Floating Opera

Everybody's Somebody's Monster

Merseyside

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Danny and me
we wrecked our lives
hard up for sights unseen
Danny and me
we pricked our thumbs
we swore we'd tell no one
All along the wall at merseyside
I sweat and watch the bobbies passing by
scrape the ground for clues and signs
they won't find, what's on my mind
Daddy and me
we never got along
we ate in silence like a Christmas card
Daddy and me
we're disappointed
he doesn't say that we're both cornered
All along the wall at merseyside
I sweat and watch the bobbies passing by
scrape the ground for signs and clues
they won't know, what's eating you
Danny and me
we wrecked our lives
cut our opportunities down to size
Danny and me
we gave it up
but we can't seem to tell them enough
Children walk the tracks at night
Hit the oil cans with metal pipes
Children walk the tracks at night
Hit the oil cans with metal pipes

Frankenstein

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Waiting for somebody to change
You could easily die waiting
if the black walls and stomach pains are real
I've got to be going
Shivering hands on the glass
is it the winter, or is it the past?
everybody's somebody's monster
I sketched you out in charcoal black
one night in the windmill
but the parts were disproportionate sizes
just keep them from showing
Shivering fists to the glass
is it the winter, or is it the past?
everybody's somebody's monster
You called from the land of ice
I was happy to hear your voice
I guess the peasants haven't destroyed you yet
Waiting for somebody to change
(you could easily die waiting)
you forgot you made them that way
(I've got to be going)
Shivering face to the glass
is it the winter, or is it the past
everybody's somebody's monster
everybody's somebody's monster
everybody's somebody's monster
(am I your monster?)

Magician's Daughter

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Shoulder up to the bar
dollar down for old crow, just last night
he sawed her in half there
but I still think she'll show
I work for the magician
I love his daughter, when I'm able
if I have the change I'll pay him for her
He does unspeakable things for a father
He's always got a knife to her throat
he outlines her body with daggers
she's always dismembered or lying in pieces
she goes wherever he drags her
She likes big candy skulls when he lets her
she eats them at the side of the stage
by the time he's ready to go at her again
she's already licked out the pink taffy brains
She's the magician's daughter
he looks at me while he saws her
he strokes his pointy beard
while my eyes fill with fear
for love of the magician's daughter
for love of the magician's daughter
for love...
We travel light when it's raining
we don't travel at all when it snows
we travel like gypsies
when the owners found out
what we do with the magician's daughter
what we do with the magician's daughter
what we do with the magician's daughter
what we do...
Oh, the wind it whips through the hotel
and the bare bulb swings like a noose
it beats up our shadows like some bookie's bully
as we drink farewell to his daughter
as we drink farewell to his daughter
as we drink farewell...

Summer Crystal

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Your name
on the side of the school
next to "fuck you, fuck him, fuck me
and fuck you too"
I know I'll remember
it never goes away
I painted it there
with my drunk friends, so we'd remember
summer crystal
This year
there's lots of shit in my head
I can hardly think of anything nice to say
I know this'll pass, it always does
soon I'll smile at any little thing
remembering, remembering
summer crystal
I sure took enough of the stuff
it filled my head, never let me down
we sped through the days
eyes like golf balls, hair on end
hot rain on our indoor skin
feeling nothing, but summer crystal
Under the bridge
hanging from the trestles
they used to hang black men here
for nothing
If a rattlesnake
took a bite of me
I know you'd suck me clean
remembering
remembering
remembering
summer crystal

So Flies Theresa

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

It's too hard to see you grown
another vestal virgin on the town
penned in with the trust me faces
you think you've made them
walk five paces behind you
It's too hard when your skin is brown
my own interest level drops way down
shoving your rabbit foot in their faces
your good lucks and your just in cases
still now and then the tortoise wastes his time
I remember you from TV and radio
sitting in the hairy palm of Mighty Joe Young
playing "Beautiful Dreamer" on your piano
You used to punish yourself
just to remember
just so the message would linger
now every road's a bee-line to pleasure
as the crow flies so flies Theresa
as the crow flies, so flies Theresa
I don't want to know
whose you've seen so far I've wished you alone
encased in losses you can't quite forget
I remember you from hours spent
with TV and radio
sitting in the hairy palm of Mighty Joe Young
playing "Beautiful Dreamer" on your piano
Punishing yourself
just to remember just so the feeling would linger
now every road's a bee-line to pleasure
as the crow flies so flies Theresa
as the crow flies so flies Theresa
as the crow flies, so flies Theresa

