DOWNSIDE UP ERA - CREDITS

 
 
  Voices (On The Air) 
20th Century Boy  
Pulled To Bits  
Mittageisen  
Drop Dead/Celebration  
Eve White/Eve Black  
Red Over White  
Follow The Sun  
Slap Dash Snap  
Supernatural Thing  
Congo Conga  
Coal Mind  
We Fall  
Cannibal Roses  
Obsession II 
A Sleeping Rain 
Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant

Tattoo  
(There's A) Planet In My Kitchen
 
Let Go
 
The Humming Wires
 
I Promise
 
Throw Them To The Lions
 
An Execution
 
The Quarterdrawing Of The Dog
 
Lullaby
 
Umbrella
 
Shooting Sun
 
Sleepwalking (On The High Wire)
 
She Cracked
 
She's Cuckoo
 
Something Blue
 
The Whole Price Of Blood
 
Mechanical Eyes

False Face 
Catwalk
 
Something Wicked (This Way Comes)
 
Are You Still Dying Darling?
 
El Dia De Los Muertos
 
Sunless
 
Staring Back
 
Return
 
Spiral Twist
 
Sea Of Light
 
I Could Be Again
 
Hot Head
 
B Side Ourselves
 
Swimming Horses (Live)
 
All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)
 
Hang Me High
 
Black Sun

Overground 
Voices (On The Air)
 
Placebo Effect
 
Red Over White

 
     

 


     
  Voices (On The Air) Lyrics  
 
 
 

And I'm hearing the whispers from my window
And I'm hearing something scratching on the inside
Could it be the sea beckoning me?
Could it be - can I see?

Voices on the air

And I'm feeling like a moody situation
And I feel the waves lapping with contempt
Could I feel my senses leaving me
Could it be - can I see?

Voices on the air

 
     
  Voices Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar
Morris - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The Haunted Palace by Edgar Alan Poe & On Wine & Hashish by Baudelaire.  
     

 


     
  20th Century Boy Lyrics  
 
 
 

Friends say it's fine
Friends say it's good
Everybody says he's
Just like Robin Hood

I move like a cat
Talk like a rat
Sting like a bee
Babe I wanna be your man

Well it's plain to see
You were meant for me
I'm your toy
Your Twentieth Century boy

Twentieth Century toy
I wanna be your boy
Twentieth Century Toy
I wanna be your boy

Friends say it's fine
Friends say it's good
Everybody says it's
Just like Robin Hood

Fly like a plane
Drive like a car
Hold out your hand
Babe I wanna be your man

Well it's plain to see
You were meant for me
I'm your toy
Your Twentieth Century boy

Twentieth Century toy
I wanna be your boy
Twentieth Century toy
I wanna be your boy

 
     
  20th Century Boy Credits  
     
 

Marc Bolan - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar
Morris - Drums

 
     

 


     
  Pulled To Bits Lyrics  
 
 
 

Tongues are clacking
Words of one vision
One tiny incision
And teeth are cracking
On thin air, on thin air

Pulled to bits 
In silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a sound

Buildings bleached with chatter chatter clatter
Fill their senses with cement
Watch the people shatter
One by one, one by one

Pulled to bits 
In silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a sound

Young lungs snapping, coming up for air
The mindless ones yapping
Slashing through the thoroughfare
One by one, one by one
Oh one by one
Without a fucking care

Pulled to bits in silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a fucking sound

Pulled to bits
Yackety Yackety yack yack yack
Pulled to bits
Shatter shatter shatter clatter
Pulled to bits
Yap yap yap yapping
Pulled to bits
Without a sound

 
     
  Pulled To Bits Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar & Saxophone
Morris - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment:  The acts of copy cat violence that followed the release and subsequent withdrawal of Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange.  
     

 


     
  Mittageisen Lyrics  
 
 
 

Reunion beginnt
Mit einem Glas Quecksilber
Fernsehen flimmert
Fr noch eine Nachricht
Flinten beleuchten die Augen
Der sitzenden Familie

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

Mit mechanischem Rucken
Pflcken die Taschen Uhrzhne
Zum Mittagessen Freitag
Im Rckprall sagt "Verzeihung
Zurck mu ich kehren
Meine liebe Maschinerie"

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

Es beherrscht unser Leben
Es bringt kein heil
Ich schreibe ein paaZeilen
Das Wetter hier ist fein
Doch drhnt es Tag und Nacht
Durch Lautsprecher

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

 
     
  Mittageisen Credits  
     
 

Sioux (Translated by Dave Woods & Renate) - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar
Morris - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Dedicated to the celebrated photomontage artist of the Twenties/Thirties, John Heartfield, the original title for this song was 'Letter To Heartfield'. The chorus is taken from one of Goerring's speeches during the Second World War.
SIOUXSIE: "It's a warning song. The whole propaganda of the Nazis at that time was very dangerous and it could easily creep its way in without there being all the hysteria of killing the Jews. Their whole propaganda could easily fit in today." How does she see this Metal Metropolis? "Not being able to get away from the commands of the day, not being able to escape, the idea of having cameras in your room and having people watching you..." Source:  Melody Maker 21/10/78
SIOUXSIE: "What lies around the swastika I hate, but I also don't identify with blind patriotism either. I couldn't write a song based around Heartfield if I had that attitude." Source:  Melody Maker 17/02/79
 
     

 


     
  Drop Dead/Celebration Lyrics  
 
 
 

Drop dead
You stinking little creep
Drop dead
With your emotions so cheap
Your poisoned mind
It's disgusting everyone
We don't care
If you vanish in thin air

Drop dead
Oh, it's a dead drop
Oh you're a dead lot
Drop dead

You should be put
Down down into the ground
Amongst the worms
And other spineless things
Don't you see
You're embarrassing to me
I can't stand
That boring whiny sound

Drop dead
Oh, it's a dead drop
You're a dead lot
Drop dead

You're so pathetic
An insipid, dried up slug
Keep your mouth shut,
You impotent little slut
I'm so ashamed
To be connected with your name
You're so lame
I wish you'd go up in a flame

Drop dead
It's a dead drop
You're a dead lot
Drop dead

Those words
Tight-lipped and mealy-mouthed
It wasn't hard
To realise that they were lies
Judging from the flies
You've attracted from the skies
Ooo just get lost--fuck off
And disappear into the compost

Drop dead
Stinking little creep
Drop dead
Drop dead

Celebration...celebration...

