Steve Kilbey & The Winged Heels - The Hall of Counterfeits

Arcadia

Arcadia
Babe you look so sweet
Kings of this world
Are falling at your feet

Arcadia
With your silken streams
You got the weather baby
Coming out your dreams

Arcadia
In between you're live
Fish in your river
Bees in your hive

Arcadia
Oh you look so fine
Everybody wants you baby
I'm standing in a line

Arcadia
Arcadia
Arcadia
Arcadia

 

Swinging On The Moon

[rev. June 12, 2021]

Gonna walk right through the wall
I'm gonna walk right through that wall
I'm gonna walk right through that wall
Walk right through that wall
Walk right through that wall
Walk right through that wall

I know it's very hard for you to understand
The kind of money a business like this can command
But don't worry
They'll be coming for us soon
Then we will be swinging on the moon

I know it's easy
Please don't freeze me out
You tease me with your cruel
Comments about getting about
But don't worry
We'll be making a fortune
Then you will be swinging on the moon

Gonna walk right through that wall
Walk right through the wall-all-all-alll
We're gonna walk right through that wall
Walk right through that wall-all-all-alll
We're gonna walk right through that wall
Gonna walk right through the wall

I know it's very hard for you to believe
But I can't pay my bills with that applause that I receive
I gotta step up to the mic, I gotta croon
Then we will be swinging on the moon

I know it's very hard for you to comprehend
That all this stuff you crave
It one day have to come to an end
But don't worry
You can leave in a balloon
Then you will be swinging on the moon
But don't worry
I'm gonna call up Suzy Spoon (whoo!)
Then I will be swinging on the moon
Ah don't worry
Said then we will be swinging on the moon
Don't worry
Don't worry

 

Karnak

I'm going to Karnak
I'm gonna get my javelin back
Maybe this wound will finally heal
My little priestess
Full of zeal

I'm going to Karnak
I'm gonna break the empire's back
I'm gonna be a thorn in Rome' side
Gonna take my princep for a ride

Going to Karnak
I'm gonna paint my zebra black
I howl down your empty streets
Wrapped up in these marble sheets
I howl down your empty streets
Wrapped up in these marble sheets

Well I'm going to Karnak
Yeah, going to Karnak
Well I'm going to Karnak
Mmmm Karnak

 

Warren

Warren the ghost of the piano player
Is sitting in the sun
Rattling off that old 3/4 ballad
But just about no one
The dust suspended in the air
And we wonder
Is anybody there?

Janice, the ghost of a laundry girl
She was gonna be his wife
But the drought and the fire and the flood and the sky
All conspired to take her life
Now she dances to the piano
Surely you can see her in the shadow
You can see her in the bright midday light

This is the last verse of this song
Now I must sing about something different
Something different altogether
A song about the atmosphere
And the tears cried by the trees
Song about the little mysteries
A song about the cranes and the creeks
And the rushing boiling weather
Warren and Janice are together
Warren and Janice forever

 

Horizon

[rev. June 6, 2021]

Price of flesh goes up
Price of wine goes down
Price of fame stays the same
Where the horizon meets the ground

The people with the hits and nets
The way the sun/moon go down
Such luxury as you will see
Where horizon meets the ground

The sitter in the courthouse
Market on the mound
The anodyne Valentine
Where the horizon meets the ground
Where the horizon meets the ground
Where the horizon meets the ground

 

Brass Razoo

[rev. June 6, 2021]

You got the world on its knees
You got the year by the collar
You get to keep every last brass razoo
You gotta pound every dollar

You've got to give the people spectacle
You've got to give the people land
You gotta give them people
Something they can understand

You've got a hundred years behind you
You've got a hundred years to go
You've got a hundred lovely super friends
Who turn into the foal

You've got to give the people circuses
You've got to give the people bread
You gotta get them people
Out of their own beds

(Alright)

You got the world on its knees
You got the year by the collar
You get to keep every last brass razoo
You gotta pound every dollar

You've got to give the people trinkets
You've got to give the people beads
You gotta give them people
Thistles, stones and weeds

(Whoo!)
(Yeah!)

