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My Little Shirtwaist Fire
Stumpside
Nozzle
Transylvanian Concubine
Why Don't You Do Right?
Mr. E. Leon Rauis
The Donner Party
Endomorph
Brand New Key
Crybabies
Howard Hughes
Sister Sleep
Fives Fleas
Any Old Actress
Dig Ophelia
Kate Moss
Rusty The Skatemaker
Trust All-Stars


My Little Shirtwaist Fire
Once it started
The frail and fainthearted
Just withered to the floor

Oh, so sadly
We examined hands burned badly
By that which no man fears more

The terrible flames of
All that remains of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

My best friend
Was alone in the alcove
Does anyone see her there?

Such a sweet face
Trapped in a staircase
By the smell of her own burning hair and the

Terrible flames of
All that remains of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

Glow baby glow as the embers they died there
Nobody knows what we saw inside there
Twisting and burning
the girls' fine young bodies

Yes, we're burning can you help us please?
Yes, we're begging, we're on bended knees
Oh, My Little Shirtwaist Fire

Girls work hard for
Small rewards or
Invitations to dine.

Or one kind word from
One who loves them but
What I have earned is mine

The terrible flames of
All that remain of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

Glow baby glow as the embers they died there
Nobody knows what we saw inside there
Twisting and burning, the girls' fine young bodies

Yes, we're burning can you help us please?
Yes, we're begging, we're on bended knees
Oh, My Little Shirtwaist Fire
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Stumpside
All that I have is this dull paring knife
Peeling potatoes for the rest of my life
Dirt floors make dust so I hope for the best
I carry candies with pains in my chest

Face tied together with three times used string
Follow me see what I mean

Fixing a fencepost or feeding a cow
Two penny saltlick I never ask how
Animals like me though folks turn away
I like the pigeons I like what they say

Face tied together with three times used string
Follow me see what I mean

We come alone and leave alone and look the horse in the mouth
We scratch the skin and break the bone and see birds migrating south.

By the side of the stump where she told us these things
If you hear a bell ring you get some wings.
Don't bother looking for what I've neglected to bring.
By the side of the stump where she told us these things
If you hear a bell ring you get some wings.
She's fallen farther than feathers that float in the wind.

I saw a wishing well down by the stream
I never understood what wishes mean
Just ask for nothing you get what you get.
I asked for something I've not got it yet.
Face tied together with three times used string
Follow me see what I mean

We come alone and leave alone and look the horse in the mouth
We scratch the skin and break the bone and see birds migrating south.

By the side of the stump where she told us these things
If you hear a bell ring you get some wings.
Don't bother looking for what I've neglected to bring.
By the side of the stump where she told us these things
If you hear a bell ring you get some wings.
She's fallen farther than feathers that float in the wind.
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Nozzle
Nozzle, nodule, eraser, chip: a few thoughts on the subject by a little nothing. What was so obviously strange, yet mystifyingly true about the whole situation, was Miss Connie Pallups failure to grasp that the time was indeed now if she was to ever recover vitality to her immortal envelope. Oh sure, she liked perfume and she had a lot of it, too. But pampered wisps do not a clothdoll make. And there we have a lesson that is easier to speak of than it is to, how you say, live by?
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Transylvanian Concubine
If you want to know how
To fly high, then go now
To the place where all the concubines....

Meet and converse with them
Marvel at their pale skin
Wonder how they chew on their pointy....

Teeth and hair are beauty
They know it's their duty
To be countess in their hearts and their....

Minds that have to whisper
See in them a sister
Look into their eyes and you'll be a

Transylvanian Concubine
You know what flows here like wine

Sorrow is their master
Cackling with laughter
Now he's having just one piece of....

Cakey is their make up
Catholics try to shake up
All the things that form their lives, but they're....

Dead, their sighs, their songs
They know what they do is wrong
Stay here with us
it's just time
Transylvanian Concubine

Candelabra's lighted
Satan has been sighted
Never has there been an evening like....

This is what they wanted
Always to feel hunted
You can never be too rich or too....

Thin, the blood has run out
Fangs ruin any cute pout
Morning has come now they've flown
What have you learned from what has been shown?
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Why Don't You Do Right?
You had plenty money 1922
You let other women make a fool of you
Why don't you do right
Like some other men do?

Sitting there wondering what it's all about
If you ain't got no money they are going to
Put you out
Why don't you do right
Like some other men do?

Get out of here and
Bring me some money too?

I fell for your jive and I took you in
Now all you got to offer me's a fifth of gin
Why don't you do right
Like some other men do?
Why don't you get out of here and
Bring me some money too?

This song was originally performed by Peggy Lee


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Mr. E. Leon Rauis
I keep pictures of him in my mind yeah you know the kind they curl up on the edges, the corners are bended into a trick pulled from behind.

Physically he is serene he looks good he looks clean yeah I know he's dead but I know what he said and I think I might know what he mean.

