Lyrics

Lyrics are through 2012--need to add Arui Wa Anarchy, The Mortal, Schaft second album

Transcription notes:
{words in braces} are what is being sung in the song but is not in the album's lyric booklet; these lyrics may come from other sources and will be noted. If the source is not noted then it's simply how I hear it and may be subject to inaccuracies. If I'm not sure what is being said, then I will put a ? mark.

(words in parenthesis) are backing vocals, notes, or samples.

In Japanese: [words in brackets] is the way the lyricist wants you to read the kanji and is not the traditional way nor is it usually even an acceptable way.

In English: [words in brackets] are the traditional way of reading the kanji or the original English of a word written in katakana in Japanese.

Translations: (if I bother to do it--I'm lazy and I think translations are dangerous) My goal is to be accurate but also to do so in a way that you can sing along. Not saying I get it right but I try to balance the following: 1. nit-picky via back translations (if I can translate it back into Japanese and it doesn't match the author's original words, then I will try to do a better translation in English) 2. syllabic matching (if the original line in Japanese was 10 syllables then I will try to translate it into 10 English syllables so you can sing along) and keep the English word in the same part of the sentence for sing-along purposes 3. not assume the author's intentions and make huge leaps in translations (the reader should be allowed to come to conclusions on their own) 4. keep the same tone: if the original lyrics were casual, dirty, slang, masculine, etc then I'll seek English words with a similar tone (here is where huge leaps may be made because the translator may color the translation with how they speak rather than how the author may speak if they learned English)

*Please note that males in Japanese often use a word for "I" which is masculine only and is often used in the lyrics presented here. This gendered nuance is not translatable in English.

Schaft lyrics

  1. Olive
  2. The HERO INside
  3. Thirsty Fly
  4. SKF10047
  5. Nothing
  6. Slice
  7. Broken English
  8. Merry Christmas On Mars
  9. Information
  10. Visual Cortex
  11. Fetid Air
  12. Arbor Vitate
  13. Cold Light

Olive

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
with head cut open, I want to feed on what
flows out from you…
have you never felt the same?
I want to take you in through the mouth
your cells
your blood vessels
your everything
your memory
your lifeblood itself

with head torn open, I want to drink on what
flows out from you…
I have often felt this way
I want to make you mine completely
your memory
your life
your everything
your love
and the very core of you

the dream evaporates
once more my usual self
once more your usual self
another day begins
another uneventful day


The HERO INside

Lyrics by and
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
he comes to me
the man with no face
a hero in a mask of raw flesh
he is a simple genius
flower blood cells
the hero inside my brain
oh the burning sands, the greasy rope
electric hands, my broken hope, my mind machine
I feel my stomach churns…
bathsheba burns!
the blood red rain will stain your name
BEHOLD THE LORD OF PAIN
he speaks I cannot hear
but I understand
he plugs me into his socket
I slip into his brain
flower blood cells
the hero inside my brain
yours is the mark
one hopeless dream
and comes your guilt
this sordid stream
my mind machine
I feel my stomach churns
bathsheba burns
the blood red rain
will stain your name
BEHOLD THE LORD OF PAIN


Thirsty Fly

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
any sense of dignity you have felt
any sense of reality I need help
any sense of this animal you could be
any sense at all give it to me
any sense at all give it to me
come under me come under me

lie to believe
one mile to concede
here I thirst and I plead
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees

any sense of hope and what could be
I wash away in self pity
in the grip and grime this muddled time
I throw more wine on the drowning mind
give it to me come unto me
come under me come under me

lie to believe
one mile to concede
here I thirst and I plead
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees

who’s the one who saw him die?
“I am said the fly
with my little eye
I’m the one who same him die”
“put a little sugar on there baby
…and a little talcum is always walcum”

little busy thirsty fly drink with me and drink as I
little busy thirsty fly drink with me get drunk as I
little busy thirsty fly
drink with me and watch me die

lie to believe
one mile to concede
here I thirst and I plead
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees
burn that skin off your knees…


SKF10047

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994

*器楽曲
歌詞ありません。

*instrumental song
no lyrics.


