Pere Ubu Lyrics
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



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



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



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 Boozie sailors
Missed the boat
What to do?
Hey hey Woozie sailors
What a mess
Tie `em down
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



I Will Wait

The sun never sets on this world I have found
“There’s no Reason
“No, no Reason”
That’s no reason to doubt

I saw secret scenes in the cracks of the cities
secret scenes in the seams of the weary ole world
I, Will Wait
I will wait

“I believe in practicalities
“Practicalities are possibilities”
I, Will Wait
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



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



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



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



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

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