Keeping Up With Jacob

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Laughing like an old school Billy Childish, circa ’95
Moustache emerging just below the nostrils, belligerent twinkle in the eye
Tall, dark and full of a certain something, or maybe only of himself
His rational piece is not for you and I, baby, we just don’t have the wealth
Oh oh oh oh - how far will he go?
He’ll be unstoppable, and like a modern-day Rodchenko
Oh oh oh oh - oh, cri de coeur
He’s de rigueur while we’re still obscure

He dreams of colour, dreams of light, dreams of art parties through the night
He dreams of dark rooms devoid of all noise but the sound of his spectacular mind
He might win the Turner Prize - he might write truth into the murky Brighton sky
I tell you, keeping up with Jacob is such a chore

In five minits you’ll know me, or maybe in more like four
And in eight minims or more you’ll have wound up on the floor
Oh ha ha ha - peals of laughter
Fill the gallery - is this what’s become of me?

He dreams of colour, dreams of light, dreams of art parties through the night
He dreams of dark rooms devoid of all noise but the sound of his spectacular mind
He might win the Turner Prize - he might write truth into the murky Brighton sky
I tell you, keeping up with Jacob is such a chore

And if he’d read the letter that I wrote to you
He’d have simply shaken my quivering hand
And he’d have called it a work of art
A shining light in the darkness; an intervention in the banal
That in the end made no difference at all

He dreams of girls, he dreams of boys, dreams up the charm that he deploys
To render all of us subject to his grace and wit and will
Oscar Wilde himself would be perpetually a-spin within his Parisian grave, thinking
Keeping up with Jacob
Keeping up with Jacob
Keeping up with Jacob was such a bore
Such a bore
Such a bore

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from CAT 1: The Cat Returns, released November 7, 2011

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