ALBUM

SALT PETER

Release Date: November 1, 1995
Label: WORK / Creation

Producers: Mark Walk, Lesley Rankine
Artwork & Photography: Lesley Rankine
Engineer: Mark Walk
Engineer Assistant: Scott Crane
Instruments: Lesley Rankine, Mark Walk
Layout: Toby Egelnick
Mixed By: Mark Walk, William Rieflin

Tracklisting:

01. Flippin’ Tha Bird
02. Salt Water Fish
03. Heidi
04. Tiny Meat
05. Paraffin
06. Hoops
07. Pine
08. Swallow Baby
09. The Whole Is Equal to the Sum of its Parts
10. Bud
11. Carondelet

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Flippin’ Tha Bird

Why can’t I feel things that I’m supposed to
Why can’t I steal
Why can’t I see what I have to do
To make it real
I laugh when you die
I cry when it feels good
And I scream because I want to

Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before

There are two things missing from my life
Love and money
If I could steal them maybe I’d be
Happy
Gimme bread I’ll want no more
Gimme me cake and I’ll want cream
And if I scream
It’s ‘cos I want to

Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here
Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before

If I could write my name in snow
Winter to spring
Would it mean that I know
Anything
With my hand on your head does it mean that I approve
Or do I scream
Gimme bread I’ll want no more
Gimme me cake and I’ll want cream
And if I scream
It’s ‘cos I want to

Somethin’ tells me I’ve been here before

Salt Water Fish

All I can see is what I’ve fried
And all the world in your black eye

I’ll run in circles all the time
I’ll gather up all that is mine
Into the room inside my head
The walls are black, the roof is red.

And fiery like a volcano
I’ll wear it like a massive halo
This pretty speckled length of twine
That’s wrapped around your neck is mine
A ruby rose, stiff and froze is what I give to you

I’ll run in circles all the time
I’ll gather up all that is mine
Into the room inside my head
The walls are black, the roof is red

If I could taste your salty head
And pick the dead hair from your eyes
Let your smell the sweet despise
Those peaks and throughs, guts for a valley
Are a dead sean in my back alley
How tall and wide you have to get
How big and dark and badly lit
And if I said I did, would you believe me
And I showed you gold, would you see through me
And if tomorrow didn’t come
Would you?

I’ll run in circles all the time
I’ll gather up all that is mine
Into the room inside my head
The walls are black, the roof is red

I’ll run in circles all the time
I’ll gather up all that is mine
Into the room inside my head
The walls are black, the roof is red

I’ll run in circles all the time
I’ll gather up all that is mine
Into the room inside my head

Heidi

You’d put me in the ground
Your crime is always against me
Do you fear what I could be
I’m bigger than you’ll ever be

You’d put me in the ground
Can’t throw me away
You’d put me in the ground
Can’t throw me away
You’d put me in the ground

I am what I must
Would you bite me ’till I’m dust
You’re terrified
You’re terrified of me

Question: why would you kill me?
Answer: ‘cos I’d cut down your king tree
Question: why do I frighten you ?
Why do I frighten you?
‘Cos I’d cut down your king tree

You’d put me in the ground
Can’t throw me away
You’d put me in the ground
Can’t throw me away
You’d put me in the ground

I can speak so softly because I have so much power
Question
I can speak so softly because I have so much power
Question
I can speak so softly
Answer
Because I have so much power
I can speak so softly because I have so much power

Tiny Meat

Fit to burst I’m in love,
No, no, no you silly girl
Fist, a brick in my hand,
A hole, hole, hole, you silly man

I didn’t mean to make this mess
This paper muscle in my chest
And stolen thirst will be my end
But then I was here first
Hand – hole – heart – girl – bleeding

I didn’t mean that last word,
No, no, no you silly man
I can’t help myself I try, try, try and then I
Crack it split to see inside,
I run because I can’t abide
This tiny meat in my hand and the pound, pound, pound of your bleeding heart
Hand – hole – heart – girl
your bleeding heart
Hand – hole – heart – girl – bleeding

I crack it split to see inside
I run because I can’t abide
This tiny meat in my hand
And the pound, pound, pound of your bleeding heart

Hand – hole – heart – girl – bleeding
Hand – hole – heart – girl

Couldn’t find the right word to say, say, say, you silly girl
I drink a hole in my head it makes me think I have it all
I didn’t mean to make this mess
This paper muscle in my chest
This pound of flesh will be my end but then it was mine first
Couldn’t find the right words
Couldn’t find the right words

Paraffin

Old man’s ass
Fifty heads wide
Old man’s ass
Could stretch a battle ship,
Side to side to side to side to side to side to side to side

Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Are we all wrapped up, fit for the kill
Are we all wrapped up, stacked up together
Stretch my neck to look up to him
Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Are we all wrapped up- fit for the kill
Are we all wrapped up, stacked up together
Fit for the kill

There’s a flower thief in my back yard again
I’ll grin my teeth to make him stay
Trap him in my flower bed and then
I’ll feed him with my paraffin
Feed him with my paraffin
Stretch my neck to look up to him

Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Are we all wrapped up, fit for the kill
Are we all wrapped up, stacked up together
Stretch my neck to look up to him
Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Are we all wrapped up, fit for the kill
Are we all wrapped up, stacked up together
Stretch my neck to look up to him.

