Worm Food

by Ruth Theodore

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1.
resting on a torn down billboard collecting fumes to fuel my afternoon resting on a torn down billboard collecting fumes to fuel my afternoon and i can hear the half-hearted cries of the guy at the counter with the wonky eye selling meals to the McCouple in the 4wheel drive McThis Mcthat and some McMcMcFries cause we don’t buy products now we buy brands putting another gold ring on the big man’s hands but the big man can’t sleep and can’t sleep cause he knows there’s an ever bigger man with bells on his toes rings on his fingers and bells on his toes but does he have music wherever he goes cause now we’re packaging and labeling and branding the industrial diaphragm is over-expanding its oozing and bulging and slowly a new form of hell is unfolding and somewhere along the line we’ve created the rush hour where we can’t all fit in cause the streets are too thin and the big man in the big car shouts “ok coming through everybody breathe in” and then i realise i’ve been breathing in my whole life scared to exhale knowing my next breath won’t be as pure as my last or maybe i’m scared that my next breath will be my last and it seems to me in this day and age you have to pay to reach that stage its a hundred pounds for a priest another eighty on that for the headstone at least and we die in the hope that the after-life will be free but we’re stopped by the guy on the door cause there’s a five pound entry fee and I want to make sure i’ve spent my last five pounds i like the idea of just floating around and getting the big man in the big car to breathe in
2.
Rash 02:58
i came down to earth and i came up in a rash at the handful of people with the hands full of cash where me and you were just people they knew and they’re sorry that we didn’t last oh no they’re digging up gold so they all get a seat in the sun when they’re old and they can rule the world in their dressing gowns is long in the leg and its sick in the head that this world can make us happy with ourselves now they’ve found all the cracks to avoid paying tax like a tribe of true commuters in seconds flat the whole world has packed and is moving to bermuda so hold on cause they’re coming on strong now a man with a bag is a man with a bomb and this the reckoning this will keep festering unless we keep standing unless we keep questioning this world we will not be happy with our selves somewhere along the line a bird flies up to its cage and says “this is between you and i” and then something intervenes says its “trying to keep the peace” with big bucks and one hell of a big fuck of flying machine i say there has to be some kind of compromise like i’ll eat my greens if you stop telling lies there has to be a way we can all agree like i’ll take out a pension if you stop trying to kill me i came down to earth and i came up in a rash at the handfuls of people with the hands full of cash where me and you were just people they knew and they’re sorry that we didn’t last so hold on cause they’re coming on strong now a man with a bag is a man with a bomb and this the reckoning this will keep festering unless we keep standing unless we keep questioning this world we will not be happy with our selves
3.
Nothing On 03:17
this morning is beautiful but its got nothing on the memory of you coiled around my skeleton loosening my bones with every breath nothing’s on not the radio not the t.v its just you and me and the sound of our thoughts all ‘i’m nearly back and i’m sorry’ but they’ve got nothing on us i raise my hand to shade my eyes from the morning sunlight that seems so bright i raise my hand to shade my eyes that are still used to the night and i forget what we found so funny but i know it was at the time and i wonder who the the punch-line was it yours or was it mine? my laughter dies down as i feel your warn lips on my neck and i reach out and light up my morning cigarette and i am praying that you will remember cause i won’t forget that they’ve got nothing on us but i understand that you had to write the ending and all of the above is me simply pretending that they’ve still got nothing on us
4.
Fresh Faced 03:24
the sky is all moon tonight she’s charming the waves away from my feet and from the brave beats that rattle the trees where the birds sleep and as i follow my gaze I can make out you shape so i shake off my collar and quicken my pace and looking in to those flames you know you look so fresh faced you say the time I’ll name the place to where we can escape or you know we could just sneak away the sky is all moon tonight and you are I hands i say “get those fingers off me” but its all part of the plan cause looking in to those flames you know you look so fresh faced you say the time I’ll name the place to where we can escape or you know we could just sneak away but matter of time threatens morning with threads of light making all that once seemed smooth come to life with chips and grooves the way she moves blows me away
