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The Colony Of Slippermen

(Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford)

Archive 1967-75, 1998
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, 1974

The Arrival
Leaving by the same door from which he had come in,
he finds some sort
of freaks ghetto on the other side. When they catch
sight of him, the
entire street of distorted figures burst into laughter.
One of the
colony approaches him.


I wandered lonely as a cloud,
Till I came upon this dirty street.
I've never seen a stranger crowd;
Slubberdegullions on squeaky feet,

Continually pacing,
With nonchalant embracing,
Each orifice disgracing
And one facing me moves to say "hellay".

He is grotesque in every feature, a mixture of ugly
lumps and stumps.
His lips slip across his chin as he smiles in welcome
and offers his
slippery handshake.

His skin's all covered in slimy lumps.
With lips that slide across each chin.
His twisted limbs like rubber stumps
Are waved in welcome say 'Please join in.'

My grip must be flipping,
Cos his handshake keeps slipping,
My hopes keep on dipping
And his lips keep on smiling all the time.

Rael is a little disillusioned, when the Slipperman
reveals that the
entire colony have one-by-one been through the same
glorious romantic
tragedy with the same three Lamia, who regenerate
themselves every
time, and that now Rael shares their physical
appearance and shadowy fate.


"We, like you, have tasted love.
Don't be alarmed at what you see,
You yourself are just the same
As what you see in me."


Me, like you? like that!


"You better watch it son, your sentence has only just begun
You better run and join your brother John."

Amongst the contorted faces of the Slippermen, Rael
recognises what is
left of his brother John. They hug each other.

A Visit To The Doktor

John bitterly explains that the entire life of the
Slipperman is devoted
to satisfying the never-ending hunger of the senses,
which has been
inherited from the Lamia. There is only one escape
route; a dreaded
visit to the notorious Doktor Dyper who will remove
the source of the
problems, or to put it less politely, castrate.

They discuss the deceptively-named escape for a long
time and decide to go together to visit the Doktor.


"You're in the colony of slippermen.
There's no who? why? what? or when?
You get out if you've got the gripe
To see, Doktor Dyper, reformed sniper - he'll whip off your


John and I are able
To face the Doktor and his marble table.

The Doktor:

Understand Rael, that's the end of your tail.


"Don't delay, dock the dick!"
I watch his countdown timer tick....

The Raven

They survive the ordeal and are presented with the
offensive weapons in
sterile yellow plastic tubes, with gold chains. "People
usually wear
them around their necks," said the Doktor handing
them over. "The
operation does not necessarily exclude use of the
facility again, for
short periods, but of course when you want it you
must provide us with
considerable advance warning."

He places the number into a tube,
It's a yellow plastic "shoobedoobe".
It says: "Though your fingers may tickle
You'll be safe in our pickle."

As the brothers talk themselves through their new
predicament, a big black
raven flies into the cave, swoops down, grabs Rael's
tube right out of his
hands and carries it up into the air in his beak.

Suddenly, black cloud come down from the sky.
It's a supersized black bird that sure can fly...

The raven brings on darkness and night
He flies right down, gives me one hell of a fright.
He take the tube right out of my hands
Man, I've got to find out where that black bird lands.

Rael calls for John to go with him.

And he replies "I will not chase a black raven. Down
here you must read and
obey the omens. There's disaster where the raven flies."

"Look here John, I've got to run
I need you now, you going to come?"

He says to me:


"Now can't you see
Where the raven flies there's jeopardy.

We've been cured on the couch
Now you're sick with your grouch.
I'll not risk my honey pouch
Which my slouch will wear slung very low."

So once more John deserts his brother.


He walks away and leaves me once again.
Even though I never learn,
I'd hoped he'd show just some concern.

The bird leads Rael down a narrow tunnel, he seems
to be allowing him to
keep at a closed distance. But as Rael thinks he might
almost catch hold
of the bird, the tunnel opens and finishes at an
enormous subterranean
ravine. Casually, the raven drops his precious load
into the rushing
waters at the bottom. It's enough to drive a poor boy
ravin' mad.

Seeing the dangers of the steep cliff, our courageous
hero stands
impotent and glowers.

I'm in the agony of Slipperpain
I pray my undercarriage will sustain.
The chase is on, the pace is hot
But I'm running so very hard with everything that I've got.
He leads me down an underpass
Though it narrows, he still flies very fast,
When the tunnel stops
Catch sight of the tube, just as it drops.
I'm on top of a bank too steep to climb
I see it hit the water just in time
to watch it float away...

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