[Jandek] Lyrics to "SKIRTING THE EDGE"

Danen Jobe danen1970 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 13:09:46 PST 2008

Haven't had much of a chance to comment on this, but if you feel a person in
your life is entirely too cheery, this might even them out a bit.

It's actually quite lovely at times, really solid guitar playing in a
similar style to the last studio album. For what it's worth, I have no idea
where he goes in the first song, either...I'll walk into that (hill
something? sounds like he says "heeeeaaaaaaaalllllwwwssss" or something).
Anybody else?

Outside of that, I gotta point out how surreal these lyrics are, even funny
at times. Gotta love that.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 10:34 AM, Nate Wilson <visioninapark at hotmail.com>wrote:

> Here are the lyrics I promised you guys
> They are quite miserable and depressing and dark
> a lot of broken sentences and unfinished thoughts
> but some of his most powerful to date.
> "The Side of the Road"
> When I leave it at the side of the road
> like trash to find it's way home
> to the earth and the hands of time
> When I'm ready to go away for good
> and the bargain's been made
> I'll just mosey on like I do
> When the spark has been ignited to the ends
> and the long trail is behind
> and the call cannot be ignored
> I'll walk into that ?????????
> Leave it at the side of the road
> I won't need those things no more
> I won't need to think about the instinct of what to do
> I'll give it all to black and blue
> I'll let it all go down surely there's further more to go
> But I'm skirting the edge of it now
> and I feel like it's coming on
> That last mother's not a care
> All the desires have closed their doors
> "I Know My Name"
> Take this big picture away
> I want to be with the little things
> Pain and suffering anguish is my name
> just call me anything
> but I know my name
> I came to deliver a what you want
> This pain and anguish
> I sat at your door
> "Hello my darling, why don't you let me in?"
> Thank you, thank you
> I know you'll love me
> And I love, I learned to love you
> because I had no choice.
> You got me in mold
> and you, I got no choice
> and I don't want one
> because I choose you
> and that's my choice
> because you love me
> Pain, dark and misery
> I want to be with little things
> please take this big picture away from me
> Take it back from where it came
> Let it crawl on the floor and find those little things
> Like a ray of sunshine at the end of the day
> and good night all of you folks
> I'm off to a dream where it dances and plays
> and sways.
> The change of those little things
> You thought you saw it bright and hard
> You steeled it down cast your eyes about
> I done conquered this thing
> what's next on the list
> Come on you big things
> and establish a jungle all around your site
> Nothing can really bind you
> You'll kill it first
> I love you my darling
> You know my name
> You don't want to get away
> you got where you're going
> It's the step into space
> You know you can't refuse
> There is no doubt
> and it sparkles like light
> bouncing off the silver metal on the table
> in the big picture with red and blue and green and black
> I'm back at this table
> and I'm gambling with you
> But you're not even here
> I lose if I don't win
> and I always liked losing because
> sometimes later you get to beat yourself again
> say "Hi, how'd you do self Yeah I remember you
> we went through many places
> If we went or didn't go
> You win"
> I always lose because I love to lose
> Someone's got to be on the other side of a got to win
> Maybe we're left and right
> I got to losin if you don't make me lose
> then you're the same as me
> you got to lose and
> hey we can lose together
> Let's lose everything and go away
> we'll be real lost
> and if that's your thing
> You lost and so did I
> We lost together
> Now we're both more lost yeah
> I'm so lost you can't find me
> There's no other souls in this epiphany
> So I'm gambling your fictitious
> Mr. Gambling
> Please meet Mrs. Fictitious
> We'll curse the world yeah...
> curse you world
> You brought me so low today
> I'm happy to curse you world
> Get the hints from me
> and don't put me in no black suit
> I ain't building no barns
> You can keep your animals
> But put me dark and evil
> and I forget about you
> the bad things got me when I went their way
> And all I screech from so within
> that you can't hear me
> And I so like my pain and forget about everything
> the universe is gone
> It's stopped the time and I escape into the little world
> where there's nothing else
> I have no responsibilities
> It's just money and things
> and I hate most of the day
> But when the sun goes down
> I get a life
> The afterglow of the day
> I got enough pain without my body
> I throw my body away and make it a slave to me
> I got a body for a slave
> It do what I want
> it doesn't think
> It so don't feel like you're lost now
> because I found you
> and I put you up on my thumbs
> our eyes are dancing in the late day sun
> and you are getting aggressive
> and you know me
> I'm dead
> Take this big picture away
> I want to be with the little things
> Pain and suffering anguish is my name
> Just call me anything
> but I know my name
> I came to deliver what you want
> This pain and anguish
> I sat at your door
> "Hello darling, won't you let me in
> thank you thank you
> I know you love me"
> and I love
> I learned to love you
> because I had no choice
> You got me involved in you
> I got no choice
> and I don't want one
> Because I choose you
> and that's my choice
> because you love me
> Pain dark and misery
> Down down down down down
> I won't stop going down
> and wherever you are
> you got to know I'm here
> down at the bottom
> I'm here so if you visit me
> you've got to be down at the bottom too
> What you doing here?
> This is my place
> Why did you disturb me?
> I'm lying so low
> I don't want you to find me now
> What do I do?
> I feel so naked
> But you still got your clothes on
> You got me stripped to my skin
> I've never felt so apparent
