Violent Femmes Flamingo Baby

You’re a flamingo

you stand on one leg

you’re a flamingo baby

you hatched from an egg

well you hold your foot up

so delicately over the sea

and when it comes down

it comes down on me

well it used to want to hump you

I used to want to rock and roll

I was attracted to your gracefulness

but your surprise sure took its toll

now I guess I’d better go out now

gonna try to find something new

and all I’m left with is this craving

for some flamingo stew

now the beauty’s in the gutter

the loveliness is off her throne

in the eyes of the beholder it’s gone

and now he feels kind of alone

but this feeling it’s the kind that will shortly pass

I’m gonna find myself another bird

and roll on down the grass

Violent Femmes Yes, Oh Yes

I know a woman who can hardly speak.

The feeling is so strong, and the foreman becomes weak.

It took one sentence to finish in a week.

I said “Yes, oh yes.”

I said “This is what I’ve been waiting for.”

I know a place where nothing can grow.

The summer will burn and the winter will snow.

And nothing moves but the wind, it blows.

It says “Yes, oh yes.”

It says “This is what you’ve been homesick for.”

I want to learn all the languages of man.

And question the wisdom in the maker’s plan.

To babble on in our caravan

Where we say, “Yes, oh yes.”

We said, “This is why we’re not fighting. Oh.”

You take me by my hand and say,

That what I owe I can not repay,

But you still love me anyway.

And I said “Yes, oh yes.”

I said “This is what I’ve been dying…Yes, oh yes!

This is what I’ve been crying for. Yes, oh yes.

This is what I’ve been waiting for.”

Violent Femmes Candlelight Song

In the mourning

Of the morning

I hear mourning

Of the deepest kind

Kind and kindly

Soft and silly

Wile and willy-ling-ly-lessness

Much less much less

What’s best what’s best

Lifelessness

My doll is dead

Listen to the song sing along

Listen to the song sing along

In the mourning

Of the morning

I hear mourning

Of the deepest kind

Kind and kindly

Soft and silly

Wile and willy-ling-ly-lessness

Lifelessness

My doll is dead

Listen to the song sing along

Listen to the song sing along

Listen to the song sing along

Listen to the song sing along

In the mourning

Of the morning

I hear mourning

Of the deepest kind

Violent Femmes Issues

Why you coming round?

Why you coming here?

You tell me that I’m worthless as I turn to get us a beer

You’re living at the top

I’m dying underneath

I don’t need anyone at my grave laying their wreath

So don’t insist

You tried to tell me ’bout your issues

I don’t need to know about them anymore

Your issues

And why you’re standing in my kitchen door

I don’t want to talk about it

I don’t care

But what’s that glistening in your stare?

They say the world is round

Will you have another beer?

Killing time all the time isn’t what brings you here

Life is at the top

Death is underneath

So I don’t want anyone digging up from beneath

Darling, insist[?]

Do not tell me about your issues

Oh god you’re gonna talk about them more and more

I’ll get some tissues

Cause soon you’ll be crying on my kitchen floor

I don’t need to talk about it I don’t care

But what’s this hovering in the air?

How can you be so cruel?

How am I just a fool?

Cause I’m glad you came around

So good you stopped by here

It was really pointless but it proved to bring us more near

Now you’re in the top

And I am underneath

What the fuck’s going on? I know this will bring us grief

But I can’t resist

You and your issues

I wish I didn’t have to hear them anymore

But they’re your issues

So now as were lying on my kitchen floor

Go ahead and talk about it I don’t care

While I’m running my fingers all through your hair

Violent Femmes Waiting For The Bus

We got the mother and her kids

We got the guy and his date

We all get mad

We all get late

Looks like somebody forgot about us

Standing on the corner, waiting for the bus

Say hey mr. driver man, don’t be slow

Cause i got somewhere i gotta go

Say hey mr. driver man, drive that thing fast

My precious time keeps slipping past

Let’s call the mayor, let’s complain

Looks like the city’s done it to us again

Tied up in traffic, what do you know

The damn city bus, it moves so slow

Say hey mr. driver man, don’t be slow

Cause i got somewhere i gotta go

Say hey mr. driver man, drive that thing fast

My precious time keeps slipping past

[*talking, instrumental*]