 
     
  Drop Dead/Celebration Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Melodica
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  A scathing attack on deserters Kenny Morris & John McKay.  
     

 


     
  Eve White/Eve Black Lyrics  
 
 
 

It hurts
There's a pain in my head
I wish it would stop
But it never stops

I can feel it coming
I'm getting weaker
Please help me
I'm getting weaker

Oooo, I'm getting weaker
Please help me
I wish I could
Help myself

Let me out of here
I belong out there
Son of a bitch
Son of a bitch

Let me out of here
I belong out there
Never say die
I must never die

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch
I'll pull your hair

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch
I'll pull your hair

Never say die
Never say
I never must
I must never say die

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch

 
     
  Eve White/Eve Black Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Bass & Drumbox
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Based on a real woman Christine Sizemore who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder.  The inspiration for this song was the book I'm Eve by Christine Costner - Sizemore & Elen Sain - Pittillo.

Written after reading The Three Faces Of Eve by Thigpen & Cleckley  Source: Zigzag 05/80 & The File, Phase One.

 
     

 


     
  Red Over White Lyrics  
 
 
 

The woods and the town
Covered in snow
All transformed to a fairytale
Like the fresh page of a book opened up
Ready
Waiting
For the story to begin
For your role in this scene
Objects in black ink
Fringed in white
Breathing and living
And anticipating
A colour
All transformed to a fairytale
Unreal and inviting
Inviting you to step in
And follow the path never-ending

You're now leaving imprints
And somehow expecting
Expecting someone

Maybe the prince in disguise
Suffering a snow queens curse
But you're wrong of course
It's in reverse

Out in the snow
Muffled
The last silent night
The last sacrifice

Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Running red over white
Running red over white

Red over white
Red over white
Red over white

Israel, Israel

 
     
  Red Over White Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Partly inspired by The Benefactor, a short horror story by Walter Winward.  
     

 


     
  Follow The Sun Lyrics  
 
 
 

Scarecrow grins he's growing very tall
Growing tall under the golden sun
The golden sun

Growing with the children of the corn
Sending out the message of a strange tongue
A message of the sun

Young skin stretched thin over a flawless grin
The crimson spilling golden crops of hair
Spilling everywhere

Watch the children of the corn follow
One by one they're following the sun
Got to run

Following the sun on the run
Following the sun
Don't be ashamed of what you've done
You must not run
Follow the sun

 
     
  Follow The Sun Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Reverse Solo Guitar
Budgie - Dry Drums & Arid Percussion

 
     

 


     
  Slap Dash Snap Lyrics  
 
 
 

Shiny, shiny pieces
Shut your mouth

Pass the parcel
Pass the castle
Kill the Queen
With little shiny razors
Black, shiny razors

Cutthroat finger
Rain red, rain red
Towers open fire

 
     
  Slap Dash Snap Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voices & Faders
Severin - Drumbox
McGeoch - Stutter Guitar
Nigel Gray - Loops & Faders

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Musically by Velvet Underground's song 'Murder Mystery' and lyrically by a film called Towers Open Fire.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Supernatural Thing  
 
 
 

Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
When we touch it gives me some funny feeling in my brain
I'm so possessed by your love sometimes I don't even know my name
When we kiss you know you make me hot
I break out sometimes in little bitty green spots
You give me give me what you got
But don't stop it now 'cause I need a lot

Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it, I like it

You give me constant feeling every time I squeeze you
Your love so electrifying so satisfying Lord knows I ain't lying
Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh
Supernatural Thing

Interplanetary, extraordinary
Supernatural Thing

 
     

 


     
  Conga Congo  
 
 
 

Oh
Six-foot high
In the sky
Jive and jibe
Watutsi tribe

Oh

Watch the Conga eel
Squeeze with deadly steel
His next Congo meal

Oh

Carramba, carramba
Congo Conga
We can do the can can
To the Congo Conga

Oh

Bow down to Mau Mau
Whilst humming the Congo Conga
Now we say meow to the nasty Mau Mau

Deep in the heart of this quagmire
Danced the Congo Conga
Vipers of Zaire
Raised heads and shook the fear

Oh

Carramba, carramba
Congo Conga
We can do the can can
To the Congo Conga

Oh

La la la-oh

Six-foot high
In the sky
Jive and jibe
Watutsi tribe

Please don't cry
Watutsi tribe
You're still high
Up in the sky

La la la-oh

We can do the can can

Do the Congo Conga

Lyrics: Sioux

 
     

 


     
  Supernatural Thing Lyrics  
 
 
 

Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
When we touch it gives me some funny feeling in my brain
I'm so possessed by your love sometimes I don't even know my name
When we kiss you know you make me hot
I break out sometimes in little bitty green spots
You give me give me what you got
But don't stop it now 'cause I need a lot

Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it, I like it

You give me constant feeling every time I squeeze you
Your love so electrifying so satisfying Lord knows I ain't lying
Your love your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Your love your love your love is a supernatural thing
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh I like it
Interplanetary, extraordinary oh
Supernatural Thing

Interplanetary, extraordinary
Supernatural Thing

 
     
