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The Murder Mystery

This song is by The Velvet Underground and appears on the album The Velvet Underground (1969) and on the compilation album Peel Slowly and See (1995).

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Song of the Day
December 17, 2014
(left voice)
Candy-screen wrappers of silkscreen fantastic
Requiring memories both lovely and guilt-free
Lurid and lovely with twilight of ages
Luscious and lovely and filthy with laughter

Laconic giggles, ennui for the passions
In order to justify most spurious desires
Rectify moments most serious and urgent
To hail upon the face of most odious time

Requiring replies most facile and vacuous
With words nearly singed with the heartbeat of passions
Spew forth with the grace of a tart going under
A subject of a great concern, noble origin

(right voice)
Denigrate obtuse and active, verbs, pronouns
Skewer the sieve of the optical sewer

Release the handle that holds all the gates up
Puncture the eyeballs that seep all the muck up

Read all the books and the people worth reading
And still see the muck on the sky of the ceiling


(left/right voice)
Please raise the flag, rosy, red carpet envy (Mister Moonlight, succulent, smooth and gorgeous)
English used here, this messenger is nervous (Isn't it nice? We're number one and so forth)
It's not fun at all, out here in the hall (Isn't it sweet being unique?)


(left voice)
For screeching and yelling and various offenses
Loving the queen and bend her over the tub
Against the state, the country, the committee
Hold her head under the water, please, for an hour

For groveling and spewing and various offenses
Puncture that bloat with the wing of a sparrow
The inverse, the obverse, the converse, the reverse
The sharpening wing of the edge of a sparrow

For suitable reckonings too numerous to mention
As the queen is fat, she is devoured by rats
There is one way to skin a cat or poison a rat
It is here-forth, here to thee, forthrightly stated

(right voice)
Relent and obverse and inverse and perverse
And reverse the inverse of perverse and reverse

And reverse and reverse and reverse and chop it
And pluck it and cut it and spit it and sew it

To joy on the edge of a cyclop and spin it
To rage on the edge of a cylindrical minute


(left/right voice)
Put down that rag, simpering, callow and morose (Dear Mister Muse, fellow of wit and gentry)
Who let you in? If I knew, then I could get out (Medieval ruse, filling the shallow and empty)
The murder you see is a mystery to me (Fools that duel, duel in pools)


(left voice)
To Rembrandt and Oswald, to peanuts and ketchup
Sanctimonious sycophants stir in the bushes
Up to the stand with your foot on the Bible
As king, I must order and constantly arouse

If you swear to catch up and throw up and up-up
A king full of virgin and kiss me and spin it
Excuse me to wallow and wander dark wonders
Divest me of robes, sutures, Harry and pig-meat

The fate of a nation rests hard on your bosoms
The king on his throne puts his hand down his robe
The torture of inverse and silkscreen and Harry
And set the tongue squealing the reverse and inverse

(right voice)
Tantalize poets with visions of grandeur
As their faces turn blue with the reek of the compost

As the living try hard to retain what the dead lost
With double-dead sickness from writing at what cost

And business and business and reverse and reverse
And set the brain reeling the inverse and inverse


(left/right voice)
Objections suffice, apelike and tactile bassoon (English arcane, tantamount here to frenzy)
Oboe-ing me, cordon the virus' section (Passing for me, lascivious elder passion)
Off to the left is what is not right (Corpulent filth disguised as silk)


(left voice)
Contempt, contempt, and contempt for the boredom
I shall poison the city and sink it with fire
For cordless and Harry and ape-pig and scissor
The messenger's wig seems fraught with desire

For blueberry picnics and pince-nez and magpies
The messenger's skirt, would you please hook it higher?
For children and adults, all those under ninety
How truly disgusting, would you please put it down?

A stray in this fray is no condom worth saving
As king, I'm quite just, but it's just quite impossible
A robe and a robe and a robe and a bat
No double-class inverse could make lying worth dying

(right voice)
With cheap simian melodies, hillbilly out-gush
For illiterate ramblings, for cheap understanding

For misunderstanding, the simple, the inverse
The compost, the reverse, the obtuse and stupid

And business and business, and cheap stupid lyrics
And simple mass reverse while the real thing is dying


(left/right voice)
Exit the pig, enter the owl and gorgeous (Folksy knockwurst, peel back the skin of French and...)
King on the left, it on the right and primping (What do you find? Follicles intertwining)
Adjusting his nose as he reads from his scroll (Succulent prose wrapped up in robes)


(left voice)
Off with his head, take his head from his neck off
Requiring memories both lovely and guilt-free
Put out his eyes, then cut his nose off
Sanctimonious sycophants stir in the bushes

Scoop out his brain, put a string where his ears were
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Swing the whole mess at the end of the wire
Scratch out his eyes with the tip of a razor

Let the wire extend from the tip of a rose
Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, oh
But to retain the remnants of what once was a nose
Pass me my robe, fill my bath up with water

(right voice)
Jumpsuit and pig-meat and making his fortune
While making them happy with the inverse and obverse

And making them happy and making them happy
With the coy and the stupid, just another dumb lackey

Who puts out the one thing while singing the other
But the real thing's alone and it is no man's brother