Violent Femmes This Island Life

This tea’s too strong for me

As I await your company

I had too much sun today

Ocean waters wash away

Nothing but the present

Presenting its presence

This island life

Separate my right from my wrong

No I am not pagan

But my heart has been forsaken

And the hand of God was on my mind

It took some time from time to time

Now in the course I know

Time itself will go when

This island life

Separates my right from my wrong

You forgot your shoes and I

I have sent a message but I

There’s so many stars in the sky

It’s the truths that will not lie

There’s a you wild native maiden

Running mad and barefoot to the sea until

This island life

Separates my rights from my wrongs

This island life

Finally separates my right from my wrong

This tea’s too strong for me

As I await more company

I had too much sun today

Dram of lands lying far away

Pregnant with the present

Presenting its presents

This island life

Separate my right from my wrong

This island life

Will separate my rights from my songs

Separate my right from my wrong

Violent Femmes Prove My Love

Just last night, I was reminded of

Just how bad it had gotten

And just how sick I had become

But it could change with this relationship

De-derange, we’ve all been through some shit

And if we’re thing, I think this thing’s begun

Oh, tell me now, what do I have to do

Oh, tell me now, what do I have to do

Oh, tell me now, what do I have to do

To prove my love to you?

Special favors come in 31 flavors

We’re out of mints, pass the Life Savers

I’m droppin hints, candy for candy-coated tongue

You’d be so good, so very good for me

What do you think? Tell me honestly?

I’m wait-wait-wait-waiting for you to come

Oh, tell me now, what do I have to do

Yeah, tell me now, what do I have to do

Yeah, tell me now, what do I have to do

Yeah, prove my love to you

Third verse, same as the first

Just last night, I was reminded of

Just how bad it had gotten

And just how sick I had become

But it could change with this relationship

De-derange, we’ve all been through some shit

And if we’re thing, I think this thing’s begun

Oh, tell me now, what do I have to do

Yeah, tell me now, what do I have to do

I’d do anything, what do I have to do

I’d do it all, what do I have to do

I’d do it all for you, what do I have to do

I’d do anything, I’d do it all, I’d do it all for you

I’d climb a mountain, I’d cross the ocean, I’d do it it all

Tell me now, what do I have to do to prove my love to you?

Violent Femmes 36-24-36

36-24-36!

See a girl walkin’ down the street, just the kind of girl that I’d like to meet.

It ain’t her hair, her clothes, her feet — somethin’ much more discreet.

Now I ain’t loud, baby, I ain’t proud — I just want what I’m not allowed.

Movin’ on up and I help myself to do a world of good for my mental health.

36-24-36 — something’s broken that needs to be fixed.

I don’t know how to tell you this,

But I’m getting bored and I need some kicks like 36-24-36.

Man, oh, man, oh, man, oh, man — I got a red hot plan if you understand.

Cannot fail, it’s plain to see — I’m havin’ fun and makin’ money.

I know this summer’s gonna be the best if I don’t die from lack of rest.

Experience what my daddy said, that’s what I got, just like he said.

36-24-36 — something was broke but I got it fixed.

I don’t know if I should tell you this,

But I was gettin’ bored and I got my kicks like 36-24-36.

Something’s special ’bout her personality,

Something’s special ’bout her psysiology.

36-24-36 — I want lots of pretty chicks.

36-24-36 — I want lots of pretty chicks.

36-24-36 — I want lots of pretty chicks.

36-24-36 — I want lots of…

Violent Femmes Gone Daddy Gone

Beautiful girl, lovely dress

High school smiles, oh yes

Beautiful girl, lovely dress

Where she is now I can only guess

‘Cause it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone away

When I see you, eyes will turn blue

When I see you, thousand eyes turnin’ blue

‘Cause it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone away

Tell by the way that you switch and walk

I can see by the way that you baby-talk

I can know by the way you treat your man

I can love you, baby, ’til it’s a-cryin…

‘Cause it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone

Yeah, it’s gone, daddy, gone — your love is gone away

Beautiful girl, lovely dress

Fifteen smiles, oh, yes

Beautiful girl, lovely dress

Where she is now, I can only guess ’cause it’s…