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"Radiant Night"

[ from the album "20 Vodka Jellies" (1996) ]

Lyrics

I'm in love with Witold Gombrowicz
That sombre Polish man
I journey to the end of night with Louis F. Celine
But when I'm tired of reading novels by melancholy authors
I bounce on an enormous trampoline

'Pornographia', 'Ferdydurke', the Polish avant garde
I find Schonberg's 'Verklarte Nacht' the loveliest thing I've heard
But when I've lost my taste for the highest and the best
I bounce, I bounce, I bounce with zest

I'm very fond of Karlheinz Stockhausen
'Musique Concrete' excites me
Luciano Berio inflames my entire being
But when I've left behind the passion for serial composition
I bite at an enormous tangerine

Giacomo Leopardi, Stephane Mallarme
Diaghilev and Rilke, Lou Andreas Salome
But when I've lost my taste for the highest and the best
I bite, I bite, I bite with the best

I'm in love with Frederic Chopin and Isabelle Adjani
I play Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bambou and Jane Birkin at my party
But when the radiant night is over and the sun begins to shine
I kiss the simple lover who is mine

'Pornographia', 'Ferdydurke', the Polish avant garde
I find Schonberg's 'Verklarte Nacht' the loveliest thing I've heard
But when I've lost the taste for the highest and the best
I kiss, I kiss, I kiss with zest

Giacomo Leopardi, Stephane Mallarme
Diaghilev and Rilke, Lou Andreas Salome
But when I've lost the taste for the highest and the best
I laugh, I live, I love with the best