Alchemy Tattoo
1994

Poppy

Ah…
Ah…
Ah…
Red opens the world.
My eyes only dance here for a moment.
That messenger girl
Sure scattered a sweet seed
On the mountain,
On the mountain,
On the mountain,
Yeah.

We grew from a root.
We sickened the heartbeat with an echo.
Intangible fruit,
The circular soul spun
From a shadow,
From a shadow,
From a shadow.

Ah…
Ah…
Ah…
Poppy, poppy, poppy, poppy.

Our heaven was hurt.
We followed the black scar
Down the middle.
A swallow of earth,
A flower fell backward
From the margin,
From the margin,
From the margin.

Ah…
Ah…
Ah…
Poppy, poppy, poppy, poppy.

(Solo)

Now under the church,
We’re counting the tick,
Tick of the grasses.
How long must we search
This halo of teeth for
What is precious,
What is precious,
What is precious,

Ah…
Ah…
Ah…
Poppy, poppy, poppy, poppy.
Poppy, poppy, poppy, poppy.
Ah…
Ah…

 

Beehive

After the flower of youth
Bearing the burden of proof
Catches the mouth of the bee
You’re still on the trail of honey
Hacking the rose to it’s root
Hoping to get at the fruit
When you’re going down
Down in the beehive.

Maybe the damage is done
Maybe the light of the sun
Swallows the nectar of hope
That sticks in the back of your throat
After you add and subtract
All of the knives in your back.
When you’re going down
Down in the beehive.

…And in a dream last night
My shadow came to life
Just to roll up her sleeve
When you go black and blue
You learn a thing or two
That you don’t want to believe.

Jonah was terribly pale
After he swam in the whale
Some people turn to their core
When they wake up on the floor
But how do you know you’re alive
When you go down in the hive?
When you’re going down
Down in the beehive.
When you’re going down
Down in the beehive.

 

Spellbound

What now, Lorraine?
In the house of pain
Are you fainting spells at ink wells
When your eyes begin to flood?
Do you sign your nasty letters
With your feathers dipped in blood?

Mad house, milk moon
Blood bride and groom
When you’re vicious in the kitchen
When your cold potatoes hiss
With the sour mouth of magic
Do you swallow every kiss?
Because you’re spellbound
Because you’re spellbound

Red cross, black cat
I toss my hat
In the music of your canvas
In the baby’s broken chair
With the moon of Spanish laughter
In the curtains of your hair
Because you’re spellbound
Because you’re spellbound

What now, Lorraine?
What lies remain?
In the slow night fall of fountains
Gushing out their lethal dose
You come all this way to hurt me
But honey you aren’t even close.

(Repeat chorus)

 

Schism

Do…do…do…
Stars fell out of the holy mass
When your mouth was open.
Moons-eye carpet across the glass
Once the braids were broken.
Tie another scissor in the book of love
Yeah.

Once I swallow the milk of snow
Other eyes will sing out.
"Here’s to mirrors that won’t let go
"Drink up baby," they shout.
Put another nickel in the rooted skull
Yeah.

We’ll make a flute
Out of this old bone.
We’ll make a fist
And we’ll call it home.
When all the leaves
On the trees are gone
We’ll beat a raucous rhythm
Tell the schism disappear damn it
Do…do…do…

Never got caught in the monkey’s eye
Walking up the saffron.
Never made love with a butterfly
Never with a hat on.
Put another onion in the stomach pump
Yeah.

We’ll make a flute
Out of this old bone.
We’ll make a fist
And we’ll call it home.
When all the leaves
On the trees are gone
We’ll beat a raucous rhythm
Tell the schism disappear damn it.
Do…do…do…
Do…do…do…

 

Insect World

Ooh…ooh…
Hey baby,
Why don’t you lay yourself on me?
What ever is down in the valley
Will not come to bother you now.

Hey sugar,
Why don’t you roll yourself over?
Be good to the grass and the clover
The web on the bed of my brow.

(Chorus)
Come on down to the insect world…
Come on down to the insect world…
Come on down to the insect world…

(Solo)

Hey Nancy,
Caught in the dead swim I fancy
The closer you look dear you can see
The moon in the pit of the peach.

Look closer,
Under the shady umbrella
The foot in the muddy mandala
The knot in the labyrinth of speech.

(Chorus)
Come on down to the insect world…
Come on down to the insect world…
Come on down to the insect world.