 

I've Been Here Before

[rev. June 6, 2021]

You recognise the handwriting
It was in a cave
The columns and the figures ??? [0:19]
Save this world
Why does another single thing
Have to be killed
You got to want money mister
It breaks my heart
All you wanna do is just accumulate

I've been here before
Through that revolving door
I've been here before
Looks like I gotta come back for more

I wish for a moment
We could see ourselves
Why do we fuck up every single thing
That we touch
I went to the river
But the rive was dry
I went to the forest
But the forest was dead
I went to the graveyard
And I saw my own name
Called out to the dead
I said who's to blame
They said...

We've been here before
Through that revolving door
We've been here before
Looks like we gotta come back for more

I saw a rainbow in the dead of night
A moth ate my clothes so I clothed in light
I drowned in a desert, I went down without a fight
I flew like a kestrel and I turned like a kite
Climbed up to a mountain and I took out a bite
Gave it to one tiny beam, pure and white

I've been here before
Through that revolving door
I've been here before
Looks like I gotta come back for more

Looks like I gotta come back for more
Looks like I gotta come back for more

 

Euphoric Recall

The sheets on her bed
White as the desert
The hair on her head
As black as the night

A century after
As hideous detail
And the sun hit her eyes
We abandoned our home

The rings on her finger
Are frickin' silver
The dye that colours
Her curtains so purple

The earth that she walks upon
The birds she sets free
All of these gifts
Were with love from me

 

Anglesea

You don't know how far it will go
You don't see what it's doing to me
Spring come but I gotta go
I'm going down to Anglesea (fuck yeah!)

Had a house behind the marsh
The moon rose up so yellow and harsh
No one, I'm gonna let you be
Meandering down to Anglesea (yeah!)

Light a fire on the beach tonight
See it in the desert burning white and bright
Shelly Beach ain't no place for me
I'm taking Baby Poe down to Anglesea (come on, Anglesea)

Drop down, give me ten
Give me your sweet lovin' again and again
Give me a minute and I'll get free
I'm taking you baby down to Anglesea, yeah!

(yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

(I'm takin' you baby
Oh baby down to Anglesea)

(One two, one two three four)

(It's all falling apart
look
It's all falling apart)

 

Amorous Plethora

Got a woman in Sumeria
With slanted eye
Woman in Sumeria
With her slanted eyes
She don't fuck with other men
And she don't tell me no lies
Whoo!

Girl in Macedonia
So petite and sweet
Girl in Macedonia
So petite and sweet
She puts myrrh in her hair
And sandalwood at her feet

Babe in Alexandria
With her arcane books
A babe in Alexandria
With her arcane books
She cooks in the bedroom
And she kills you with her looks
Alright
Watch out

The queen of Armenia
She likes my style
The queen of Armenia
She likes my style
She's gonna pay a pretty penny
And she's the nicest lady
Met in the wild

 

I Wish

Hot shot Maddie and the Gasoline Gang
GT stripes and the half the bang [0:38]
Well he turned back the miles but he went insane
Everything old is new again
And everything new is broken in two
And everything old is broke and cold
And everything else is anything else
Something else you can keep to yourself

I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside

I wish I could be happy with such simple things
I wish I understood the song the traffic sings
I wish for a moment I that could hide
Wait a minute, I'm inside

I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside

Whoo-hoo! Come on! Where's that ukulele?

