Dub Housing (1978)

Navvy
I've got these arms and legs that flip-flop, flip-flop.
I have desire - freedom
I have desire - somewhere to go

Boy, that sounds swell.

In my ears I heard a hurricane grow.
I have desire - freedom
I have desire - somewhere to go

Boy, that sounds swell.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



On The Surface
I heard the radio sun.
It made the day like a beach.
Lost and in love, I was sand in the surf.
I heard talk, talk like music.
I heard talk.
It was a day like a beach.

No cuts, no revisions,
I was saying.
At the curb I was swaying.
I was wave-washed,
wave-washed,
knocked down.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Dub Housing
Have you heard about this house?
Inside, a thousand voices talk
and that talk echoes around and around.
The windows reverberate.
The walls have ears.
A thousand saxophone voices talk.

You should hear how we syllogize.
You should hear.
About how Babel fell and still echoes away.
How we idolize, theorize, syllogize.
In the dark.
In the heart.

All I hear is... talk!
Hear the sound of the jibberty jungle.
In the dark a thousand insect voices chitter-chatter.

The sun goes up, goes over, goes down.
I seek sleep. I sleep.
I forget.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Caligari's Mirror
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
Who do you see in Caligari's mirror?
How do you like those pranksters' cheats?

Hey, hey! Boozie sailors -
Missed the boat, what to do?
Hey, hey! Woozie sailors -
What a mess, tie `em down!

Walked around, took a bus.
Took a bus, walked around.

What do you do with a drunken sailor?
Who do you see in Caligari's mirror?
How do you like those pranksters' cheats
so early in the morning?

Hey, hey! Oozie sailors -
Up she rises, out the door!

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



I Will Wait
The sun never sets on this world I have found.
There's no reason
I will wait.

Saw secret scenes in the cracks of the cities
secret scenes in the seams of the world.
I will wait.

The sun never sets on this world I have found.
That's no reason to doubt.
I will wait.

I believe in practicalities.
Practicalities are possibilities.
I will wait.

This occurs - Idle eyes idolize.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Drinking Wine Spodyody
I see her nearly everyday.
She's just a girl but she's okay.
I figure if she's heaven sent
new disclosures should be imminent
real strain could be evident
metaphysics would be provident
I'd sure to be obedient
I'd love to be penitent.

Here she comes.
There she goes.
Cloud, One Four Nine.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Ubu Dance Party
I did not see the darkened sky.
I did not feel the pressure drop.
I walked down the primrose path.
I strolled along the garden walk.
The rain fell and washed away.
I built on sand.
I got swept away.

I went out and stirred the air.
My soup was steeped in strange ideas.
I breathed in.
I breathed out.
The rain fell and washed away.
I built on sand.
It got swept away.

I went out and looked around.
I went out.
I came back.
I walked down the primrose path.
I strolled along the garden walk.
The rain fell and washed away.
My bed of sand got swept away.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Blow Daddy-o
I blow my horn.
It goes, Me-me-me.

I blow my horn.
It goes, I-yi-yi.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Codex.
I think about you all the time.
I did this and I went there
and I think about you all of the time.

The day fades away
and the night passes over
and I think about you all of the time.

Here come my shoes.
Here comes me.
One, two. One...

Step after step
block after block.
I think about you.

I hear. I say.
I see. I do.
I think about you.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.

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