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DOMESTIC BLISS

by guano poundhammer

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Poison people, people poison gonna mess up on your scene It's danger danger from people poison man their spirit is so mean They got sleaze disease knock knees and scandalese they take my psyche and grind it down slap a mask on my face when they come around slash the muscles that make me strong force the drug up my nose where it does not belong those poison people are the pits 'cause deep down they're so shallow bullshit brains they're straight and narrow You've met 'em don't let 'em Fuck with your head they like to see you bled or blind your eyes with their brainless lies 'til the hate they bring and the shit they sling with their dirty minds getcha all the time
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I'M YOUR CAR 04:39
MUSTANG SKY CADILLAC MOON I LOOK COUPE BUT I FEEL SALOON MY BODY IS RUSTY BUT MY ENGINE'S OK WITH ENOUGH GASOLINE I CAN DRIVE ALL DAY PONTIAC SUNSET REDDER THAN A CORVETTE FEELS LIKE LEATHER BUT ITS ONLY LEATHERETTE GOT FOUR ON THE FLOOR BUT I FEEL AUTOMATIC TURN ON THE RADIO I JUST GET STATIC I'M YOUR CAR AND YOU DRIVE ME I'M YOUR CAR AND YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY I'M YOUR CAR AND YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
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Don't step out of line Whatever you may do Cause you know where they'll send you Straight to the back of the queue Electric Flowers Mutated birds Miming to records Voices unheard Brothers and sisters Selling out your soul Do you think that you can handle Twenty years without a goal Electric Flowers In blind alleyways Grinding For the rest of your days Here in this jungle You must know your place Don't look in the mirror boy Lately you aint got no face Electric Flowers In acid rain Sleeping with androids Cerebral pain
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Why did Eddie Fontaines Mama Tell him there’d be times like these That there would be nothing shaking Except the leaves upon the trees Why did Bobby Darrin sing of Sidewalk bodies oozing life He want to put the blame upon That cool cart called Mack the Knife Say you mean much more to me Than trivial pursuits I know the answers to the questions But I. Aint so smart I aint so cute Because I don’t know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits Why did Jet Harris leave the Shadows To play man with the golden arm Why did Robert Zimmerman say I aint gonna work on Maggie’s Farm Say you mean much more to me Than trivial pursuits I know the answers to the questions But I aint so smart aint so cute Because I don’t know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits And my trivial pursuits Why? What? Where? You know where When? I’ve told you when Who? You know who How? How could you Why? I know the answers to the questions I aint so smart I aint so cute Because I don't know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits And my trivial pursuits You know why Wha
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SIRIUS MOON 01:26
Sirius Moon When we were alone She called me ‘Cherie’ She was the most beautiful woman in Paris And She only had eyes for me Each night we would cuddle on the left bank Wishing upon some distant star Afterwards she would slip on my collar and lead And promenade me all the way home
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DIAMONDS 05:50
Casanovas and gold diggers are only poor relations. For the Koh-in-noor brings strife wherever it goes. Women quarrel for the biggest cut as Landlords complain it's not pounded or polished smooth like yesterday. I'm talking of............ Diamonds. It is the diamond in my soul that keeps me going. They wait on me to arrive. I pose for photos on the street, in clubs or at the stadium. In fact every place I might be missed. I don't want to be president or royalty or an actor; I just want to be up there. Serious, Solitaire and beyond Compare. As I stroll down the avenue past shops and hospitals, theatres and cafes, people see the diamonds and wonder if I'm a star. Some stop to ask how I do it ? My reply is "Don't look further than your nose and remember this; if dust be diamonds and water be wine you too would be happy, happy all the time." C'est magnifique, exquisite, surpassing prime, superfine. Light in your life. Strobe in your lobe. Gem on your hem. You know I may not be a living God but I'm truly alive. When I bring my hand down from lighting a cigarette I often catch them looking into my eyes, tryin' to catch a glimpse of the diamond light that shines within. I don't return the glare for the stare of envy is but a reflection of themselves. I'm up there and will be forever like diamonds are forever. Diamonds............. Rubbin' up a Ruby can relieve your stress. Pearls are perfect with a little black dress. Gold and silver are a means to an end, but I still say diamonds are a girl's best friend. Rings on your fingers look so pretty, powering the neon of Jo'berg City. Dead men standin' in a long black line, bringin' you diamonds from an African mine. Diamonds................ Diamonds............... I put my diamonds to bed in a safe and dream of money they will make. Because after you've planted yourself on top of a very rich man, what else is there to do Huh ? seX marks the spot. He sought and he found God's Ice from heaven under the ground. Blood sweat and tears and what's for sale on New Years Day at Bloomingdale’s. Ten men dead in a caved in roof for a gem stuck in a rock stars tooth. It's razzle dazzle and cute tom foolery, 'cause love don't last as long as jewellery. Diamonds............... Kruger Rand The Zulu lands The ultimate act it's a fact Slavery not bravery Death on the rocks Cecil Rhodes roughshod over Africa in search of diamonds mining monstrosities and atrocities the dear departed The bottled up anger pluck doesn't beat luck when there's chains around your ankles Constant reminders digging for diamonds. No Saturday night or Sunday morning for miners For the township jurors and jivers white men have the rule of the country No escape the trial of blood and tears. You work, you rest but you don't play. Road to riches - jewellery for the bitches Uneconomic collapse where angels fear to tread Mercenaries count the diamond dead Diamonds............