I fixed myself a drink and I drank myself a fix
I thought I must be mad to hang with these dicks
I turned back the tide but I was swept out to sea
I wept like a willow on the window silly
I tramp 'round town, around and around
Overtime in the underground
I was under construction, I was under constraint
Hold me baby 'cause I'm gonna faint

I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside

I wish I could be happy with the simple thing
I wish I understood the song the traffic sings
I wish for a moment I that could hide
Wait a minute, I'm inside

I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside

I'm inside
I'm inside
I'm inside

(Alright?)
(Ok)

 

Bound In Servitude

Bound in servitude
Chained to solitude
The crooked fish-face crone who froze me slops
And the emptiness never stops
No the emptiness

The power lands we sucked dry for grain
A drought has come and eaten all your crops
My mistress cries out for her lost youth in vain
Not one drop of rain drops

Emptiness never stops
Emptiness never stops

Bound in solitude
Chained in servitude

 

Unrule

Born under the dark sky of a new moon
I was contemplatin' the wonderin' stars
Swimming in a flower field
Seeing with synchronicity
Travel to the underworld so lightly
I was getting lost in the waves

Unrule
Unrule
Unrule
Unrule

One day I'm gonna go back to Hawaii
Gonna be immersed in all her glory
Gonna climb a waterfall
Then I cover myself in flowers
Soak up all the stars in the darkest sky
I'm gonna soak up all the stars in the darkest sky

Unrule
Unrule
Unrule
Unrule

Unrule
Unrule
Unrule
Unrule

(Unrule
Unrule
Unrule
Unrule)

 

Ariadne

Ariadne
Don't let me go

Ariadne
I love you so
Don't let me go
Ariadne

Ariadne
I love you so
Don't let me go
Ariadne

Ariadne
I love you still
I love you until
Ariadne

Ariadne
I love you more
Down on the floor

Ariadne
I love you more
I love you more
I love you more
(I love you more)
I love you more
I love you more

Ariadne
I'm asking you now
You'll come back somehow

Ariadne
I love you still
Gonna get fuckin' killed [3:24]
Just for the pill [3:30]
Here for the kill [3:35]

Ariadne
(Ariadne)

(Right)

 

More Or Less

More than words
More than charge
Much more than anything
That makes you sing or does you harm
More than silk
More than gold
More than all the power
That any man can hold

Less than naught
Less than nil
Much less than anything
That love will bring to make you ill
Less than gone
Less than a drop
Less the tiny pressure
That makes it all stop
Less the tiny pressure
That makes it all stop
Less the tiny pressure
Makes it all stop

 

Tears Of Mer Ek

The earth is still on the shoulders of Atlas
Dangerous straits
We've been blown off course
And the stars aren't familiar
Oh Artemis are you listening
A love in the wilderness
A lioness at a wedding
A javelin rushes through woman
Oh goddess are you everywhere
Oh goddess are you everywhere
Goddess are you everywhere

 

Everything For Sale

Misfortune
Fat fate
Will the wind ??? [0:34]
Ah now it's too late

Quick [0:40] shootin'
On the easy breeze
Substitutin'
Whatever we please

Everything's for sale
Come on, give me a price
A tear in the veil
Maybe you only die twice
The check's in the mail
Everything's for sale

He's bobbing
She's jazzed
They're sopping off
In the past

She's swimming
He's drowned
Life steaming off
From the ground

Everything's for sale
Come on and give me a price
A tear in the veil
Maybe you only die twice
Over hill and dale
Everything's for sale

Everything's for sale
Come on and give me a price
A tear in the veil
Maybe you only die twice
O'er road and rail
Everything's for sale
A tear in the veil
Everything's for sale
Over hill and dale
Everything's for sale

 

I Shall Not Want

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
May I wander all my days
In the pastures of blue crane
A distant fanfare plays somewhere
I'm looking for things you can't see

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The rain is like a voice
When you're lying awake
The things that I hear
It's just my own voice

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want
Sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The sky is my mother
I shall not want

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
May I wander all my days
In the pastures of the blue crane
A distant fanfare plays somewhere
Oh I'm looking for the things that you can't see

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
The rain is like a voice
When you're lying awake
The things that I hear
It's just my own voice

