Encrypted Contemporary Narratives

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1.
Skin breaks Scab starts It falls off I get dressed In full health At maximum strength I stride confidently through the night streets I find myself in this burlesque club Full of strange stuff A glittering array of distractions Some of which demand my attention... I meet someone called Faux Faux La Bardot We go home and have...conversations. She has a cat in her bag She elaborates, as the night wanes, And the morning claims engagement with things less trivial. I get home and see the cat It looks at me like "What you looking at?" I gave her some semi-skimmed milk She looked at me and said, "Let’s get one thing straight, it’s full fat or nowt!" She went out Not seen her since. I’m not so healthy these days, Think that cat was...cursed. Skin breaks Scab starts It falls off I move on In full health At maximum strength I stride confidently through the night streets Cursed no more, cursed no more, Cursed no more...
2.
On a fancy development On the edge of the greenbelt Understated topiary Zero graffiti This is the place Julia went peculiar Started reading books by obscure nihilists Doing research into occult practices Changed the name of her children to Okra and Aubergine Her partner left her for someone less challenging... Julia...stares through ya Yeah Julia, through ya, through ya She went on the dark web Set up a network Collecting followers All called 'anonymous' They meet up on Sundays and go into the woods Bet they don’t discuss topiary Want someone to invite me... Julia...stares through ya Yeah Julia, stares through ya, through ya Julia...........
3.
Frosty Lucy draws a circle round her body, No one ever steps inside it. Works with Andrew, has a roof rack with a canoe, Always on it. They run a flower shop Down a ginnel When I've been past it no one’s ever in it... There’s something not right 'bout the pair of 'em I think the flower shop’s a cover for something sinister They’ve been seen in the shadows late at night Taking in deliveries And there once was a fire at both adjoining properties. I went by their shop the other day But police tape barred my way Two florists had been arrested They found a head in the fridge And the canoe was found to be Full of counterfeit money. Fridgehead.......money.......Fridgehead...and the money... ...And the canoe...
4.
The frequency of cockroaches is increasing Think we could be lookin' at infestation The house may become unfit to live in. The place is spotlessly clean The worktops look surgically sterile None o' the kids are looking feral 'Cept that one with the funny eyes And he’s got nowt to do with me. Our day-to day-living is kind of structured. Mind you last night got home, all the kids were in the rabbit hutch. And the house was full of fluffy bunnies Not eating cockroaches. Cockroach Cockroach... I’m becoming obsessed with these creatures These cockroaches encroaching 'pon my well-being By nature I’m all live and let live But think I’m gonna get a man in With chemicals in a gun thing. Cockroach These cockroach...cockroach... Lalala lala laaaaa-ah Cockroach... Seen one...cockroach, scuttling Lalala lala la laaaaa... Cockroach...scuttling...cockroach The Roach
5.
Clear the area It could get outta control Seal the perimeter These people, they could all explode. Calm the authorities It’s all under control Innocent citizens Innocent dissidents We kinda like a summer stroll Kids on our shoulders and sausage rolls Let’s join a demo, ban neo-Nazi scum Officers keep your distance This is passive resistance...resistance...
6.
Hey Jim, where you been? Snake Pass, driving through the forest Why you shaking? Found a bag, a bag in a lay-by... Well what’s inside it? Get in we'll drive somewhere quiet... It’s an off-the-scale carboot sale! You’ve got guns, knives, drugs...no fancy plates... My friend, you’ve acquired some game changing luggage! I’m gonna take it home, take my time 'bout right and wrong It’s finders keepers, losers weepers No one’s lookin' for us... You work down the town hall, keep an 'amster, don’t see you as a gangster I was bored, now I’m excited... Guns, knives, drugs...game-changin' luggage... I’m gonna take it home, take my time 'bout right and wrong It’s finders keepers, losers weepers No one’s lookin' for us...
7.
Codewriter 04:10
