Chordproc: Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock


  1. A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs
  2. Adventure Rocket Ship
  3. Flanagan's Song
  4. I Often Dream Of Trains
  5. I Pray When I'm Drunk
  6. I Used To Love You
  7. Madonna Of The Wasps
  8. My Wife And My Dead Wife
  9. Ole Tarantula
  10. Queen Elvis
  11. Red Locust Frenzy
  12. Sounds Great When You're Dead

A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs

A man's gotta know his limitations, Briggs Or he will just explode You lived in your imagination, Briggs You blew up in the road And I'm talking to you And to you over there And to you over there You were riding in your car in San Francisco You were riding through the weather and the rain You were riding in your car in San Francisco But you're never gonna ride that way again A girl's got to know her situation, Clint Or she will just move on So if you have some information Squint through the keyhole Or down the barrel of your gun And I'm talking to you And I'm listening too So you've got no excuse I was riding in your car in San Francisco I was riding through the weather and the rain I was riding in your car in San Francisco But I'm never gonna ride with you again A boy's gotta go just where you put him, Mel Or he will turn to steel And if he does you must forget him, Mel Unless you want him crawling through your dream And I'm talking to you I can talk I can hear Well what more do you want? We were riding in your car in San Francisco We were riding through the weather and the rain Riding in your car in San Francisco But we're never gonna ride that way again We've all got a Briggs in us Somewhere down the road I don't know about you folks but This Briggs will explode A man's gotta know his limitations, Briggs



Adventure Rocket Ship

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Adventure rocket ship!
F#m
Inside a head parade
D
A message from the future
A
You crash upon a star!
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Attention rocket ship!
F#m
A message from the grave
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You rock me like a pharoah
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I hear you in my voice
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You crash upon a star
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Adventure rocket ship!
E7
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Tallulah having sprung
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I wait for you to come
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Adventure rocket ship
F#m
The lover and the slave
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The skeletons of spacemen
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Unzipper me with love
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I'm coming for you someday
F#m
As faithful as a mummy
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Discovered in a crater
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Hermaphrodite in style
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You crash upon a star
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You crash upon a star
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And who is the moon?
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B
Who is the sunshine?
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Who is the moon?
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Who is the sunshine?
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Attention rocket ship
F#m
Protected on a wave
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I wish I was the future
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I kiss you in the past
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I'm comin' for you someday
F#m
As faithful as a mummy
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You rock me like a pharoah
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Hermaphrodite in style
Em
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You crash upon a star...
Em
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You crash upon a star...
Em
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You crash upon a star...
Em
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You crash upon a star...
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Attention rocket ship!



Flanagan's Song

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All the young girls look like ravens
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E
As they flock around the pool
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And they peck at their reflection
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In the shadows of men's drool I could look out there forever Forever has no holes Through the windows of eternity You can glimpse the passing souls
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This party's over
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The bells are ringing themselves
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I'm going home She was standing on the table With a message on her skin I'm a look right in her eyes But I could not see in I have loved you from a distance Loved you from up close Like the tiny frog that breathes I can nestle in your cloak This party's over The bells are ringing themselves And I'm going home I was always in a hurry But I never knew what for Paranoia chased me out And then time just closed the door Now the party's over The drugs are taking themselves And I'm going home



I Often Dream Of Trains

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I often dream of trains when I'm alone....
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I ride on them into another zone...
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I dream of them constantly, heading for paradise...
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Or Basingstoke... or Reading....
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I often dream of trains when I'm awake....
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They ride along beside a frozen lake...
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And there in the buffet car, I wait for eternity...
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Or Basingstoke... or Reading....
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I often dream of trains 'til it gets light....
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The summer turns to winter overnight...
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The leaves fall so suddenly, the sun sets at 4 o' clock...
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Exactly what... I'm dreading....
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I often dream of trains when I'm with you....
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I wonder if you dream about them too...
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Maybe we'll meet one night, out in the corridor...
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I'm waiting for... you baby....
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Baby... Baby... Baby... Baby...



