01. She’s Thunderstorms

She’s thunderstorms
Lying on her front
Up against the wall
She’s thunderstorms

I’ve been feeling foolish
You should try it
She came and substituted
The peace and quiet for
Acrobatic blood flow
Concertina cheating heart beat
Rapid fire

She’s thunderstorms
Lying on her front
Up against the wall
She’s thunderstorms
Here is your host
Sounds as if she’s pretty close
When the heat starts growing horns
She’s thunderstorms

She’s been loop the looping
Around my mind
Her motorcycle boots give me
This kind of acrobatic blood
Concertina cheating heartbeat
Rapid fire

She’s thunderstorms
Lying on her front
Up against the wall
She’s thunderstorms

In an unusual place
When you’re feeling far away
She does what the night does to the day

02. Black Treacle

Lately I’ve been seeing things
Belly button piercings
In the sky at night
When we’re side by side

And I don’t mean to rain on anybody’s cabriolet
One of those games you’re going to lose
But you want to play it just in case

Now it’s getting dark and the sky looks sticky
More like black treacle than tar
Black treacle
Somebody told the stars you’re not coming out tonight
And so they find a place to hide

Does it help you stay up late?
Does it help you concentrate?
Does it tune you in when when you chew your chin?
Am I ruining your fun?

And you talk the talk alright
But do you walk the walk or catch the train?
You wanted it, you got it
But you don’t want it now

And now I’m out of place and I’m not getting any wiser
I feel like the sundance kid behind a synthesiser
And I tried last night to pack away a laugh
Like a key under the mat
But it never seems to be there when you want it

03. Brick By Brick

I wanna build you up
Brick by brick
I wanna break you down
Brick by brick
I’m gonna reconstruct
Brick by brick
I wanna feel you love

Brick by brick
Brick by brick

I wanna steal your soul
Brick by brick
I wanna rock and roll
Brick by brick
I wanna rock and roll
Brick by brick
I wanna rock and roll
Brick by brick

Brick by brick
Brick by brick

I want a brick by brick
Brick by brick
I want a blow by blow
Brick by brick
I want an episode
Brick by brick
I want a brick by brick by brick by
Brick by brick

04. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

Just when things are getting complicated
In the eye of the storm
She flicks a red hot revelation
Off the tip of her tongue

It does a dozen somersaults
And leaves you supercharged
It makes me wanna blow the candles out
Just to see if you glow in the dark

Shalalala

Home sweet home, home sweet home, home sweet bobby trap
I took the batteries out my mysticism and put them in my thinking cap
She’s got a telescopic hallelujah hanging up on the wall
For when it gets too complicated
In the eye of the storm

And in a hellcat spangled cabin
When your judgment’s on the run
And you’re acting like a stranger
Because you thought it looked like fun

And did you ever get the feeling
That these were things she said before
Her steady hands may well have done
The devil’s pedicure
What you waiting for?
Sing another fucking shalalala

05. Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair

Break a mirror, roll the dice
Run with scissors through a chip pan fire fight
Go into business with a grizzly bear
But just don’t sit down ’cause I’ve moved your chair

Find a well known hard man and start a fight
Wear your shellsuit on bonfire night
Fill in a circular hole with a peg that’s square
But just don’t sit down ’cause I’ve moved your chair

Bite the lightning and tell me how it tastes
Kung fu fighting on your rollerskates
Do the Macarena in the devil’s lair
But just don’t sit down ’cause I’ve moved your chair

06. Library Pictures

Library pictures of the quickening canoe
The first of its kind to get to the moon
Trust some ellipses to chase you round the room
Through curly straws and metaphors and goo!