  Supernatural Thing Credits  
     
 

Gwen Guthrie/Patrick Grant - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums & Percussion

 
     

 


     
  Congo Conga Lyrics  
 
 
 

Oh
Six-foot high
In the sky
Jive and jibe
Watutsi tribe

Oh

Watch the Conga eel
Squeeze with deadly steel
His next Congo meal

Oh

Carramba, carramba
Congo Conga
We can do the can can
To the Congo Conga

Oh

Bow down to Mau Mau
Whilst humming the Congo Conga
Now we say meow to the nasty Mau Mau

Deep in the heart of this quagmire
Danced the Congo Conga
Vipers of Zaire
Raised heads and shook the fear

Oh

Carramba, carramba
Congo Conga
We can do the can can
To the Congo Conga

Oh

La la la-oh

Six-foot high
In the sky
Jive and jibe
Watutsi tribe

Please don't cry
Watutsi tribe
You're still high
Up in the sky

La la la-oh

We can do the can can

Do the Congo Conga

 
     
  Congo Conga Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass & Machine Flange
McGeoch - Pennywhistle Guitar
Budgie - Zulu Drums, Percussion & More Drums

 
     

 


     
  Coal Mind Lyrics  
 
 
 

Two black holes staring
From deep in the coal mind
Murder in mind, murder deep in the coal mine
Aphids and triffids bump mad into earwigs
Eating their way-through the green brain vegetation

Mutter mutter eyelids wonder
Twitching in time to troubled slumber
Oh Mutter mutter eyelids wonder
Twitching in time to troubled slumber

Come mine this coal mind
Come mind this coal mine
It's dark in here and it's been a long time
In need of ignition
In need of nutrition

There's famine in mind
There's murder in mind
Blank sockets squinting from the hot coals scorching

More holes in the coal mind
The pit is imploding
Headlines and hook lines bump blind into lifelines

Murder in mind, someone throw him a line
Murder in mind, someone throw him a line

Oh Madonna Medusa
I spy a loser
Madonna Medusa
I spy a loser
Madonna Medusa
I spy.....a loser

Ignition nutrition and now ventilation
A sigh of relief from deep in the coal mind

Gun blew his roof off
Gun blew his roof off
Gun blew his roof off
Stopped murder in mind
Murder in mind

Oh Madonna Medusa
I spy a loser
Madonna Medusa
I spy a loser
Madonna Medusa
I spy.....

 
     
  Coal Mind Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Chorus & Vibrato Basses
McGeoch - Carbon Guitar
Budgie - Seamless Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment:  
     
  The book The Green Brain by Frank Herbert.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  We Fall Lyrics  
 
 
 

Screaming blue and tangerine
Come and join this crazy dream
Of Vampire kites
Painted white
Trails of Vampire kites
Torsos painted white
They're all around
So don't make a sound
See sparks of sparkling green
See waves of tangerine
Please don't scream
In this dream
See a tiny box of silver
See a flaming glove of amber
We start to fall
At the beginning of a fall...
They say when you hit the bottom
You don't wake up at all
Not at all
We start to fall..

 
     
  We Fall Credits  
     
 

Severin/Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Drone Basses & Fender Rhodes
McGeoch - Vampire Guitar
Budgie - Live Soundcheck Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment:  
     
  Falling/dying in your sleep.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Cannibal Roses Lyrics  
 
 
 

Listening to their murmurings
Trespassing through the topiary
Lulled by siren perfumes
Of their seductive petal openings

Cannibal roses
Enticing out noses
With exotic aromas
Then they bite off our noses
Whilst stood on our toeses

Red snappers and finger pops
Fighting off psycho pomps
Ring a ring a roses
Cannibal roses

Its been one of those mornings
They came with no warning
Its been one of those mornings
They came

 
     
  Cannibal Roses Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass & Carnivorous Piano
McGeoch - Fly Guitar
Budgie - Acid-drop Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment:  
     
  "About this time strange things were happening around me.  I swear that a giant sunflower started to grow outside my first floor flat in Queens Park.  It's head used to peer in the window at me when it thought I wasn't looking.  Life imitating art" (Siouxsie) Source:  Downside Up Booklet.  
     

 


     
  Obsession II  
 
 
  Instrumental  
     
  Obsession II Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Voice, Breath, Tubular Bells & Claps
McGeoch - Phantom Guitar
Budgie - Foot stomp, Claps, Rain & Chains
Anne Stephenson & Ginny Ball - Strings

 
     

 


     
  Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant Lyrics  
 
 
 

Il est ne le divin enfant
Jouez hautbois resonnez mussettes
Il est ne le divin enfant
Chantons tous son avenement
Depuis plus quarte mille ans
Que nous le promettent
Les prophetes
Il est ne le divin enfant
Chantons tout haut cet heureux temps

 
     
  Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant Credits  
     
  Sioux - Voice
McGeoch - Trumpet, Guitar & Keyboards
Budgie - Orchestral Snare, Drums & Cymbals
 
     

 


     
  A Sleeping Rain  
 
 
 

Instrumental

 
     
  A Sleeping Rain Credits  
     
  Sioux - Xylophone & Tubular Bells
Severin - Bass & AMS
McGeoch - Liquid Guitars
Budgie - Drums, Kalimba & Percussion
 
     

 


     
  Tattoo Lyrics  
 
 
 

When you're sitting all alone
In the middle of the floor
There's something uncontrollable
As you sit there watching the door

Colour me

A warm feeling
Tattooed on the inside

Slap your thigh, slap your calf
Sing your mantra, leave your mark

Colour me

Something fierce along my spine
To scare the mad men from behind

Fortify my arms
With some snake like vines

Colour me
Colour me
Colour me

Like a stomach split in half
By a surgeons cutting art

Colours me
Colours me
Colours me

When you're sitting all alone
In the middle of the floor
There's something uncontrollable
As you sit there watching the door

But tattooed on the inside
A warm feeling inoculating 

Colours me

Slap your thigh, slap your calf
Sing your mantra, leave your mark

Colour me

 
     
  Tattoo Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Harmonic & Drone Basses
Budgie - Timbales, Snares, Piano and Vocal Percussion

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The film Tattoo.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  There's A Planet In My Kitchen Lyrics  
 
 
 

Oh there's a planet in my kitchen
There's something funny in the soup
Mop the floor, lock the door
Flying saucers in the room

Did you hear that fly?

