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Voidoids I (1976-1977)
Another World
Liars Beware

Voidoids II (1978-1982)
Don't Die
Downtown at Dawn
Funhunt
The Kid with the Replaceable Head
Staring in Her Eyes
Time
New Orleans [R.I.P.] (1984)
The Hunter Was Drowned

Original Voidoids (2000)
Oh



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Hell Song Lyrics
[All of Richard Hell's 37 song lyrics 1973-2001 are available in his book Hot and Cold]


Richard Hell and the Voidoids, etc.

1976-85



Another World
(Ork Records: Blank Generation e.p. vinyl, 1976, o.p.)
[rerecorded for Sire/Warners: Blank Generation LP 1977; cd rerelease, 1990]


Head wrapped in your hair
In a box lined with silk
You can't learn to talk
and the air is your milk

Erasing my face
I want you so bad
I want to be you
it's futile it's sad

Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh oh oh
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world


Muscle against silk
Tears fall from the burn
A smell of perfume
In a moment you'll turn

In a moment you'll turn
Your face will change shape
We exchange just one gift:
to see like an ape

Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh oh oh
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world


Oh so easy to go
drawn in the vacuum
At the time I'm in you
I'm alone in the back room

Down to the last raw
My eyes open wide
To collect all the scraps
Ten more years and they'll cry

Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh, oh baby
Oh oh oh
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world
I could live with you in another world

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Don't Die
(music Julian & Hell, orig. demo version Shake Records: Hell Past & Present e.p. vinyl, 1980, o.p.)
[rereleased on (British) Overground over19cd: Neon Boys e.p. cd, 1991]


I see the passionate who killed themselves with drink
Or drugs or speeding cars in order not to think
They must have felt like there just nothing was to do
Oh why hast thou murdered those who see the most in search of a true thrill or clue

Don't die, don't die, don't die, don't die... [throughout]

There's something wrong here where the best ones want to go
Parker, Lautreamont, Monroe they held it just to throw
The world away who were its grace before they left
To choose to have a point of view oblivious that leaves the rest of us bereft

There I see the piercing eyes that look through all until they see their back
There where any thought will think about itself and that's the only fact
There a man has left just death, delerium, and drugs, or feel the lack

The air is cool today the time is drawing near
My walls are white and so's my brain afloat in self-made fear
A banal feeling of the sort "I ain't insane"
No fate worse than to never leave yourself and it's as well the most repulsive pain

The air is cool today that whistles through my ribs
My skull is full of sand that dribbles down upon my bib
I call out "Baby" but her face looks like a clock
Tick tock, alive, triumphant victims so surprised we can't recover from the shock

Me, I like a joke as much as anybody else but some are rough
Yeah when the joke's on you though you're the joker too you've had enough
Then though there is no one there, because there's nothing there, you call your bluff

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Downtown at Dawn
[recorded for Red Star: Destiny Street L.P., 1982; most recent c.d. rerelease Razor & Tie RE2081, 1995]
[rerecorded for Caroline: Dim Stars cd Carol 1724-2, 1992]


Down in dawntown there's a club I wanna take me to
Where I can hide or slip inside the crack of dawn with you
And you and you and you and you too
And every ghoul and every fool and every drunken broken rule

Can do the same. There's no address, the way to find the place
Is slide yourself down dawntown till you start to lose your face
And you, of which there ain't the slightest trace
Don't care no more, we're all a whore, and now you stand inside the door

Downtown at dawn where they drift to the dub
Downtown at dawn where we rub to the nub
Downtown at dawn at the dropout night club, dropout night club


Drop out!
By indolence and insolence a lover never lies
Yeah only dropout disco offers love so undisguised
That you just get all decivilized
And coalesce, remove your dress, and think about it less and less

The drop out good-for-nothings can remove from any mind
The crystallizing labyrinthine love to be confined
That you can best escape by dropping out
And dropping in and dropping out and dropping in and out again

Downtown at dawn where the drifters all go
Downtown at dawn you forget all you know
Downtown at dawn at the dropout disco, dropout disco


By indolence and insolence, the lovers realize
Yeah only dropout dancehall offers love so undisguised
That you just get all decivilized
And coalesce, you feel your best, and think about it less and less

The dropout paratroopers can remove from any mind
The crystalizing labyrinthine jail of love defined
That you can best escape by dropping out
And dropping in and dropping out and dropping in and out again

Downtown at dawn where the fallen are tall
Downtown at dawn hear the call to the ball
Downtown at dawn at the dropout dancehall, dropout dancehall

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Funhunt
(ROIR: Funhunt, cassette tape, 1989)

Checked for my cheekiest pants before I hit the door
"I'd like to get approached" say what I wore
They're not obsessed by
just feel undressed by

I'm set out on a longtime funhunt
Wanna find some kinda something that I want tonight

Don't like to get too aggressive, in it for the fun
Weapon's a reputation--good mouth beats gun
I like to speak not
afraid to look weak

I'm set out on a longtime funhunt
Wanna find some kinda something that I want tonight

Sometimes each block of the night seems like some precious box
Of ancient treasure hid by secret locks
that love gets keys to
the rest just see through

I'm set out on a longtime funhunt
Wanna find some kinda something that I want tonight
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The Hunter Was Drowned
(ROIR: R.I.P., cassette tape, 1984)

She stood across the river still
calling me to come and make the kill.
I dove in with hopes no one could fill
and the hunter was drowned.

