"Air War" as written by Alice Glass and Ethan Kath....
Bronze by gold heard the hoofrons,
Steelyringing imperthnthn thnthnthn.

Chips, picking chips off rocky thumbnail, chips.
Horrid! And gold flushed more.

A husky fifenote blew.
Blew. Blue bloom is on the
Gold pinnacled hair.
A jumping rose on satiny breasts of satin,
Rose of Castille.

Trilling, trilling: I dolores.
Peep! Who's in the... peepofgold?
Tink cried to bronze in pity.
And a call, pure, long and throbbing. Longindying call.

Decoy. Soft word. But look! The bright stars fade. O rose! Notes
Chirruping answer. Castille. The morn is breaking.
Jingle jingle jaunted jingling.
Coin rang. Clock clacked.

Avowal. Sonnez. I could. Rebound of garter. Not leave thee.
Smack. La cloche! Thigh smack. Avowal. Warm. Sweetheart,
Goodbye!

When love absorbs. War! War! The tympanum.
A sail! A veil awave upon the waves.
When first he saw. Alice!
Full tup. Full throb.
Warbling. Ah, lure! Alluring.

Martha! Come!
Clapclop. Clipclap. Clappyclap.
Goodgod henev erheard inall.
A moonlight nightcall: far: far.
I feel so sad. P. S. So lonely blooming.

Listen!
The spiked and winding cold seahorn. Have you the? Each and
For other plash and silent roar.
Pearls: when she. Liszt's rhapsodies. Hissss.


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"Air War" as written by Alice Glass, Ethan Kath

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  • +3
    General CommentEvery time the "When love absorbs. War! War! " part comes I get really excited.
    MilkForWhaleson November 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the Sirens episode of James Joyce's "Ulysses," Leopold Bloom gets morose and drunk listening to the lyrics of a song about a cheating wife, while he imagines his own wife is getting seduced by a lover.

    Except the song is not about a cheating wife, but a sleepwalking wife, mistaken for a cheat.

    So Bloom gets mixed up in his own drunken jealousy, confusion, misinterpreting lyrics carried along by the siren song of music and alcohol.

    The "Air War" lyrics (quoted from Sirens) reflect the jealousy ("War! War! The tympanum"), the music ("jingle jingle" "clack clack"), the confusion and drunkenness ("henev erheard inall" - ie he never heard it all) as Bloom mistakes his wife for a Siren Seductress ("A sail! A veil awave upon the waves").
    yhtrownuon May 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese are the words to the origianl track from the 1950s, taken from Ulysses by James Joyce.

    download it here: suburbanghettomusick.blogspot.com/2008/05/…
    tom_omgon May 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the sickest fucking song ever. i reccomend being high as fuck and just sitting and listening to it realllllly loud. if possible, have someone just drive around and play it loud in a car. haha :)
    Kidmastermindon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was a kid telling a story of some great battle that they made up because I originally thought they were saying 'ships' and then 'boom boom BOOM!' where it says 'blew. blue bloom...'

    But now the lyrics make no sense.

    STILL AMAZING THOUGH.
    zzoommbbiieeon July 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmmmmmmmmmmmm..........
    wee yinon May 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was NOT expecting all this. Listening to the song you think the lyrics are pretty unrecognizable. Guess I'll have to listen again, closely.
    MilkForWhaleson July 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so addictive!
    bmth_ownon July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so addictive!
    bmth_ownon July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont get it...
    AJL14on August 21, 2008   Link

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