Teenage Death Song

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

The wet highway
looks like a light from a laser beam
this growing up is getting old
the speedometer's buried at one thirty three
Teenage girls they always come in threes
if this is the tender age how come no one speaks to me
hanging outside her window I see them laugh
at the sad song by Jan and Dean
I wish I could write a teenage death song
get it played on the rock and roll radio
I wish they could play it while I skidded off
the coast highway at dawn
I wish I could write a teenage death song
I get a little nervous sometimes
shoot the puppies and I don't know why
gonna get me a red windbreaker
shoot all the shrinks and speed into the night
where the bikers hold their secret rites
behind the truckstop on Saturday nights
Seems like everybody comes in threes
If I'm at the tender age then why won't he go with me
things get hard in the night with the wind and the speed
I wish I could write a teenage death song
spill my guts out all over the radio
instead I'm skidding out to whatever's on
rolling down the chicken cliffs at dawn
I wish I could write a teenage death song
Oh I wish I could write a teenage death song
I get a little nervous sometimes
shoot the puppies and I don't know why
gonna get me a red windbreaker
shoot all the shrinks and speed into the night
where the bikers hold their secret rites
behind the truckstop on Saturday nights
Teenage girls they always come in threes
if this is the tender age how come no one speaks to me
hanging outside her window
I see them laugh...

Makes No Sense At All

Lyrics by Bob Mould

Walking around with your head in the clouds
Makes no sense at all
Sell yourself short, but you're walking so tall
Makes no sense at all

Is it important? You're yelling so loud
Makes no sense at all
Walking around with your head in the clouds
Makes no sense at all

Makes no difference at all
I don't know why you want to tell me
When I'm right or when you're wrong
It's the same thing, in your mind,
the only time I'm right is when I play along
You concern yourself with evidence
It's evident to me
Well you say you've got the tiger by the tail
But I don't see these things that way

Dressed In Seven

Lyrics by Lori Allison

Dressed in seven different towns.
The moon's the same all around.
Can you get fish here by the pound.
Smooth that curtain back.
Where was my head,
what was I thinking.
Place the candle on the ground,
next to where we might lie down.
My feet are hot there go my shoes.
Don't start a fire it's not my house.
Where was my head,
what was I thinking.

I wonder why I need the earth.
I know that times I need some dirt.
Covering my knees and my shirt,
under my fingernails.
Where was my head,
what were you thinking.
Could I be strong enough to hold you,
and know when to let you go.
Are my fits of high and low,
a small price to pay.
Where was my head.
Why are you thinking.

Lisa's Limbs

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Spent all night,
rewinding the tape to "Lisa Says".
Our noses over candles
staring at each others changing faces.
Putting the skirt down over red knees,
I take my time to please,
but your expression comes and leaves.
The cartoons our heart makes
are sheep and wolves, playing hide and seek.
A little of both and a little of each,
please unzip me if you please.
Two bottles each, instead of one apiece.
Our eyes get red by a quarter to three,
the growling sound my stomach makes,
there's a wolf inside,
a little in you to match the little in me.
The song is still playing,
when the sun comes up,
from the street below.
Up the stairwell, through the window,
seeing what's become of you and me.
Pull the skirt up, over pale hips,
leaving tongues behind our tight lips.
Spent all night, rewinding the tape to 'Lisa Says'.
Our noses over candles
staring at each others changing faces.
Pulling the skirt down over red knees,
I take my time to please, but your attention comes and leaves.
The cartoons our heart makes are sheep and wolves,
playing hide and seek.
A little of both and a little of each,
please unzip me if you please.
Tumbling you and fumbling me,
please unzip me if you please.

Forever In June

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

In June the fever has broken.
I am dry for over a year.
Impossible energies, but I still shake with fear.
Hotels make me think of whiskey,
and rainy afternoons spent fading away,
with a bottle and a pound of cheese,
and an AM station reciting the rosary.
From St. Michael's, on Stockton Avenue,
the rain and the neon, turn the room to a cathedral.
But now I'm over it at last,
done with the sweet melancholy.
Ten years lost to forgetting you,
but I'll miss you forever in June.
My friends wisely stole,
all my photographs of you,
to get my mind unfixed,
so I'd start on something new.
Looking after me I guess,
but it only forced me to imagine you.
To dream you up the way I was always mistaken you were.
Now it's over, now it's done.
Done with the sweet melancholy.
Ten years lost to forgetting you,
but I'll miss you forever in June.