The Fatima Mansions Smiling Lyrics

Bertie's Brochures Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Behind the Moon
  • 2 Bertie's Brochures
  • 3 Shiny Happy People
  • 4 V.N. (Apology)
  • 5 Mario Vargas Yoni
  • 6 Smiling
  • 7 Long About Now
  • 8 The Great Valerio
  • The jet plane draws a jagged wound along the dimming autumn sky
    His breath steams on ahead of him as through the tenement he does stride
    to knock upon some doors
    The boy who asked for more
    and who hid his real fears so the people just saw...
    they saw him smiling
    They only ever saw him smiling
    He breathes the air of the barber's shop
    The steam, smoke and cheap cologne
    He says, "Old man, tell this razor blade
    how much you want to be left alone."
    Over the mirror to the left
    A postcard girl with naked b******
    brings us greetings from Crete to this ugly man's street just by smiling
    Look, she's all smiling
    Yeah, she pouts and acts hot with James Bond on his yacht
    His arching eyebrow, his martini seed
    while in her village in Milan starving people stole cans
    and [bad] silver or the loser will bleed

    In a few more years the cruel boy makes his way
    up to where the real power is
    until a bomb in his car blows him all over a wall
    and his comrades shake their fists
    We see the biggest killers of all who say they are appalled
    They say, "Our rage is extreme," but you know what they mean
    Upstairs they're smiling
    Still scared and smiling

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