The Parasites of the Western World (album)

by Terry Censky, Mark Weatherford, Patrick Burke

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Cover concept: Terry Censky, Patrick Burke
Cover photography: Terry Censky

The Parasites thank: Ed Casey, Mark Weatherford, Airman Ken Simpson (the 25th Beatle) Dave the Slay, Joe King, John Lennon and Tom Snyder (but, of course), Dennis O’Doherty, Brian O’Doherty, (yes, they’re brothers) and last but not first, engineer Mark Kaltman for all kinds of help and secret information. Thank you.

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released June 22, 1978

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"When I first listened to this CD, I felt like I was experiencing some kind of magic — the music and lyrics reach the listener with ease and echo in your head afterward, leaving you wondering about the inspiration."

Jennifer Priest Mitchell, The Times
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Track Name: Mo
MO
Queen of the court
Victim of disease
The ace of magic
And my point of need

Being of sound
That’s only found
Where the sky
Meets the ground

Queen of the night
The golden girl
Keeper of dragons
Destroyer of worlds
Lyrics - Weatherford
Track Name: Accessories
ACCESSORIES
I stay up late to watch for clues
And Snyder says which ones to use
I’m out of sleep and I’m on my knees
So I take a few more of my accessories

Emerald Daggers in my heart
How can I go when I can’t even start
Bored to the point of monopoly
I shake and roll my accessories

Some are bleak and some old fashioned
Some are stupid with a passion
So I stay in bed with my disease
I’m so fucking tired of my accessories
Lyrics – Burke
Track Name: God or Just a Slow Breeze
GOD OR JUST A SLOW BREEZE
Sitting by the window
Trying to take up my time
Embracing idiomatic shapes of my life
Was it snow or just the last day
Of the first day of rain
I met you in the wrong apartment yesterday

Freezing in the attic
Trying to make up my mind
Engracing acrobatic shapes of my breath
Was it God or just a slow breeze
That I reached out to touch
I saw you in the supermarket yesterday…
Lyrics – Burke, Censky
Track Name: You Must Be Joe King
YOU MUST BE JOE KING
I bought a Ouija board so I could walk thru heaven
I took it with me on the way to hell
I bought a guitar so that I could talk to Lennon
And practice playing If I Fell, well, well

I look thru the windows
I see thru the walls
I turn all the channels
Say one say all I’m Joe King

I watch the cheap girls as they watch the cheap guys
They’re dancing to the Doobies’ beat
Hard pressed for hard rock they retreat too soon
Their noodle minds are incomplete

I climb thru the windows
I walk thru the walls
I turn all the channels
Say one say all I’m Joe King

I take my cats and dogs to doctors
They give them shots and feed them pills
They take me out for runs and walks
It’s up to them to pay the bills

I fly thru the windows
I smash thru the walls
I turn all the channels
Say one say all I’m Joe King
Lyrics – Burke

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