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People on drugs like to touch things. It's tactile interest or eroticism, but it's also the desire to possess. Nations do this, too; thus, "empire" from "empiricism," proof in the pudding, then take the pudding... I'm guessing. Fetishes sublimate sexuality, so this isn't a fetish, but rather a covetous urge. Then there are those who pare things down constantly and merely covet. That would be me. I pretend to own things. Like pound dogs, Super-8 cameras, spatulas. Incidentally, that's a black and white picture of me on the left, staring at you, coveting whatever physical objects you happen to own.

During this photo session (see photo to left), I had a bladder infection and was running a high fever. Now I weigh twenty pounds heavier. More critical insight into a musician's life...


Oh, baby, you move like you're crazy.
I'm in love with your shoes.
No laces, each tongue out of place, and then the soles slap your heels when you move.

This isn't fetishized, this is your shoe
This isn't fetishized, this is your shoe
This isn't fetishized, but keep in mind, keep in mind,
Your pleasure when peeling the shells from several hard-boiled eggs.

Four children stare out from a porch swing and they're stoned, bored, restless.
Your tongue drying up in your mouth.
God save the empire!
Cold, thin fingers numb to the realm of desire.
God save the empire!

An object you touch when words are enough.
The words I can sing or whisper or scream.
The shape of your feet kept under the sheets.

The emperor's spy is telling you lies. (Don't, she might hurt you...)
It happens each time his shoes are untied.

Stoned, bored, restless.
Why do we touch everything?
God save the empire!


from Famous People Marry Famous People, released July 11, 2008
Music, lyrics: Greg Giles


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