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/ Raskolnikov – The Jezebel Shanty

Lyrics by Mark Ritsema/ Illustrations by Jean-Paul van Mierlo

SHANTY

 

 

 

 

I loved you when we started
I loved you when we parted
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

Our dream became a nightmare
I cry but what do you care
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

I love you when the day breaks
I love you when the sun fades
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

You haunt me in the nighttime
A ghost in cloak of moonshine
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

My body, it is burning
I’m crying out my yearning
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

I loved you when we started
I loved you when we parted
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

From Bombay to Shanghai
Rotterdam, Havana
Let me go Sweet Jezebel let me go

No seven seas can part us
Though I’m weak and you and you are heartless
Let me go sweet Jezebel let me go

Our dream became a nightmare
I love you but what do you care
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

I loved you when we started
I loved you when we parted
Let me go sweet Jezebel, let me go

THE LAST SIDE SHOW

 

 

 

 

I was born
Laying flat on my back
On a field in the rain
Stiff and overdosed
With impressions that exceeded
All that had been before

I was stoned
The borders of a dream
Came in sight and I could see
The gloomy scenery
There was nothing there but greyness behind it
Until the outskirts of the next dream

Swollen grin
Seen through well-thumbed glass
Were kisses are on loan
The morning comes unnoticed
As the tearjerker resounds
To the sing-along part

And we drank
To the dawning of an age
In our blindness and our rage
We would soon decay and fade
With our bare hands and complaints
Unruly

I was cured
By the free and low’ down scum
The scent of fear and opium
The prince of heartache and defeat
Is taken downstairs for a treat
While the dandy checks his looks
Before he goes out for a stroll
Down in the bone house

And we drank
All the freaks and skinny girls
The transvestites in their furs
Would dance, bring colour to the world
Of taxi drivers, fat and stubborn
Bare handed killers kneeling, shedding tears
Receiving knighthood from the hunchbacks

And we drank
To the dawning of an age
In our blindness and our rage
We would soon decay and fade
With our bare hands and complaints
Unruly downfall

Come along it’s the last sideshow
Could it be the hand of change's defeat?
On our way to last sideshow
Could it be the hand of change's defeat?

 

 

 


BURNT OUT MOON

Clouds obscuring every thought
That reigns you like a god
Might soon be passing by
It's in the book drawn by my hand
It's in the whisperings of your friends
That the world was never kind

A burnt-out moon shines down on you and me
Soon the daylight will come through
Now you say you don't love me
But I’ll be coming back to you

When the rain falls down in April
The promise remains still
That spring might bloom in May
You'll be laughing at the trees
You'll be laughing back at me
Some sunny day

A burnt-out moon shines down on you and me
So cool and bitter in the sky
Leave these people here, we'll find the open air
Kiss this delusive night goodbye

 

 

 

 


WINTERTOWN

I’ve got to get away from Wintertown
All the dreams have worn out
I’ve got to pick up myself from the ground
I’ve got to get away from Wintertown

The cold wind blows through the ruins
The sun is gone, the bars closed down
The ruins of another love affair
Drag me away from Wintertown

Drag me away from Wintertown

Veiled in frost the buildings stand in line
And naked bow the trees
On every corner of these sad boulevards
Awaits another memory

I’ve got to get away from Wintertown
Pick up the pieces of this heart
She is gone, love is nowhere to be found
I’ve got to get away from Wintertown

Seasons come and seasons make their changes
A new love might unfold
And spring might even find this town someday
But will it take away the cold

So I’ve got to get away from Wintertown
As long as she is still around

 

 

 


HARBOURTOWN

It’s cold and the rain comes pouring down
Sadness falls over Harbourtown
A lonely woman stands at the side of the river
She’s waving her Hans goodbye

Fourteen drunken sailors wander ‘round

Headlight shines on the face of a whore
Who’s giving head in a parking lot
In Harbourtown there’s no red-light district
In the morning she’s soaked and complains to her pimp

Fourteen drunken sailors wander ‘round

The buildings of glass, they roar and they howl
Reflect a deserted Harbourtown
The woman seeks for a bar to hide
From following footsteps that come from behind

Fourteen drunken sailors wander ‘round

The body is free and the body dives
From a building of glass it floats into the night
The body is free as it hits the ground
Curtain of blood over Harbourtown

Thirteen drunken sailors sail away
Away
Ave

 

 

 


MARRY ME

Marry me
For much to long we've been loving
Each other so secretly
At the end of the day

Marry me,
He's never going to make you forget
About you and me
So why don’t you stay

All you have to do is close your eyes and think of me
All you have to do is reach out your hand
And come back to me

Stay with me,
Kiss me and make me forget
The way you used to hurt me
Why won’t you believe me?

Marry me,
You’ve signed your name across my heart
Then you made it bleed
Now come back and heal me

All you have to do is close your eyes and think of me
All you have to do is reach out your hand
And come back to me

Marry me,
Jesus and his clan
They are waving down at you and me
And send us their blessings

Marry me,
Let's kill the emptiness between the sheets
Find a true meaning
In soft caressing

All you have to do is close your eyes and remember me
All you have to do is reach out your hand
And baby come back

 

 

 


YOU'RE EVEN BETTER....

The wind blows forth and back again
And I have lost my way
I'm standing naked in the pouring rain
I'm bound to leave you again

Call me the wind but baby what's in a name
Our love gets blown away
I‘ve got no reasons and no remedies
For the way I behave

You're even better than the gardens in may
You're even better than...

You're even better than the gardens in may
You're even stronger than the ocean's sway
You're even sweeter than sweet cocaine
You're even better than...

The wind blows forth and back again
And I have lost my way
I love you baby would you please hold tight
I'm bound to leave you again

I've got my needs and baby you ain’t no saint
Our love gets blown away
I’ve got no reasons and no remedies
For the way I behave

 

 

 

 


BRIEF EPISODE (ARIA)

Staggering train piercing landscape and time
Rocks us to sleep, hums and endless lullaby
Counting the stations from nowhere to home
In this brief episode
Heartache and sorrow involved
And still a long way to go

Lord softly weeping, than taking us in
Turning the channels sees nothing but sin
Counting the stations from nowhere to home
In this brief episode
Desolate visions involved
And still a long way to go

High on Hail Maries I submit to thee
I’ll follow wherever you’ll bring me
Slow train to nowhere from sleep to sleep

 

 

 


BAD GUY

I’m just a bad guy
From a movie or a song
I want to do you good baby
But it all comes out wrong

Sending you postcards
And flowers by the mail
To tell you that I love you
But it all seems to fail

For I am just a bad guy in a secret little world
Defeated by good guys
Who walk away with the girl

Struggling with the sorries, the pleadings and the whys
Watch out here comes another

Crouching in the darkness
Trying to get along
Thinking of you baby
And where we went wrong

For I am just a bad guy
Just an image from a screen
Messing up your quiet life
Treating you mean

 

 

 

 


NO MEMORY

Run from opportunity
Fight the battles in your mind
Sleep became my enemy
Stands there nagging at my side

And captured in a daydream
Stood the disillusioned groom
Coming down from ecstasy
On a Monday afternoon

I float towards the big sea
No memory of anything
And down the river Grief
No memory of anything

Run from time and let it do the cleaning
Let it sweep and brush the floor
Stay indoors and keep that heart shut
Until it don’t matter anymore

And float towards the big sea
No memory of anything
And down the river Grief
No memory of anything
And bleeding from my eyes
No memory of anything
And my tears roll with the tides
No memory of anything