A crumpled future in your fist
The killing streak ascends sun kissed
And the fire starter from within
Pokes out from fever blistered grin

King Salamander that's his name
A desert maker that's his aim
The benign cremator, branding iron in his hand
Eager and willing to torch the land

All fire and brimstone, this Jack-O-Lantern
He likes to watch the buildings burn

His ardor smoulders, phosphorous flies
He radiates with urgency, hypnotize
Stoke the furnace, feed his need, this thirst for fire is all he seeks
He's the blazing rubber making tracks, the blue touch paper at your back

All fire and brimstone, this Salamander King
He basks while all around him burns

Giddy up, burn-up, not fade away
These words ignite and pave his way
Giddy up, burn-up, stoke it up and turn it up
Sings these words in fervid frame

All fire and brimstone, this Jack-O-Lantern
He likes to watch the pyres burn

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick



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Burn-Up Lyrics as written by Severin Clarke

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    General Comment

    I don't really have anything important to say about this song, I just think that its sad that it has no comments.

    But if its anything near a point of discussion, its on my spanish binder in red pen?

    xdarkentrieson January 23, 2006   Link
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    This is one of my favorite Banshees songs. Then again, I love almost all of Peepshow.

    It definitely brings a lot of images to mind.

    Still, like every other song on the album, it reminds me of the season Autumn. My favorite season. :D

    The fire even makes me think of the color most leaves are around now.

    ScarexCrowon December 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    Best song about pyromania ever.

    EyePatchPeteon December 04, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    I always assumed this song was about either a serial killer that burns and cremates his victims but then I looked at the lyrics more and it is probably more likely to be about a pyromaniac. The lyrics on the album are great! The Banshees are geniuses.

    Aghorion June 17, 2011   Link
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    Although Peek-a-Boo was the first song I liked off the Peeshow album, Burn Up quickly became my favorite, seconded by Last Beat Of My Heart. The imagery of this song stuck in head for weeks, and if I stop and think, I can recall the feelings it evoked. Siouxsie Sioux is one of the most alluring performers I've seen, and remains one of the female artists I'd most want to meet and interact with at length.

    Major Valoron July 27, 2006   Link
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    I'd like to think this song is about a gay Leo on the Zodiac; a party animal and sex maniac. A charismatic, energized outsider with a taste for every kind of mischief, and more than the occasional dalliance with power bottoming: "Jack be nimble, jack be quick, jack jump over the candlestick..." And yes, pyromania, but only insofar as that he likes to watch unsatisfying relationships go up in smoke, and is onto the next guy. Eh?

    Stattickon December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    That is to say, this song is about ME.

    Stattickon December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
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    That is to say, this song is about ME.

    Stattickon December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Jump Over the Candle Stick is part of a nursery rhyme. I love how Siouxsie and the Banshees merge the childlike world with heavily adult and serious themes.

    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
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    The only thing i have thought of when listening to this is the Trash Can Man from the Stand.

    bluesainton February 17, 2017   Link

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