Jack Howard – Swing For The Crime

Versions

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Live  3:32 Jack Howard Epic Brass Live At Memo album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.

 Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

A song originally by The Saints performed as part of Jack Howard’s Epic Brass.

 

Lyrics

Locked in a room full of words
I’m the one-eyed midget with the curse
The simpleton who sweetly smiles at his young lover now beguiled
The sycophantic morons lied at Romeo who is the bride, let’s ride

Stoned as I walk down the hall
The adman waits to hear the curse and call
The angels scream in discontent as to the river they are led
The actors bow and pay the rent, we cover them in cold cement

Let’s swing for the crime everyone in double time
And we hope that you had a good time
Yeah smile as you sign on the line
Because life on your knees can be fun
Surprised now you’re not the only one

Led like a lamb into this gloom
Yeah Freud is in the back room with his goons
Now they’ve got new experiments, the metal groans, the limbs are rent
The anti-heros’ mock dissent, we market now by mass consent

We swing for the crime everyone in double time

Scream like you’ll burst if they cry
Is changed by the words that you learn
But Jack the Ripper is inside
And Moriarty has imbibed
They live, they marry, all the while
We laugh and have them circumcised

They swing for the crime everyone in double time
And we hope that you had a good time
Yeah smile as you sign on the line
Because life on your knees can be fun
Are you glad that you’re not the only one?

[Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey]