The First, the Fool

by Bellfrog

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released August 21, 2015

Lyrics and music by Alex Taylor (Bellfrog) except tracks 6 and 11 with lyrics by Iain Sharp.

Recorded live at Albany Street Studios, Dunedin, produced by Jeremy Mayall with recording assistance from Stephen Stedman.

Album cover artwork by George Hajian.

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Bellfrog (Alex Taylor) is a composer, songwriter and poet based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Track Name: Narcissus
Have you heard the story of Narcissus?
Have you heard the story of Narcissus?
He died alone, never having loved anyone but his own reflection

His mother visited a prophet
She asked him how her son was like to go
He told her not to worry unless
He ever came to know himself

The son was coveted around the place
A golden boy, a beauty queen's wet dream
He rather liked the attention he got
If only to hear them scream his name

He died alone, never having loved anyone but his own reflection

The first time that I saw him
I couldn't look away
I wasted my youth holding out
For a pretty boy not that way inclined

The last time that I saw him
He was naked by the pool
He didn't dare disturb the water
For fear his lover would take him for a fool, a fool, a fool
Track Name: Ghost Song
I took one look at this very strange feeling
I took one look and bowled it over
My nerves they were humming
My skin it was dancing
But I wasn't ready to go

I took the hand of a beautiful stranger
I took his hand to think it over
And I found I was lost to the feeling
So I let his pretty hand go

I took the train to the end of the line
A full moon rose to shine me over
The tiniest sounds had me singing and dancing
They said look at that skinny man go

Joyful ghost, joyful ghost
Moondrunk, mournful ghost

Joyful ghost, joyful ghost
Moondrunk, mournful ghost

I took one look at this very strange feeling
I took one look and called him over
My nerves they were humming
My skin it was dancing
But now I was ready to go

Joyful ghost, joyful ghost
Moondrunk, mournful ghost

Joyful ghost, joyful ghost
Moondrunk, mournful ghost

Joyful ghost, joyful ghost
Moondrunk, mournful ghost
Track Name: Three Men
Here I present three men
Three types of men
Three points on the sphere of love
Three points of view
Three points of you

The first the fool, in the best sense of the word
A creature of his own invention
He invented the colour of vowels
Got used to hallucination

The second the soldier, hides a fabulous opera
Under layers of habit and caution
He tethers himself to the promise of something worthy
Or the fear of love

These men I know
Might seem little more than cardboard cutouts to you
But even though we dream of a three-dimensional man
All we have are these

The third man, most of the time
Has his head in his hands, his doubts in his pockets
He would love to be the first man, or even the second
Then at least he would be sure

These men I know
Might seem little more than cardboard cutouts to you
But even though we dream of a three-dimensional man
All we have are these

These men I know
Might seem little more than cardboard cutouts to you
But even though we dream of a three-dimensional man
All we have are these

Here I've presented three men
Three types of men
Three points on the sphere of love
Three points of view
Three points of you
Track Name: Full Metal Jacket
Perhaps the greatest mummy's boy who ever lived
After all she gave him special powers
On her advice he had a dress made to avoid conscription
But it wasn't long before he couldn't resist

A full metal jacket
A full metal jacket
Not the film, but a breastplate of gold

His best friend was a man who loved him dear
They went to war together chasing a girl
It wasn't long before they stormed the walls for the first time
He was almost unstoppable with weapon in hand

And his full metal jacket
His full metal jacket
Not the film, but a breastplate of gold

The other guy he wasn't a natural, not a jock or a skite
He always felt he had to prove himself
So when his buddy had a meltdown over the latest new girl
He decided to take things into his own hands

In the full metal jacket
The full metal jacket
Before long it was riddled with holes

It's not so far from love to bravery
It's not so far
It's not so far from love to bravery
It's not so far

In a full metal jacket
A full metal jacket
And a fool he was longing to hold
Track Name: Penelope
If I was your son, I'd be on my way out of here
If I was your son, I'd be on a boat to somewhere else
In a boat to somewhere else

But I'm not your son, I'd be a terrible child
I'd be proud and weak, in a boat to somewhere else
In a boat to somewhere else

Will you be home in a while?
Will you be home in a while?
When can I stop waiting for you?
Will you be home in a while?

How can I go, when you you said you'd be home just a little while?
Yet they expect me to dance in perpetual mourning
A trance of perpetual mourning

Will you be home in a while?
Will you be home in a while?
When can I stop waiting for you?
Will you be home in a while?

