Past

 




Past as performed in Austin, Texas on August 11, 1995

Past European starlings
Past shelves of pussy magic
Past theatre fans of America
I, I, I

Past the policy-weary commune
Past sled dogs after dinner
Past pageantry for the pothead
I, I, I, I

Past strips of Serengeti
Past the gates of Sleepy Hollow
I'm the bounty hunter who shot Bigfoot
But I love you

Past leavings towards a full-stop
We live to survive our paradoxes
A summer that hissed like Tom Verlaine *
I, I, I

Past condescending reptiles
And naive and rusty enzymes
I'm the asteroid that wrecked the planet
But I, I love you

Past leanings towards a full-stop
We live to survive our paradoxes
The summer that hissed like Tom Verlaine
I, I, I

Past rosebud, way past Rorshach **
Past a pickled bead of water
Past pageantry for the pothead
I, I love you

Past as performed in Haggarsville, Ontario on July 20, 1995

Past conversational gemstones
Past transparencies and progress
I, I, I, I

Past leanings towards a full-stop
We live to survive our paradoxes
A summer that hissed like Tom Verlaine
I, I, I

Past European starlings
Past shelves of pussy magic
Past theatre fans of America
I Love you

Past pale faced advertising
Past sacred obligations
Iím the bounty hunter who shot Bigfoot
I, I, I

Past rosebud and way past Rorschach
Past a pickled bead of water
Iím the bounty hunter who shot Bigfoot
I, I, I

Past a thousand points of interest
Past interstate brickface
Iím the asteroid that wrecked the planet
I, I love you

Past strips of Serengeti
Past the gates of sleepy hallow
Past pageantry for the pot head
I, I, I, I

Past polyester drowned you
Past sled dogs after dinner
Past prospering by the sea side
I, I, I, I

Past condescending reptiles
And naive and thirsty enzymes
We are the ghost of earthquake sullied
I, I, I

I love you, canít ya tell?
I love you, canít ya tell?

* Tom Verlaine is an eclectic musician best known for his songs that accompany avant-garde films. Patti Smith once said: "Tom plays guitar like a thousand bluebirds screaming."

** Hermann Rorschach was the Swiss psychologist who, in 1921, invented the ink blot test that now bears his name.