Knives and spoons of mountain dunes
A freezer full of loony tunes
Detergent bubbles
There's millions of those buggers
And there's a bucket in the moon

Did the kitchen sink wink?

Tornados of cornflakes
And snowflakes
Teacups in orbit
Hello? Did you hear that fly?

Well I'm not waiting any longer
I'll just sneak back in the larder
And wait
Plant Kitchen's taken over

There's a planet in my kitchen
Now there's a kitchen in my plant
Planet Kitchen's taken over
It's taken over

 
     
  There's A Planet In My Kitchen Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voices & Cutlery
Severin - Bass
Smith - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     

 


     
  Let Go Lyrics  
 
 
 

Nautical mile stretch out for years
A space walk, untethered, let go of your fears
A pioneering seed with every step you breathe
Walks away from the crouching shuttle

And the countdown probe
Around the globe
says let go

Machine in charge with the wry smile flickers
On his red and blue dials
Nautical miles stretch out the years
The back pack suffocation with your creeping fears

And the countdown probe
Around the globe
Just let's go
On an endless limbo

And the countdown probe
Around the globe
Just let's go
Let Go

 
     
  Let Go Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Piano
Budgie - Drums & Apollo DX7

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The film '2001: A Space Odyssey.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  The Humming Wires Lyrics  
 
 
 

The humming wires
On the telegraph lines
The piebald tyres
Race on the heated track
There's a burning message
It's the latest news
The humming wires
Will relay it soon
Did you hear the news?
Did you hear the news?

 
     
  The Humming Wires Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Telegraph Guitar
Severin - Guitar & Organ
Budgie - Drums & Scrap Metal

 
     

 


     
  I Promise Lyrics  
 
 
 

When the samurai cries
It's like an unloved child
And when the sad child sighs
You can hear the sound of lovers' cry
Lovers' cry
Wait until the dark
For the night dog's bark
When the ravens beat their wings
On broken promises

I promise, I promise
I promise, I promise

When a promise lies,
It's like a friend that dies
When a flame has died
All you can do is sigh
Oh sigh
Sigh, oh,  sigh, sigh!

And when the samurais dies
Oh loveless child
And the nightingale sighs
At the saddened, blackened sky
You will hear the sound of lovers' cry
You will hear the sound of lovers' cry
On broken promises

I promise, l promise
I promise, I promise

 
     
  I Promise Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Music Box
Severin - Guitar & Keyboards
Budgie - Drums & Percussion

 
     

 


     
  Throw Them To The Lions Lyrics  
 
 
 

Come and meet deliverance
Blind faith will set you free
Eat the hand that feeds the host
Easter man now bleed

A burning bush, a burning bower
Sitting pretty in your ivory tower

Throw them to the lions

Straying from the glory path
Into salvation's jaws
Mock the man that wears the crown
Bless this night of claws

Throw them to the lions

Laughing in the ashes
Like Nero razing Rome
Your prophet mumbles nonsense
Carved in blocks of stone

Throw them to the lions

 
     
  Throw Them To The Lions Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass, Keyboards & Guitar
Murray Mitchell - Howl Guitar
Budgie - Double Drums

 
     

 


     
  An Execution Lyrics  
 
 
 

This is what she saw
The unsuspecting horse was held fast to the ground
Whilst some soldiers split open it's belly
The guilty gypsy was shoved inside the horses belly
With only his head protruding from the dying beast
Another soldier then sewed up the wound
With the culprit inside, condemned to die
Along with the putrefying animal, screaming

 
     
  An Execution Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Piano, Bass & Drumbox
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Based on the 'myth' of Countess Bathory"She (Siouxsie) was reading this book about Countess Bathory, called 'Was Dracula A Woman?' or something.  She used to bath in the blood of virgins in the vain hope it would keep you young.  (Carruthers)  Source:  Zigzag 12/85.  
     

 


     
  Quarterdrawing Of The Dog  
 
 
 

Instrumental

 
     
  Quarterdrawing Of The Dog Credits  
     
  Sioux - Piano & Whistle
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums & Waterphone
 
     

 


     
  Lullaby Lyrics  
 
 
 

The lunacy will leave the day
Luminous in flight
As the moon spits out
In jagged beams
Another night

Wrap around this brilliant veil
Tranquil and unbroken
As you spiral down
A world of clay
And taut convulsion

The dream swan spins
And cartwheel turns
Down deep within your violet slide
The sun begins to rise

Shaking down its morning swords
To thaw your frozen eyes
The dream swan spins
And so conceals
A heart that aches and yearns

O hush awhile
Sleepless child

I'll be watching over you

 
     
  Lullaby Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Bass & Emulator
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  King Ludwig II, the 'mad king' of Bavaria.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Umbrella Lyrics  
 
 
 

Away from the dying rain, far away
From the pain washed drains
Under the darkening skies
Now under protecting lines
Beneath this unloved crimes
Relief is a gentle sigh
Dissolve these eyes so I may cry

 
     
  Umbrella Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     

 


     
  Shooting Sun Lyrics  
 
 
 

