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"The Philosophy Of Momus"

[ from the album "The Philosophy Of Momus" (1995) ]

Lyrics

Beauty is just the first glimpse of a terror we're just about able to bear
Fashion is just the return of the clothes we're no longer able to wear
Fast food's too slow, slow food's too fast
In the next world the first will be first and the last will be last
The first will be first and the last will be last

Those who say no-one is better than anyone think that they're better for saying it
The best way to make proper use of your time's to sit perfectly still and ignore it
Popular culture's designed by a highly-trained popular culture elite
A digital city's more easily changed than a city of concrete
A city more easily changed than a city of concrete

Call me a schizoid, I sometimes feel this era belongs only to me
Place matters less as we choose where to live and who to be
The basic inventiveness that got us into this mess gets us out again
Often inadequate lovers turn into invaluable friends
Inadequate lovers turn into invaluable friends

The only real tyranny comes on behalf of the ones we have chosen to love
Being creative is close to being evil, being good's just not good enough
Every good man has a bad man inside, someone making it all possible
The only good drug is a smart drug, there's no good death, there's no clean kill
There's no good death, there's no clean kill

Guilt is the engine of civilisation, guilt that is built on desire
One day I'll write a book about looking championing the voyeur
Playfulness must be encouraged uncritically, children are still far ahead
Stop trying to cut off your feet so you fit your bed, make it longer instead