
& I don't give a damn about
The I-owe-yous, I don't
The disappearing kindness
That I show for you, I know
I won't be sad
When you & me are through

Foxes Mate For Life

Make a point of having fun
It'll help you get through life
"Life sucks & love is dumb"
Golly that's a real lie

& I know foxes mate for life
Because they're in love

Learn as much as you can
Read a book, watch less TV
It's worth it in the end
Just take a look at me

& I know foxes mate for life
Because they're in love

Someone should terminate him
Before he infects the others
Don't let children have ideas
They might want a real life

& I know foxes mate for life
Because they're in love

Hedonistic Me

When I sail back home to you
I know exactly just what to do
And when I take these winds to home
I know I won't be alone
When I hang my trousers dry
I know it won't just be you and I

Cuz there'll be Ma & Pa & Grandmama
And all the children I have fathered

You know I have, I have a knack
For anything that uses my back
And I will work, will work these fields
Cuz it's the only thing, I think, that's real
And when I raise, raise my hands up high
I know it won't just be you and I

Cuz there'll be sun and snow and a horse Jethro
And all the children I have fathered

And I will learn to cook for you
It's one thing that I plan to learn to do
And I will make sweet dandelion wine
And there'll be no search for time
Spend all our lives just having lives
And there'll be no time for any lies

There's just mares-eat-oats
And no more lows
And all the children I have fathered

There'll be Ma & Pa & Grandmama
And all the children I have fathered

In A Mirror

You sure look pretty
I wish I had a song for you
So they were wasted in 002

In a mirror I can see her walking sideways
Walking my way
Keeping time on her thigh
Think she's mine but I'm still high

& We're both thinking how we're not here
A gracious host, we feel like ghosts
We think too much and disappear
Don't think like most
Can feel her close
& If you weren't real I'd make you up
& We'd do everything together
I'd make you meals & call you up
We'd never talk about the weather

In a mirror I can see her walking sideways
Walking my way
Keeping time on her thigh
Think she's mine but I'm still high

& If you weren't here
I'd write you down
& Read you out into a crowd
I'd tell them all how you we're mine
They'd see how I was proud
We'd rub our cheeks
In hopes that maybe
Some good looks would rub off on me
& Nose to nose (As I'd make you feel close)
So I'd never feel lonely at sea

In a mirror I can see her walking sideways
Walking my way
Keeping time on her thigh, think she's mine
But I'm still high

Some people say that it's love
Don't know what they're talking about
Don't understand what is love
I'll let them figure it out
It's just a chemical reaction
When signals fire through your brain
But I sure think that it's fun
Think that it makes me feel safe
Eyes see the juice on your lips
Eyes send that straight to my brain
Brain makes hand squeeze on your tits
Then start all over again

Kurt Vonnegut

I would like to feel the pain of a broken heart
Just to let me know that I can fall apart
No one wants to hear the birtds sing...
Morning's near
Day will soon become night again my dear

I don't want to know the pain of a broken heart
I always know to stop before it starts
No one wants to hear the boy sing love sick songs
Just keep dancing, keep smiling
Even if it feels wrong

It's not the place, nor the time
Nor that I can't keep you mine
Your smile, my smile
Our faces mash a while

"Tiger got to hunt bird got to fly
Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why
Tiger got to sleep bird got to land
Man got to tell himself he understand"

Got to fly

It's not the place, nor the time
Nor that I can't keep you mine
Your smile, my smile
Our faces mash a while

Won't you come outside, love
Won't you come outside?
Won't you please be mine, love
Won't you come outside?

Red Elephant

When am I supposed to say so long?
When am I supposed to say so long?

When I fall in love 'fore dusk is dawn
When you take my hand across the lawn
With the eyes so sweet they're like a fawn
Red elephant is wet & long...

How am I supposed to wash you off?
Rungs of bad poems I've hacked & coughed

But I have to spare a breath for you
Which I'll take, before we make anew
Our hearts will take a stroll for two
Our feet will take the avenue
& Walk in unison, so cute
Red elephant is turning blue

Why am I here when you're over there?
Let's meet at the fountains
In Dundas Square
Who am I supposed to be with you?
I'll wait 'til you say & pretend I knew

Because if it's true that walls can talk
How mine would brag of tears I've sobbed
When thinking of the way we walked
Along the paths of sideway chalk
Forever under ticking clock
Where you & I are free to flock

What can I write when I know it's wrong?
Slapping my knee to my own damn song
Where can we go when the sinking stops?
To the pit of my chest
As it drops and drops...

Put your head upon my chest, it breathes
& My fingers through your hair they weave
& Your shoulders are the perfect sea
In which I get lost invariably
Oh the elephant is up to sea
If it meets the peach fish underneath
& When I am you and you are me
We are stirred as spoons in lover's tea