Weve been waiting inside our fears
Eyes that scorn you imprison you with tears
Now awoken rise up your new age schemes
Just like the shooting sun mirrors your golden dreams

And well wait for you til dawn ring it in
To stare back at the eyes that scorn ring it in

Weve been sinking with every step they spurn
Now were thinking its time for them to burn
Crept up slowly with a pocket full of beams
Softly spoken Take these eyes and see

And well curse the years of stone its ringing in
Well laugh in the eyes that scorn

Well light them one by one touched by the shooting sun
Flames run in golden streams echoing golden dreams
Well kiss them one by one just like the shooting sun

Well burst the ears of stone
Well laugh in the eyes that scorn ring it in

Well light them one by one touched by the shooting sun
Well kiss them one by one like my shooting sun
My shooting son

 
     
  Shooting Sun Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Bass & Emulator
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     

 


     
  Sleepwalking (On The Highwire) Lyrics  
 
 
 

You can see her now
High as the Horizon
Born into quicksand
And raised on the mud

Balancing on tiptoe
Sharpened to the blow
In a tangle of thunder
Falling helplessly below

Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking on the high wire
Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking into the open palm of the empty sky

You can't hurt her now
You can't reach her at all
A spiral of persuasion
Twists until freefall

Balancing on tiptoe
Angles plush and slow
An accident of circus
Falling helplessly below

Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking on the high wire
Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking into the open palm of the empty sky

 
     
  Sleepwalking (On The Highwire) Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Perpetual Guitar
Budgie - Drums & Emu Percussion

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The title was inspired by the film Trapeze.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  She Cracked Lyrics  
 
 
 

When she was sensitive she understood me
Well she understood you and me and things in 1943
She does all these things that I can't stand
I get jealous when she stays with another man

She cracked
I'm sad but I wont
She cracked
I'm hurt you're right
Well she cracked I wont

She did things that I don't
She self destruct necessary to self enjoy
I self developed necessary to self help and

She cracked
I'm sad but I wont
She cracked
I'm hurt you're right
Well she cracked I wont

She did things that I don't
She eat garbage eat shit and get stoned
I stay alone
Eating health food at home

She cracked
I'm sad but I wont
She cracked
I'm hurt you're right and

She cracked
I'm sad but I wont
She cracked
I'm hurt but alright
And she cracked
I'm sad but I wont
She cracked
I'm hurt but alright

 
     
  She Cracked Credits  
     
 

Jonathon Richmond - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     

 


     
  She's Cuckoo Lyrics  
 
 
 

Wryneck laughter from gatherings of stony chit-chat
As the Sea Swallows a golden eye beneath this black hat
A Scarlet Stealer, oo it's a cardinal sin
Blue Jay taker grabs your heart from within
Dab chick dipper do a thick kneed turn
Rough legged Buzzard watch the Butcher bird burn

Cuckoo, she's cuckoo for you

Night Jar purring, like a sewing machine
Ah shear water keeps this Kingfisher clean
I'm a Black Throated Diver, a Cherry Tree Creeper
Wax your wings now I'm a Turnstone Leaper

Oh scratch your white throat with a razor bill
Red Back shrikes 'neath the Yellow Hammer drill

Cuckoo, she's cuckoo for you

Oyster Catcher in the still of the night
Hooded Crow spirals like a Merlin Kite
Chiff-chaff chokes silent as a low Pintail
Stormcock screams into the teeth of a gale


Tie bunting knots around a Goatsucker
hear a toy-to" oh hear it chucker-chucker

 
     
  She's Cuckoo Credits  
     
 

Budgie - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Bass & Keyboards
Budgie - Organ, Drums & Percussion

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Originally titled 'He's Cuckoo', Budgie is inspired by the 'cuckoo' noise that emanates from his boiling kettle one morning,  leafs through his Observer Book Of Birds and writes the lyrics.  
     

 


     
  Something Blue Lyrics  
 
 
 

In midnight guise these cobalt eyes
Pierce the indigo skies
Filtering through a Prussian army
Paints a royal hue
Forget-me-nots and violet flames weave titanium chains
Of sapphire days and turquoise dreams
In floating ultra-marine

Something blue--something sparkling through
Out of the blue, I'm reminded of you

Forget-me-nots and violet flames weave titanium chains
Of sapphire days and turquoise dreams
In floating ultra-marine

Something blue--something sparkling through
Out of the blue, I'm reminded of you

 
     
  Something Blue Credits  
     
 

Siouxsie - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Keyboards & Sequencing
Budgie - Emu Choir & Emu Guitar

 
     

 


     
  The Whole Price Of Blood Lyrics  
 
 
 

Oh how could do it?
A murderous crime
A murderous wounding
How could you allow it?
After time that's been passing
Time should be wisening

A law that was written
In the blood of your victims
Born out of pure resentment
And what of your baby daughters
And what of these shameless slaughters
Lying buried in the sand?

Oh how could you do it?
A murderous past
That preys on the helpless
How could you allow it?
Such cruel and vile blades
To tear at such tender flesh

And loose the knot
From your tongue
Where evil is the resting place
And so it shall only be the single cry
Five senses shall be
The whole price of blood

Foot by foot, wound by wound
The whole price of blood
Hand for hand, strike for strike
The whole price of blood

Oh how could you do it?
Oh how could you allow it?

 
     
  The Whole Price Of Blood Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass & Keyboards
Smith - Sitar
Budgie - Drums & Percussion

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Based on a episode from a series called 20/20 Vision Siouxsie saw about a female version of amnesty, called  'Les Sentinelle',  "They rescue women who are trapped in certain religious climates in the Middle East, religions that view any kind of pre-marital sexual aspersion as punishable by death - either by the hand of the eldest brother, or by public stoning". A sister piece to 'Swimming Horses'.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Mechanical Eyes Lyrics  
 
 
 

Driverless and circling car
Runs over its owner
Five accidents
Man on fish diet grows scaly skin
Crippled dog helps boy to walk again
Five accidents

Mechanical eyes to the blind
Mechanical eyes to the blind
Ah milk without the cows, honey without the bees
Do you laugh your greatest powers away?