> Like a mirror you see
> I can't get away from this world
> At least once every three million years
> But I'm here now, take advantage me now
> If you don't I'll be away so fast
> I'm gone on my last dream
> I'm
> I'm conscious right now
> saying thank you for blackness and the gone gone world
> It was the Frenchman and the Indian they said
> "Hello, how are you, I give you my world"
> Let's play the sand and water and forest
> We welcome you here, take my daughter
> and marry her
> The seed was planted that got me into this world
> I use electricity just like you do
> But the treatment has got me fast falling into you
> I'm so happy to fall
> I hope I never rise
> What's going down is my joyful ride
> and I've been walking for decades
> Pain is such a relief and I'm feeling better now
> that I'm hurt so bad
> Just leave me alone for a thousand years
> I'll make myself whole
> but I'll take my time
> You had your enjoyment
> now I'll have mine
> I feel happy without you
> The pain is just fine
> Because I found someone who loved that pain
> and I gave it to her
> Now she's infected with the pain
> that goes round
> And when you share it
> thank god for this pain
> I thank God for my stupidity which brings me pain
> I love my pain
> It gives me my name
> But the light that still flickers
> is still there when you're gone
> I flicker in that light
> "The Playground"
> What a playground you gave me when you bought that house
> It had desert wilderness
> It had dunes made of sand
> Wild grapes by the river
> Match fire dry grass plumes
> Cat tails in the swamp
> There were hostile stone-throwing savages afar
> and they came to our door
> My head bled from the thrown stone
> My friend's mother took his shirt off my head
> And water washed my head and said
> "You'll be just fine except don't throw stones
> and duck your head when you see them
> Long long before they come to your body"
> Deflect the barbarians
> You can't let nobody take your soul
> You have to keep it
> Make those things and you're living
> you got your head stoned nine years old and
> bleeding from your head
> and Albert takes his blue shirt from off his back
> and wraps my stoned blood head
> in his shirt and says
> "Come on, let's go"
> and we go up his street into his house
> and his mother stopped the process of my demise
> And then I hit the street all cured and pure clean
> I swept the scenery
> I touched the water every day
> I found you floating in another person everyday
> Like some wheel of fortune
> I found you
> I found you
> I found you
> I found you
> I couldn't take my eyes off of you
> and you gave me your presents
> You sat down next to me
> I brought the chair
> I put it down next to me
> I beckoned to you
> I pointed to the chair
> You felt relieved
> You could be at rest next to me
> But you were waiting
> Maybe I knew
> Maybe not
> But how cares when you're engaged in the rapture
> of a chance
> It will have to pass
> Transformance
> On to your train
> I want to take a ride
> and isolate you
> I want you with me
> You'll never go away because I'm determined
> I'm going to disappear
> I watched them disappear
> I'm without problems
> To clear path every little transfer of time
> The Paris flowers in December
> Rainbow colors all around I see your garden
> I couldn't take my eyes off you
> You took my eyes
> and I don't mind it at all
> I'll gladly give you my eyes as long as you
> get the rest too
> I ceased my being
> I don't exist on my own
> I love you
> Love you
> I'm not me
> I'm you
> and I want you to be me
> so we can be the same
> "Last Sunlight"
> I've got to be like ice
> Frozen up in time
> I can't ever change
> It sure is hard to work with less
> I want it almost dry
> I want you to try try
> Well I go through the motions
> and I move about from various places
> I'm at my home
> It's my home there
> Can't be no heavy guy out there
> You've got to vanquish your memory and
> remember me
> I'm the only thing that exists, and you're
> all around me
> I'm the center of the universe
> You're everything else
> I'm so glad I know you
> If it's between 5:30 and 6:00 pm
> You know I'll be drinking your water
> as I swim in your sea
> It's such good exercise
> I'm a powerful mage
> and I know that you like it
> this power I got
> Don't feel too good or you'll be feeling bad
> Just take it easy
> Don't get glad
> or don't get sad
> I'm so enthralled
> It ain't good
> No bad
> I'll be above it all
> If that's where you live
> I live with you
> There's no difference there
> and about the eagle
> yes it to you
> I can't find myself
> and I don't want to
> All inside of you
> and now I see the other mouth
> I look
> I need you perfect
> that's what you are
> perfect perfect
> Ya-oowey
> Kill all the bad things
> and boom you're back again
> The same that you were
> I supposed to do this that
> That you don't understand
> I don't have to change
> and if I break my body
> it's broken and you hope I am
> It's a little place I can go
> for some kind of thrill
> Exotic and dangerous
> Pestulent maybe I don't know
> But I know I can't surpass threats
> If I'm got to know how you pass time in that place
> So intrigued
> But I don't have to move
> I'm stuck in you
> but I'll take you with me
> You won't show yourself
> and we got gone
> and we don't pose a threat
> and we are opposites
> We come from the North and you can see easy
> we're something different today
> we could go easy but would we survive the pestulence at the river?
> To cross
> To get to that desert on the last part of the river
> Did you go north?
> It's sand and sun
> but on the other side it's a river going up and you go with it
> You're where the water starts again
> I got to tell you how my head swings low
> and I got to love my life
> It's my life you see
> I lay myself before you
> trample me down
> I'm gone for you
> I disappear
> I divided and conquered
> I laid waste your territory
> You loved me for that
> I got certain recollection of the rocks and things
> I say bye bye bye
> I say bye bye
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