The Modern Dance (1978)


Nonalignment Pact
I wanna make a deal with you
and get it signed by the heads of state.
I wanna make a deal with you.
Be recognized round the world.

It's my nonalignment pact.

At night I can see the stars on fire.
I can see the world in flames.
And it's all because of you
or your thousand other names.

Peggy, Carrie Ann, and Betty Jean.
Jill, Jan, Joan, and Sue.
Alice, Cindy, Barbara Ann.
It's all because of you.

Sign my nonalignment pact.

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.



Modern Dance
(Merdre, merdre)
Down at the bus.
Into the town.
Our poor boy can't get around.
Eight fifty-five.
Down at the show.
She leaves early.
He'll never know.
Cuz our poor boy
believes in chance.
he'll never get the modern dance.
And it moves like...

(Merdre, merdre)
Under the door.
An eye on the place.
He watches for the shadow race.
Watch real close.
Look real fast.
He's in touch.
It'll never last.
Cuz our poor boy
believes in chance.
he'll never get the modern dance.
And it moves like...

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.



Laughing
(My baby says, my baby says)
We can live in the empty spaces of this life.
Far away the stars are coming all undone.
But that's far away and we're young
and if the devil comes we'll shoot him with a gun.

(My baby says, my baby says)
We can live in the empty spaces of this life.
In the desert sands our hearts are brighter than the sun.
When the devil comes we'll shoot him with a gun
and if he shows his face we'll laugh.

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.



Street Waves
I ride a street wave right by her side
and I can hear the city city coming round.
The things I say hit the air and seem to fall apart
And I can see the faces faces falling down.

Gone, gone, gone. Gone by her heart.

I get a picture of what it'll be like.
I turn the channel round to Channel 43.
I see electricity jump and spark.
I see electricity - uh - real and stark.

And I'm gone, gone, gone.

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.



Chinese Radiation
He'll be the Red Guard.
She'll be the New World.
He'll wear his grey cap.
She'll wave her red book.
Then he'll tell her, I want you all ways, one way.
Then they'll sin.

Listen to me.
I was lost at sea.
She was lost with me.
Then across the broad horizon
out on the Big Waves
I saw it coming.

I saw the Red Guard.
I saw the New World.
I saw the Big Wall
out on the Big Waves.
It was an experience!
Hooray!

We will purify.
We must purify.
For that bright security that we all want
we will purify.
Hooray!
You know what I'm saying!

Here comes the Red Guard.
Here comes the New World.
Here comes the Big Wall
out on the Big Waves.
Hooray! Hooray!
We will purify.

He'll be the Red Guard.
She'll be the New World.
He'll wear his grey cap.
She'll wave her red book.

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.



Life Stinks
Life stinks.
I'm seeing pink.
I can't wink and I can't blink.
I like the Kinks cuz I need a drink.
I can't think cuz I like the Kinks.
Life stinks.
I need a drink.
Yeah, life stinks.

Writers: Laughner.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by Peter Laughner.



Real World
(Out in the Real World, in Real Time)
City streets - uh - bright shine.
Cindy makes a bad joke.
Girlie goes goodbye.
Techniramic Heartache™.

(Out in the Real World, in Real Time)
What's that talk? Girl talk!
I wander round. OK!
Birdie go fly fly, bye bye.
Techniramic Heartache™.

(Out in the Real World, in Real Time)
What's that talk, again!?
That girl makes a bad joke.
Girlie goes goodbye.
Techniramic Heartache™.

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.



Over My Head
It's pretty cute the way she tucks me in at dawn
and how I'll pray that I never should sin again.
Here it comes, going over my head.

In the gas her eyes are imagined
and what she sees cannot be detected.
Well, here it comes, it's over my head.

It's over my head.

That she said and that went by.
This she says and this may too.
Oh no, there it goes.

It's over my head.

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.



Sentimental Journey
Window.
[Mumble.]
Out.
Nice, nice, nice.
Someone says to me.
[Mumble.]
Unh-hunh. Nope. Nope. Unh-hunh
Yeah.
I'll go home.
Who?
Umh. I guess so.

Bump. Bump.
Bump, bump-bump-bump.
Cross the floor to the door,
out the door to the hall,
down the hall to the...
Crocus! Crocus! Crocus!
I guess so.
Round and around and around and around
and around and around.
Round. Round.
Wait.

Ah. Oh oh, unh-hunh.
Table and chair
TV, books and lamp
and other stuff.
It's home.
It's a rug, it's a home.
It's a rug, it's a window.
I don't...Phhght! Ah-pa.
I'll go home. I'll go home.
It's home. It's home.
Umm.


Sentimental Journey (original version)
Window. My size.
Outside. Monoxide.
Inside. paradise.
Curtain. No breeze.
Motion. Attraction.
Here she comes. Girl.
She says Why don't you just go home?
I don't know. I guess so.
I guess I'll go home.

Motion. Retraction.
Down the hall to the stairs.
Down the stairs to the street.
Down the street to the corner.
Round the corner.
Nowhere.
Nowhere to go.
I don't know.
I guess I'll just go home.

Motion. Attraction.
Table, chairs, TV, books, other stuff.
Home. It's home.
Window. My size.

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.



Humor Me
It was the first thing that I saw.
You never see that kind of classical girl.
Understand that it was the first thing that I saw.

That was fate.
It was the ballistics, man.
That was fate.

It was a world, what a world.
What a big world.
But a world to be drowned in.

It's just a joke man.
It's a joke.
It's just a joke, man.

Another day, well, suffer.
For that's the way of the west.
Suffer.

It's a joke.
Oh, it's a joke.
You bet!

Oh, it's a joke.
Unh-hunh.
Well, then, humor me.

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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