Pixies

Lyrics: Frank Black 2002 albums

Devil's Workshop

Black Letter Days

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Devil's Workshop

Devil's Workshop



Heloise

shes been crying so long I hear her starting to pray every once in a while I want you every once in a while hear me oh, God Im still down at the convent they sent you far away they took your only boy you will get used to me welcome to your new joy down here serving the priests Heloise

The Scene

your wine it tastes so sweet but its no affaire damour I can hear the ghosts of 14th St. as they are running out the door cant you see you have no connections its plain to see you have no connections youre oblivious to me as you climb out of the top of some truck limousine still filming your scene youre talking way too loud but there is nothing to exchange you prefer to dine with your own crowd out there grazing on the range oh cant you see you have no connections its plain to see you have no connections no connections its plain to see you have no connections youre oblivious to me now youre talking in the dark through my favorite scene my favorite scene

Whiskey In Your Shoes

my friend is speechless will you give him some wine? he lost his own son at the drag racing line oh please tell us bartender what can he do? cry some tears for your water and pour whiskey in your shoes nothing to do about it first you grab it then you lift it then you pour it down nothing to do about it first you grab it then you lift it then you pour it down got divorce papers and we put down the ink so tonight I wont be having my usual drink hey there bartender can you make me something new? cry some tears for your water Ill pour whiskey in your shoes hey there bartender can I owe you the cash? cause the end of the world well it came in a flash and I know that tomorrow Ill have some new excuse to cry tears for my water and pour whiskey in my shoes

Fields of Marigold

not for sugar not spice not for fools paradise not for giving advice not for saving a soul theres no reason for some now Im getting numb now that moment has come hey how about a drum roll for the Fields of Marigold? goodbye Im blowing a kiss to you so long wonderful being you goodnight well soon be sleeping on the Fields of Marigold is it time to get up? now youre breaking up though I know we are tough I thought wed lose control and end up in the freezing cold

Velvety

out on the Eisenhower, well, I lost my speed | just a little bit south of a town called Weed | I heard her voice and I had to stop she called me on to that mountain top Im a poor soul lost in the shady trees I was going to die I was going to freeze when she touched me she was velvety shes a cat of a creature, dont care, shes Velvety she makes the strangest sounds she was an island girl of the ancient line when the whole damn thing sank into the brine her true lover from her was torn she packed it up to Californ then she met me shes Velvety shes a cat of a creature, dont care, shes Velvety she makes the strangest sounds out on the Eisenhower, well, I lost my speed just a little bit south of a town called Weed I met Velvety my Velvety I like that lemur I lick it thats Velvety she makes a pretty sound Out of State maybe Ill fly wander some ocean maybe hitchhike to a place way out of state once there was love now there is nothing I wasnt enough you put another one on your plate I cant come around down here not with you and I wont hang around in vain I cant come around down here not with you and I wont be coming here again I cant stand the pain you say I should try forgive all your lies you say I belong but youre wrong youre wrong

His Kingly Cave

he wants an altered state inside the mansion walls she says shed rather wait, yeah, for evening to fall but still the cap they ate and with a drink they chased the ghost that called they went to celebrate they went to have a ball everyone gathered at the gates but it wasnt good at all the sky was turning grey they laughed at their mistake as their skin began to crawl hey but its too late for to go back now they closed the gates and the scene was set enter into his kingly cave dont worry the leopards wont bite you wipe that big tear away see they got jumpsuit on a headless cast polished jewels under two inch glass and bullets holes in Vernons room out back dont worry the posse wont shoot you no more crying today hes tripping over graves as rain begins to fall and finally they escape when the shuttle bus is called the mourners now abate as one begins to say I scream I scream for all hey but its too late for to go back now its too late for to go back now enter into his kingly cave