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Tattooed wedding ring oh' the joy that passion brings love outgrows the affair Back drinking with the boys Bleeding Hearts and broken toys Love outgrows the affair You can't stop him If he wants to Pack his bags and head home If he can't finish what he started Then he's best left alone Tangled up in blue At sorrows secret rendezvous Love outgrows the affair Love outgrows the affair
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LOVESICK 02:53
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A Rainy Night in Cattlewash Listen to the radio. Listen to the wind blow all the way from Africa. Step inside a heart so warm. Shelter from the tropic storm that's rolling in from Africa. It's spirit sings through flesh and bone happy in this Island home, on a rainy night in Cattlewash. Karie phoned me up to say she's on her way. And if it's OK she'd like to stay the night with me. And I say OK I guess the barbecues a miss. Hear the hot coals hiss. Puddles on the east coast road. Warm and tender falls the rain, washing clean the soul again. Rainy night in Cattlewash. Feel the peace. Feel the peace. Can't you feel the peace.
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Crime of Passion One too many white lies made from a pay phone three in the morning before she came home I put on a brave face for oh so many years tonight the mask slipped I couldn't keep a grip so in anger and in tears It was a crime of passion fate had done the casting it was a crime of passion she did me wrong Every promise broken every vow we made so without thinking I picked up the blade did she notice a strange look deep in my eyes she never felt much pain but there again I'm sure she felt surprised It was a crime of passion.... Dearest why so sad why downcast eyes? I’ll tell all our friends I'm sure they'll sympathise were only losers because with you no one could win now we have glory in our story as old as original sin It was a crime of passion
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I'm Your Car Mustang sky, Cadillac moon Look coupe but I feel saloon My body is rusty but my engine's O.K. Got enough gasoline I can drive all day I'm your car And you drive me I'm your car You drive me crazy You drive me crazy Just the way you are Pontiac sunset, redder than a Corvette It feels like leather but its only leatherette I got four on the floor but I feel automatic Turn on the radio, I just get static I’m your car… Celluloid lips, heart attack hips She flash in the dark and my headlight dips Can you hear me knocking I could use some oil Drive so hard make my radiator boil It gets so you can't tell day from night Shining like a shark in the swimming pool lights You drive me crazy just the way you are I'm your car I’m your car [Back to Top] Electric Flowers Don't step out of line Whatever you may do Cause you know where they'll send you Straight to the back of the queue Electric Flowers Mutated birds Miming to records Voices unheard Brothers and sisters Selling out your soul Do you think that you can handle Twenty years without a goal Electric Flowers In blind alleyways Grinding For the rest of your days Here in this jungle You must know your place Don't look in the mirror boy Lately you aint got no face Electric Flowers In acid rain Sleeping with androids Cerebral pain [Back to Top] Diamonds Casanovas and gold diggers are only poor relations. For the Koh-in-noor brings strife wherever it goes. Women quarrel for the biggest cut as Landlords complain it's not pounded or polished smooth like yesterday. I'm talking of............ Diamonds. It is the diamond in my soul that keeps me going. They wait on me to arrive. I pose for photos on the street, in clubs or at the stadium. In fact every place I might be missed. I don't want to be president or royalty or an actor; I just want to be up there. Serious, Solitaire and beyond Compare. As I stroll down the avenue past shops and hospitals, theatres and cafes, people see the diamonds and wonder if I'm a star. Some stop to ask how I do it ? My reply is "Don't look further than your nose and remember this; if dust be diamonds and water be wine you too would be happy, happy all the time." C'est magnifique, exquisite, surpassing prime, superfine. Light in your life. Strobe in your lobe. Gem on your hem. You know I may not be a living God but I'm truly alive. When I bring my hand down from lighting a cigarette I often catch them looking into my eyes, tryin' to catch a glimpse of the diamond light that shines within. I don't return the glare for the stare of envy is but a reflection of themselves. I'm up there and will be forever like diamonds are forever. Diamonds............. Rubbin' up a Ruby can relieve your stress. Pearls are perfect with a little black dress. Gold and silver are a means to an end, but I still say diamonds are a girl's best friend. Rings on your fingers look so pretty, powering the neon of Jo'berg City. Dead men standin' in a long black line, bringin' you diamonds from an African mine. Diamonds................ Diamonds............... I put my diamonds to bed in a safe and dream of money they will make. Because after you've planted yourself on top of a very rich man, what else is there to do Huh ? seX marks the spot. He sought and he found God's Ice from heaven under the ground. Blood sweat and tears and what's for sale on New Years Day at Bloomingdale’s. Ten men dead in a caved in roof for a gem stuck in a rock stars tooth. It's razzle dazzle and cute tom foolery, 'cause love don't last as long as jewellery. Diamonds............... Kruger Rand The Zulu lands The ultimate act it's a fact Slavery not bravery Death on the rocks Cecil Rhodes roughshod over Africa in search of diamonds mining monstrosities and atrocities the dear departed The bottled up anger pluck doesn't beat luck when there's chains around your ankles Constant reminders digging for diamonds. No Saturday night or Sunday morning for miners For the township jurors and jivers white men have the rule of the country No escape the trial of blood and tears. You work, you rest but you don't play. Road to riches - jewellery for the bitches Uneconomic collapse where angels fear to tread Mercenaries count the diamond dead Diamonds............ [Back to Top] Sirius Moon When we were alone She called me ‘Cherie’ She was the most beautiful woman in Paris And She only had eyes for me Each night we would cuddle on the left bank Wishing upon some distant star Afterwards she would slip on my collar and lead And promenade me all the way home [Back to Top] Is This All There Is? Is this all there is? Giving 'til it hurts. You see her, you want her and so you buy her with a cheque that bounces. This is what I saw. The piano music shredded. Her ballet shoes stained. Her future chucked at the back of the wardrobe. After a while they took her away She had a private bed; which you paid for. It made me realise: most of life - perhaps all of it is fake. And that seeming can be just like being but only for a while. Is this all there is? [Back to Top] Diamante [Back to Top] Love Outgrows the Affair Tattooed wedding ring oh' the joy that passion brings love outgrows the affair Back drinking with the boys Bleeding Hearts and broken toys Love outgrows the affair You can't stop him If he wants to Pack his bags and head home If he can't finish what he started Then he's best left alone Tangled up in blue At sorrows secret rendezvous Love outgrows the affair Love outgrows the affair [Back to Top] Poison People Poison people, people poison gonna mess up on your scene It's danger danger from people poison man their spirit is so mean They got sleaze disease knock knees and scandalese they take my psyche and grind it down slap a mask on my face when they come around slash the muscles that make me strong force the drug up my nose where it does not belong those poison people are the pits 'cause deep down they're so shallow bullshit brains they're straight and narrow You've met 'em don't let 'em Fuck with your head they like to see you bled or blind your eyes with their brainless lies 'til the hate they bring and the shit they sling with their dirty minds getcha all the time [Back to Top] The Holy Goalie's Fall From Grace Both on the field and off the field His attitude was 'holier than thou' If he wasn't saving penalties, He was saving souls. One night, when the club was on tour, He scored twice - with a whore. Our Leading striker remarked, "I wouldn't put it past him if he caught something" [Back to Top] Trivial Pursuits Why did Eddie Fontaines Mama Tell him there’d be times like these That there would be nothing shaking Except the leaves upon the trees Why did Bobby Darrin sing of Sidewalk bodies oozing life He want to put the blame upon That cool cart called Mack the Knife Say you mean much more to me Than trivial pursuits I know the answers to the questions But I. Aint so smart I aint so cute Because I don’t know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits Why did Jet Harris leave the Shadows To play man with the golden arm Why did Robert Zimmerman say I aint gonna work on Maggie’s Farm Say you mean much more to me Than trivial pursuits I know the answers to the questions But I aint so smart aint so cute Because I don’t know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits And my trivial pursuits Why? What? Where? You know where When? I’ve told you when Who? You know who How? How could you Why? I know the answers to the questions I aint so smart I aint so cute Because I