Witness in the House of Pox

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Witness in the House of Pox (2019)

Debut album by Erotic Secrets of Pompeii, recorded at Coach House Studio, Bristol.

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released March 15, 2019

All music by ESOP.

Produced by Tom Hackwell, Ruben Garcia Mesa, and ESOP.

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Debut album WITNESS IN THE HOUSE OF POX out now!

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Track Name: Stab the Hunchback
STAB THE HUNCHBACK

Where city lights divide, the killing blooms
I watch the night unstitch itself from the moon

Voluptuous panic screaming through the streets
A Bedouin ghost resides beneath my meat

Stab the hunchback...

I speak in tongues until my mouth gets sore
I bet you never thought you’d find Jerusalem at your door

Stab the hunchback...
Track Name: Utterly Rudderless
UTTERLY RUDDERLESS

We put the lizards into power
Gave them our children to deflower
Didn’t we? Didn’t we?
Didn’t we? Didn’t we?

We put the moon inside a box,
Pay per view paper moon – yes I watch
Television, television
Television, television

Jesus was an astronaut
He’s gonna save us all from hurt
Isn’t he? Isn’t he?
Isn’t he? Isn’t he?

I read the books by dead white men
Read ‘em up, read ‘em up, read ‘em again
Didn’t I? Didn’t I?
Didn’t I? Didn’t I?

Chaos, chaos, chaos, woah
You need to know we are alone
The universe is not your friend
At most it is ambivalent

Rudderless, utterly rudderless...

Love yourself, love yourself
Learn to love yourself, learn to love yourself
Love yourself, love yourself
‘cos no one else is gonna love you

Read the books by dead white men
Read ‘em up, read ‘em up, read ‘em again
Didn’t you? Didn't you?
Didn’t you? Didn't you?

Jesus was an astronaut
He’s gonna save all those who bought a
Television, television
Isn’t he? Isn’t he?

Chaos, chaos, chaos, woah
You need to know we are alone
The universe is not your friend
At most it is ambivalent

Rudderless, utterly rudderless...
Track Name: Black Petals
BLACK PETALS

I saw him in the white, white water
A Texarkana moonlit murder
Full of white words and white thoughts
Which he brandished like a broadsword

He said, “you've got a bright white future”
I said, “you’ve got the blackest of humour”
As he pulled out a black cat’s femur
Underneath the moon’s white cleaver

Beside the wheelbarrow
I reached out my hand
Black petals in my pocket...

I said, “you’ve got some nerve pulling tongues of little ones”
I said, “you’ve got some nerve, sir”
Riddled with worms
Right up to the lungs
White, white wriggling
So full you’re dribbling

With words like picks, I broke the rocks
With words like keys, I unpicked the locks
I threw my asp and I shook the pharaoh
I shook my ass and I threw the pharaoh

Beside the wheelbarrow
I reached out my hand
Black petals in my pocket...
Track Name: Auguries & Auguries
AUGURIES & AUGURIES

Auguries and auguries
And auguries and auguries...

Let me down, lover, when the phone lines ring
Let me down loudly when the church bells ring
Let me in on how the world ends
Tell me what I need to know

Place your hands into the offal
Rub the blood until you find
Who will I be, Christ or Rommel?
Twist the entrails serpentine

Auguries and auguries
And auguries and auguries...

They shaved her hair
The beetles bled
Weasels screamed and I said

Guided by some force unknown
I found a photo of myself
In a house now derelict

Dressed up like a sacred clown
I found a photo of myself
In a house now derelict

And then they came for me
Every sign and every symbol
could not save me from the winter
A perfumed beak, a dreaded hymnal
Could not save me from the winter

Strappado, strappado
Strappado, Strappado

Auguries and auguries
And auguries and auguries...
Track Name: Behold Behemoth
BEHOLD BEHEMOTH

Behold Behemoth
Which I made with you
Broad and sprawling
See how it cleaves in two
A great big wall
That lacerates the plane
Well walls are warnings
Cut deep like a blade

See the Chinooks circling
While a guard is flirting
Talking dirty to his girl
Such a dirty boy with his dirty words

Behold Behemoth
Which I made with you
Broad and sprawling
See how it cleaves in two
A great big wall
That lacerates the plane
Well walls are warnings
Cut deep like a blade

That damn ink – I can’t wash it off
Even with expensive soap
That damn stink I can’t get it out my nose
It is the smell of human roast

Behold Behemoth
Which I made with you
Broad and sprawling
See how it cleaves in two
A great big wall
That lacerates the plane
Well walls are warnings
Cut deep like a blade
Track Name: Big Daddy's in the Business
BIG DADDY'S IN THE BUSINESS

Big Daddy’s in the business
Dippin’ fingers in the fishnets
Friggin’ flippers like he means it
Licking lips to steal the lipstick
Spit and gristle 'neath the sunset
Under the glamour is where he keeps it
Big Daddy’s in the business

In the scene where the women scream
That is where you'll find him
On the set where the women wretch
where the men in suits all hedge their bets
Have you heard his words lately?
It's all blood and blubber, baby

Big Daddy’s in the business...

A tidal wave of paring knives
Murmuration, murmuration
A million legs across your skin
Formication, formication
Have you heard his words lately?
It's all blood and blubber, baby

Big Daddy’s in the business...

Shame, shame he's at it again
showing brain on the climbing frame
see, see beneath the tree
a little sun hat on his knee
Have you heard his words lately?
It's all blood and blubber, baby

Big Daddy’s in the business...
Track Name: Terrible Fish
TERRIBLE FISH

Like a terrible fish I swam
Like a severed limb looking for a one armed man
I’ve been doing all I can (ih-can-ih-can-ih-bal)
In this river of terrible fish

Those without darkness
Have no map in Baghdad
Those without mirrors
Will be forever mad

How I’ve aged, how I’ve changed
Being normal is so strange
But it’s no protection against doing a great evil
Speak of murder, speak of rain
Hate breeds hate, pain breeds pain
When your wife is weeping,
She dreams of a naked Jesus

Don’t you realize what you’ve found?
Not a clever thing, not a monster but a clown
I’ll be stepping, stepping down
As the king of terrible fish

Those without shadows
Have never felt the light
Those without questions
Will be forever quiet

How I’ve aged, how I’ve changed
Being normal is so strange
But it’s no protection against doing a great evil
Speak of murder, speak of rain
Hate breeds hate, pain breeds pain
When your wife is weeping,
She dreams of a naked Jesus
Track Name: Crocodilian
CROCODILIAN

There are knives between the sheets
There’s belt around my neck
There’s a basement in my house
But that’s enough about that

Beneath this ugly suit shrill bones are fully charged
There’s a worm inside my leg – he’s the one in charge
The sight, the sound, the skin – crocodilian

The birthmark upon my thigh, the whispers in my ear
The jury is all out when you have gone, my dear
The sight, the sound, the skin – crocodilian

The sight, the sound, the skin
The sight, the sound, the skin
la la la la
The sight, the sound, the skin – Crocodilian

Your dress without a host
like an old tattoo
I made a meal on a dirty plate
a fist to fit the bruise

A fist to fit the bruise...

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