Take The Slow Train

from by Philip Jeays

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TAKE THE SLOW TRAIN

The gardens are mown
And the hedges are sheared
There’s no sign of flames
But you can smell the fire
God loves a man
In hat and a beard
To dream is human
But fancy-dress is divine
There’s a warning on your peanuts
Packet may contain nuts
Just look at how the rivers
All run into the sea

There’s a man in the precinct
He could be a deviant
He could be the anti-Christ
He could be the chosen one
He doesn’t seem to blink
He doesn’t care what you think
He’s a bona fide nickel-plated
Grade A consumer
He’s a man on a mission
He’s got laser beam precision
He walks like a stranger
But he knows like a madman

That’s the way
You find Jesus
That’s the way
You buy your car insurance
That’s the way
You accessorise
That’s the way
You’re an individual

People travel miles
To lay flowers for a child
They never even knew
It’s conspicuous compassion
It’s sentiment as status
It’s lining the procession
Emotions are credentials
When people crave importance
Watch the angry man
Run to hit the prison van
Just look at how the rivers
All run into the sea

There’s a man on my TV
Showing me his MBE
They pat him on the head
And tell him he’s a good boy
Everybody needs a prize
To make them feel special
A martyr has his paradise
A mistress picks out something nice
Have yourself another slice
Buy into the dream
Your life is over
With your first down payment

That’s the way
You find Jesus
That’s the way
You buy your car insurance
That’s the way
You accessorise
That’s the way
You’re an individual

It doesn’t matter who you are
We’ve got the colour just for you
We’ve got a range of finishes
Designed with you in mind

Look into the dark
You can still see the light
But it’s fainter now
And there are papers to sell
Keep your head down
And you’ll be alright
Just pop your top off
Hey, we can sell that smile
Magazine snappers snap
Side boob and thigh gap
Just look at how the rivers
All run into the sea

Take a brief nonentity
Forge a golden effigy
Put them on a pedestal
Call them a celebrity
This is the realm of Sisyphus
This is the modern alchemy
Another burning Icarus’s
Meltdown in the Sun
Looking for a fire escape
A diet or a sex tape
Grasping for glitter
In the noise and circus

That’s the way
You find Jesus
That’s the way
You buy your car insurance
That’s the way
You accessorise
That’s the way
You’re an individual

Oh yeah
The kids are in love again
They’ve got a new buzz again
And everything’s amazing
Have you heard this band?
They’ve got a bandoneon
They’ve got an accordion
They’ve got a mandolin
And someone dressed like an Edwardian
Time will tell
But you know damn well
It’s just a matter of when
They’re gonna break America

That’s the way
You find Jesus
That’s the way
You buy your car insurance
That’s the way
You accessorise
That’s the way
You’re an individual

You know you want it
You know you want it

You want a piece of everything
You want to live in orange skin
You want to all be different
Just as long as you’re the same
You want to sieve war graves for peace
You want to know the hand of God
You want a tilt at paradise
With faith and home essentials

You’ve got time, you’ve got views
You’ve got interactive news
So why not tell us what you think
Hashtag la la la
You’ve got blood, you’ve got fire
You’ve got all your heart’s desire
And when the world ends
You can film it on your phone

And all the boys
Well they just wanna be
And all the girls
They’re like ‘don’t look at me’
And all the boys
They model Summer clothes
And all the girls want a ride
With the soft top down
Well

It doesn’t matter who you are no
We’ve got the colour just for you
We’ve got a range of finishes
Designed, designed with you in mind

Take it down
Spin it around now
Take it down
Spin it around now
Take the slow train home
Take the slow train home
Take the slow train home
Take the slow train

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from Take The Slow Train, released April 18, 2016

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