Been watching all the neon blossom flickering
You look as if you’ve all forgotten where you’ve been
We’re going riding through the thunder suckle fuzz canyon
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Library pictures of the quickening canoe
The first of its kind to get to the moon
Give me an eanie, meanie minie moo
Or an ip, dip, dog shit rock and roll

07. All My Own Stunts

Caricatures of your wrecking ball gown
In my mind all the time

I want to be in that damsel patterned alley
Where you go for a smoke

Sorrow slow dances
The phones are lighting up
Taking no chances
Close but never close enough

Been watching cowboy films
On gloomy afternoons
Tinting the solitude
Put on your dancing shoes
And show me what to do
I know you’ve got the moves

All my own stunts
High noon has changed its tune
Linking arms, sinking hearts

Sorrow slow dances
Around the edges of her eyes
Taking no chances
The last one out will win a prize

Been watching cowboy films
On gloomy afternoons
Tinting the solitude
Put on your dancing shoes
And show me what to do
I know you’ve got the moves

08. Reckless Serenade

Topless models doing semaphore
Wave their flags as she walks by and get ignored
Illuminations on a rainy day
When she walks her footsteps sing
A reckless serenade

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need
Call up to listen to the voice of reason
And got his answering machine

The type of kisses where teeth collide
When she laughs the heavens hum a stun gun lullaby
Those twinkling vixens
With their shining spiral eyes
Their hypnosis goes unnoticed
When she’s walking by

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need
Call up to listen to the voice of reason
And got his answering machine

I left my message
But did he fuck get back to me
Now I’m stuck still wondering
How it’s meant to be

Singing a reckless serenade
Reckless serenade

09. Piledriver Waltz

I etched the face of a stopwatch
On the back of a raindrop
And did a swap for the sand in an hourglass

I heard an unhappy ending
It sort of sounds like you’re leaving
I heard the piledriver waltz
It woke me up this morning

You look like you’ve been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel
And sat in the back booth by the pamphlets and the literature on how to lose
Your waitress was miserable and so was your food
If you’re gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes

Mysteries flashing amber go green when you answer but the red on the rest of the questionnaire never changes

I heard the news that you’re planning
To shoot me out of a cannon
I heard the piledriver waltz it woke me up this morning

You look like you’ve been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel
And sat in the back booth by the pamphlets and the literature on how to lose
Your waitress was miserable and so was your food
If you’re gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes

10. Love Is A Laserquest

Do you still feel younger than you thought you would by now
Or darling have you started feeling old yet?
Don’t worry, I’m sure that you’re still breaking hearts with the efficiency that only youth can harness

And do you still think love is a laserquest
Or do you take it all more seriously?
I’ve tried to ask you this in some daydreams that I’ve had but you’re always busy being make believe

And do you look into the mirror to remind yourself you’re there
Or have somebody’s good night kisses got that covered?
Well, I’m not being honest I pretend that you were just some lover

Now I can’t think of there without thinking of you
I doubt that comes as a surprise
And I can’t think of anything to dream about
I can’t find anywhere to hide
And when I’m hanging on by the rings around my eyes
And I convince myself I need another
For a minute it gets easier to pretend that you were just some lover

When I’m pipe and slippers and rocking chair
Singing dreadful songs about summer
Will I have found a better method of pretending you were just some lover?

11. Suck It And See

Your love is like a studded leather headlock
Your kiss it could put creases in the rain
You’re rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock
And those other girls are just postmix lemonade

Suck it and see you never know
Sit next to me before I go
Jigsaw women with horror movie shoes
Be cruel to me cos I’m a fool for you

I poured my aching heart into a pop song
I couldn’t get the hang of poetry
That’s not a skirt girl that’s a sawn off shotgun
And I can only hope you’ve got it aimed at me

Blue moon girls from once upon a shangri la
How I often wonder where you are
You have got that face that just says “baby, I was made to break your heart”

12. That’s Where You’re Wrong

Pussyfooting setting sun
Make a wish that weighs a tonne
There are no handles for you to hold
No understanding where it goes

Jealously in technicolor
Fear by name than love by numbers
Street lamp amber wanderlust
Powder in a blunderbuss

She looks as if she’s blowing a kiss at me
And suddenly the sky is a scissor
Sitting on the floor with a tambourine
Crushing up a bundle of love
Don’t take it so personally
You’re not the only one
That time has got it in for honey
That’s where you’re wrong

All the old flames fastened on
Make a wish that weighs a tonne
There are no handles that you can hold
And no understanding where it goes