(left/right voice)
No one knows, no nose is good news and senseless (Safety is nice, not an unwise word spoken)
Extend the wine, drink here a toast to selfless (Scary bad dreams made safe in lovely songs)
Ten-year-old port is perfect in court (No doom or gloom allowed in this room)


(left voice)
Casbah and cascade and rose-hip and feeling
Cascade and cyanide, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven
Skull-silly wagon and justice and perverse
And reverse the inverse and inverse and inverse

Blueberry catalog, questionable earnings
Hustler's lament and the rest will in due cry
To battle and scramble and browbeat and hurt
Whilst chewing on minstrels and choking on dirt

Disease, please, seems the order of the day
Please the king, please the king, please the king day
Casbah and cascade and rose-hip and feeling
Point of order, return the kings here to the ceiling

(right voice)
Oh, not to be whistled or studied or hummed
Or remembered at nights when the eye is alone

But to skewer and ravage and savage and split
With the grace of a diamond and bellicose wit

To stun and to stagger with words as such stone
That those who do hear cannot again return home


(left/right voice)
Razzamatazz, there's nothing on my shoulder (Hello to Ray, hello Godiva and Angel)
Lust is a must, shaving my head's made me bolder (Who let you in? Isn't it nice, the party?)
Will you kindly read what it was I brought thee? (Aren't the lights pretty at night?)

(left voice)
And sick leave and sorrow and pincers make scissors
Regard and refrain from the daughters of marriage
Regards for the elders and youngest in carriage
Regard and regard for the inverse and perverse

And obverse and diverse, of reverse and reverse
Regard from the sick, the dumb, and the camel
From pumps storing water, like brain is to marrow
To x-ray and filthy and cutting and peeling

To skin and to skin and to bone and to structure
To livid and pallid and turgid and structured
And structured and structured and structured and structured
And regard and refrain, and regard and refrain

The sick and the dumb, inverse, reverse and perverse

(right voice)
Contempt, contempt and contempt for the seething
For writhing and reeling and two-bit reportage

For sick with the body and sinister holy
The drown-burst blue babies now dead on the seashore

The valorous horseman who hang from the ceiling
The pig on the carpet, the dusty pale jism

That has no effect for the sick with the see-saw
The inverse, obverse, converse, reverse of inverse

The diverse and converse of reverse and perverse
And sweet pyrotechnics and let's have another

Of inverse, converse, diverse, perverse and reverse
Hell's graveyard is damned as they chew on their brains

The slick and the scum reverse, inverse and perverse


(left/right voice)
Plowing while it's done away (Sick upon the staircase)
Dumb and ready pig-meat (Sick upon the carpet)
Sick upon the carpet (Blood upon the pillow)
Climb into the casket (Climb into the parapet)

Safe within the parapet (See the church bells gleaming)
Sack is in the parapet (Knife that scrapes a sick plate)
Pigs are out and growling (Dentures full of air holes)
Slaughter by the seashore (The tailor couldn't mend straight)

See the lifeguard drowning (Shoot her full of air holes)
Sea is full of fishes (Climbing up the casket)
Fishes full of china (Take me to the casket)
China plates are falling (Teeth upon her red throat)

All fall down (Screw me in the daisies)
Sick and shiny carpet (Rip apart her holler)
Lie before my eyes-eyes (Snip the seas fantastic)
Lead me to the ceiling (Treat her like a sailor)

Walk upon the wall-wall (Full and free and nervous)
Tender as the green grass (Out to make his fortune)
Drink the whisky horror (Either this or that way)
See the young girls dancing (Sickly or in good health)

Flies upon the beaches (Piss upon a building)
Beaches are for sailors (Like a dog in training)
Nuns across the sea-wall (Teach to heel or holler)
Black-hood horseman raging (Yodel on a sing-song)

Swordsman eating fire (Down upon the carpet)
Fire on the carpet (Tickle polyester)
Set the house a-blazing (Sick within the parapet)
Seize and bring it flaming (Screwing for a dollar)

Gently to the ground-ground (Sucking on a firehose)
Dizzy Bell Miss Fortune (Chewing on a rubber line)
Fat and full of love-juice (Tied to chairs and rarebits)
Drip it on the carpet (Pay another player)

Down below the firehose (Oh, you're such a good lad)
Weep and whisky fortune (Here's another dollar)
Sail me to the moon, dear (Tie him to the bedpost)
Drunken, dungeon sailors (Sick with witches' covens)

Headless, Roman horsemen (Craving for a raw meat)
The king and queen are empty (Bones upon the metal)
Their heads are in the outhouse (Sick upon the circle)
Fish upon the water (Down upon the carpet)

Bowl upon the savior (Down below the parapet)
Toothless, wigged Laureate (Waiting for your bidding)
Plain and full of fancy (Pig upon a carpet)
Name upon a letterhead (Tumenescent railroad)

Impressing all the wheat germ (Neuro-anaesthesia analog)
Love you for a nickel (Ready for a good look)
Maul you for a quarter (Drooling at the birches)
Set the casket flaming (Swinging from the birches)

Do not go gentle, blazing (Succulent Nebraska)

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