San Antonio, TX

motel alone decor perplexes ringing in my ear and now the phone in San Antone the State of Texas hearing you my dear Im all alone put me in the cab Im flying away Im glad to say Im finally leaving here putting down the flaps Im getting off just two more stops the skies are very clear Im sitting in the back Im flying away Im flying away Im flying away she had a dream call it a vision hed given her a little silver tool and now it seems that day has risen Im bringing you your supernatural jewel The Alamo Ive never seen it maybe Ill go there but I dont know and if I go well I wont see it thousand mile stare will take home Bartholomew Bartholomew howd you end up in the coffee? Bartholmew were you going down in flames? was it a girl? and did I hear you call her softly? no, this world of lunacy made me insane once I lay beside a stream and I looked into it a dandelion next to me and then I blew it my life was scattered in the breeze I lay me down wont you stop it with your talking? they closed the town wont you let me go to sleep? Bartholomew Im so sorry for my squawking Bartholomew Ill let you go to sleep and I will I lay beside a stream and Ill look into it a dandelion next to me and then Ill blow it and watch it scatter in the breeze

Modern Age

well, I found a road and off I sped I met a man with no little toe and a real big head though I did not speak somehow I said where are you from? he said the modern age and where are you from? I said the modern age on the the shore by the sea that was still lathering I met a man in the business of hunting and gathering somehow we understood each others blathering and he said where are you from? I said the modern age and where are you from? he said the modern age stopped at a light in my car I ask the next car how they are they say that we are fine and how are you? I say that I am fine and thank you Im feeling fine in the modern age driving around in the modern age driving around in the modern age

Are You Headed My Way?

well, it seems about my whole life Ive been kind of depressed I think I like the concept but it sure is a mess are you headed my way? are you headed my way? are you headed my way to the golden land? are you headed my way? are you headed my way? well, maybe there we will understand are you headed my way? my brain got washed what Ive got to debunk so I got another bag and I threw it in the trunk this town is for the birds and theyve been squawking at me Ive got to fly away because Ive got to be free Ill be your honey love youll be my turkish delight a blast across the bean and we can drive all night and if it dont go just like we planned well, maybe there we will understand


Black Letter Days

Black Letter Days



I Will Run After You

if you went away | called it all a day | said that it was through | cause a new man | or an old friend | or a guru | cause you got a bit tired of me | now that I could believe | yeah, but if you do | if you leave if you leave | if you leave if you leave | wouldnt even cry | wouldnt even try | wouldnt even stew | wouldnt look for another love, no | listen if you leave | tell you what I do | if you leave if you leave | if you leave if you leave | if you leave if you leave | if you leave if you leave | if you leave if you leave | if you leave I will run after you | I will run after you I will run after you | I will run after you I will run after you | I will run after you I will run after you | I will run after you I will run after you | I will run after you I will run after you

True Blue

in a little while Im gonna do some wanderin| in a little while so lets pass the narghile | in a little while one more road for the hit | in a little while find a place for my mind to settle | in a little while like a crocodile | in a little while | though some things have gotten small | Ive grown tall thats for sure | other things have disappeared | its not clear what endures | ooh ooh ooh | ooh ooh ooh | uh uh uh | uh uh uh | in a little while Im gonna lose this useless smile | in a little while Ill write you in an old wine bottle | in a little while I think Im finally used to it | in a little while I do believe Im here to stay | in a little while like diamond back terrapin | in a little while | they call me true blue | Im walking now crawling | I hear her voice calling | Im falling into you | now through you Im with you | Im with you

Jane The Queen Of Love

once my dear is not enough | let me tell you bout Jane shes the queen of love | shes the queen of love and shes the bane | of we who know wherever she goes she will reign | she will reign she reigns | Jane shes the queen of love | Jane she makes bumblebee love | you are the only one | yeah, thats just what you are | Ive been so blue | sleeping til noon, darling | watching cartoons | but I could not ease the pain | I hear the phone line | and I hope that isnt you | Jane she was my only love | Jane and though our love is done | you are the only one | yeah, thats just what you are | Jane shes the queen of love | Jane she makes busybee love | you are the only one | yeah, thats just what you are

