Corporation Pop

by Ian Freud

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1.
404 03:29
Setting a fire to the bones of the town Sometimes she feels she could burn it all down And just leave here They don’t believe her Watching the flames reflect in her eyes Burning the truth along with the lies Is this feeling Really freedom? Shatter the windows Flatten the doors She doesn’t care what happens here any more Tomorrow the sun will rise Over smouldering ruins It doesn’t matter at all to her Cos tomorrow’s another day And she won’t even see it Watching her eyes in glittering gold She looks so young but her soul is so old And she’s leaving Always leaving Taking her hand in the charcoal glass She’s burning the future along with the past So lonely Oh so lonely Tomorrow the sun will rise Over smouldering ruins It doesn’t matter at all to her Cos tomorrow’s another day And she won’t even see it
2.
“Are you tired of being a no one Then pick up a flag and you could be someone” So they say So step off the bus, and into an office Sign on the line and here ends the problem: “Here’s who we want you to kill.” The first thing you learn is how to take orders Don’t rock the boat, and don’t question borders Rising with the sun Then they break you: make you a no one Name, rank and number, Give you a logo So they can tell who you are And as you die in foreign sands Lifeblood slipping through your open hands As you turn to face the sky And wonder if you knew the reason why Flies buzz a corpse And you look and feel nothing It’s just another day to bury your feelings Now that you’ve gone pro Then it’s your turn And no one feels nothing They read out your name But it’s not quite a headline As they add you to the list And as you die in foreign sands Lifeblood slipping through your open hands As you turn to face the sky And wonder if you knew the reason why
3.
You never believe anything that I tell you You never buy anything that I sell you You want a piece of my mind But never think a thing Try thinking more, if just for your own peace of mind And if you think that I should see it your way Try see it my way – it’s not that hard to see The man with the hat and the little green bag Says you’ve got to get along So everyone smiles at the factory miles Cos they know where they belong If you don’t do what they want you to do Then they’ll mark you down as wrong They’ll leave you behind Without breaking their stride Because now you don’t belong Watching pretty girls in the summer time You could sleep all day and still feel fine But what you gonna do when the summer sun Has passed away and winter’s nigh? The man on TV said “you’ll never be free” And we all clapped along His wife and his friends and their kids are on trend And we know that we don’t belong So why… why… why? Which side is your deaf side, son? Which side can you hear? Which side is your deaf side, son? I need to make you hear….
4.
Have you ever eaten snails? They’re cooked in garlic And then impaled On tiny pitchforks I don’t know which forks They use for whales They made a tunnel Just for carp A carpal tunnel (Or so I heard) That goes nowhere Though I don’t know where A carp’ll go Strange things are happening to me Strange things are happening to me Strange things are happening to me And I don’t know why I bother getting out of my head When the demons come find me in my bed Strange strange times indeed My head is full of Shits like this I wonder what it really means Am I someone Or is someone Really me? Strange things are happening to me Strange things are happening to me Strange things are happening to me And I don’t know why I bother getting out of my head When the demons come find me in my bed Strange strange times indeed
5.
There’s bound to be another little hole in the fence Where the outside keeps getting in I tried to patch it up with a wad of chewing gum But they just keep clambering over Too much to take So many different colours That it makes my head ache All I want’s a slightly bigger piece of the cake But they don’t seem to notice ‘Cos they’re all on the make At least that’s what it said on my TV But still they’re closing in And I hear it every day They just get closer and closer I don’t say it for myself – just the state of all our health Won’t somebody think of the children? Too much to take So many different colours That it makes my head ache All I want’s a slightly bigger piece of the cake But they don’t seem to notice ‘Cos they’re all on the make At least that’s what it said At least that’s what I read It’s not just in my head It’s on TV!
6.
Heaven know whats it’s like to be old on your own That’s why we stay, holding on when it doesn’t make sense (We’re not the same as we were twenty five years ago) Hello it’s me – and guess what? Well I fucked up again You know the words and the tune and here comes the refrain Sing along like the first time you heard it from me And as usual nothing changes Just bounce the ball And watch it come back again I said “I’m sorry’ and “please don’t leave me” “I can change – dear god believe me” Turn the page – it’s a new beginning (Until tomorrow) We’ve lost our waists and our sight and our minds and our hair We see each other naked if we pass on the stairs And twice a year we get laid if the stars are aligned I know there’s times when you want – quite correctly – to see Me locked in chains, tossed overboard, and sinking into the sea But I’m afraid we’ll always be too close to the shore So as usual nothing changes Just bounce the ball And watch it come back again I said “I’m sorry’ and “please don’t leave me” “I can change – dear god believe me” Turn the page – it’s a new beginning (Until tomorrow)