Go and fix the car mate, I’ve appointments to keep Are you going to the dentist, fix yer wonky teeth? It’s none o' yer business, I’ve a few errands to run... Soz, can’t get the parts till Monday, I’ve had too much on. You know you're a waste of space, and this place is tiny. I can’t shrink, and I do try and keep it tidy I could get a fancy job Writing code and earn a lot I could work from a yacht, somewhere hot, get a dog... When you do please be sure Pop back here with lifting gear Lift my jaw off the floor, lift my jaw off the floor... You never show any faith... Well fix the car and I’ll drive us to a church. Look...I’ve enrolled on a codewriting course at a tech hub No you’ve enrolled on a fag-rolling course at a clown hub! I could get a fancy job Writing code and earn a lot I could work from a yacht, somewhere hot, get a dog When you do please be sure Pop back here with lifting gear Lift my jaw off the floor, lift my jaw off the floor... Ye of little faith Oh ye of little faith...
8.
104 Words 02:34
We drove dead fast with the lights switched off Our spirit, it was burnin' Those days are gone, we ain’t as strong Strong, mad and fearless. Now I’ve been meaning to call ya But you know, what with one thing an' another I didn’t fancy rakin' up the past Dead flowers don’t need water. Look, not everything that grows in the forest Grows up straight n honest The most crooked trees take my breath away Take my breath away. There are many things to die for But nothing to kill for Stand up for your rights, defend those crooked trees And don’t live life on your knees... Up, up, up up up up
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What's in the odd sock draw? What's in the odd sock draw? Kind, honest, brave and true That’s not me and that’s not you. Quiet despair gets you nowhere Kick off a lot 'bout what you’ve not got. That’s what’s in the odd sock drawer That’s what’s in the odd sock drawer By the power invested in me I’m powerless can’t you see? By the power invested in us You never know we could change some stuff. Just cos you’re right, don’t make it right Just cos you own it, don’t make it yours. That’s what’s in the odd sock drawer That’s what’s in the odd sock drawer He lives on vegetables Advises abstinence from chemicals He’s always hungry, he’s always hungry Could turn rabid and eat yer baby He’s in the odd sock drawer He’s in the odd sock drawer As I witness the perishing of my brilliant brain The smart ones cross their legs All wearing matching socks I’m in the odd sock drawer Get in the odd sock drawer
10.
Show, show, show me mercy Gave the telly to a junky Show, show, show me mercy Drank a load of morning whisky... Give me strength!! Show, show, show me mercy I’m a lazy git, mauled by inertia Show, show, show me mercy I’m Northern junk, trainers are filthy... Give me strength!! Mercy... Show, show, show me mercy Brought the wrong kids back from the nursery Show, show, show me mercy Sold the dog for gamblin' money Give me strength!! Mercy...mercy upon me Show, show, show me mercy I know, I know, I ain’t worthy Show, show, show me mercy I act dead hard but I’m really mardy...
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Sugar Rush 05:21
It’s midnight Two drunks talk crap under lampposts The cognitive elite are all at home fast asleep Dreaming eggs florentine I’m out on my push bike, been the late shop Forgot stuff Block o' cheese, gummy bears Essential commodities Cycle home Stray dogs chase me Could do with a night out Could get lucky... You can ask me out if you like Be still your beatin' heart Act fast, while stocks last... We'll go burning it at both ends Flooring it through all the bends Get all guns blazin' Yeah your luck's a-changin' Could do with a night out Could get lucky...could get lucky... You can ask me out if you like Be still your beatin' heart Act fast, while stocks last... We'll go burning it at both ends Flooring it through all the bends Get all guns blazin' Yeah your luck's a-changin'... Could get lucky...you could get lucky...could get lucky... .. .. .. .. .. .. We'll go burning it at both ends Flooring it through all the bends Get all guns blazin' Yeah your luck's a-changin'...

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King Of The Slums Manchester, UK

King of the Slums are probably the most ‘under the radar’ and important band to come from Manchester. They started up around 1985 in the Hulme, area of Manchester but never considered themselves a 'Manchester' band - just a band with an arty background, a little self-indulgent and gritty, story-type songs..
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