5.
oh come on don’t be like that it was only a turn of phrase and i’ll take it all back but you’ve stopped listening hours ago cause you don’t like those raggle taggle gypsies o but oh oh awake a sweat when it breaks just on one side surging in me the urge to be... running you’re a good catch and good company and the shapes on the ceiling are aesthetically pleasing but they’re just not me and you stopped listening hours ago cause you don’t like those raggle taggle gypsies o but oh oh awake a sweat when it breaks just on one side surging in me the urge to be... running from this city where everyone’s a spy and you always have to try to be on everybody's good side and the only way to survive is on them never to rely if you’re wasting all you’re energy on friends, they’ll soon be enemies and i would leave if i were you and do what i was born to do cause i have heard that deep within this city lies a spell that possesses all the thinkers and leaves behind a shell that stays alive from nine to five and then disappears as well until the same time same place and then somewhere along the line you realise time really does fly and you go on a middle aged mission to ind out who stole you’re life and you’ll wonder if its too late to be out in the cold where we all grow old at the same rate and oh come on don’t be like that it was only a turn of phrase and i take it all back.
6.
Grounded 04:35
if i hear one more mobile phone can’t the people here leave each other alone? and when i said “you’re my companion” i didn’t mean lets be joined at the hip i don’t know what i thought i was doing trying to scrape through to the knuckle of this embellished pile of rubble we make excuses but the truth is we were better off when this was just jungle and there’s something gutless about the shootings and stabbings in backstreets would these killers really kill if they had to do it with their own teeth? so strip us of the means and we’ll be stripped of the cause is all i mean when i say i just wish we were a little more grounded if we had just a little more give do you remember the day that we all carved our names on you? you didn’t complain and that was ever so brave of you now things have changed and there just isn’t space for you what can i say i mean you’re just so replaceable and you can’t blame me i just move with the motion i’m nothing more than a big explosion and like you i’ve just come along at the wrong time so just strip us of the means and we’ll be stripped of the cause is all i mean when i say i just wish we were a little more grounded if we had just a little more give
7.
Threat 04:46
oh it took a few lies and we all capsized he bought his alibi’s so i sit here and wait for the water to rise not that i’m brave more badly behaved but he leaves his creases all over your face and he loves the way he rattles your cage which explains why you’re in such a fluster these days since i caught fire you’ve wished you had kept me for yourself but said i waited for you i said come along but you couldn’t be yourself now i came with nothing and i’ve got most of it left cause i roll up my sleeves and keep my heart in my chest and i’m a danger to you now that i’m no longer just a threat and you’re a stranger to me now just a stranger to me now cause since i caught fire you’ve wished you had kept my for yourself but said i waited for you said come along but you couldn’t be yourself and there’s a hole in bucket dear Liza a hole so you can’t pour your heart out cause this thing won’t hold i’ve got to go got to shift my bones but give me a minute and i’ll walk you home oh it took a few lies and we all capsized he bought his alibi’s so i sit here and wait for the water to rise cause i’m a danger to you now that i’m no longer just a threat and you’re a stranger to me now just a stranger to me now
8.
Home 03:45
you could be a mansion on a mountain top a mobile home or a card-board box when your skin and bones are about to be somebodies home 3 or 4 months more of no more than just keeping it in the pipe-line you know the drill you know the signs still sometimes you recite them line by line when your skin and bones are about to be somebodies home but when its someone else’s war without a seconds thought you can be caught short and this is someone else’s life line brute forced through shattered doors to splintered floors people calling 999 and you still feel you feel like home you feel you feel like home
9.
3 Floors 03:33