Old man got me in the eye again
Stretch my neck to look up to him
Stuck his bony finger in
Stretch my neck to look up to him
Turned me round and did it all again
Stretch my neck to look up to him
Now I smell like paraffin
Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Now I smell like paraffin
Are we all wrapped up, wrapped up together
Now I smell like paraffin

Hoops

You’ve never seen what I could do
Like run a mile and jump hoops too
And ruin everything for you
Could make me smile if you want to

Duckin’ and divin’ skippin’ and skivin’
Between the shit and the shovel,
The ass lick and the grovel and God
Oh what a Lord, makes me thankful for being bored

And everything you do
To make me happy but you could
Make me jump and spin Loops too
And crack a smile in front of you

Duckin’ and divin’ skippin’ and skivin’
Between the shit and the shovel
The ass lick and the grovel and God
Oh what a Lord, makes me thankful for being bored

You know I hate it when you cry
It makes me want to burn your eyes
With a poker every time
And chase my tail to make you smile

Duckin’ and divin’ skippin’ and skivin’
Between the shit and the shovel
The ass lick and the grovel and God
Oh what a Lord, makes me thankful for being bored

Duckin’ and divin’ skippin’ and skivin’
Between the shit and the shovel
The ass lick and the grovel and God
Oh what a Lord, makes me thankful for being bored

Pine

I … I picked this pine
Stuck in my side
I’ve made my head
And there I’ll hide my
Mouth a grin
My muscle taut
My mind is clear
Devoid of thought

My… my mouth is red
The lies are real
And perfect as
The love I steal
You picked this pine
Stuck in you arm
And then you just
Ran out of charm

I… I picked this pine
Stuck in my side
I’ve made my head
And there I’ll hide my
Mouth a grin
My muscle taut
My mind is clear
Devoid of thought
Now all the time
I hear you say
I wasn’t meant
To be this way my
Noose is tied
The slack is cut
I picked my pine
My stink is mine

I wasn’t meant to be this way
My stink is mine
I wasn’t meant to be this way
My stink is mine

Swallow Baby

“Martine is at the piano, a cigarette hanging from her lips”

The more I see, the more I do
The more I spit, the more I chew
The more you suck, the more I have to
Swallow baby

And when I see the things you do
The more I want the least of you
The more I spit, the more you have to
Swallow baby

You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push to make me
Swallow baby

You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push to make me
Swallow baby

And so you think that I’m a freak
Because I refuse to sneak
Around the back of your dull head is
Hollow baby

And maybe you can see me lie
Out of your one good eye
Around the back of your dull head so
Hollow baby

Hang Bone? Hang Bone?
I don’t need yours, ‘cos I got one of my own
Hang Bone? Hang Bone?
I don’t need yours, ‘cos I got one of my own

And now I see the things you do
It makes me want the least from you
How does it suck for you to have to
Swallow baby

So maybe you can see me lie
Out of your one good eye
Around the back of your dull head so
Hollow baby.

Swallow baby
Swallow baby
Swallow baby
Swallow baby

You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push to make me
Swallow baby

You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push it
You think you gotta push to make me
Swallow baby

The Whole is Equal to the Sum of its Parts

Fool, what is your name
Should I hang my head in shame
When you say your name is mine
When you say your name is mine
I could fill your shoes
If my mouth of useless words won’t do
Would you say those words were mine
Would you say those words were mine
Would you say those words were mine
Would you say those words were mine
Leech in my belly suck on me daddy-oh

Would you say those words were mine
Oh the mess you’ve made
If one word equalled one hatchet blade
Would you say that blade was mine
Would you say that blade was mine
Would you say that blade was mine
Would you say that blade was mine
Leech in my belly suck on me daddy-oh

Fool, how up is high
If a mountain dropped me out of the sky
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Would you say its mess was mine
Leech in my belly suck on me daddy-oh

Bud

Start at my toes
For this is where the evil grows
My legs are sharp, might split your skin
And spill the juice that feeds your grin
Take to walking up my spine
See my love drip down like spit wine
And then I’ll take your jewels in my bag
And take ’em home to mama
I’ll put your jewels in my bag
And take ’em home to mama
Take the slaughter to the lamb
Take the hung to the ham and back
Take the neck to the crack and pow
How does it feel
Whatever you get you steal
And I’m bored here, rooted to the floor
And what I want you just can’t buy anymore
So I’ll collect your jewels in my bag
And take ’em home to mama
I’ll put your jewels in my bag
And take ’em home to mama
I want some push to my shove
But your hand is in my glove
And I’m mad, bad, ripped raw and bleeding
Swinging like a beef hook on the hips of hell
And the stains on my boots say my life is going well
To snap your skinny neck in two
Would be the least that I could do
So I’ll collect your jewels in my bag
And take ’em back to mama
I’ll put your jewels in my bag
And take ’em home to mama
Stop at my bones
For here my evil made its home
For this is where the evil grows

Carondelet

I feel like burnin’ this town
This face is bringin’ me down
I feel like breakin’ this town
This fear is burnin’ me now
How can you live with this shit goin’ on
I feel like burnin’ this town
My fear is walkin’ around

How can you live
How can you live
How can you live
Now, now

To be there is all I could do
Is that so wrong
Just one care is all I could find
Now it’s gone
I’d open my heart just to see
What’s inside
A mountain of raw that’s too
Big to hide

How can you live
How can you live
How can you live
Now, now

When I say I love you, I know that I lie
But it feels so good to scream it out loud
At least I try
This fear, this fear is burnin’ me now
is that all I can get now?
This fear, this fear is bringin’ me down
I know it’s not mine
This fear, this fear is breakin’ me down
It’s all wrong
This fear, this fear is bringin’ me down
is that all I can get now?
My fear is walkin’ around

How can you live
How can you live
How can you live

Now, now
To be there is all I could do
Is that so wrong
Now
Just one care is all I could find
Now it’s gone
Now
I’d open my heart just to see what’s inside
Now
A mountain of raw that’s too big to hide
Now