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Sarah 03:12
Sarah. I once knew a girl who was like you And like you she hid in the daylight And only came out at night Until one night She emptied her heart into my ear It wasn’t what I wanted to hear then Or ever at all Sarah – porcelain skin in the morning Tangled and blonde in the pale sun Always a gleam in your eye But your skin is so cold to the touch Did it finally get too much? Laughter That’s what I will try to remember Like when your stockings fell down in the Co-Op While you were stocking up booze But then you ran Straight back to the sun with a bottle It took a lot a bottle to say it But you were never afraid Sarah – porcelain skin in the morning Tangled and blonde in the pale sun Always that gleam in your eye But your skin is so cold to the touch Did it finally get too much? I’ll keep the picture of you squinting at the sun, stood on your hands And you can keep the ones you where you cried I guess that I always thought that you would live forever On the never never You lived the pain, the pleasure And I guess that I believed you Sarah. I’ve never known anyone like you.
8.
“Is anyone there?” I ask the dark And the silence comes back and says: “nobody’s here.” Mystery solved. I make a brew, and I stand at the door And look to the clouds as they empty their hearts out All over the floor Some days are easy But this night is hard I just don’t know what to do with my hands I wish that there were some way I could take it back I could say “I’m sorry”, but you’d hurl it right back And I wouldn’t blame ya – cos my heart is still black But oh… I swear I’m sorry – I miss you I’m sorry – I miss you I’m sorry – I miss you I once stood at your door with a note in my hand Knowing you’d read it and not understand Because neither do I I put the letter back In the pocket of my coat Well, I say “letter” – but it was more of a note In case you’re listening I’ll read it to you It says: “I’m sorry, and I take it all back” But I couldn’t post it – ‘cos my heart was still black But every day…. I’m so sorry I missed you I’m so sorry I missed you I’m so sorry I missed you
9.
Oh, Dennis! 02:23
Back to mine for rum and coke and then we’ll see just what you’re made of Listen here: O Superman is soothing – put on these headphones Then drop your neck into this noose While I lean back and feel the groove Stop! Nobody move Don’t fight the feeling just let go Then you can take the starring role Stop! Nobody move Now we’re done just lay back and stay here while I go outside for fresh air I’ll be back tonight to play some more – we can watch some TV Then drop your neck into this noose While I lean back and feel the groove Stop! Nobody move Don’t fight the feeling just let go Then you can take the starring role Stop! Nobody move
10.
Darker Roads 02:17
I’m begging for mercy I’m down on my knees Please end this torture Won’t you give me release The road that I travelled Got darker each day Now I can’t find my way out I just can’t see a way Trapped at your pleasure Like a butterfly pinned There’s no other way To atone for my sins Kiss – kiss the leather Won’t you hang me in chains? Show me the pleasures That come from this pain. Down here in the darkness Where I can’t reach the light Wreathed in black shadows Where the nightmares take flight Drowning in water I drew for myself Ice-fingered veins As I draw my last breath Trapped at your pleasure Like a butterfly pinned There’s no other way To atone for my sins Kiss – kiss the leather Won’t you hang me in chains? Show me the pleasures That come from this pain.
11.
My great, great, great grandfather fucked Nell Gwyn And that is why you’re in the state you’re in Twenty thousand corpses in the mud They died to save the pureness of my blood And yet my crest is lions rampant on a field of purest white Stride into battle with my name on your lips Sink to the bottom with my name on your ship Serve at my pleasure till you’ve paid for your crimes But kill for my treasure and I’ll make you a knight I’ll have your guts for garters just you see ‘Cos the deer that you’re eating’s meant for me The land on which you stand is mine as well The sky, the sea, and all you see By right, by deed, by destiny ‘Cos Cerdic was my ancestor, you see? Stride into battle with my name on your lips Sink to the bottom with my name on your ship Serve at my pleasure till you’ve paid for your crimes But kill for my treasure and I’ll make you a knight Rule Britannia…
12.
Setting a fire to the bones of the town Sometimes she feels she could burn it all down And just leave here They don’t believe her Watching the flames reflect in her eyes Burning the truth along with the lies Is this feeling Really freedom? Shatter the windows Flatten the doors She doesn’t care what happens here any more Tomorrow the sun will rise Over smouldering ruins It doesn’t matter at all to her Cos tomorrow’s another day And she won’t even see it Watching her eyes in glittering gold She looks so young but her soul is so old And she’s leaving Always leaving Taking her hand in the charcoal glass She’s burning the future along with the past So lonely Oh so lonely Tomorrow the sun will rise Over smouldering ruins It doesn’t matter at all to her Cos tomorrow’s another day And she won’t even see it

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released December 2, 2019

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Ian Freud Leeds, UK

Idiot. Plainly too old, bald, fat and out of touch for this. Pay in pies and you have me for life.

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