First performed at CLUB ZRU in 1983 in Palo Alto, California, "Elvis' Ghost" was a piece of performance poetry by Andrew, recited while stretching his mouth wide and accentuating each word. In the 2010 version on Galerie Zru, Rick and Andy employ a modified Macintosh computer voice to speak the words of the poem.
Sick old gentlemen’s plastic raincoats,
Lined with the fur of the largest rabbit on earth.
Whose ears once spoke the benediction,
At Elizabeth the Second’s funereal pageant.
The smell of wet hats. permeates
The wax nostrils. of Elvis’s Ghost.
Our Celestial Virgin, wipes her nose,
On her long flowing white robe,
And spits on the pavement,
Where the sizzling saliva dances.
Familiar Broken Bottles,
Lay strewn, out of their heads.
The Monuments and Statues,
Ravaged by Gunfire,
In the Sweet Temple of Jesus’s Ever-flowing Blood,
Tangy and Fleshy.
Although a bit soggy in the mouth,
The rodents, drunk with fury, and religious intent,
Bend forks with their minds.
The smell of wet wafers, permeates the wax hat, of Elvis's Ghost
Apollo's weak lips spread nasty rumors, about evil, immortal dabbling in occult nonsense. Empty of human heads and hands.
The smell of wet hats. permeates the wax nostrils. of Elvis's Ghost.
Lyrics ©1983 Andrew L. Jackson
from Galerie Zru
released October 1, 2010
Andrew: Synthesizers, beats, manipulated digital samples, synth bass, e-bow guitars, computer voice
Rick: Computer voice manipulations