The doe stepped from the forest smiling slight
across the river in the morning light.
The hunter felt his heart leap into flight
but the hunter was drowned.

She was so beautiful to see.
The hunter thought her heart could hold the key
to open up his own and set him free
but the hunter was drowned
and he never was found.

The hunter had been searching for so long
The need he had to have her was so strong.
A need so strong could really not be wrong
but the hunter was drowned.

She stood like marble mixed with mud
calling him to cross the rippling flood.
He dove in to find the flood was blood
and the hunter was drowned
and he never was found.
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The Kid with the Replaceable Head
(Radar Records: vinyl single, 1978, o.p.)
[rerecorded for Red Star: Destiny Street L.P., 1982; most recent c.d. rerelease Razor & Tie RE2081, 1995]


Too young to drink and too smart to think
Attaches on his head with the missing link
He's skinny as a snake and fast as a mink
But he ain't for sale unless you add the kitchen sink

Look out, here he comes again
They say he's dead, he's my three best friends
He's so honest that the dishonest dread
Meeting the kid with the replaceable head


When you live on a planet the size of a town
You can't get your kicks by getting around
Fun's hard to find on such familiar ground
So you invent it: the mental it's better than found

Look out, here he comes again
They say he's dead, he's my three best friends
He's so honest that the dishonest dread
Meeting the kid with the replaceable head


He used to beat himself up till he was sick and confused
Dead tired and throbbing, half crazy and bruised
Till he'd be too worn out to keep being himself
Now he can pick them at will from the heads on his shelf

Look out, here he comes again
They say he's dead, he's my three best friends
He's so honest that the dishonest dread
Meeting the kid with the replaceable head

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Liars Beware
[music Ivan Julian, appears on Sire/Warners: Blank Generation cd, 1990]

Look out liars and you highlife scum
who gotta keep your victims poor and dumb--
Your motives and your methods are not disguised
by your silk, soap, sex, or your smiling lies.

Look out here
you pompous jerk
Look out here
I go berserk

Well I guess you put me in my place
but I won't forget your stupid face


They gave you power cuz they knew your needs--
soprano boys get talent when you shoot your seeds.
Well you laugh to hear what your best friends say--
Old man they laugh when you walk away.

Look out chief
ridiculous creep
Look out thief
you'll lose your teeth

Well you got power, now there's competition
and your blind side's turned to the boys with a mission.


You were sixty-five when you wiggled out--
your mind all twisted and your mom all shout.
I'm a man with his share of excess nice
but it can't be spared for drooling lice.

Look out jerk
you ancient slut
I can't endure
Your smirking smut

Well life is short so don't even try
to bother waving as we pass you by.

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Oh
[recorded for MusicBlitz.com download, 2000]

So this is where it's got to
after so many tries
all the nights and crimes I spent and I fought to
bent and I fraught to
commit, and the highs

then I step outside and
Oh, the sun is breaking through the clouds
The sky is like the face of God
And all there is to say is


The day's not been all that bad
I did this and that
but somehow I feel restless and sad
messed up and had
face pressed to the mat

but I step outside and
Oh, the sun is breaking through the clouds
The sky is like the face of God
And all there is to say is


So we'll lie down in flowers
before we die
and stare up into all those raining towers
of ancient powers
inscribing the sky

inside our eyes and
Oh, the sun is breaking through the clouds
The sky is like the face of God
And all there is to say is

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Staring in Her Eyes
[recorded for Red Star: Destiny Street L.P., 1982; most recent c.d. rerelease Razor & Tie RE2081, 1995]

I used to lie in my room and just stare
Frustrated eyes flipping pages of air
Gaze after gaze I could see nothing there
I was just a flaw in the scheme
Of everything but nightmarish dreams

No one could stand feeling that way for long
So I chose to regard the whole world as the wrong
And to make my own long assertions in song
I decided I just didn't care
That I'd look and I could see nothing there

(but now)
I lie there staring in her eyes
I lie there staring in her eyes
I watch her be
the sight I wanted so much to see


Oh let me tell you about a pleasure I've found
First you surrender and stop looking around
And then you get the one who you want to lie down
And stare like a corpse in each's eyes
Till you never want to come alive and rise

(and then, but now)
I lie there staring in her eyes
I lie there staring in her eyes
I watch her be
the sight I wanted so much to see

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Time
(orig. demo version Shake Records: Hell Past & Present e.p. vinyl, 1980, o.p.)
[rereleased on (British) Overground over19cd: Neon Boys e.p. cd, 1991]
[rerecorded for Red Star: Destiny Street L.P., 1982; most recent c.d. rerelease Razor & Tie RE2081, 1995]


Time and time again I knew what I was doing
And time and time again I just made things worse
It seems you see the most of what is really true when
You're stepping into your hearse

Only time can write a song that's really really real
The most a man can do is say the way its playing feels
And know he only knows as much as time to him reveals


And when I want to write a song that says it all at once
Like time sublimely silences the whys
I know that if I try I'm going to take a fall at once
And splatter there between my lies

Only time can write a song that's really really real
The most a man can do is say the way its playing feels
And know he only knows as much as time to him reveals


We are made of it and if we give submission
Among our chances there's a chance we can choose
And if we take it, by uncertainty's permission
Then it's impossible to lose

Only time can write a song that's really really real
The most a man can do is say the way its playing feels
And know he only knows as much as time to him reveals

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