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Siouxsie and the Banshees

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

Gustave Klimt, The Kiss, 1907-08 (detail)

FROM ‘MARA, MARIETTA’
Part Nine Chapter 10

‘A Kiss in the Dreamhouse’: Tall in black jeans and a Siouxsie and the Banshees T-shirt, Joaquín steps up to shake your hand. Bravado and shyness, swagger and finesse, mingle in his attitude.

Gustave Klimt,
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907 (detail)

CASCADE
Siouxsie and the Banshees

CASCADE
Siouxsie and the Banshees

Oh the air was shining
Shining like a wedding ring
Barbed like sex
I felt ten thousand volts
My chest was full of eels
Pushing through my usual skin
I opened up new wounds
Pouting, shouting

Oh love, like liquid falling
Falling in cascades
Oh lovelorn victims
Laughing in cascades

The sun was rich
Rich with song of sin
My breath melted my words
Into strange alphabets
Tormenting my tongue
Pouting, shouting

 

 

Oh love, like liquid falling
Falling in cascades
Oh lovelorn victims
Laughing in cascades

The heartbeats were echoing
Echoing the revolver
Emptying into my mouth
I pulled a face from my pocket
And smiled a leper’s grin
I felt somebody close
Pouting, shouting

Oh love, like liquid falling
Falling in cascades
Oh lovelorn victims
Laughing in cascades

Photo: Anton Corbijn, 1982

Photo: Pierre Terrasson, 1986

GREEN FINGERS
Siouxsie and the Banshees

Hibiscus head in a flower bed
A finger hewn, planted and sewn

Oh magic in her hands
She could make anything grow
Oh magic in her hands
She had green fingers

It’s curious where the animals don’t go
Mandrake rooted deep into the soil
Where the sun won’t fall but it flourishes
See the pretty maids all in a row

Magic in her hands
She could make anything grow
Oh magic in her hands
She had green fingers

It’s reaching and groping
A clammy handshake clawing the ivy
Crawling the tightrope along the lattice work
With this hand I thee wed
With this hand I thee bed
With this hand I…