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​Bad Alchemy

This song is by Henry Cow and appears on the Double live album Concerts (1976).

I dream Hermaphrodite and I sit up all night
Our eyes on the horizon of a wobbling bowl.
Heads in hands we ponder dregs
The bowl contains
A liquid's left putrescence
After being drained.
(What we feel we have to solve
Is why the dregs have not dissolved)
When I wake I wonder what it means;
Am I bad alchemy? It seems
I image Self unmixed, a risk,
In a dish for drinking
Fluid with a strongly stinking sediment -
Is that what it meant?
Am I hermaphrodite?
Neither one nor quite the other?
(What we feel we have to solve
Is why the dregs have not dissolved)

Music by:

John Greaves.

Lyrics by:

Peter Blegvad.