"They'll Kill You" as written by and Fiona Lee Kitchin Gareth Michael Liddiard....
resolution for new year 2012
you would save 'til you made the carousel
and you'd be dumping all you hoarded 'cause they
didn't mean more than a bunch of props on stage
you might even find some new ones after
jetting off to Stockholm via Adelaide

where you'd rearrange your past
to merge with each new twist that came
you'd touch down, then you'd shut down,
then leave before you'd stayed
soothed only by a hope that the world
wouldn't cope without you long
but all plans are just on hold i'm told,
until your afterglow is gone

everybody shunts out front and waits there on the street
like some postscript might ensure the whole thing don't repeat
give me back my upper hand
give me back my second chance
give me back my evil streak
then guarantee it stays with me

everything you did just kept you buoyed
and everywhere you wandered was a substitute, a decoy
overdressed, overdrawn,
volunteering last night's footprint on your face
you knew you were trespassing 'cause you lied about your age
to anybody that would hear you out
while all your smoke screens leaned from range and drained their way south
this birdhouse migrates too
and i don't think you'll ever find your way out of it now

was running away more a punishment
than being hitched to the cart?
was it you that cracked my front door oh so softly in the dark?
i've been sleeping most nights
stone cold like the shoal that you hit and sunk
but you were here, signed and sealed,
just as real as any air left in your lungs
but you weren't fooling anyone, though some might say
your trail's as hard to read as any snake's
i knew you last and least on Earth
but no one outsmarts fate by making all that she made worse.


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    General CommentFrom FasterLouder:-

    "It’s sort of being pissed off at any kind of abandonment. Abandoned by a past state of mind, or someone you love. I can’t remember who it was, but there was some Australian poet talking to another one – someone like Peter Porter – and he was going to live in the UK. His friend didn’t want him to go, and said, “Don’t fucken’ do that: You’re Australian, they’ll kill you.” Meaning they’ll kill what is you. It’s not a patriotic thing. The main thing in this song is telling someone who I love, “Don’t fucken leave – ‘cause you’re abandoning me, and they’ll fucken kill you…”, which may or may not be true. It’s me being manipulative.

    The second verse, that’s like at a funeral, where everyone stands out the front on the street. Hangs around. Just fucken get on the bus, go home. But everyone just mills about, even though it’s over, as though someone might come out and say something to make everything OK. Like a postscript to ensure none of this repeats again … which never happens. It’s weird."
    pud354on October 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentGive me back my evil streak... gotta be my favourite single line of any song ever written - anywhere by anyone....
    daniel1154on January 13, 2017   Link

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