Jet Black River

jet black river take me on | whats in-between is waiting on me | revealing caffeine ghosts | and giving up its gasoline | I think I see the stacks of my home blow | sweet memories of dirty monochrome | but once again tonight we sing | jet black rivers calling me | jet black rivers calling me | jet black rivers calling me | jet black rivers calling me

21 Reasons

I rode from TJ up to Berkeley and it started out so grey | til I lost that cool protection when the sun burned it all away | while the winters light shined down on those revivals from my day | I had dreams of your insurrection taken down by Monterey | I dont care for the season | I dont find it that fun | and Ive got 21 reasons | Ive got 21 reasons | and there go 22 singers on the run | first I saw the digits crawling slowly up the rocky coast | just some separated fingers looking for their fingerpost | from the water jumped a bloody hand needing desperately a host | when I saw the bald bell ringers well, I knew then that you were toast | then went up the baby babels where the iron bells were hung | they couldnt get them any higher and those iron bells were rung | with the singers now all gathered they collected every tongue | and so now it was required for every soul to turn the dung | well, you sure can hear a rumble on the royal road today | and those grand halls of correction well, I think that theyre here to stay | from the time that you are born there are certain bells you must obey | best you plan for the resurrection best you lower you head and pray

Whispering Weeds

I went climbing up a weedy hill | to see what I could see | there far below the Hindu shrine | where I go from time to time | and up at the top I met dead Andy | Im not sure how he got killed | but nailed to a tree is a photograph | yeah I always tip my hat | oh whispering weeds | oh whispering weeds | oh whispering weeds | what are we talking bout today? | and whats that you say? | up in the flats of Leo Carillo | is a place where I can sleep | a great big rock where I did dream | a happy stone age dream | and the darkness round me started to creep | and I knew that I had to go | cause night is the hour of the mountain lion | who sent me back home cryin

California Bound

dont worry, no need for you to hide among the trees | come into the light and youll be free | dont scurry, its such a lonely life up in the hills | the valleys gonna cure your every ill | dont worry, I know that you are lost but youll be found | God willing we are California bound | God willing we are California bound | no, I never will hate you | I just want to show you the one truth | and spread my love all around | dont worry, dont bring yourself down | dont let your mind chase you like a hound | dont worry, dont bring yourself down | were coming today to save your town | no worries, I know tomorrow brings the golden sun | where theres wine and olive fruit for everyone | do hurry, now spread the news from there upon your mound | God willing we are California bound | God willing I wont put you in the ground | no, I never will hate you | I just want to show you the one truth | and spread Gods love all around | dont worry, dont bring yourself down | were coming to save your mind and town | dont worry, dont bring yourself down | were coming to chase you like a hound

Chip Away Boy

I used to have some fun | me and everyone | now Im just employed | Im a chip away boy | Im a chip away boy | I remember humid nights | I remember how the full moon tugs | how it used to make us fight | and the language of the bugs | and even our doomsday | Im a chip away boy | Im a chip away boy | and Ill chip away til I make the other side | I think Im falling in love | and now shes falling off her stool | its not me shes thinking of | but Im her little fool | and shes my Helen of Troy | Im a chip away boy | Im a chip away boy | you put on your camisole | and Ill jump in the rabbit hole | and head for the sluice-way | Im a chip away boy | Im a chip away boy | and Ill chip away til I make the other side

Cold Heart Of Stone

winter blows through my coat | its chilling my bones | but it does not compare | to your cold heart of stone | I pledged you my love | and I gave you my car | now youre parking with him | yeah I know where you are | your favorite perfume | well I gave you a tub | now your stepping out | for your rubba dub dub | if ever you need dont call | if ever you need dont call | I once had a dog | who ran from his home | but that wasnt even close | to your cold heart of stone

