THE BURDEN OF MULES
      Lisa (The Passion)
      Prostitute I
      The Burden Of Mules
      Complete And Utter
      Prostitute II
      Slow As A Child
      Journalists
      Give It Back
      On The Hill

1. Lisa (The Passion) (2:45)
Allen - Cox - Gray
      Michael Allen: Drums, Percussion
      Mark Cox: Organ, Percussion
      Andrew Gray: Guitar, Percussion

2. Prostitute I (2:50)
Allen - Cox
            Prostitutes are the spice of life
            Prostitutes are the spice of life, the spice of life
            They don't walk in the nick of time
            Pay their way I walk away and see
            Courageously
            Make me shiver
            Prostitutes... the spice of life
            Prostitutes... the spice of life
            Reach up and fall
            Scream
            In the nick of time
            Open your eyes
            Prostitutes they wrap themselves before they walk
            The light in your eyes take my breath away
            Abandoned calls
             
      Michael Allen: Bass, Voice, Percussion, Synthesizer
      Mark Cox: Clarinet, Piano, Synthesizer, Chimes, Percussion, Pixiphone
      Richard Thomas: Drums

3. The Burden Of Mules (3:25)
Allen - Cox - Gray
            This anger I feel inside is a thing of meaning
            I can't reach any lower,
            I have suffered far too many
            Nearly ending up in the waste away
            But you can't give in
            And I won't change a single note.
            Your words have a way of sounding right
            I have been bulldozered into agreeing
            I wake the next morning feeling betrayed.
            I can't reach any lower
            The Burden of Mules
            The Burden of Mules
            No no never whatsoever
            You're walking in time with the rain
            Say Sayonara Say Sayonara
            Reach out, reach out you skunk
            Nearly ending up in the waiter's way
            The Burden of Mules...
            The Burden of Mules...
            Crying in the wishing well
            Crying in the wishing well
             
      Michael Allen: Voice, Bass
      Mark Cox: Noise, Bass
      Andrew Gray: Drums

4. Complete And Utter (3:20)
Allen - Cox
            Complete and utter...
            Complete and utter...
            When you talk and then you see it's all under control.
            And you will never be the same
            Never the same
            Complete boredom is my last stand
            Crusade to the point of bondage
            Shouting in the name of God
            Greatness comes from within...
            From above
            I beat you with words
            You cosh me with logic
            Complete and utter boredom is my last stand
            Venture to America
            Then venegate.
            These monuments mean everything
            Sticking nails in my head confines my thought
            These houses have been built for your satisfaction
            For your satisfaction
            Complete and utter ignorance of my situation is no excuse at all
             
      Michael Allen: Bass, Percussion, Voice
      Mark Cox: Synthesizer, Percussion
      Richard Thomas: Drums
      Andrew Gray: Guitar

5. Prostitute II (3:10)
Allen - Cox
            Prostitutes... the spice of life
            Prostitutes are the spice of life, the spice of life
            Look back on the course
            Love away
            What you need in easy chairs and easy beds
            All night long
            Take me for a ride
            In the back of your car
            If you don't like the taste
            Light another cigarette
            Light another cigarette
            Clear as crystal safe as houses
            What you need is what you get
            Learn to live learn to forget
            Traffic light says Go Stop Go
            In the back of your car you dress so nice
            Blue and red and yellow, stripes and checks
            Under the pale blue moon
            Strapped.
            Unheralded flesh.
            Prostitutes the spice of life
            Prostitutes are the spice, the spice of life
            The candlesticks and the candlelight
            and the candlesticks and the candlelight
            and the candlesticks
             
      Michael Allen: Bass, Voice, Percussion, Synthesizer
      Mark Cox: Clarinet, Piano, Synthesizer, Chimes, Percussion, Pixiphone
      Richard Thomas: Drums

6. Slow As a Child (6:05)
Allen - Cox
      Michael Allen: Bass, Organ, Piano, Percussion, Bowed Bass
      Mark Cox: Synthesizer, Scratching, Percussion, Winding Whistle, Voice
      Richard Thomas: Drums

