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Stick Out Your TONGUE

Stick Out Your TONGUE

They talked to the sister, the father and the mother 
With a microphone in one hand and a chequebook in the other 
And the camera noses in to the tears on her face 
The tears on her face 
The tears on her face 
You can put them back together with your paper and paste 

Stick out your tongue
Drink down the venom

She sleeps with the shirt of a late, great country singer
Stretched out upon her poor jealous husband's pillow
In time you can turn these obsessions into careers
While the parents of those kidnapped children start the bidding 
for their tears

What would you say? 
What would you do? 
Children and animals two by two 
Give me the needle 
Give me the rope
We’re going to melt them down for pills and soap

Four and twenty crowbars, jemmy your desire 
Out of the frying pan into the fire 
The king is in the counting house 
Some folk have all the might
And majesty will run on Bombay Gin and German spite
They come from lovely people 
(They come from lovely people) 
With a hard line in hypocrisy
There are tears of mediocrity
For the fag-ends of the aristocracy

What would you say? 
What would you do? 
Children and animals two by two 
Give me the needle 
Give me the rope
We’re going to melt them down for pills and soap

Stick out your tongue
Stick out your tongue
Drink down the venom

The sugar-coated pill is getting bitterer still 
You think your country needs you but you know it never will 
So pack up your troubles in a stolen handbag 
Don't dilly dally boys rally ‘round the flag 
Give us our daily bread in individual slices 
And something in the daily rag to cancel any crisis 

What would you say? 
What would you do? 

(Did you find out how to lie?)

Children and animals two by two 

(Did you find out how to cheat?)

Give me the needle 

(The elite bleat, they’re obsolete)

We’re going to melt them down
Stick out your tongue

(We’re going to melt them down for pills and soap)

Now if you’d only genuflect

Stick out your tongue

Now if you’d only genuflect

Stick out your tongue

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Stick Out Your TONGUE

Released
September 2013
Label
Blue Note

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