I've unpicked my loom for you
I've unpicked my loom for you
I've unpicked my loom for you
And I can't bear to be wrong

If I had the chance to take a terrible vengeance
I'd drown your boat in the midst of my anger
You'd sink in my Charybdis of anger
You'd sink in a boat to somewhere else
In a boat to somewhere else

Will you be home in a while?
Will you be home in a while?
When can I stop waiting for you?
Will you be home in a while?

I've unpicked my loom for you
I've unpicked my loom for you
I've unpicked my loom for you
And I can't bear to be wrong
Track Name: The Desperadoes
Hand in hand we skip
Down Molesworth Street
It's good to be alone
In a capital city
It's good to steal flowers
From the Parliamentary gardens
While the ministers are in session

Ah, look at your face -
You're as beautiful as jazz,
As jasmine.

We chuck pebbles at the night sky
Cracks appear in the moon
Track Name: Stars
Look around at all your stars
All your shiny superficial stars
With their dreamy eyes and cream guitars
You have never looked so hard

Are you waiting for a hero
Are you hoping the stars will come near
Or are you bent on their destruction
Would you do anything just to take them for a ride?

You might say you're no one
But to me you're someone

Don't ever go away from me
Don't ever go away from me

Have you decided on a name
For your fleeting fifteen seconds' fame
Would you risk it all just for a name
Would you ever be the same boy to me?

Don't ever go away from me
Don't ever go away from me

Chase them down with just a smile
With your charming empty-headed smile
But there's more to you than meets the eye
They will never see the same boy I'll see

Don't ever go away from me
Don't ever go away from me
Don't ever go
Don't ever go
You're someone to me
You're someone
Track Name: Toe the Line
You strain to contain your introversion
You strain to contain the emotion in your face
Put on a mask, make a diversion
You strain to contain the emotion in your face

Nobody sees you as yourself
Nobody sees you as yourself

You came to be trained exactly as they asked for
You're trained to appear precisely as you seem
Take off your mask, risk a disaster
You're trained to appear precisely as you seem

Nobody sees you as yourself
Nobody sees you as yourself

Toe the line
Toe the line

Is this the price you pay to be everything to every man
Is this price you pay for anonymity

Toe the line
Toe the line

To escape for a minute, reveal your secrets
Unburden yourself of everything you've been
What would be left but an empty vessel
A scar of a secret that you carried for a queen

Nobody sees you as yourself
Nobody sees you as yourself

Toe the line
Toe the line
Toe the line
Toe the line
Track Name: Laocoön
He took his two boys swimming
Out every other day
They were his water babies
His wife was less inclined that way

The truth was swallowed by the sea
The truth it swallowed, swallowed, swallowed him

A giant horse was offered
A scam as far as he could tell
He tried to warn them off it
They didn't take it very well

The truth was swallowed by the sea
The truth it swallowed, swallowed, swallowed him

Laocoön, Laocoön
He couldn't foretell his doom

They came out of the water
Two silent messengers of fate
He tried to fight it for a while
Perhaps he was a little late

His last words to the Trojans
Before his terrifying fate
I fear the Greeks despite their gifts
Ignore me at your peril

The truth was swallowed by the sea
The truth it swallowed, swallowed, swallowed him

Laocoön, Laocoön
He couldn't foretell his doom

Laocoön, Laocoön
He couldn't foretell his doom
Track Name: Spurned Love
Look to the left, look to the right
Don't let yourself get caught out in the light
It only takes one shot, it only takes one fight
But don't let yourself get caught out in the light

Spurned love
Spurned love

You might spot him a mile away, you might spot him tonight
He's weighing his options up, he knows just what he likes
He thinks he's God's gift to man, and you might just be his type
But don't let yourself get caught out in his light

Spurned love
Spurned love

Achilles was beautiful, Achilles was bright
He thought Troilus was his to have, when he had him in sight
But Troilus had other ideas, and Troilus took flight
Achiless he chased him down out into the night

Spurned love
Spurned love
Spurned love
Track Name: Watching the Motorway by Moonlight
We sit on the viaduct
Dangling our toes in mid-air
A truckload of turnips heads towards Auckland
Followed by a carload of nuns
All eating hamburgers

You close your eyes
Your thoughts become the night sky
The mist around the moon
I nudge you gently -

Look, love, at the white moths
An angel's wing is moulting
Look, love, at the white moths
An angel's wing is moulting