Andale

 

 

Andale

When they come, they come in numbers.

They come on bleeding steeds.

They check you in the aisles,

and they sweep you at the knees.

They say, “Sign and live forever.

Decline and die like this.”

Well, it all comes down to seconds,

trapped there in your fist.

 

Andale

Andale

Andale

I’ve seen more than enough

I’ve taken all I think you’ve got to give

and I ain’t giving up

 

[Gallipoli narrative]

 

Well, the deal is like a doorway,

where you stand ‘til it’s your time.

You turn and say, “I’m going.”

I look, and I say, “Fine.”

You said, “You could come in with me.

We’d be like two fiery gas giants.”

What, burning up the system?

Well, those are my lines.

So, you go on ahead. 

You do what you must do, but

whatever happens, here, 

it happens to you.

 

Andale

Andale

Andale

I’ve seen more than enough

I’ve taken all I think you’ve got to give

I ain’t giving up

 

Well, the lucky get the virus.

It gets them in their hands,

and lying in the darkness, they begin to understand.

It strips them of their hunger,

and it strips them of their need.

It leaves them saddened and empty

but stronger and free —

like a leopard!

like a leopard!

 

Andale

Andale

Andale

I’ve seen more than enough

I’ve taken all I think you’ve got to give

and I ain’t giving up

Andale

Andale

Andale

I’ve seen more than enough

I’ve taken all I think you’ve got to give

I ain’t giving up

 

(Life Underwater Music, 1998)

James O'Brien