P J HARVEY
IS THIS DESIRE?

ANGELENE (Harvey)
THE SKY LIT UP (Harvey)
THE WIND (Harvey)
MY BEAUTIFUL LEAH (Harvey)
A PERFECT DAY ELISE (Harvey)
CATHERINE (Harvey)
ELECTRIC LIGHT (Harvey)
THE GARDEN (Harvey)
JOY (Harvey)
THE RIVER (Harvey)
NO GIRL SO SWEET (Harvey)
IS THIS DESIRE? (Harvey)
























ANGELENE

My
first name Angelene
Prettiest mess you've ever seen
Love for money is my sin
Any man calls, I'll let him in

Rose is my colour, and white
Pretty mouth and green my eyes
I see men come and go
But there'll be one who will collect my soul and come to me

Two-thousand
miles away
He walks upon the coast
Two-thousand miles away
It lays open like a road

Dear
God, life ain't kind
People getting born and dying
But I've heard there's joy untold
Lays on that open road in front of me

My
first name is Angelene












THE SKY LIT UP

I'm
walking in the city tonight
I'm walking in the city at dark
Remembering, remember light
Thinking of nothing, and the shooting stars
And this world tonight is mine
A world to be remembered in
Think on a faded photograph
My hair longer than its ever been

And then the sky lit up
The sky, my friend
And I'm lighter than I've ever been

I saw the trees crossing the moon
I saw the stars in the Heaven above
Shine on my own beautiful prayer
Shining on my own beautiful love

The sky lit up

And
I'm dancing with him
In this city and in this town
I don't care what he's thinking of
Just take the car, just take my hand

The sky lit up












THE WIND

Catherine
liked high places
High up on the hills
A place for making noises
Noises like the whales
Here she built a chapel with
Her image on the wall
A place where she could rest and
A place where she could wash
And listen to the wind blow

She dreamt of children's voices
And torture on the wheel
Patron-Saint of nothing
A woman of the hills
She once was a lady
Of pleasure, and high-born
A lady of the city
But now she sits and moans
And listens to the wind blow

I see her in her chapel
High up on a hill
She must be so lonely
Oh Mother, can't we give
A husband to our Catherine?
A handsome one, a dear
A rich one for the lady
Someone to listen with












MY BEAUTIFUL LEAH

Did you see her walking?
Did she come around here, Sir?
Black hair, brown eyes
My beautiful Leah
She was always so needing
Said, "I have no-one"
Even as I held her
She went out looking for someone

She only had nightmares,
And her sadness never lifted
And slowly over the years
Her lovely face twisted
Did she come around here, Sir?
I swear you would remember
Black hair, Brown eyes
Late September
October
November
December

It never leaves my mind
The last words she said
"If I don't find it this time,
Then I'm better off dead".












A PERFECT DAY ELISE

He got lucky one time
Hitting with the girl in room 509
She turned her back on him facing the frame
Said, "Listen Joe, don't you come here again"

White sun scattered all over the sea
He could think of nothing but her name 'Elise'
God is the sweat running down his back
The water soaked her blonde hair black

Its a perfect day Elise

He got burned by the sun
His face so pale and his hands so worn
Let himself in room 509
Said a prayer, pulled the trigger and cried

'It's a perfect day, Elise'












CATHERINE

Catherine De Barra, you've murdered my thinking
I gave you my heart, you left the thing stinking
I'd break from your spell if it weren't for my drinking
And the wind bites more bitter with each light of morning

I envy the road, the ground you tread under,
I envy the wind, your hair riding over,
I envy the pillow your head rests and slumbers,
I envy to murderous envy your lover

'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breath

I envy the road, the ground you tread under,
I envy the wind, your hair riding over,
I envy the pillow your head rests and slumbers,
I envy to murderous envy your lover

'Til the light shines on me
I damn to hell every second you breath

Oh my
Catherine
For your eyes smiling
And your mouth singing
With time I'd have won you
With wile I'd have won you
For your mouth singing












ELECTRIC LIGHT

The beauty of her, under electric light
The beauty of her, under electric light
Tears my heart out every time

Dawn there waiting, right outside
Dawn there waiting, right outside
She tears my heart out every time

Siren rising across the sky
Sirens rising across the sky
Tears my heart out every time












THE GARDEN

And he was walking in the garden
And he was walking in the night
And he was singing a sad love song
And he was praying for his life
And the stars came out around him
He was thinking of his sins
And he's looking at his song-bird
And he's looking at his wings

There inside the garden
Came another with his lips
Said, 'Won't you come and be my lover?'
'Let me give you a little kiss'
And he came, knelt down before him
And fell upon his knees
Said, 'I will give you gold and mountains
If you stay awhile with me'

And there was trouble taking place

There inside the garden
They kissed, and the sun rose
And he walked a little further
And he found he was alone
And the wind, it gathered round him
He was thinking of his sins
He was looking at his song-bird
And he was looking at his wings

And there was trouble taking place












JOY

Joy was her name
A life un-wed
Thirty years old
Never danced a step

She would have left these red hills far behind if not for her condition
'Would have left these red hills long ago if not for my condition'

Pitiful
Joy
She looked away
Into a hollow sky
Came face to face

With her own innocence surrounding her until it never was a question
Innocence so suffocating, now she cannot move, no question

No hope for Joy
No hope or faith
She wanted to go blind
Wanted hope to stay

'I've been believing in nothing since I was born, it never was a question.'












THE RIVER

And they came to the river
And they came from the road
And he wanted the sun
Just to call his own
And they walked on the dirt
And they walked from the road
Till they came up close

Throw your pain in the river
To be washed away slow

And we walked without words
And we walked with our lives
Two silent birds
Circled by

Like our pain in the river

And we followed the river
And we followed the road
And we walked through this land
And we called it a home
But he wanted the sun
And I wanted the whole
And the white light scatters
And the sun sets low

Like the pain in the river












NO GIRL SO SWEET

In came the girl with the sad eyes and asked him over again
"Was I too weak? Was I a child?" and
"Can't we leave here and start again?"
Said "I don't mind if you take me down" and
"I don't mind if you break it all", but
"How much more can you take from me?"
"How much more can you take from me?"

"I'd like to take you inside my head"
"I'd like to take you inside of me"
"You came from Heaven" is all he said
"You came from Heaven and came here to me, and I love you..."

He drove it fast to make the night
And looked at his angel, where she lay
Resting her head and closed her eyes
Outside the heat and the Summer fades
Deep in the sky, a storm he'd seen
Deep in the sky, a storm he'd seen
"There ain't nothing, no girl so sweet"
"Took her from Heaven and gave her to me"












IS THIS DESIRE?

Joseph walked on and on
The sunset went down and down
Coldness cooled their desire
And Dawn said, 'Let's build a fire'

The sun dressed the trees in green
And Joe said, 'I feel like a King'
And Dawn's neck and her feet were bare
Sweetness in her golden hair

Said, 'I'm not scared'
Turned to her and smiled
Secrets in his eyes
Sweetness of desire

Is this desire?
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above?

Hour-long, by hour, may we two stand
When we're dead, between these lands
The sun set behind his eyes
And Joe said, 'Is this desire?'

Is this desire?
Enough enough
To lift us higher
To lift above?
Is this desire?
Enough enough
Enough inside
Is this desire?

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