Charades

from Whatworld by The Memes

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love drugs and heavy water
glow worms and fashion bribes
charm bracelets and candied eyes
sugar cane banana trees

i like milkshakes and i like corn flakes

tribulation capes and mataranka hot springs alice springs palm springs
sting rays and bouncing stones smashed repairs and broken bones
life’s unfair desire’s worse
lust and envy steer the curse
a thousand empty miles and piles of dust
you had me on toast from darwin to sydney
you’re a crow crow she’s a raven

i like milkshakes and i like cornflakes

what can’t be endured must be contagious
it’s bush fires and heartache to the bitter end
what can’t be swallowed must be coughed up
it’s boats and gold mines to the bitter end
true love in a big country to the bitter end

well i was lost watching the popcorn vendors
well i was lost on the longest boulevards of paris
well i was lost riding the ferris wheels down under
well i was lost watching curtains swing in the wind
well i was lost in the punk neon of shinjuku
well i was lost in the chess halls of djakarta

religion swept through town and charades destroyed the rest

a bitter kiss of lemon
a shriek of stale sugars
a filthy piece of pavement
sky rippling in a puddle
in the buy-back neon
with the jukebox blaring
in the cold atlantic desert
far enough down the nile
flocking to lhasa
with the freaks from kat
blowing beggars kisses
on the darkest roads of dacca
sifting through ashes
in the muddy wash of ganges

religion swept through town and charades destroyed the rest
religion swept through town and science destroyed the rest

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from Whatworld, released January 1, 2000

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