a big ball of light sticks my bare feet to the ground so i am skipping side to side and they fry my skin turns brown i love my loneliness it keeps me on the ball and from your lack of perspective away from it all but you don’t dance to your rock ‘n’ roll anymore and i don’t say sorry like i mean it cause i’m mean and i’m immature and i’m not tired of this one down one to go the best things in life are: 1 word - 10 meanings - 2 words - 1 feeling of - ‘no boots’ - swimming down stream - your big bones above my 8.35 skimming stones - watch me run and jump these 3 floors on these here all 4’s - this here 4th wall hears all like - “let me get my joints to slip into these tight fits you’ve got loose screws - i love you too” a big ball of light sticks my bare feet to the ground so i am skipping side to side and they fry my skin turns brown i love my loneliness it keeps me on the ball and from your lack of perspective away from it all but you don’t dance to your rock ‘n’ roll anymore and i don’t say sorry like i mean it cause i’m mean and i’m insecure but i’m not tired of this one down one to go 1 word - 10 meanings - 2 words - 1 feeling of - ‘no boots’ - swimming down stream - your big bones above my 8.35 skimming stones - watch me run and jump these - 3 floors on these here all 4’s - this here 4th wall hears all - like - “watch me get my joints to slip into these tight fits you’ve got loose screws - i love you too” “screws loose got you’ve - fits tight these into slip to joints my get me watch” like - all hears wall 4th here this - 4’s all here these on floors 3 - these jump and run me’s watch stones skimming above big bones swimming feeling like uh oh 10 words - 1 meaning- 2 words - 1 you! i love you too i love you too 232 i love you 2 2 2 2 2
10.
Kathy's Song 03:12
now there’s no excuse why i keep breathing my fire on you like there’s something more to prove i was so wound up but now i’ve come un-spun i can see all the damage i’ve done i was so happy in your heart shaped box it took my three years to realise the doors were all locked and that i’d have to break loose so with nothing to choose i blew and i blew blew and i blew ‘til the walls fell through now there’s no excuse why i keep breathing my fire on you
11.
Worm Food (free) 03:52
its not on the cards its on my chest stop pulling the trigger i’m pulling your leg but i know i’m not that bad and that we’ve all said things we shouldn’t have like this song is easier said than sung but i would not give up and so lets not quarrel over who gets what cause i do not believe money won’t grow on trees when their food is my fuel i’m no exception there’s no rule and in the end i know you think you don’t blend in... but you do don’t you know you’re just worm food thats chasing that dream thats not quite what it seems when the road is a running machine so i pull my hood as far as it will go over my head i think of the things that you did yesterday and the things i should have said but i know we’re not that bad and that we’ve all said things we shouldn’t have and yeah i know we’re not that bad and that we’ve all shaved things we shouldn’t have but this song is easier said than sung still i would not give up, so lets not quarrel over who gets what cause i do not believe money won’t grow on trees when their food is my fuel i’m no exception there’s no rule and in the end you know you think you don’t blend in... but you do don’t you know you’re just worm food thats chasing that dream thats not quite what it seems when the road is a running machine
12.
Ugly Faces 03:07
she turns the washing machine on and the whole house shakes she says “i’ll be so happy when that bloody thing breaks there’s always something wrong with this place” she’s not a bad girl cause bad girls fight and she gets frightened but she’s easily lead so i watch where i tread cause ‘I’ve seen flowers come in stoney places and kind things done by men with ugly faces’ but oh she says “if you know what i know you know too much i know you lean on your words like i lean on my crutch and you’ll never know when enough is enough so i’d give up but i see you’re walking faster than me and its due to the fact that you use both feet But you’re touchy today so i’ll watch what i say” ‘i’ve seen flowers come in stoney places and kind things done by men with ugly faces’ she’s not a bad girl cause bad girls fight and she gets frightened but she’s easily lead so i watch where i tread
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CO2 04:29

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Emerging as a truly alternative voice in contemporary folk, this original collection is as engaging as it is beautiful.

Performed and arranged entirely under Ruth's direction, Worm Food positively beams with character from start to finish - refreshingly original and relentlessly imaginative.

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released November 5, 2007

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Ruth Theodore UK

Ruth established her own unique sound and signature guitar style whilst busking in doorways on detuned guitars. Since then Ruth has gone on to tour alongside legendary artists such as Ani Difranco, Dar Williams & Hamell On Trial. Ruth’s flair for off-kilter arrangements has led her to collaborate with respected international producers & release four critically acclaimed solo records to date. ... more

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