(Repeat chorus)

 

Rosebud

Picture a blood red sky
A night of hemorrhages
Leaving our bodies lie
Among the damages.
Still, in a sirens eye
Without our languages on.
We were the walk of sleep
When every step of us stood
With a heart that beat
Like it was dead in us.
Out in the fighting street
A broken petal of skin.

(Chorus)
Rosebud…
Tomorrow morning
In the rattle of your breathing
Rosebud…
You may begin to feel
The panic that I’m feeling.
Only a drop of blood, Rosebud.

Stand in a three way mirror
And let your muscle flex.
Under the chandelier
And gaudy crucifix.
When you’re not watching dear,
The dream relaxes her tongue.

(chorus)
Rosebud…
You took a knife and cut
The moon out of the cactus.
Rosebud…
You tore the white light
And the whisper from the mattress.
Only a drop of blood, Rosebud.

Under the drape of hair
The curtain blowing,
The touch, and the sideway stare
A drop of water fell
Out of the midnight air
A tear, instead of a thorn.
Watching the baby ball,
The robe unravel,
The sun like an insect crawls
Across the gravel
To stand where an eyelash falls
On the equator of men.

Rosebud…
A room of addresses
And dislocated fractions
Rosebud…
Another sin, another sin
To be forgiven.
Only a drop of blood, Rosebud.

 

Skin

Into the lazy grass where
The lambs lie down
Hung by a double-cross and
A thorny crown
The night has a thousand eyes
I can’t explain
I’m building a nest in the long hair
Of the rain.

Once there was only love,
There was only heat
Pumping the blood of stars
On the secret street
But now there’s a howling dog,
And a hurting wind
That hovers, a holy ghost
Beneath my skin.
Skin
Beneath my skin
Beneath my skin.

After the great black eye
And the broken nose
We will believe in something I suppose
But not until love has worn
Her genius thin
To swallow the poison plum
Beneath my skin.
Skin
Beneath my skin
Beneath my skin.

Whether the road is rough,
Or the road is smooth
Baby I’m standing still and
I want to move
No wonder the wind still blows
The want within
To shiver the grass that grows
Beneath my skin.
Skin
Beneath my skin
Beneath my skin.

 

Alias

From a bad break
To a side track
With a full moon
On a long flat
Lonely stretch of highway
Moving west
With a roadhouse curse
They call you "alias".

It’s the last stop
On a hot night
When your head turns
On a red light
Love is taking darkness to her breast
But when she calls your name out
She calls you "alias".

When  a dog barks
On a dead road  
When the last breath
Of the wind blows
Hollow as the heartbeat in your chest
It’s a lonely world to walk in alias.

When you can’t sleep
In your bed yet
When your hands shake
In a cold sweat
Look into the mirror and confess
For your secret’s safe with no one alias.

From a phone booth
with a cut wire
With a knife scar
And a flat tire
Faith in every phantom you possess
With the loaded gun of silence alias
Another Christ among the cactus alias?

 

Dead Kisses

Back home the news is nothing
Short of a lover you never see
When we’re alone
I’ll tell you something
Not even love will set you free.
I wanna stand across the river
Where we can turn our heads around
The night has promised to deliver
Stars on the lace of my wedding gown.
And when I wear that crown of roses
You’ll lift the veil of a spider’s web
You’ll only kiss me to discover
Beauty tastes better
With something dead.

(Chorus)
Don’t want no sympathy,
I don’t want to see you cry
Tears in the temple
With your dead kisses on me.

(Repeat Chorus)

Bad dreams will rock the cradle
Don’t fall to pieces, it will all work out
The last prayer at the supper table
Hides like a wasp in a baby’s mouth.
I wanna stand across the river
I wanna walk in the world unknown
I’ll always wear your ring my lover
You know the one with the poison stone.

(Chorus)
Don’t want no sympathy,
I don’t want to see you cry
Tears in the temple
With your dead kisses on me.

(Repeat Chorus)

 

Where the Heart isn't Broken

Tall grass, tall grass
Where the water is swollen
Lay down, lay down
Where the heart isn’t broken.
Once my love twice died
In the traveling season
Where he stood false faith
In the cold robe of reason.

Lay down, lay down
With your covers cut open
For who has slept one night
Where the heart isn’t broken?
If I call to you baby
Underneath the sacred tree
Call to you baby
Please don’t put your faith in me.

Long eyes, long eyes
In the wilderness hidden
For what makes night fall
Makes the apple forbidden.
If I walk with you baby
Straight along the right red road
Walk with you baby
Will my senses overload?

(Solo)

Lay down, lay down
Where no language is spoken
Winters pass, trees bend
Where the heart isn’t broken