Friday, February 11, 2011

Caution - angry chicks ahead.

"What are you lookin' at?"

Ahh you people can watch while i'm scrubbing these floors
And i'm scrubbing these floors while you're gawking
Maybe once you tip me and it makes you feel swell
In this crummy southern town
In this pit of hotel
But you'll never guess to who you're talking
No
You'll never guess to who you're talking

Then one night there's a scream in the night
And you wonder: 'who could that have been ?'
And you see me kind of grinning while i'm scrubbing
And you say 'what she got to grin ?'
I'll tell ya
There's a ship
The black freighter
With a skull on it's mast-head
Will be coming in

You gentlemen say: 'hey gal, finish them floors
What's wrong with you ? earn your keep here'
You toss me your tips and look to the ships
But i'm counting your heads as i'm making the beds
'cause there's nobody gonna sleep here tonight
No
Nobody
No-one
No-one

Then one night there's a scream in the night
And you say: 'who's that kicking up a row?'
And you see me kinda staring out the window
And you say: 'what's she got to stare at now ?'
I'll tell ya
There's a ship
The black freighter
Turns around in the harbour
Shooting guns from her bow

Well you gentlemen can wipe those smiles off your face
'cause every building in town is a flat one
This whole frigging place will be down to the ground
Only this cheap hotel standing up, safe and sound
And you yell: 'why do they spare that one ?
'why?
'why the hell do they spare that one ?'

All the night through with the noise and to do
And you wonder: 'who is that person that lives up there ?'
And you see me stepping out in the morning
Looking fine with a ribbon in my hair
Well just look at me now
And a ship
The black freighter
Runs a flag up it's mast-head
And a cheer rings the air. hey!

My ship on the dock is a swarming with men
Coming out from the ghostly freighter
They're moving in the shadows where no-one can see
And they're chaining up people
And delivering 'em to me
Asking me: 'kill them now or later ?'
Asking me: 'kill them now or later ?'

Noon by the clock and so still at the dock
You can hear a fog horn miles away
And in that quiet of death i'll say:
'right now !'
'right now !'
And they pile up the bodies
And i'll say: 'that'll learn you.
That'll learn you.'

And the ship
The black freighter
Disappears out to sea
And
On
It
Is
Me !

Hey Kettle - maybe you could go to your party dressed as this pirate.

21 comments:

Alex said...

It's taken a while, but I think I'm really devolping an appreciation for this poetry stuff.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

It's because it's about chicks going the knuckle, isn't it Alex.

Jennifer said...
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Kettle said...

Screw Shelley; I'll take the knuckle-sandwich chick pirate poem any day.

And you may very well have found my pirate, Ramon.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Excellent Kettle.

All you have to do is drench yourself in human blood and you're all set.

Alex said...

There may be some small sense of nostalgia there, Ramon, yes.

Melba said...

Thanks Ramon, didn't read the whole thing have to leave town BUT this line:

Then one night there's a scream in the night

I feel it's a badly written line.

I will return to this thread on Sunday.

Good weekend one and all.

x

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Possibly Melbs, but I do like

"And in that quiet of death"

Kettle said...

All you have to do is drench yourself in human blood and you're all set.

Awesome Ramon, people are going to love it when I turn up at the party.

Hey, what's the connection with PJ Harvey?

Kettle said...

Then one night there's a scream in the night

Hey Melbs, I know what you mean. It probably makes more sense in the musical version; the repetition of 'night' fits with the phrasing. Check out the Ute Lemper recording on YouTube.

Have a good weekend away!

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

If anybody could carry off the whole "drenched in human blood" look, it would be you Kettle.

And maybe Melba.

squib said...

Kettle, you just need stripey socks and pantaloons and a big knife

Kettle said...

If anybody could carry off the whole "drenched in human blood" look, it would be you Kettle.

Ramon that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me today.

Kettle, you just need stripey socks and pantaloons and a big knife

Hey Squib, do you have stripey socks, pantaloons and a big knife I can borrow, just for the weekend?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Hey, what's the connection with PJ Harvey?

PJ did a cover of this song, Kettle.

And also, I like looking at photos of PJ Harvey.

Again.

And again.

And again.

squib said...

Well of course I do. They are wardrobe basics, no? Shame I can't teleport

squib said...

Oh! I even have a hook. I got it for a bday party years ago and I shoved it in my drawers (as in furniture ones) in a hasty tidy up. Then I kept worrying, what if someone breaks into our house and finds a pirate hook with my knickers? Every time I opened the drawer I would see the hook and stress about this hypothetical burglar's opinion

Kettle said...

And also, I like looking at photos of PJ Harvey.

Again.

And again.

And again.


Same with me, Ramon, just replace PJ with Faulkner.

Every time I opened the drawer I would see the hook and stress about this hypothetical burglar's opinion

Heavens, Squib! Where should one store his or her hooks to ensure burglars' good opinions?

squib said...

The dress-ups box, Kettle

I finally watched Laid. Twas quite good. I have not been irritated by all the promos because I hardly ever watch the telly. The main character looks a lot like Marieke and she was just right but a few actors seemed a bit stilted and affected

Pepsi said...

I like looking at photos of Polly Jean too.

Melba said...

She does look like Marieke, squib, I thought so too. Around the mouth especially.

Lewd Bob said...

Speaking of PJ Harvey, she has a new album out and it seems she still rocks!