With many thanks for your well, well wishes he says believe me, sincerely yours Mr. E Leon Rauis would say it's sentiment which he abhors.

Seventeen Union Square North did he walk back and forth in the glass at the shop did he smile did he stop for awhile did he question his worth?

Seventeen Union Square West dressed up looking his best Mr. E. Leon Rauis could never know how this would seem his one small request.

With many thanks for your well, well wishes he says believe me, sincerely yours Mr. E Leon Rauis would say it's sentiment which he abhors.

Regretfully so he still wants you to know of the things in his heart he can't say.
His penmenship does a disservice
It's illegible to this day.

Oh, Mr. E. Leon Rauis believe me
I hope it all turned out okay

Picking a shop for the shoot did he buy a new suit? Was he tall, was he kind, did he finally find it that day, was his end absolute? He got old like everyone, was he somebody's son? Did he fail, did he try to succeed or deny what he knew or things he had done?

With many thanks for your well, well wishes he says believe me, sincerely yours Mr. E Leon Rauis would say it's sentiment which he abhors.
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The Donner Party
The similarities and situations between the Donner Party and the colonial Pilgrims is both appalling, frightening, and incomplete. In both cases you'll find, one, a fairly large group of ill-prepared greenhorns pitting themselves against nature and each other, two, an insufficient willingness to endure the very real hardships of frontiering and, three, coinsidential misfortune at every turn. Number three, coinsidential misfortune at every turn. Disasters at both camps were initially brought about by departure, delay, and desert inertia; which caused our heroes to begin their journeys at absolutely retarded times weatherwise. If fantasy is the refuge of a frightened man, and a castle in the air is a safe harbor for a foolish few, just imagine living in a hut buried twelve feet below the snow, with the sight and smell of the scattered carcasses of loved ones at your feet; it is the lay of the land, just another day. I would like to propose that cannibalism was indeed rampant among America's earliest settlers: The Pilgrims. For what does settler imply, if not the willingness to settle? To settle for a meal of human flesh if my thoughts on the subject are to be believed. In conclusion, spread the word of this. Look to the night sky, and hark back to our forefathers' shortcomings, and your own, as you cut your meat and lay the groundwork for a new tomorrow.
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Endomorph
Morning has broken and what do I see but
those same bloody fingerprints following me
it don't pay to be careful don't pay to be nice
So it's backwards and forwards and back again twice
I don't think I'll try it again.

Guilty was all that I felt until now
Go ahead say I'm wrong
but I'm curious how all you people get up
and then don't arrive late
Do you pray every day and then patiently wait?
I don't think I'll try again

I'm known as The Endomorph
I'm slow, I go back and forth
I'm known as The Endomorph
Punishment comes for no reason I've seen
then it stays for a while keeping quiet
between what you said would take place if my big mouth was shut
and I pray every day, and it's all okay
but I don't think I'll try again.
I'm known as The Endomorph
I'm slow, I go back and forth
I'm known as The Endomorph
I'm known as The Endomorph
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Brand New Key
I rode my bicycle past your window last night
I rollerskated to your door at daylight
It almost seems like you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone but you've got something I need

I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them on to see

I've been lookin around awhile
you've got something for me
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You got a brand new key

I ride my bike, I rollerskate don't drive no car
Don't go so fast, but I go pretty far
For somebody who don't drive, I've been all around the world
Some people say I done alright for a girl

I asked your mother if you were at home
She said yes, but that you weren't alone
It almost seems like you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone but you got something I need

I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them on to see
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key

This song was originally performed by Melanie Safka.


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Crybabies
Two big babies met
on a winter's day
they thought they'd get
all dressed up to play

So they went outside
never to return
they laugh
they hide
Babies never learn

but they cry and they cry
Who said babies never die?
they cry
Who said babies never die?

One pushed the other down
into the salty snow
he looked around
no one would ever know

Bad things happen to babies all the time
They laugh at who kisses then times nine

but they cry and they cry
Who said babies never die?
they cry
Who said babies never die?
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Howard Hughes
He want you to put this plate of crumbs back into the frigerator
When you do, he wants you to make sure to bring this plate with dessert later
Stand to the right
Give him a bite
Insulate the bed
Shoot him up when he's dead.

He wants you to take a box kleenex and cut it with a knife
Use a stack of tissues for each hand
killing germs could save his life
Climb into the cockpit
He drops his pants to grin
Just act like it's nothing
Just nod and smile at him.

Howard Hughes pops a valium blue
and he reclines the naked chair
and watches just one more movie
Howard Hughes has got something on you
when the fingers grow long
And the toenails they wrap around him
Howard Hughes
What he did
What he'd do

He wants you to seal windows and doors of his hotel room with tape
He will be alowed to pee on floors
cause his codeine constipates.
Listen to him moan
About a multi million loan
Don't answer the phone.
It's been a long time since he's flown.