don't know why you don’t love me And my trivial pursuits And my trivial pursuits You know why What [Back to Top] A Rainy Night in Cattlewash Listen to the radio. Listen to the wind blow all the way from Africa. Step inside a heart so warm. Shelter from the tropic storm that's rolling in from Africa. It's spirit sings through flesh and bone happy in this Island home, on a rainy night in Cattlewash. Karie phoned me up to say she's on her way. And if it's OK she'd like to stay the night with me. And I say OK I guess the barbecues a miss. Hear the hot coals hiss. Puddles on the east coast road. Warm and tender falls the rain, washing clean the soul again. Rainy night in Cattlewash. Feel the peace. Feel the peace. Can't you feel the peace. [Back to Top] Valentine's Nigh Drive Dig it dig it Yeah yeah yeah yeah Drive on baby drive on Yeah yeah yeah Valentine’s night drive Lost on a road of love Moonlight over the mountains Stars in the heavens above We saw the sign But we don’t need direction On a long and winding road Of love and affection Let your love run free Drive in baby Drive on Let it all hang out Dig it You look so sweet good enough to eat I don’t need sugar now in my tea I’m your boy and you’re my girl We could go the whole wide world Valentine’s night drive Lost on a road of love Moonlight over the mountains Stars in the heavens above Then your eyes look into mine I steal me a kiss for the good times Can’t you feel this heart of mine Go boom boom boom Drive on baby drive on Drive on baby drive on Drive on baby drive on Yeah yeah yeah Steal me a kiss for the good times Dig it Yeah yeah yeah You look so sweat good enough to eat Can’t you fell this heart of mine Go boom boom boom Dig it Drive on baby drive on Valentine’s night drive Lost on a road of love Moonlight over the mountains Stars in the heavens above We saw 5he sign But we don’t need direction On a long and winding road Of love and affection Let your love run free Let your love run free Cupid moon look down below Stupid moon how could he know We’re unaware don’t even care Because were happy in the afterglow You are beautiful you sparkle and shine You are beautiful #you sparkle and shine You are beautiful you sparkle and shine You are beautiful You’re my Valentine Roses are red, Violets are blue Last night I dreamt of the car and you Tonight my dreams have all come true You love me and I love you Now what’s the time? – yours and mine Now what’s the day? – everyday What’s the night? – every night What’s the line? – valentine Clouds up high in a sunset sky A love light shines in suspended time Take me out for a spin where to begin? Look out hill it’s such a thrill A moonlight mile – the shadow of your smile Two night lovers made for each other Valentine’s night drive Drive on baby drive on Drive on baby drive on Drive on baby drive on Let it all hang out Drive on baby drive on
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DIAMANTE 04:38
Diamonds are a girlsband's best best friend

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At a time when distinguishing one group's work from the next is increasingly hard, it's refreshing to encounter two musicians for whom imagination is not a dirty word. Boasting an impressively broad stylistic range - from bar room blues to electronica, absurdest comic vignettes to film noire atmospherics - "Domestic Bliss" loosely chronicles the souring of a passionate love affair into grotesque banality and mutual loathing. Underpinning this narrative is Jack Pound's rich bluesy voice floating smoothly over Colin Gibson's insistent, hypnotic beats. This is no straight line journey however, and there are fascinating diversions along the way: "The Holy Goalies Fall From Grace" is a wickedly funny pastiche of an Alan Bennett monologue, "Rainy Night In Cattlewash" a lovely paean to the Isle of Bim, and "Beer in Heaven" a barking mad drinking song. "Crime of Passion" is also notable for having appeared on the singers' 1998 solo outing "Low Profile" (also worth checking out) here Colin Gibson takes it down the Euro- disco for an up tempo dance treatment, it slots in very neatly.
Recorded at Bird Guano's private studio, the sound quality is excellent - crisp, clear and full; the track sequencing is also right on the money, enabling the whole thing to hang together beautifully (no mean feat considering the variety of the material). So, first solo and now with Colin Gibson as Guano Poundhammer, Jack Pound has managed, much like the eponymous hero of "Holy Goalie", to score twice. Buy a copy - no blissful home should be without one.

• Phil Wright. Arts Review. Manchester Free Press.

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released September 21, 1999

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