Ah blink, blink
Mechanical eyes
Mechanical eyes
Five accidents
Ah blink, blink

 
     
  Mechanical Eyes Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Budgie - Synthesizer, Blues Harp, Drums & Percussion

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Headlines taken directly from New York newspaper 'The National Examiner'.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  False Face Lyrics  
 
 
 

Smiling, beguiling
Dejected grace
Haunts this false face

When a saw can sing
To make a hang man swing
When a shark can grin
Make this crocodile cry

Whispered lies
And snide asides
Cover run and hide
Your lying eyes
That trick disguise
It slips and slides
On the other side
Your false face guise
Deceive the pain
To smile again 

That familiar ring
Of a chagrin sting
My deadly butterfly
My sobbing crocodile

These expressions leave me cold
And this charade is oh so old
A no feature smear
Of a death skull leer

With a Judas kiss
Cover run and hide
In a catchpenny mist
Your lying eyes

 
     
  False Face Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Glitter Guitar
Budgie - Glam Drums
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     

 


     
  Catwalk Lyrics  
 
 
 

Catwalk

 
     
  Catwalk Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Purrfect Voice
Severin - Prowling Bass
Klein - 'Gnasher' Guitar
Budgie - Drums, Bin Lids & Jaw's Harp
McCarrick - Aristocratic Keyboards

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  "Whilst mixing 'Peepshow' deep in the heart of Soho at the now defunct Marquee studio which was accessed via an old dark alleyway.  Every night, long after midnight with great ceremony, a 'lady of the night' on her way home from 'work' would stop to feed the local felines who would miraculously appear from out of the shadows on time". (Siouxsie).  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Something Wicked (This Way Comes) Lyrics  
 
 
 

Something strange is happening
My bones do ache and my ears they do ring
I can pull and tear my skin

I hear its smell and I want to scream
A whispering and a scratching to be let in
From outside and from within

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something Wicked this way comes

There's something evil on the wind
Something wicked is fast approaching
Rushing through a hidden wing

Nothing good is what's in store
It's nothing new and it's rotten to the core
And a-howling at my door

We're dragged helpless in the undertow
The quicksand's surround and swallow us whole
Ah stroll stroll ah stroll stroll
For Jonah and the whale

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes

Just around the bend
Rushing on the wind
Here it comes
Here it comes

 
     
  Something Wicked (This Way Comes) Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Disturbed Drums
McCarrick - Cello

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Song title taken from a Ray Bradbury novel and film adaptation of the same name.  
     

 


     
  Are You Still Dying Darling? Lyrics  
 
 
 

Are you still dying darling?
Are you still in pain?
Are you still crying?
Despite the morphine in your veins?

A fluorescent haze hangs and for a second
Makes you invisible but you try in vain
To reach out through the life-support machine
And all the multicoloured tubes that pump and drain

Are you still dying darling?
Are you still dying darling?

All this wasting away
All this prolonged misery and all this
Stripping away your dignity is killing me
That expression on your face
Pleading through your agony

Are you still dying darling?
Are you still sighing?
Shall I end it for you?

You'll see I'll make it easy for you
Just one link and I'll help you to break through
When never-never land beckons to you
You can dance with Peter Pan
Make rings around the moon

Are you still dying darling?
Are you still dying darling?

No more injections
No more medications
No more complications for you
I'll lessen the load for you
No more, no more, no more
No more are you still dying darling?
Are you still dying darling?

 
     
  Are You Still Dying Darling? Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
McCarrick - Cello

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Written about Ex manager Dave Woods Source: The Authorised Biography.  
     

 


     
  El Dia De Los Meurtos Lyrics  
 
 
 

It's all soul's day
I hear you say
It's all soul's day
And you've come to play
For the lost ones
The unadorned ones here today

El Dia de Los Muertos
El Dia de Los Muertos
Bailamos, bailamos
El Xantalo!

Kiss the bride
Dance with me
Come rattle these bones
Come and shake my tree
Embrace me irreverently
Now with marigolds
Shower me

There is more time than life
One never dies twice
There is more time than life
One never dies twice

Wearing quetzai plumes
Through eight underworlds
Death comes shining
A thousand bright colors
And music out of this world
Serenades to bony twirls

Me lleva el diablo
la muerte va de viaje
Esta es musica del otro mundo

Buenos noches y adios
Hasta luego mis amigos
See you in heaven
Or see you in hell
All will be levelled all will be well

Buenos noches y adios
Hasta luego mis amigos
See you in heaven
See you in hell
All will be level all will be well

Bailamos, bailamos
El Xantolo!

Me lleva el diablo
La muerte va de viaje
Esta es musica del otro mundo

 
     
  El Dia De Los Meurtos Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Glitter Guitar
Budgie - Drums & 'Mundo' Vox Percussion
McCarrick - Piano

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  An exhibition called 'Day Of The Dead' by Posadas at the Serpentine Gallery, London.    Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Sunless  
 
 
 

Instrumental

 
     
  Sunless Credits  
     
  Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
McCarrick - Keyboards
 
     

 


     
  Staring Back Lyrics  
 
 
 

My face in the window has become
The face of a woman I never knew
My face in the window has become
The face of a woman who never knew me

Now this ringing in my ears
Sends me spinning down the years
And I really need to know
Who is she?
Who is she?

Now this ringing in my ears
Sends me spinning down the years
And I really need to know
Who is she?
Who is she?

Staring back
Staring back at me
Who is she?
Staring back
Staring back at me
Who is she?

 
     
  Staring Back Credits  
     
 

Budgie - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Keyboards
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Organ & Drums
McCarrick - Cello

 
     

 


     
  Return Lyrics  
 
 
 

Wonder where that plane is leading to
Wonder where that boat will ever stop
Wonder if this path I am treading
Will disappear and let me drop

Down to a hell that's surely waiting
Down to the hell I know that I deserve
Even though the spirit is willing
The flesh is blackened to the deepest nerve

When will you learn
The hurting it will return
When will you ever learn
This feeling is all you can discern

Oh my heart it is so broken
More than waves upon the golden sand
Fly my love on wings of mute confusion
And never ever land

When will you learn
When will you ever learn
The hurting it will return
This feeling is all you can discern

When will you learn
When will you ever learn
This feeling is all you can discern
The hurting always will return

Return

 
     
  Return Credits  
     
 

Budgie/Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Sequencing, Keyboards & Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
McCarrick - Cello

 
     

 


     
  Spiral Twist Lyrics  
 
 
 

Home is where the rain is soft and soothing
Home is where the comfort is confusing
Taste of cordite burning bridges
Swallowing tracks across my head

Home is moving in the wrong direction
Animated statue eyes are blinking
Reflex of asphyxiated thinking
Suspended, submerged badly disrupted
Out of touch I'm out of reach

Struck by a car
Crushed by a tree
Fork in my palm
Glass in my spleen
I snap the rope snap the wrists
Here in the ether the spiral twists

This is the time when our minds begin stalking
Jammering on when our lips have stopped talking

Simple people, simple needs
Fingers finger endless beads
Tolling benediction bell
Hear this earthly spiral swell

Home is moving in the wrong direction

 
     
  Spiral Twist Credits  
     
 

Budgie - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Catechistic Guitar
Budgie - Drums, TR808 & Rosary Percussion
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     

 


     
  Sea Of Light Lyrics  
 
 
 

I float quietly
Without a sound
Forever and ever 'til the end of time
And see myself lying still at the scene of the crime
Lying still at the scene of the crime

Like blood in the body
Like wind in the water
I passed over to the sea of light
Follow me into to the sea of light
The sea of light

The miracle step off the rainbow's edge
Let it rain down let it descend
Riding on a river of stars
The heaven's open at the tunnel's end

Like blood in the body
Like wind in the water
I passed over to the sea of light
Follow me into to the sea of light

Like blood in the body
Like wind in the water
Let it rain down let it descend
Sea of light
The sea of light

 
     
  Sea Of Light Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Keyboards
Budgie - TR808
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Deals with the subject of 'near death' experiences.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  I Could Be Again Lyrics  
 
 
 

Through growing gloom, I see the flicker of treason
Dancing on the picture of what might have been
This minute will last a day, these days will last for years
And those years that take ten lifetimes
Will pass without a reason

To be again, I could be again
To be again, I could be again
Rising up, the notion of rejuvenation
Oh yes, I could be again
I could be again
Rising up, I could be again

Taking form a complete transformation
Just us the cameras and those wonderful people out there in the dark
This minute will last a day these days will last for years
And those years that take ten lifetimes well I won't let disappear

To be again, I could be again
To be again, I could be again
Growing in the dark
From such a tiny spark
It's me again
I could be again
It's me again
I could be again

 
     
  I Could Be Again Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Guitar
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The lyric 'Just us, the cameras and those wonderful people out there in the dark' is a actually a line quoted by Gloria Swanson at the end of the film Sunset Boulevard.  
     

 


     
  Hothead Lyrics  
 
 
 

Now most of the guys are just regular guys. Out to make some money, and that's it. I mean, they may get hot-headed sometimes, but that's not dangerous. It's a business; I'm running a business. And that's not dangerous, is it?

 
     
  Hothead Credits  
     
 

Budgie - Lyrics
Severin - Sequencing
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Meta Vox
McCarrick - Keyboards & Cello

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  A news paper report on Manchester's growing guns and drug problem.    Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  B Side Ourselves Lyrics  
 
 
 

Release the angels
Go on release them
Rose petal squadrons
The bees are swarming
Warming your cold skin

Such a womanly man
Such a boyish girl
Clutching at strings
Of blackened pearls
Warming your cold sting

Didn't they teach you anything at all?
Something's not better than nothing at all
B side ourselves
B side ourselves
B side ourselves

Now you belong
Where we belong
Into the landslide
Clandestine beside the real world

Raw senses bring us beside ourselves
Instincts to guide us through this foggy world
We're beside ourselves
B side ourselves
B side ourselves

B side
B side
B side
B side ourselves
B side ourselves
B side ourselves

 
     
  B Side Ourselves Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Guitar
Severin - Bass
Klein - Picked Acoustic & Electric Drill Guitar
Budgie - Acoustic Riff Guitar & Drums
McCarrick - Cello

 
     

 


     
  Swimming Horses Lyrics  
 
 
 

Falling in your
Falling in your
In your arms
In your arms
Fish on a line learns to live on
Dry land
Thrown back again to drown

Kinder with poison
Than pushed down a well
Or a face burnt to hell
Feel the cruel stones
Breaking her bones

Dead before born
Words fall in ruins
But no sound
She's dying of your shame
She's maimed by your pain

He gives birth to swimming horses
He gives birth to swimming horses

Fish on a line
But back in the water to drown
We drown
Floating in sky

He gives birth to swimming horses
He gives birth to swimming horses

Take a ride on the tide
With the assassin at your side
This weightlessness under water
Forgets in slow motion
And washes pointless tortures

He gives birth to swimming horses
He gives birth to swimming horses

Floating in sky like fishes can fly
Through your arms

 
     
  Swimming Horses Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums & Percussion
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Based on a episode from a series called 20/20 Vision Siouxsie saw about a female version of amnesty, called 'Les Sentinelle'.  "They rescue women who are trapped in certain religious climates in the Middle East, religions that view any kind of pre-marital sexual aspersion as punishable by death - either by the hand of the eldest brother, or by public stoning".  (Siouxsie)  Source:  Melody Maker 17/10/92.  
     

