Neither Fish Nor Flash / Full Album Lyrics

Neither Fish Nor Flash Cd Front

Declaration: Neither Fish Nor Flesh

...so I’m not you pearl
To this I am resigned
But... to an outside world
I will not be defined
‘Cause I’m neither fish... nor flesh
 

I Have Faith In These Desolate Times

I have faith in these desolate times
A roar down the road of a rumbling war
I have faith in these desolate times
A chill from the eyes of
a man of political skill
I have faith but for how much longer?
It seems to me, bitter trees, full of fleas
Summarily hold the branches
People we, falling leaves, watching thieves
Stealing keys, to our ranches
I have faith in these desolate times
A score to the sound of the feet
of a journeyman’s tour
I have faith in these desolate times
A feel and a hope and belief
that man’s peace will be still
I have faith but for how much longer?
The village green, people seen, full of beans
Imagining the course of action
And in between, shopping scenes, plasticine
Suburban dreams, an empty faction
I have faith in these desolate times
Show fear, and the smoke of a gun trigger
pulling finger pressure comes near
I have faith in these desolate times
Before long, the lamb and the lion may lie
with the lass in the grass at dawn
I have faith but for how much longer?


It Feels So Good To Love Someone Like You

Desert sands
Heart’s homeland
‘Til you
Flesh and bones
Made of stone
Til you
Seasons never changed
Reasons never came
So it feels so good to love
Someone like you
Birds in trees
Fantasies
‘Til you
Fire’s cry
The embers die
‘Til you
Dying on the roam
Crying for a home
And so it feels so good to love
Someone like you
 

To Know Someone Deeply
Is To Know Someone Softly


(Spoken Intro)
Under a temperamental sun
On the dark hillside of your sorrow
If there’s pain in your heart
Let it go
Just reach inside and let it go
Now dig
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
Listen to me know
In my love garden
I wrestled with an angel
Not in a dream
Her eyes did seem
Like the grapes of the vine
Her lips were made like the gates of Heaven
Not to be missed
Made to be kissed
But not to kiss goodbye
The larger picture
Will come with time
But for tonight, dear
Let’s lullabye
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
Listen to me know
Once a flower opens
It never closes
Until it dies
And the it lies
Amongst the roses
I wanted to play her like
A black grand piano
A clarinet
A minuet
Or lyric soprano
In my arms there’s
A safety zone
Where nothing can harm you
Your heart or home
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
Sing
Dum Dum Dum Dum / Sha La La
Da Da Dum / Sha La La La La
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
To know someone deeply
Is to know someone softly
 

I’ll Be Alright

Hold back your diamonds and pearls
‘Cause the attraction’s no good to me
Hold back your California Girls
Your prescriptions and your limousines
Hold back your influential friends
For they are really not my type
‘Cause just as long as I’ve got my baby
I’ll be alright
I’ll be alright
Despite all the finer things
She’d have if she were monied
Like a rich girl
I’ll be alright
Despite all the candy coloured things
The things that are so untrue
Hold back your perfumes so rare
‘Cause she smells like a rose untorn
Hold back your designer underwear
She’s a beauty just the way she was born
She may not move like Fred Astaire
But her gingerly walk is out of sight
‘Cause just as long as I’ve got my baby
I’ll be alright
I’ll be alright
Despite all the finer things
She’d have if she were monied
Like a rich girl
I’ll be alright
Despite all the candy coloured things
The things that are so untrue
I’ll sing it for the last time y’all
Hold back your critical reviews
‘Cause my baby don’t need the hype
We’re happy just to pay our little dues
So get movin’, get on your bike
‘Cause just as long as I’ve got my baby
If I can hold on and keep my baby
If I can just hold on and keep my baby
I’ll be alright
 

Billy Don’t Fall

Billy was a young boy
Who’s fate did decree
That he would like only other boys
So being with a boy came to him naturally
Billy was a green boy
His thoughts so naive
He wondered why he was so victimised
And his fear brought him close to me suddenly
But
Billy my friend
Don’t fall in love with me
I’m not that kind of guy
But I’ll stand by your side
If you need me to be
But
Billy my friend
Don’t fall in love with me
Though it can’t be wrong to be
To be what you are
Billy was a sick boy
His life fading to grey
He tried to grab for straws of family
But his loved ones turned young Billy away
Billy died a young man
His face to the wind
And of the things I regret the most
Was seeing how hate and fear killed a friend
But
Billy my friend
Don’t fall in love with me
I’m not that kind of guy
But I’ll stand by your side
If you need me to be
But
Billy my friend
Don’t fall in love with me
Though it can’t be wrong to be
To be what you are
 

This Side Of Love

We’re on the negative side of love
I’m subject to all bizarre whims she fancies
I’m running escape to find the handle
Of the door she locks me up in
She’s on the laughing side of sin
What have I done in all my past lives
(To end up on) This side of Love?
We’re on a permanent twist of fate
She has dominion over time and torture
I’m pinching myself to convince me that
I’m in a living nightmare
The killer attraction of a dare
What have I done, emasculation
(To end up on) This side of Love?
If I should stay
(Will the beat go on?)
I must be strong
(We tell you every day)
Will I return
(To normal lovers again?)
Please peel my skin
(‘Cause my soul is burning)
We’re on a roundabout whirl of scorn
The demons are smiling and the angels snoring
I feel like a stepchild Caeser that’s been
Beaten and bruised to please her
Wearing a rusted ring of thorns
What have I done to piss the Gods off
(To end up on) This side of Love?
If I should stay
(Will the beat go on?)
I must be strong
(We tell you every day)
Will I return
(To normal lovers again?)
Please peel my skin
(‘Cause my soul is burning)
We’re on the negative side of love
I see my condition as a sign of service
I’ll snuggle up close to her knowing
That I’m practising my religion
Warming the barrel of a gun
This will be the deed that finds me next time
(On this side of)
(On this side of)
(On this side of) This side of Love
 