Black Letter Day

every day I work | every days the same | the sun is going down when I get home and every day gets worse | every day I curse the one who left me here alone | every night I take | something for my sleep | every night I dream the world away | and when the morning breaks | I wake and see its just another long black letter day | dont cry | dont start | dont fret your | poor heart | you know its just another long black letter day | excuse me, please | do you have the time? | and can you tell me whats it matter anyway? | please pardon me, sir | do you know the date? | what is the number? | its just another long black letter day

Valentine and Garuda

I have a flask but I do not have the wine | I have a suit but I do not have a dime | oh pity me Garuda I dont where to begin | I had a love and she called me Valentine | I walk alone on streets | below these peaks of stone that block the sky | my hands have lost their grip | through fingers slipped the rarest ever damselfly | I had a love and she was always true | I had a drink yes I gambled then she flew | oh pity me Garuda and turn my hands into wings | Im coming back to the station I am due | my eyes are small and dark | my pigeon heart is pumping blood so fast | I fly above the earth | for what its worth I search for love lost in the past

How You Went So Far

someday I know that youll be coming back here | will you someday? | I wait to hear you turn that knob on that door | cant take it no more | Boston to Phoenix | I went in my car | but I dont know how you went so far | Ive been to Cairo | seen the bazaar | but I dont know how you went so far | one day I know that you will come to your senses | will you one day? | its too late for me to leave and be with you there | I would be scared | I sailed the Atlantic | and I looked at the stars | but I dont know how you went so far | no, I dont know how you went so far | I dont know how you went so far

End Of Miles

at the end of miles you stare out at the ocean | mountains at your back you think youve tamed | at the end of miles you hope youll soon be back in motion | but youre never going back from where you came | a little peace at last | yes, I thought that I would stay just for awhile | now a shadow cast | is all whats left of this wanderers profile | but still I have survived | and I know I have arrived | here at the end of miles | I lost it all back east I sold my El Dorado | a stranger helped when I was thirstiest | for some the end of miles is Denver, Colorado | but something always kept me moving west | Im lately out of reach | in towns along the California shore | Im leathery and bleached | Im lost and I am lonesome to the core | Ive got nowhere left to go | but Im satisifed to know | therell be miles nevermore

1826

Im going away | Im going far away | Im going further than the land that meets the sky | And I wont rest | until Im very far | Ill walk for many days and walk through many nights | I leave today | I smell the death | I smell it very near | Im going away before that death is coming here | I hear a sound | I hear my enemies | I hear them getting louder, louder everyday | my enemies | Ill run and run | And I wont have a home | I dont know when Ill stop my running I dont know | wont have a friend | wont talk to anyone | oh, will I ever stop my running? I dont know | oh, I dont know | oh, will I ever know? | will I ever stop my running? I dont know | oh, I dont know

The Farewell Bend

oh Pacoima what you give to me? | little heartbreaker mercy me | her eyes are green and her hair is gold | desert day turn to evening cold | Ive seen you some but I know, I know that its the end | youre hanging round the farewell bend | you were broken and I fixed you up | I turned your weeds into buttercups | you were lost now you know where its at | you were a little thin now youre a little fat | you gave me love and though I know that it was not pretend | Ive seen you round the farewell bend | oh, Pacoima what you give to me? | little heartbreaker mercy me | my eyes are red my mood is black | I called your name and you didnt look back | where are you going and who did you befriend? | Ive seen you round the farewell bend | where are you going and honey who did you befriend? | Ive seen you round the farewell bend

Southbound Bevy

I used to think about the world | like so many people do | I sure did want to get myself to Mexico | but as days of life unfurled | well, there was nothing I could do | I only made it to the bar where I go | I stood below a southbound bevy | and I could not believe my heart could feel so heavy | I used to think about the world | dont get your spirits high | theyll all come crashing down | dont let your trumpet sound | youll be left wondering why | I walked along the county levy | and I could not believe my heart could feel so heavy | I used to think about the world

Last Updated 07-03-2002