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As ugly as magic your skin is so fair
And your body that was lied to is now practiced in the custom
Of going to the river and washing your hair
And reading the chronicle of eyelids from cover to cover
And then cross-dress your sorrows with cheer
While the river does its thing with the water and the fish in mid-air

Well I must be devoted to feel so near
A stones throw away now from you my beloved
But as the stone passes through the air
Can feel my heart begin to languish and flicker
Or words to that effect just only a lot quicker
Between the water and the river I'd do well to remember your tears

Is it better to betray than to inbreed
To pierce the yoke with barbed eyelashes
And dip my brush in every riverine
And wear the cloth that always clashes
How I love these hessian sashes
They go with nothing when nothing goes with me


from Chopping Board, released April 3, 2014



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Jack Elias Sydney, Australia

Jack Elias is the death star of folksong poetry. From the more discordant ramblings of Quaoub (what Elias formerly toured Europe under), comes Chopping Board, the first vinyl release from this Lebanese-Australian songwriter via Spence, Cohen, Prince Billy and Baier cut live from an Erskineville lounge room. ... more

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