JOHN COOPER CLARKE


Limbo (baby Limbo) Lyrics

their lives are a mystery
they make it their career

in the single files of history

fall and disappear

swearing they'll get even

with all those other creeps

philistines and Heathens

they violently sleep

or steal from cigarette machines

just for the change

to get back to where they've been

a doorway in the rain

back in the confession box

back in the slums

desire burns like chicken pox

underneath the thumbs

a refugee from purgatory

wears a crown of thorns

turns out she's a gringo

of hard circumstance

limbo Baby Limbo

they want to see you dance

take the tradesman's entrance

take it out on a tramp

every fucking sentence

complains about the damp

the only girl is a faint cry

in the garden of cement

wait until the paint dries

it's a big event

look through heaven's window

with their opalescent panes

limbo Baby Limbo

down the Boulevard of shame

saint Margaret dies intact

hardly seems alert

her stone gaze denies the fact

her face hurts

the extra legal image

the cold cream skin

the regal gimicks

did you in

look through heaven's window

you see the powder blue veil

the cover girl of limbo

the sweetheart of the jail

gypsy babies hop-scotch

outside the silver gates

the witch doctor's wristwatch

is stuck at five-to-eight

a bad break, a slight ache

is every ones compaint

flesh flakes like angel cake

from mug-shots of the saints

who fell from a window

was never seen again

'til he turns up in limbo

in a doorway in the rain

a hero rides to heaven

the public only rots

for a fraction of forever

in a designated spot

eternally paralysed

a morbid orbit shift

halfway to paradise

stuck in the lifts

some smart crackin' bimbo

say's you can't be employed

sends you off to limbo

on the stairway to a void

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