Nothing

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
I scrape my name off the seven skins of excess
I hang my pickled brain on the rusty nail of success
I scratch my sodden skin stained eyes…
I scratch my sodden skin stained eyes
with the suffering of my kin and kind
with the suffering of my kin and kind
with the suffering my killing’s kind
my killing kind
my killing kind
my killing’s kind
my killing’s kind

I wanna know how you feel from the inside out
I wanna know how it feels out of my sinside on your inside
I’m on the inside

This is the anthem of the dispossessed
this is the endless chain that sprouts aggression
this is the bigotry that grows and grows into oppression
I am the poison water that lies within your well
these words are wind though you wear them well
the wretched blade turns to your wrists
endows it with its special gifts

I scratch my sodden skin stained eyes…
I scratch my sodden skin stained eyes
with the suffering of my killing kind
my killing kind
my killing kind
my killing’s kind
my killing’s kind


Slice

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
once twice sometimes thrice I came for you with a stanley knife
nicely nicely come on excite me I wanna feel your metal slice me
feel defile oh so dumb I see you hurt now here I come
I’m silent I’m violent lie still while I have my will
I’m soon hot soon cold

a mismarriage of velvet how I feel it
my skin is aflame my mind is lame
you twist this knot and feed my pain
slice slice here comes the knife
slice slice here comes the knife
feed the fire on my funeral pyre you’re the pearl I’m the pain

you’re the lesion I’m the lesion I hear a great big noise inside my head
a squinting eye a squeezing finger bide the hurts with a chink of lead
there’s a fear filled blood red sea in my mind a punt of lies is my legacy
gimme the space and I’ll show you the pace
you’re the fish I’m the foul meat in the middle
turn up the fire put the flesh on the griddle
you’re the place that holds me in its spell
that holds me like the native place
to you I talk, walk and stalk

the seaboard secret strikes the line
the land I burn is all that’s mine
burn your lover
burn your shrine
fill my cup and bide my time
I’m the silent cyclone the silent medicine
this killin’ is fillin’ my cup to brimmin’
you obey while I betray
I taste and die heave and cry
yearn for one more reddened eye
the tree the flower and the seed
will supporate and dry and bleed

your secret skin will spell my name
your secret skin will shelter me
your secret skin will smell of me
your secret skin will hide this
shame


Broken English

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
cover of a Marianne Faithfull song
lyrics: Faithful, Raynolds, Mavety, York, StannardI could have got through anytime
cold lonely puritan
what are you fighting for
it’s not my security
it’s just an old war
not even a cold war

don’t say it in russian
don’t say it in german
say it in b ro ken en glis h
say it in…
b rok en e ng l ish

lose your father your husband
your mother your children
what are you fighting for

it’s not my reality
it’s just an old war
not even a cold war
don’t say it in russian
don’t say it in german
say it in bro ke n e ng lish
say it in br ok en eng li sh


Merry Christmas On Mars

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
*器楽曲
歌詞ありません。
*instrumental song
no lyrics.

Information

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
I saw the local cable company
they came and dug up the road
they cut the roots and killed the tree
to give me inFORMation overload
they laid an optical vein with a heart of glass
so the rich infuse but the poor are bypassed
no need to qualify distinction
of any creature if alive or in extinctionsomebody gifted with a scanner and a keypad
can rustle up an animal in cyberspace and time dad
can it be as really real as takarazuka
a message that is subtle as a kiss from a bazooka
come into the water don’t be scareed of a varrucha
erase that from your mind the bottom line is filthy lucre

they’re going to give you inFORMation
they want to put in FORMation
is it a cause for celebration a non creative re-creation

if you’re virtually hungry eat a virtual meal
if you’re virtually sick then do you virtually heal
with a virtual brain invent a virtual wheel
you’re a virtual slave but the kneeling is real