I Pray When I'm Drunk

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I pray when I'm drunk I pray for guidance
D
To get me from the sewer where I am
D
Yeah, I don't know who to I pray to someone
G
To get me on my way and give a damn
G
Yeah, I pray when I'm drunk Pray when I'm sober
C
I'm grateful for the man than I've become
C
Yeah, I swarm with the bees
G
And I booze with the mackerel
D
G
And I think about you every time I strum
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Some things can change
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D
Some things you cannot change
Am
All things are strange I pray when I'm drunk I feel the hammer Of judgement as it smashes on my soul Yeah, I'm glad that I'm drunk I feel more open To spiritual leanings that I hold Yeah, I'm glad when I'm drunk Glad when I'm sober I'm grateful for the hangover that's gone And I'm grateful to you And all the pickings From the carcass of the life that I came from From the carcass of the life that I came from



I Used To Love You

I used to love you, I used to walk the line I used to love you, though you were in decline But then I left you to be with someone else Oh I left you to be with myself I used to love you, 'cause you were where it's at I used to love you, and I would be your cat I wore your hairstyle, I tried to look like you But then I left you, because I'd learned from you I'm going to Cambridge, I'll take that narrow train I'm going to Cambridge, then I'll come down again The police station is still on Parker's Piece It hasn't shifted, nor have the police They do their job, and I do mine I used to love you, I loved your liquid voice I used to love you, because I had no choice But now you're crazy, and I myself am straight And every child must avoid its parent's fate



Madonna Of The Wasps

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Bm
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D
Dsus4
Is this love ...
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Bm
G
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Bm
Lost Madonna of the Wasps, I wonder where we crossed
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G
I wonder why she lost me
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Bm
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D
Bm
Lost Madonna of the Wasps, she's lying in the frost
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G
I wonder what she cost me
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Bm
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Dsus4
Is this love?
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Bm
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D
Bm
Gone Madonna of the swans, she waves a magic wand
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G
And then she settles on me
G
Bm
G
D
Bm
Wise Madonna of the Flies, I look into her eyes
D
G
And then she recognize me
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Bm
G
D
Dsus4
Is this love? Is this love?
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D
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G
Bm
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D
Bm
Lost Madonna of the Wasps, I wonder where we crossed
D
G
I wonder where she lost me
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Bm
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Bm
Lost Madonna of the Wasps, she's dying in the frost
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G
I wonder what she cost me
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Bm
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Dsus4
Is this love? Is this love?
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My Wife And My Dead Wife

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My wife lies down in a chair, And Peels a Pear, I know she's there
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D
I'm making coffee for two, just me and you
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G
D
But I come back in with coffee for three, Coffee for three
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My dead wife sits in a chair, combing her hair, I know she's there
C
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D
She wanders off to the bed, shaking her head, Robyn she said
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D
You know I don't take sugar
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Am
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My wife and my dead wife, am I the only one that sees her?
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C
Am
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My wife and my dead wife, Doesn't anybody see her at all?
C
Fmaj7
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No, no no, no no no, nooooo
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My wife sits down on the stairs, and stares into air, there's no one there
Am
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D
I'm drilling holes in the wall, holes in the wall
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G
I turn round and my dead wife's upstairs, she's still wearing flares
Fmaj7
C
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She talks out loud, but no one hears
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C
Am
G
My wife and my dead wife, am I the only one that sees her
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C
Am
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My wife and my dead wife, Doesn't anybody see her at all?
C
Fmaj7
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No, no no, no no no, nooooo
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Am
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Fmaj7
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G
And I cannot decide, which one I love the most
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Am
D
The flesh and blood, or the pale, smiling ghost
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My wife lies down on the beach, she's sucking a peach, she's out of reach
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Am
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Of the waves that crash on the sand, where my dead wife stands, holding my hand
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Now my wife can't swim but neither could she, and deep in the sea
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She's waiting for me, She's waiting for me
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G
Fmaj7
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Oh, I'm such a lucky guy, 'cause I got you baby and I'll never be lonely
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Am
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My wife and my dead wife, am I the only one that sees her?
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Am
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My wife and my dead wife, Doesn't anybody see her at all?
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Fmaj7
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No, no no, no no no, nooooo
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Fmaj7
C
No, no no, no no no, no