7. Journalists (3:15)
Allen - Cox - Gray - Steiner
            Remove your head from that crevasse
            Rational thought slips out the back door
            A concrete headache is my present
            That swine thing be thine
            Only turnmoil exists
            Shaded, camouflaged
            Remove your head from that crevasse
            An overfed vulture.
            Self preservation
            A social comment a social comment
            I missed the applause
             
      Michael Allen: Voice, Drums
      Mark Cox: Organ, Synthesizer, Noise
      Andrew Gray: Drums
      David Steiner: Drums Lead

8. Give It Back (5:30)
Allen - Cox
            A religion of uniform
            Cradle the star
            Hail their salute of pressure
            Underfoot, under squalor
            An issue is burning behind the flags of surrender
            Ignorance a weapon
            As children bleed in their virginity
            Repeat your suffering
            Watch this crime a political act
            Suspend animation
            Forgive and forget gracefully
            Sell these arms to enemies we trust
            Chuck it on the fire
            With all these lies we covet
            Politics wave this hand
            Eat the applause
            Refuse what has been treatened
            The dance of the 7 veils
            Too many soldiers fight an unknown cause
            Into the valley of death rode the 600
            Into the valley of death rode 600 blindmen
            When it's written down change the meaning
            Too many hungry lions waiting for the kill
            Call it a blot on a gentlemen's conduct
            Stride in magnificent style
            To catch up on a winning
            Aim for an end in this wildlife drudgery
            The dance of the 7 veils has come to an end
            And you're left naked
            Politics a bag of tricks
            Politics and Politics Politics and Politics
            Politics a bag of tricks
            Politics, Politics,...
            Waiting for the kill
            Outstretched hands
            Open hands
            Outstretched hands
            I pray for more I'm hungry and you won't feed me
            I'm starving
            And you won't
            Feed me.
             
      Michael Allen: Voice, Bass, Piano, Percussion, Drum Loops
      Mark Cox: Synthesizer, Motor, Chains, Drums
      Andrew Gray: Guitars, Percussion

9. On The Hill (10:15)
Allen - Cox
            ... Can't find... my way...
            Reach out and find it
            So so
            Is this a matador falling into my arms
            Turnig and burning in this rage
            Calypso find another cause
            5 more hours until dawn
             
            Remember that golden day
            Remember that golden day
            A relevation
            The pain is lost not long to go
            You can sigh
            Peace is near peace is close
            You will live again
            Bad days have blown away
            My head is on the mend
            A symphony hits the back of my head
            and it's misunderstood
            but heaven accepts me
             
            A last mad fling a conscious effort
            to forget all the pain
            Is this an easy task
            When I walk down the street
            I heard children playing
            Screaming, laughing ha ha
            In bright sunlight
            It made my eyes squint
            You know it was heaven
             
            Reach out and find it
            Is this a matador falling into my arms
            Turning and burning in this rage
            Calypso find another cause
            5 more hours until dawn
            Straighten your tie you naughty boy
            Above the rafters above the slopes.
            You climb
            And so on peacefully.
             
      Michael Allen: Voice, Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Cymbals
      Mark Cox: Synthesizers, Clarinet
      Richard Thomas: Drums, Flute, Second Piano

      Engineered: John Madden
      Produced: Michael Allen, Mark Cox, John Madden
      Photography: Andrew Gray

      (P) 1983 4AD
      Beggars Banquet Music
      CAD 308

On 1983 The Wolfgang Press are Michael Allen and Mark Cox. Featuring Richard Thomas (Dif Juz), David Steiner (In Camera) and Andrew Gray. Coproduced by John Madden. Sleeve by Andrew Gray. This debut album was released in vinyl only. The LP itself is very rare and not many fans have ever listened to this interesting album. I own the vinyl copy and even more. I, with the help from other people, copied the album into CD-R, with sound refinement and great improvement. Need one? Contact me.