Ministry Single Lyrics

  1. Cold Life
  2. I'm Falling
  3. A Walk In The Park
  4. All Day
  5. (Everyday Is) Halloween
  6. Nature Of Love
  7. Isle Of Man
  8. Smothered Hope
  9. Tonight We Murder
  10. Jesus Built My Hotrod
  11. TV Song
  12. Quick Fix
  13. Paisley
DISCLAIMER: These are not the "official" lyrics and are certainly not compelete. They represent the *best guesses* that I have currently managed to assemble. If you get some bit of insight into one of the questionable or incomplete passages, feel free to contact me via email. I'd be more than happy if you could fill me in!

Finally, SAMPLES DO NOT COUNT AS LYRICS!! :-)

Whom to contact with ideas/suggestions/changes:

Aaron Giles -- a-giles@uchicago.edu

(Last revision: 12/24/03)


Cold Life


cold

you know the yolk it's spreading from
you laugh as people scatter 'bout
surrounded by a veil of stars
you realize your life is dark

earth gets colder every day
if scientists could have their way
they'd study us from far away
and watch as people's minds decay

cold

your body's in the hands of fools
with swimming pools and low iq's
there's nothing to see, nothing to do
buy your stocks and sell your jewels

bill collectors stole my mail
my wife and kids are all for sale
i hope to god i go to jail
and no one can come up with bail

cold life

i can't control my buried thoughts
the slightest thing makes me distraught
i'm like the people i once fought
my every action's being bought
 
robot trainers earn their pay
as mutant kids go out to play
it's such a pretty pretty day
with orange nights and days of grey
 
cold
 
i've now become a nervous wreck
i'm getting closer to my death
i keep expecting my last breath
as all my friends just laugh and jest
 
the earth is such a filthy place
and human such an awful race
and i'd rather live in outer space
where death goes at a slower pace
 
cold life


I'm Falling

 

first last night we're riding home
with friends in a big blue car
for this man fed us rubbish
as if it were caviar
we told him, 'sir, please go away!'
'we're innocent of crimes!'
he hit me with his black nightstick
and all i heard were cries

i'm falling

i asked her for a date one night
she thought it'd be a laugh
i'd take her to a restaurant
and then up to her pad
i waited at my house that night
for her phone call to come
she'd gone off with a ruffian
and he came by with a gun

i'm falling

i'm falling
yes i'm falling


A Walk In The Park

 

Do you wanna?
Are you gonna? 
Huh?

Hey!
Watch me!


All Day


well i'm hiding my eyes from the morning sun
and i keep on working till the work is all done
but a voice in my head keeps ticking away
as the sweat's hosed down from yet another day
well he works hard
and he lives hard
and he breaks his back without nothing to gain
while the boss man sits around and drinks champagne

all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one transition
all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one decision

well i'm peeling the blisters off my working hand
is that what it takes to make you understand?
that it's something you read, not something you meant
to be slaving away without a shred of integrity
he worked hard
and he lived hard
and he broke his back without nothing to say
while the man in control was just laughing away

all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one transition
all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one decision

was it something you read?
was it something you meant?
was it something you said?
or was it heaven sent?

all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one transition
all day (you work and you work and you work and)
in life, there's just one decision


(Everyday is) Halloween


well i live with snakes and lizards
and other things that go bump in the night
cos to me everyday is halloween
i have given up hiding and started to fight
i have started to fight

well any time, any place, anywhere that i go
all the people seem to stop and stare
they say 'why are you dressed like it's halloween?
you look so absurd, you look so obscene'

o, why can't i live a life for me?
why should i take the abuse that's served?
why can't they see they're just like me
it's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world

well i let their teeny minds think
that they're dealing with someone who is over the brink
and i dress this way just to keep them at bay
cos halloween is everyday
it's everyday

o, why can't i live a life for me?
why should i take the abuse that's served?
why can't they see they're just like me
it's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world

o, why can't i live a life for me?
why should i take the abuse that's served?
why can't they see they're just like me
i'm not the one that's so absurd

why hide it?
why fight it?
hurt feelings
best to stop feeling hurt
from denials, reprisals
it's the same it's the same in the whole wide world


The Nature of Love


love -

love is like an open hand
stings a little when it lands
hold me closer
hold me tighter
hold me so damn close that my heart's on fire
it's a fantasy
it's a nightmare
and the whole damn world is walking round in theirs
i said love -

love is like a razor blade
double edge and double pain
hold me closer
hold me tighter
when i rip your flesh and the pain is fresh
it's a fantasy
it's a nightmare
and the whole damn world doesn't seem to care
i said love -

love is like a butcher knife
double sharp for single lives
hold me closer
hold me tighter
as the lights go out and we start to shout
it's a fantasy
it's a nightmare
with a big black bruise and a handful of hair
i said love -


Isle Of Man


nice place
clean water
fresh air
blue skies
like pirates
we tried it
we took what we deserved
half million
years later
we'd used up
our reserves
we're crying
'what happened?'

we get what we deserve
we get what we deserve
we get instead the isle of man
the isle of man

i've wandered
through forests
with our garbage
waist-high
can't clean it
i mean it
we get what we deserve
rainy mornings
dry evenings
it's growing
on my nerves
just gases
you fascists
you get what you deserve
you get what you deserve
you get instead the isle of man
the isle of man

i'm writing
this letter
so no one
will forget
some future
cave dweller
will find these notes an isle of man
the isle of man


Smothered Hope


withered rope you hang what's empty 
can't remain to put it simply 
in time 
cry the hollow words to sing 
with false disguise smothered hope 
fly from sorrow for a new 
divine tomorrow 

i just don't want to know anymore 

life shifts up and down 
everybody knows it's wrong why
don't you care? 
now do it seem fair? 
it's not in the rhyme or reason 
so it goes with every season 
crawl to top fall through bottom 
first hand love is really rotten 
slice of life find what's plenty 
inch towards a sanctuary 
light with me inside the 
womb i know everyone 
everybody knows it's me it's my voice, 
my voice cries out obscenity sightless eye 
regard my past sometimes it should 

i just don't want to know anymore. 


