Now the weight of the books has crushed my delicate fingers
I'm not trying to be Paganini any more
All I dream about these days is sex with strangers
Rats in spats & bowler hats on the dance floor

Some days my head is the turret for a machine gun
& the world is torn apart by a hail of words
In tongues of fire the rookie priest reads the lesson
& I would like to quote him chapter & verse

He said:
I'm in love with everyone
Who knows it's hard to build a way of seeing
Who knows that nevertheless that's the only way
To flame into being

I was always the sucker that got led into temptation
When I didn't have a job, couldn't pay the bills
But stretch me out on your tasteless warehouse sofa
& there or somewhere else I'll do your will

Maybe I'll come out clubbing on a rainy night in Soho
So many clichés have sentimental truth, don't you find?
You be Judith & I'll be Holofernes
Living with a beautiful woman, I'm jealous all the time

I'm in love with everyone
Who knows it's hard to build a way of seeing
Who knows that nevertheless that's the only way
To flame into being

So take me to the people who'll gratify my ego
Because under the swagger I don't know who I am
Caesar, beware the ides of adolescence
Here comes some new Brutus in black 501s, ha!

From the pores of his skin you can smell the cappuccino
& his avaricious eyes are shining like the sun
Black bat night come down from your roost now & cover me with your wings
Under my eyes I shall wear your engagement ring

& I'm in love with everyone
Who knows it's hard to build a way of seeing
Who knows that nevertheless that's the only way
To flame into being

But as soon as I decide that this is not the place for me to stay
I feel currents that buoy me up & bear me away
& burglars or writers will carry this love away too
Well, don't regret this, just forget me, let me release you

& as soon as I decide I'm more fertile or just more sober
Maybe I'll think of you like a touching American film
How I left you washing the face of our baby
How whenever I live alone, my hands & eyes work again

& I'm in love with everyone
Who knows it's hard to build a way of seeing
Who knows that nevertheless that's the only way
To flame into being

Yeah, I'm in love with everyone
Who knows it's hard to build a way of seeing
Who knows that nevertheless that's the only way
To flame into being


Lyrics submitted by vchamberlain

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