The sky is my mother
I shall not want
Sky is my mother
I shall not want
Sky is my mother
I shall not want

 

Tantric Hammer

King Alfred the Great called out for his tantric hammer
I drove right through a red light camera
Go and hit me with a hefty fine
Left me with my little gold mine

Gore Vidal wanted a tantric hammer
He searched all the shops and said a little prayer to Rama
Go and hit me everything that you got
That tantric hammer must be worth quite a lot

We all want
They all want a tantric hammer
He all want
She all want a tantric hammer
You all want
I all want a tantric hammer

And all the alchemists were looking for a tantric hammer
Well I tell ya baby they ain't doin' it just for the glamour
You transmuted my gold into lead
No wonder I went and lost my head

Fellini and Sartre they wrestled for a tantric hammer
Well I watched that show on a TV down in Alabama
But then the screen began to snow
What I thought I just don't know

We all want
They all want a tantric hammer
He all want
She all want a tantric hammer
You all want
I all want a tantric hammer
Oh yeah

All those sexy popes with their secret tantric hammer
Riding antelopes and groping out for the clamour
Pius and Innocent, what a fucking joke
Sent a million witches up in smoke

Dr. John Dee, his quest for a tantric hammer
Best he could do, talk into a crystal mama
Stop telling the queen to execute me
Why baby, why baby, why can't you see

They all want
We all want a tantric hammer
She all want
He all want a tantric hammer
You all want
I all want a tantric hammer

 

A Temple

Build me a temple
Set it in flowers
Give me a minute
Give me an hour
Look to the inside
Look to the sky

Sow me an acre
Show me the sea
Show me an honest man
Who ??? [1:46]
Show me a crown
Show me the air
Build me a temple

 

Beginning Of Mercy

Don't ask for who the siren is singing
I'll tell you baby it's singing for thee
Don't ask for who my ears are pinned
It's the beginning of your mercy

Don't ask for who the end is coming
I tell you baby it's coming for me
Don't ask for whom the needle is numbing
It's the beginning of your mercy

Don't ask for who the drum is beating
I'll tell you baby it's beating for me
Don't stress the steel the rust is eating
It's the beginning of your mercy

Don't ask for who the grave is yawning
I'll tell you baby it's yawning for me
I'll walk into a brand new morning
It's the beginning of your mercy
It's the beginning of your mercy
It's the beginning of your mercy

 

A Gone Dream

Softer than a morning's air
Softer than a moonbeam
Lighter than a silhouette
Whiter than a gone dream

??? [0:51] you know it well
The face behind the curtain
The line behind your broken eye
Where everything is hurting

Eventual end [1:23] the darkening street
A bitter taste of almond
Pressure in [1:31] the atmosphere
A crevice in common

Softer than a morning's air
Softer than a moonbeam
Lighter than a silhouette
Whiter than a gone dream
A gone dream
A gone dream

 

Love Song Yet To Be Named

Long time ago space was calling
Long time ago the apple was falling

It's been a long day
It's been a long day
It's been a long day
It's been a long day

Long time ago Earth was created
Long time ago it was infiltrated

You kept me away
You kept me away
You kept me away
You kept me away

But now I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment

Long time ago Jupiter rising
Long time ago angels uprising

He sent them away
He sent them away
He sent them away
He sent them away

Long time ago Eden was shut down
Long time ago the serpent was cut down

They took him away
They took him away
They took him away
They took him away

And now I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment (I want to say I've been waiting, whoo!)
I want to say (come on now)
I've been waiting for this moment
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment (waiting for this moment now)
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment (baby, waiting, waiting for this moment)
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment
I want to say
I've been waiting for this moment (come on darling, come and wait, whooo!)
I want to say (everybody down the middle of the room, just come on)
I've been waiting for this moment (I wanna, I wanna)
I want to say (I wanna say)
I've been waiting for this moment (I've been waiting for this moment baby)

(How's that?)