we’re going for a swim in someone elses
stream of conciousness and I hope that
we don’t drown

a change of perception
under pain of deception
latest stab into modernity
chew the flavour of eternity
how does anyone else feel
who can tell me what’s the real deal
will the glove and goggle free you
or put your conciousness in curfew

no need to answer any question
the mass of inFORMation giving mental indigestion
somebody lacking internet without a modem
is waiting for the chance of overrating what you show them
can it be as really real as waking in a fever
asleep inside a dream thats advertising unilever
come into the universe of corporate dementia
where everybody swaps their teeth for permanent indenture


Visual Cortex

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
alive in the desert heat the sun holds her heart, as it drains
every breath and tears limbs apart.. as night lays its shroud
she lies down to wait and the moon cools her bones as if
seals her fate
and no one to know
and no one to hear
that final ghostly
CRY

Fetid Air

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
I was coming up for air
I was sick she was despair
my mind was thrilling
her body was willing
how I weep to sleep
I count the cost
I can’t believe all that I have lost do you hear me?
or feel me? believe me? when I tell you could I beed
less than is needless, could you be
shamed damned and blamed
like I shame you?

I was gonna get my share
I was drunk on the fetid air she was breathing
I was seething
she was blotched, beautiful bloody and bored
I was coming and coming and coming
it was running on her open sores do you hear me?
or feel me? believe me? when I telll you could I bleed
less than needless, could ou be
shamed damned and blamed
like I shame you?

I’ve got a legacy of hot night and bloody height
I was brief baby
she was my relief
now I hide in the light and in the love
and in this fear of a
switchblade

do you hear me? or feel me? believe me? when I tell you could I bleed
less than is needless, could you be
shamed damned and blamed
like I shame you?
like I shame you and you and you?
like I shame you?
like I shame you and you and you?
like I shame you?


Arbor Vitate

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
this is the good for my belief, this is the gun for my relief
this is the GOD
this is the GUN
one is for killing one is for fun… fun… FUN!

POW POW! easy come POW POW POW easy go
POW POW! easy come POW POW POW easy go
this is the good for my belief, this is the gun for my relief
this is the GOD
this is the GUN
one is for killing one is for fun

I am the town that loves to lie, that shame passed by
this is the city where the windows weep, the only answer to my conceit
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
you are the one I recognize but in your warmth i could realize
I am the sum of all I despise but I soon start to feel
alive!

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH
you are the good for my belief, this is the gun for my relief
this is the GOD
this is the GUN
one is for killing one is for fun

my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
here is the good in my belief, this is the bullet that’s my relief
this is the GOD
this is the GUN
one is for killing one is for fun
he is made for my belief, this is the bullet that’s my relief
this is the GOD
this is the GUN
one is for kiling one is for fun

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH
I could kill someone tonight, slip and slide to the hurt and high
run around with a
switchblade
come with you in the morning light

my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
this finger itches for the spike and soon
in this city where you weep
into the womb that is your only tomb!

my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need tonight
my god is good my god is right he’ll give me what I need
TONIGHT!


Cold Light

Lyrics by
From: Switchblade, originally released on September 21st, 1994
in your cold light I make this gun my lawful wife
in your cold light I come alive with a stanley knife
in your cold light I can see right through my life
take me my maker
got the noose got the neck
if only I could break her hate her save her
if only I could break her hate her save her
from you

in your cold light I walk into tinseltown
in your cold light these sheets are lit with broken hearts
in your cold light I will soon surrender
here comes success
with your fear with your fist and a flick of the wrist

here comes a candle to light you to bed
here comes a chopper to chop off your head
here comes a candle to light you to bed
here comes a chopper to chop
chop
chop off your head

I’m coming on success
with your fear with your fist and a flick of the wrist
SURRENDER! SURRENDER! SURRENDER! SURRENDER!
SURRENDER! SURRENDER! SURRENDER!
SURRENDER!