Ole Tarantula

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Out in the trees old tarantula has got me humming Out in the desert the cacti are home Tarantulas cluster in their underground dome
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Ole tarantula Furry black legs and a spicy goatee If you see Gino won't you kiss him for me?
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C
Ole tarantula Through the dark windows she squeezes her eggs out they come tumbling on their spindly legs
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C
Ole tarantula
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I feel like a three-legged chinchilla Standing on a table so wide
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I can't see over the side
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Tarantula Look at his fingers caressing your keys If he don't please you well you just can't be pleased
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C
Ole tarantula Pumping it out through a spiky black fist If she don't kiss you well you'll never be kissed (smooch!)
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C
Ole tarantula
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I knew a woman in San Francisco Or maybe it was down in San Jose I don't recall
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Either way (and neither does she)
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Yeah forget about me
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Oh Tarantula All life is sinful the Catholics say Use it up quick And then you throw it away
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Ole tarantula
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Ole tarantula



Queen Elvis

Intro
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Verse
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Dmaj7
People get what they deserve,
Dmaj7
Am
Time is round and space is curved.
G
Honey, have you got the nerve,
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To be Queen Elvis?
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Dmaj7
See that man who mows his lawn,
Dmaj7
Am
He'll hang in drag before the dawn.
G
Some are made and some are born
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To be Queen Elvis.
Verse
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Dmaj7
It could break your mothers heart,
Dmaj7
Am
It could break your sisters heart.
G
Coming out's the hardest part,
D
When you're Queen Elvis.
Em
D
Justify your special ways,
Em
A7
Justify your special ways.
Verse
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Dmaj7
Getting blow-jobs from the press.
Dmaj7
Am
Oh, I'm jealous can't you guess?
G
I could never fit your dress,
D
Queen Elvis.
Bridge
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A
Oh and I'll sculpt you,
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G
So very hard.
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D
Oh and I'll sculpt you,
A7
'til you bleed.
Verse
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Dmaj7
Everybody must get stoned,
Dmaj7
Am
All together all alone.
G
Babbling beside the throne,
D
Of Queen Elvis.
Em
D
Justify your special ways,
Em
A7
Justify your special ways.
Verse
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Dmaj7
Two mirrors make infinity,
Dmaj7
Am
In the mirror you and me.
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Find out just what love could be,
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Queen Elvis.
Bridge
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A
Oh and I'll sculpt you,
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G
So very hard.
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D
Oh and I'll sculpt you,
A7
'til you breath.
Verse
D
Dmaj7
People get what they deserve,
Dmaj7
Am
Time is round and space is curved.
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Honey, have you got the nerve,
D
To be Queen Elvis?



Red Locust Frenzy

Red locust frenzy oh my love Red locust frenzy oh my love Don't let the dragon come And make it worse for you Don't let the demon come Until you want him to My love My love The Buddha sighs Amid the flames And every leaf pronounced your name My love My love Red locust frenzy oh my love Red locust frenzy oh my love There is no God up here No captain of your dreams It's only me and you It's only what it seems My love My love



Sounds Great When You're Dead

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Your mother is a journalist, your father is a creep They make it in your bedroom when they think you're fast asleep The scenes that they're enacting now beside your little bed Are never in your consciousness but always in your head
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Ba--by
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A
It might sound dodgy now
E
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A
But it sounds great when you're dead
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A
It sounds great when you're Your sister is a butterfly, your brother is a drunk You gaze at him reclining in formaldehyde a trunk He lives and breathes on systems that nobody can supply And you're immune to everything except the butterfly Yeah Baby It might sound dodgy now But it sounds great when you're dead
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It sounds great when you're dead
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Baby, you're incredible, I think that you're the most I've searched around for everything like you from coast to coast Your name engraved in diamonds written in my heart We're at our most together when we're at our most apart Baby It might sound dodgy now But it sounds great when you're dead
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Ba--by
G#m
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It might sound dodgy now
G#m
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But ba--by let me assure you
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It sounds great when you're dead