Jolson and Jones
Scott Walker Lyrics


As the grossness of spring lolls its head against the window
As the grossness of spring lolls its bloodshot head
Curare! Curare! Curare!
Brogue cries from the street
Curare! Curare!
As the grossness of spring rose
A tumor balloon to squeak against the window
With the grossness of spring staining into the walls
The chair had been shifted ever so slightly
Say five feet or two centimeters
The prints of my fingers dusted from doorknobs
A lamp had been dimmed
Some sawdust where a ring had been
Where nice girls were turned into whores
Gardens with fountains where peacocks had strutted
Where deaf children were born
The splendor of tigers turning to gold in the desert
Pale meadows of stranded pyramids
Sonny boy
Such a sonny boy
There's a song in the air
Curare! Curare! Curare!
But the fair senorita don't seem to care
Curare! Curare! Curare!
As the grossness of spring lolls its head against the window
As the grossness of spring lolls its bloodshot head
I merely got up so slowly
Shuffled across the floor
Closed the door on the landing
Descending the stairs
Dipping into the street
The paralysed street
Brogue says "Good afternoon!"
I say "Good afternoon!"
"It's a lovely afternoon"
"Yes, it's a lovely afternoon"I
Into pockets unstitching so weighted with pins
Into eyes imploding on mazes of sins
The puddle beneath the cork
Bobbing on a mild chop that rolled in
Off the river Dix and the open water beyond
Brogue says
"I'LL PUNCH A DONKEY IN THE STREETS OF GALWAY"
Then me
"I'LL PUNCH A DONKEY IN THE STREETS OF GALWAY"
Brogue
"I'LL PUNCH A DONKEY IN THE STREETS OF GALWAY"
"I'LL PUNCH A DONKEY IN THE STREETS OF GALWAY"
Sonny boy
Such a sonny boy
In her voice, there's a flaw
Sonny boy
Such a sonny boy
E-e-aw and e-e-aw

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Sodhats

The image of two washed-up crooners shouting at each other about punching donkeys is weirdly terrifying

Someone liked your comment

2:40 Session donkey: a freelance donkey hired to bray on recording sessions.

658magnus

"I'll punch a donkey in the streets of Galway". One of my favorite lines from The Drift. It's so catchy, in an odd and morbid way.

Bertie Brown

Donkey, you're on notice.

martin richards

I'll Punch ad Donkey in the Streets of Galway is the best line ever

Evert Kramer

I don't do drugs and I think this music is insanely good.

Half Rutter

Same here. Walker is the absinthe in my tea.

Benito Mussolini

Not often has a song sent shivers down my spine in such a literal sense.

angeles melri

i like it, and that´s scaring me

shango02005

I've been listening to this album for around a year, now. It still scares me, but I also see so much beauty in it and I've gotten to the point where it gives me chills like any other great music I can think of. I can see why it took him so long to complete the album. It's a true masterpiece!

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