De Chirico Street

by Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born 3 March 1953) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. While primarily a vocalist and guitarist, he also plays harmonica, piano and bass guitar.

I was followed home by a weighing machine
On DeChirico Street
It said, "What do you know?" I said, "What do you mean?"
On DeChirico Street
And the numbers turned to fingers          5
And the fingers turned to flies
And they buzzed around your portrait

I was followed home by a seventy-three
On DeChirico Street
It was advertising you and me              10
On DeChirico Street
In the photograph, we kissed
The conductor's name was Milo
As the bus went past, he hissed,
"Fleshhead!"                              15

A hyena sprang, she was on all fours
On DeChirico Street
And her outline showed through a strip of gauze
On DeChirico Street
If you meet me by the clock               20
I can kiss you through the window
'Cause you love that sudden shock

Don't moralize
Get on with it
You can go                                 25
Now you've discharged all your responsibilities
N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-now now now
On DeChirico Street

Ah, ah

As the sundial fell, it was oh so black    30
On DeChirico Street
And the lizard's tail slithered in the crack
On DeChirico Street
And the pale yellow globes
Flickered softly through the window          35
As you paced the night with strobes

It's the darkest dream in the whole wide world
On DeChirico Street
It's a bat, it's a bat, it's a bat, it's a girl
On DeChirico Street                        40
In my pocket, nightmares dress
I said, "Jasper, this one's evil"
But I love my lioness... My lioness!

Ah, ah.
Mmm. Mmm.                                  45



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