 


     
  All Tomorrow's Parties Lyrics  
 
 
 

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
To all tomorrow's parties

And where will she go and what shall she do
When midnight comes around
She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown
And cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
Why silks and linens of yesterday's gowns
To all tomorrow's parties

And what will she do with Thursday's rags
When Monday comes around
She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown
And cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
For Thursday's child is Sunday's clown
For whom none will go mourning

A blackened shroud, a hand-me-down gown
Of rags and silks, a costume
Fit for one who sits and cries
For all tomorrow's parties

 
     
  All Tomorrow's Parties Credits  
     
 

Lou Reed - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums & Percussion
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     

 


     
  Hang Me High Lyrics  
 
 
 

Set me up with the bells in the tower
And beat them hour after hour
Do the bonds that seal your lips
Intone the penance as you slip

Into another night of bleeding flowers?
And in that final sinful moment
Were you just seeking loves pretender?

Does loss of loss become the gain?
Empires stagger on words profane
The voice of blood cries out
Exaltation - exaltation!

Hang me high

Take this halo and bury it deep
Take this head and put it to sleep
Take this breast and bone to keep
Take this sword and leap

Hang me high

Burn body burn and throw it away
With the ashes of some forgotten saint
With some forgotten martyr - sweet believer
Take me take me and sleep take me keep some

Do not weep - do not weep

Hang me high

 
     
  Hang Me High Credits  
     
 

Budgie - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  A newspaper story about the stigmata marks of a young Italian girl and her ordeal at the hands of the Catholic Church.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes.  
     

 


     
  Black Sun Lyrics  
 
 
 

Uh oh here it comes and I'm struck twice
By Lightening bolts straight out the blue
Like a storm of steel inside of me
An elemental hymn of sorcery

Uh oh here it comes and I'm bewitched
By creeping claw from volcano core
Searching out my dormant head
I feel an ugly head start to rear

Black sun deep as emptiness
Black sun beyond the skies

Uh oh here it comes and I'm possessed
There's no refuse no shelter here
For all the urges I'd thought interred
No sanctuary no none are spared

Black sun spirits deranged
Black sun beyond the skies

Once more demons plunge
Back to shadows stain
And leave my nerves full drunk on blood
'Til just this mist of sound remains

Uh oh here it comes my black sun
Uh oh here it comes my black sun
Uh oh here it comes my black sun
Uh oh here it comes my black sun

 
     
  Black Sun Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Klein - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
McCarrick - Keyboards

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  The song title comes from the biography of the same name  of American poet Harry Crosby.  A song concerning the dark cloud of depression.  Source:  Downside Up liner notes  
     

 


     
  Overground Lyrics  
 
 
 

Got to give up life in this netherworld
Gonna go up to where the air is stale
And live a life of pleasantries
Mingle in the modern families

Overground from abnormality
Overboard for identity
Overground for normality
Overboard-an identity

This limbo is no place
To be a digit in another space
In another crowd
I'm nameless bound

Overground from abnormality
Overboard for identity
Overground for normality
Overboard an identity

Overground I'll be worse than me
Overground it's clear to me
I'll be worse than me

 
     
  Overground Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
The Chandos Players - Strings

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  "...It was written at a time when we were all getting desperate for a contract... and it's really to do with why we wanted a major record deal."  (Severin)  Source:  Record Mirror 09/12/78.  
     

 


     
  Placebo Effect Lyrics  
 
 
 

You dip your hands into my flesh
And say you won't reveal a scar
I must have faith in this procedure
It's a miracle, It's a wonder

A thousand hidden needles
In a thousand covered nerves
Stick pins in my receptacles
Look to your Voodoo doll, your mojo

Staying alive at five
For you to cure my ailments
Another soul is saved
With your bogus medications

Which colour shall we have today?
Depends on how I feel you say
Consult your research on the media
See blue will calm my hysteria

Staying alive at five
For you to cure my ailments
Another soul is saved
With your bogus medications

Staying alive at five
With your empty containers
Another corpse ornaments your waiting room
A placebo effect reversed

Will you ever regret, the placebo effect
Can you ever forget, the placebo effect

 
     
  Placebo Effect Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
The Chandos Players - Strings

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  "Placebo Effect" came from hearing a programme on Capitol Radio, when one of the station's resident Kildares was discussing the kind and colour of medicaments that different nations most favour. Apparently the UK goes for pills while the French like suppositories and the Italians injections.  Source:  Melody Maker 17/02/79.  
     

 


     
  Red Over White Lyrics  
 
 
 

The woods and the town
Covered in snow
All transformed to a fairytale
Like the fresh page of a book opened up
Ready
Waiting
For the story to begin
For you're all in a scene
Objects in black ink
Fringed in white
Breathing and living
And anticipating
A colour
All transformed to a fairytale
Unreal and inviting
Inviting you to step in
And follow the path never-ending

You're now leaving imprints
And somehow expecting
Expecting someone

Maybe the prince in disguise
Suffering a snow queen curse
But you're wrong of course
It's in reverse

Out in the snow
Muffled
The last silent night
The last sacrifice

Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Running red over white
Running red over white

Red over white
Red over white
Red over white

 
     
  Red Over White Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Carruthers  - Guitar
Budgie - Drums
Ginny Ball & Anne Stephenson - Strings

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Partly inspired by The Benefactor, a short horror story by Walter Winward.