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The Scream


Sioux: Voice
John McKay: Guitars, Saxophone
Steve Severin: Bass Guitar
Kenny Morris: Drums, Percussion
Produced and Mixed by Steve Lillywhite
Recorded at RAK, Mixed at De Lane Lea - August 1978
Transcribed by titus@cml.com

Hong Kong Garden


Harmful elements in the air
symbols clashing everywhere
Reaps the fields of rice and reeds
while the population feeds

Junk floats on polluted water
an old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number 23?
Leave your yens on the counter please
Hong Kong Garden

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confuscius has a puzzling grace
Disoriented you enter in
unleashing scent of wild jasmine

Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
a race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
Hong Kong Garden takeaway
Hong Kong Garden

(Lyrics/Music not accredited)


Pure



Music: McKay/Severin/Morris/Sioux

Jigsaw Feeling


Chorus:
Send me forwards-say my feelings
But all the signals-send me reeling
Jigsaw Feeling

One day I'm feeling total
the next I'm split in two
My eyes are doing somersaults
staring at my shoe

My brain is out of my hand
there's nothing to prevent
The impulse is quite meaningless
in a cerebral non-event

Chorus

Five fingers do my walking
ten toes unravel 'Knots'
Amorphous jigsaw pieces
falling into slots

Chorus

So I just sit in reverie
getting on my nerves
The intangible bonds that keep me
sitting on the verge...
of a breakdown
of a reaction
of a result
(defeat me...)..Complete me...maybe...defeat me
(Jigsaw feeling)

Lyric: Severin Music: Severin/McKay


Overground


Got to give up life in this netherworld
got to (gonna) go up to where the air is stale
and live a life of pleasantries
(and) mingle in the modern families

Overground-from abnormality
Overboard-for identity
Overground-for normality
Overboard-on identity

This limbo is no place
to be a digit (in)-Another space
in another crowd
I'm nameless bound

Overground-from abnormality
Overboard-for identity
Overground-for normality
Overboard-on (for) identity

Overground-I'll be worse than me
Overground-it's clear to me
(Repeat)
I'll be worse than me

Lyric: Severin Music: McKay


Carcass


Someones in cold storage
seeking heinz main-courses
craving for a raw love
He'll hide you from the cleaver
he'll hang with you forever
longing for a fresh meat

By hook or by crook
you'll be 1st in his book
for an impaled affair
By hook or by crook
you'll be last in his book
of flesh oh so rare

Chorus:
Be a carcass-Be a dead pork
be limblessly in love
Be a carcrash(carcass)-Be a dead pork
be limblessly in love

Someones left in cold storage
thawed in heinz main-courses
carving for a new tin
He got you with the cleaver
he hung you up forever
anticipating new skin

Out of the frying pan
and into the fire
58th variety

Out of the frying pan
and into the fire
mother had her son for tea

Chorus

In love with your stumps (the pain)
In love with the bleeding
In love with the pain
that you once felt (now feel)
as you became a carcass (,we became a carcass)
(Carcass-you became a carcass)
carcass...carcass...carcrash

(In love with the stumps
In love with the bleeding
In love with the pain
that you now feel
as you became a carcass
-we became a carcass-
carcass
you became a carcass
Carcass
Get him in... ...but don't whine you swine)

Lyric: Severin/Sioux Music: Sioux/Fenton


Helter Skelter



Lennon McCartney

Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)


Dedicated to John Heartfield

Reunion begins
with a glass of mercury
whilst television flickers
for (with) another news bulletin
flints light up the eyes
of the seated family

Chorus:
"Metal is tough, metal will sheen
Metal won't rust when oiled and cleaned
Metal is tough, metal will sheen
Metal will rule in my masterscheme"

With a clockwork jerk
pluck cogs from fob watches
for dinner on Friday
then recoiling say excuse me
"Must go recycle
my precious machinery"

Chorus

It's ruling our lives
there is no hope
thought I'd drop a line
the weather here is fine
but day and night it blares
commanding through loudspeakers:-

Chorus
(Metal is tough, metal is clean)

Lyric: Sioux Music:McKay


Nicotine Stain


It's just a habit
when I reach to the packet
for my last cigarette
until the day breaks
and then my hand shakes
but it it's just driving me insane
when the smoke gets in my brain
I can't resist it

Chorus:
Wallow in that ash bath
soaking up the fumes
and see the nicotine stain
start to spread

I'm so congested
cos north, south, east and west
catarrh rests on my chest
congealed and twisted
cough up and shift it
but I can feel my lungs collapse
sinking deep into my lap
I'm so useless

Chorus

I'm so useful
if you don't want to fight
just give your foe a fright
say you'll drop me
on every country
see all will be stone dead
when the nicotine stain spreads
just light me

Lyric: Sioux Music: Severin


Suburban Relapse


I'm sorry that I hit you
but my string snapped
I sorry I disturbed your cat-nap
but whilst finishing a chore
I asked myself "what for"
then something snapped,
I had a relapse...A Suburban relapse

I was washing up the dishes
minding my own business
when my string snapped
I had a relapse...A Suburban relapse

[Should I]
Throw things at the neighbours
expose myself to strangers?
kill myself or...you?
now memory gets hazy?
I think I must be crazy
but my string snapped
I had a relapse...A Suburban relapse
(repeat last four lines)

Lyric: Sioux Music: McKay


Switch


Different Lives Shuffle(d) Lives
in different places into wrong categories
familiar problems cross the wires
same old faces and fuse humanities

Watch the muscles twitch
for a brand new switch...

Scientist G.P.'s
with patient guinea-pigs
cureing their head-aches
with drastic side-effects
switch

Doctor rectorates
condescending from on high
for all hallucinaters
see druggist in the sky
switch

Vicar experiments
but 'tis blasphemy
dismissing thought of progess
as the mark of devilry
(Watch the muscles twitch
for a brand new switch...)
switch

People walk Something blows up
and even talk won't come down
people listen scattered muscles twitch
then they halt too late to switch.
(They're dying to switch)

Lyric: Sioux Music: McKay


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