Tonight We Murder


red hand takes a purple terror 
love knows these knots 
when we escaped from the madhouse 
we were locked out 

tonight we murder x 4

between the battle of careening hate 
we will wait, but not for our time 
to hate 
and take 
to deflower 

tonight 

tonight we murder x 4 

between the pain of battle and pain 
love will not untie these knots 
a twisted puppet filled with hate 
he'll not untie these knots 

tonight we murder x 4

Who... Why murdered 
tonight we murder x 8



Jesus Built My Hotrod


soon i discovered that this rock thing was true
jerry lee lewis was the devil
jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet
all of a sudden, i found myself in love with the world
so there was only one thing that i could do
was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long

ding dang a dong bong bing bong
ticky ticky thought of a gun
everytime i try to do it all now baby
am i on the run
why why why why why baby
if it's so evil then?
give me my time, with all my power
give it to me all again  (wow)
ding a ding a dang a dong dong ding dong 
every where i go
 
everytime you tell me baby
when i settle down
got to get me a trailer park
and hold my world around
why why why why?
 
ding ding donga dong dong ding dong
dingy dingy son of a gun
half my time i tell you baby
never am I all for sure
why why why why why baby
sicky sicky from within
everytime I stick my finger on in ya
you're a wild wild little town bitch
now how 'bout ding a dang dong dong dong ling long
dingy a dingy dong a down
 
everytime you tell me baby
when i settle down
got to get me a trailer park
and hold my world around
why why why why?
 
in my dang a ding a ding a ding dong 
a sticky sticky son of a gun
ding a danga danga dong dong ding dong 
why why never know
why why wack a dong a dang ding dong
then you take it on the bill
ding dang dong don't dong   
whoa!
 
i wanna love ya!
 
why why why, why why darling
do you do you tell me to play?
half the time I talk about it all now baby
you know what I'm talkin' about I said
why why why it'll
ticky ticky ticky ticky 
son of a gun
ding ding dong a bong bong bing bong 
ticky ticky thought of a gun
 
bing bing bang a bang a bang bing bong bing a bing bang a bong
binga bing a bang a bong bong bing bong bing banga bong
 
bing bing bang a bong bong bing bing binga binga banga bong
bing bing bang a bang bang bing bong
 
aarrrhhhh...
 
ding dang a dang bong bing bong
ticky ticky thought of a gun
everytime I try to do it all now baby
am I on the run
why why why
it'll ticky ticky ticky ticky ticky ticky
dawn of a gun
bing bing bang a bong a bong bing bang a 
ticky ticky thought of a gun
bing bip bip a bop bop boom bam 
ticky ticky through the day
 
if you got a doubt 'bout baby 
the memory is on the bed
why why why why why
darlin' uh it don't know
when my time is on 
might tell me never do it on his own
if my time was all as is yours 
make me burn a wish
when my time with you is brutish
no I'll never not ever
 
why why why why why why baby heavy hell 
alone and it's here it's this thunder
the thunder oh thunder
oh!
 
jesus built my car
it's a love affair
mainly jesus and my hot rod

yeah, fuck it!


TV Song


Tell me something I don't know
Sell me something I can't use
Push the buttons
Connect the goddamned dots

Live-in thief in my bedroom, bathroom
Commodity, sodomy,
Glass arch enemy
Promise everything
Take it all away
Give it a rest

You're lying through your teeth
You're lying through your teeth

Who, what, where, why, who
When did you say the earth would stop turning?
why did you say we would all start burning?
When should i make a pledge?
Should i listen to the voices in my head?

Connect the goddamned dots
Connect the goddamned dots

who am i trying to impress?
who could care less?


Quick Fix by William S. Burroguhs

featured on the Ministry Single, "Just One Fix"

Put it country simple,
Earth has a lot of things other folks might want,
like the whole planet.
And maybe these folks would like a few changes made,
Like more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,
and room for their way of life.
We've seen this happen before,
right in these United States.
Your way of life destroyed the Indian's way of life,
The Indian Reservation is extinction.
But I offer this distinction
I'm with the invaders, 
no use trying to hide that.
And at the same time I disagree
with some of the things they are doing.
Oh, we're not united any more than you are.
Oh, we're not united any more than you are.

Conservative faction is set on nuclear war
as a solution to the Indian personality.

Others disagree [x2]

I don't claim my motives are 100% humane,
but I do say if we can't think up anything quieter,
and tidier, than that, we aren't all that much
better than you new earth aches.

There is no place else to go,
The theater is closed.

There is no place else to go, 
The theater is closed.

Cut word lines, cut music lines,
smash the control images,
smash the control machine.

Translated by: Matthew Bissel 


Lyrics to "Paisley", B-side of Lay Lady Lay import.

Open eyes conspire to reduce the point of view

Closing all the windows opens doors in you
Waiting for the setting suns, I memorize   
Watching with indifference as clouds collide

If paisley could fly

Theorize and justify the one reality
Someone finds and answer, but it's not for me

Do clouds have eyes?

If paisley could fly
If paisley could fly
If paisley could fly
If paisley could fly

 


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