Howard Hughes pops a valium blue
and he reclines the naked chair
and watches just one more movie
Howard Hughes has got something on you
when the fingers grow long
And the toenails they wrap around him
Howard Hughes
What he did
What he'd do

Howard Hughes pops a valium blue
and he reclines the naked chair
and watches just one more movie
Howard Hughes has got something on you
when the fingers grow long
And the toenails they wrap around him
Howard Hughes
What he did
What he'd do
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Sister Sleep
We like to smoke pot
We like it a lot
Our small eyes are tearing for what we have not
Our small eyes are tearing for what we have not
The nice pipe is here
A lighter is near
I won't become freaked out
fear not
sister dear
I won't become freaked out
fear not
sister dear
We miss the blue sky
It is cold
we will cry
Our being mind is waning and we now know why
Our being mind is waning and we now know why
We want to feel warm
yet outside the norm
We want to be a cradle held
and then to be reborn.
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Five Fleas
Five fleas band together against all odds to form a new company. A new company, performing treachery, translations, advice to givers, and other varied services. Starting in new business in any climate is always very very difficult. But these stars had charisma, had it, the extra x-quotient, the pure, unadulterated scheltsbar that put them head and shoulders above the rest. What they lacked, however, was backing. So if you know anybody....
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Any Old Actress
They saw her break through barriers forty feet high
It was the finest moment in a long life
Young boys would hang her pictures over their bed
They saw her mouth move but they couldn't hear what she said

You're a souvenir a darling dear
She used to say that kind of thing
You're a mantlepiece with strong beliefs
Only her black rainbow meant something

Don't cry for her now
Oh yeah
Don't cry for her
Oh yeah

I saw the sailor talking with the cops
I saw the sailor walking with the cops
First comes the nurse, just got back from war
She had a feather in her cap
That's all she wore
Then comes the mother and she's got a friend
And they start yelling at you and that's how it all began

It's one of those things you should not try at home
What's meant by intentional falls can never be known
Any old actress worth her salt outta know
The higher you are you want to see what's below
And old actress worth her salt outta know
The higher you are you want to see what's below
And old actress worth her salt outta know
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Dig Ophelia
Dig Ophelia
consider it dug
Flowers madness and polar bear rug
Here's the water, just ankle deep high
Lay back relax and look up at the sky.

Your eyes never close
your mind's not at rest
Lay back, get waterlogged
Give us a kiss

Water spreads the small seed
Water kills the tall weed
Ophelia

Cut the stem and you'll see how you feel
Floating orchids just ain't no big deal
Never knowing's like knowing too much
Tap the table, oh here's more bad luck

Your eyes never close
your mind's not at rest
Lay back, get waterlogged
Give us a kiss

Water spreads the small seed
Water kills the tall weed
Ophelia
Ophelia
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Kate Moss
If you think real hard about the aches, the card, the blackboard that you've drawn on for so long. You realize that it's gone, and with it that swan song, the mirror of your life has turned to shards. If that means broken glass, you won't have the chance to laugh at those who always laughed at you. Think back, yes it's cool, to jump up and be through, when even worser things have come to pass.
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Rusty The Skatemaker
She was born in an oil-drum South side of Chicago
When East St. Louis was not far away
She'd lace knives to her boots and go down to the riverbed
Skate around and around till the night became day

The cannery fellows would follow her everywhere
From the grocery store to the B.Q.E.
With their hearts all aglow from her icy back at you stare
Then her teeth became tight when her eyes couldn't see

And she told herself that this was enough
For a girl who was born in an oil drum
She had her skates didn't need lots of stuff
She didn't need it but she still wanted some

She had one thing that she liked and she kept around
She would take it with her to the riverbed
As she skated around she always thought of a pretty sound that she heard as a girl in her mother's bed
The sound of some breathing another breath in and out when some lungs expand and contract like they do
And she looked at herself in the ice of the riverbed and she saw a girl one which she could see through

And she told herself that this was enough
For a girl who was born in an oil drum
She had her skates didn't need lots of stuff
She didn't need it but she still wanted some
she still wanted some she still needed some
she still wanted some she still needed some
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Trust All-Stars
You're not the boy that you say you are
You come from outerspace you drive a rental car
Thanks but no thanks just the same

Time was when this became obvious
You're eyes were never clear
you did not eat enough
Strangely afraid of the rain

Trust all stars
N
ever ask your way around
Buffalo is Venus
Texas is a town

Planets we know do come and go
When meltable aliens run toward the snow
Missions are fine but piece of mind
Won't come from a boyfriend who lies all the time

Alien wishes won
Damn the sight
Scanning those soggy skies
with a small reading light
harder to see late at night

Millions of listeners close their ears
Hoping their dinner's warm
stifling sunny cheers
Wait till dinner's done to start to fight
Trust all stars
Never ask your way around
Buffalo is Venus
Texas is a town

Planets we know do come and go
When meltable aliens run toward the snow
Missions are fine but piece of mind
Won't come from a boyfriend who lies all the time

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