Thanks For the Ether

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
Five 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 the staircase by the smell of her own burning hair

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 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.



 Stumpside

All that I have is this dull paring knife
Peeling potatoes the rest of my life
Dirt floors make dust so I hope for the best
I carry candles 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
Twopenny 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
Ah, ah

We come alone and leave alone and look the horse in the mouth
We scrath 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
Ah, ah

We come alone and leave alone and look the horse in the mouth
We scrath 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.



 Nozzle

Nozzle, nodule, eraser, chip
A few thoughts on the subject by a little n-nothing

What was so obviously strange, but mystifyingly true about the whole situation
Was Miss Connie Pollup's failure to grasp that the time was indeed now
If she was to ever recover vitality to her mortal envelope

Oh, sure - she liked p-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?



 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 there like wine

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

Cakey is their makeup
Catholics try to shake up
All the things that form their lives, but they're dead
Their sigh is their song
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?



 Why Don't You Do Right?

You had plenty money 1922
But you let other women make a fool of you

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

You're 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?
Why don't you 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.



 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 and I know what he said but I think
I might know what he might 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 penmanship 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.



 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
1: A fairly ill-prepared group of greenhorns, pitting themselves against nature and each other
2: An insufficient willingness to endure the very real hardships of frontiering, and
3: Coincidental misfortune at every turn
Number three: Coincidental 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 weather-wise

If fantasy is the refuge of the frightened man, and a castle in the air is 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 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
Huh?
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.



 Endomorph

Morning has broken and what do I see but those same bloody fingerprints following me
It don't pay to be thankful
Don't pay to be nice, so it's backward and forward and back again twice
I don't think I'll try 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 awhile 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.



 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, well

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, well
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've 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've done alright for a girl, well

Ah, ah, ah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah

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've got something I need, well

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
La la la la la la la
la la la la la la, well
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key.



 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 run, 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 snow
He looked around
No one would ever know

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

But they cry, and they cry
Who said babies never die?
They cry
Who said babies never die?

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



 Howard Hughes

One, two
One, two, three

He wants you to put this plate of crumbs back into the fridgerator
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'd dead

He wants you to take this 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 ten 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 allowed to pee on floors 'cause his colon 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 ten 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 ten 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.



 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 near
The nice pipe 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 big mind is weaning and we don't know why

Our big mind is weaning and we don't know why
We want to feel warm, yet outside the norm
We want to be cradled, and then be reborn.



 Five Fleas

Five fleas band together against all odds to form a new company
A new company performing treachery, advice to givers and other various services

Starting a new business in any climate is always very, very difficult
But these guys had charisma, had it, the x-quotient
The pure, unadulterated chutzpah that put them head and shoulders above the rest

What they lacked, however was backing
So if you know anybody that could help them out...



 Any Old Actress

They saw her break through barriers fourty feet high
It was the finest moment in a long life
Young boys will tack her picture over their bed
They saw her mouth move but couldn't hear what she said

"You're a souvenir. A darling, dear."
She used to say that kind of thing
"You're a mantelpiece 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 that 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 this 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 oughtta know
The higher you are you want to see what's below

Any old actress worth her salt oughtta know
The higher you are you want to see what's below
Any old actress worth her salt oughtta know.



 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 and
Water kills the tall weed
Ophelia
Yeah, yeah

Ophelia
Yeah, yeah

Ophelia.



 Kate Moss

If you think real hard about the ace, the card
The bad luck that you've drawn on for so long
You realise that it's gone and with it that swan song
The mirror of your life has turned to shard
If that means broken glass,
No 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.



 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 'til 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
When her teeth became tight when her eyes couldn't see

And she told herself that this all was enough for a girl that 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
Oh yeah, oh
Oh yeah, oh

She had one thing that she liked and she kept around
She would take it with her to the riverbed
As she skated she always - she 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
When she looked at herself in the ice of the riverbed and she saw a girl - one which she could see though

And she told herself that this all was enough for a girl that 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
Oh yeah, oh
Oh yeah
She still wanted some
She still needed someone
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
She still wanted some
She still needed someone
Oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh.



 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, oh

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

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

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 'til 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.