Attracted To You

Everything I got
Everything I need
And everything that I have
Learned about Time
Every word I speak
Every pound I keep
And everything that I have
Learned about Rhyme
Everything I got is
Attracted to you babe
Every noun I know
And every adjective
And everything that’s on
A Ticket to Ride
All my relatives
They seem to think your a whore
But to me a whore’s a Queen in disguise
Everything I got is
Attracted to you babe
Everything I got
Everything I need
And everything that I have
Learned about Time
Every word I speak
Every pound I keep
And everything that I have
Learned about Rhyme
Everything I got is
Attracted to you babe
 

Roly Poly

Your dangerous charm and your
Glamorous arrogance thrilled me
In the melancholy winter time
(Uncle Bill please give me time)
But this war of attrition
To prove your world ambition
Worries me
And you’re too concerned with the
Weight you want to lose
Well if you listen to confusion
Long enough it starts to make sense
Can you hear me talking to ya?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
Your fatalist’s closet
Where blood stained deposits hide deeply
Underneath the cusp of Venus fly
A terrible beauty
You are my dear of
Aphrodisiacs and diamonds
But your lonely tears trail
Your penis envy eyes
And now stop worrying about your
Weight it looks alright to me dear
Can you hear me talking to ya?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
All your somethings
Are turning into nothings
As you reach for
Something greed inspired
And all the hopes that
I once held as your Lover
Are falling down as
My manhood loses fire
Your kinship with money
A Queen Bee with honey
Suits you
As you now belong to the ever
Changing guard
A signpost for progress
A fine token lioness
Leaves me
‘Cause as you say dear I’m just a
Face without a card
Well if you listen to confusion
Long enough it starts to make sense
Can you hear me talking to ya?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
Roly Poly
Holy Holy
Time is tight
Get it right
Aren’t you lonely?
 

You Will Pay Tomorrow

As I hold my head down
Against a whipping hard rain babe
Slaps me like a sheet
Sheets of rain coming down
As I dig my heels deep
In a minefield of muddy water
I hear a voice loud and low
Stays with me wherever I go sayin’
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
Accept this as a truth
For old as well as youth
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
As sure as you are born
Though you may be weak and torn
As a snake pulls up beside me
Thinking that my name is Eve
My dark side starts to chide me
But I bring him down to his knees
As I close my eyes tight
Deep in meditation
Peaceful sleep evades me
But a low pitched drone invades me sayin’
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
Though you run you cannot hide
It’s a truth that shall abide sayin’
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
It will find you in the morning
A heartache for your warning
As I shake my head twice
Saying I’d rather fight than switch
I was land rich but penny poor
But I couldn’t tell which from which
As my kneecaps break the fall
Of my begging for grace and favour
Bell, Book and Candle holds me
But a spellbinding whisper scolds me saying
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
Though your vision may be bleary
And your eyes that see may be weary - but
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
On your mind it will wear
Ignore it if you dare
As I shed my second skin
Beneath a bullet box roller-coaster
I view my transformation
Through the veil of a jokester
As I gain my second sight
I shed a tear and I shake the crowd
I used to rather be dead than humble
But now I’d rather be dead than proud
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
After deep time tossed confusion
I came to my own conclusion that
You will pay tomorrow for what
You do today
Accept this as a notion
As fish breathe in the dirty ocean
 

I Don’t Want To Bring Your Gods Down

(Spoken Intro)
People
This is not a film
This is my song
Now pick up your shovel and
Dig
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
Their flesh and blood for you too real
The wine that flows from their nostrils
Too red
Their master strokes too fundamental
Their saint soaked cathedrals too done
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
Their stow and their steed is too tough
And your faith in that creed I believe is enough
Their colossal calamaties considered
Their aprons of mayhem and destruction
Too full
Will you remain controlled,
Untouchable, chained in your
Built in prison
Can’t you see darling, you and me, we belong
Together like guilt and religion
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
The ferocity of their cat claws too steel
And we the weak kneed weeds of their
Weaker breed never paused to feel
We’re not the masters of the land we survey
But I guess you’d come to that conclusion
When you’re ready in your own time anyway
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
I don’t want to bring your Gods down babe
Because their armour and their crest cuts too deep
And the cold landcliffs where they rest are far too steep
But I just wanna say to you that like your
Gods, your guilt and your beliefs I too wanna be
With you ‘til the very end babe
 

...And I Need To Be With Someone Tonight

Shine on your light
Lead me to your home
Lower your sights
Put away your comb
Though black babies are starving
And cows fed for the carving
All I know is I’m lonely
And I need to be with someone tonight
Lift up your chin
Let me see your eyes
Words are not my yen
My tongue is often tied
Though apartheid’s a greater issue
I long to hear “I miss you”
All I know is I’m lonely
And I need to be with someone tonight
‘Till men stop being intimidated
By women who have made it
All I know is I’m lonely
And I need to be with someone tonight