You Must Not Try To Know

Written by J. Beavis
Appears on “Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs ” LP, 2016. Personnel: Jimi Beavis – vocals, percussion; Chris Bancroft – guitar; Costas Constantinou – bass guitar; Scott Nosworthy – drums and percussion; Andrew Garton – horn arrangements, baritone saxophone; Lachlan McKenzie – trumpet; Steve Robin – engineered/produced/mixed.
John left early in the morning at a quarter past three
He had a shovel and a shotgun in the backseat
Going off to Windsor to seek vengeance with the man
Who took his job and his love from his clutching hands
He’d pushed pens round a ledger but then he’d never asked for much
He’d never counted cranes and he’d never worked the Dutch
No-one ever told him he had to kiss the arse that fed him
Backslap Ned the Screamer and drink the shine at his wedding
But he’d asked questions of the incident, not satisfied with the reply
So when it came to the purge he was first on the line
For you must not try to know how the devil wears his clothes
And you must not try to understand what words the Devil chose or why he chooses them
They offered him the lot if he didn’t ask why
But he didn’t need the salt and his mouth was already dry
They said you must leave and not look back now
He blessed himself while they bled a cow
As he took his office papers from his old desk
He said “I’ve seen his face and I know who he is”
So they sent after him the youngest interns
Hips of gold and lips of myrrh
And they beckoned with wine and their sweet kisses and they lay with him red succubus
In the morning they rose with seed inside and he could not talk and he could not cry
For you must not try to know how the devil wears his clothes
And you must not try to understand what words the Devil chose or why he chooses them
So now he’s ‘cross the river, he’s driving through Herston
With a crucifix and a shovel for the gnomish grin
Arriving before 4, John drove him from his bed
He demanded explanation, light shined from the devilled egg
The man said “you don’t understand, we’ve spent beyond our means
… We need to sack some workers to pay for unemployment schemes.”
Then his hair was white as snow as he stabbed John in the eyes
He poured oil on the wound then covered it up with lies
pre-chorus
His eyes were seven stars, his tongue was a spade
He said “I am going to eat your heart…with a bowl of Nutri Grain.”
For you must not try to know how the devil wears his clothes
And you must not try to understand what words the Devil chose or why he chooses them

Video Clips, Pythons, Butchers and Touring

I forgots to tell you about the whole video clip/tour shebang!

It might not come as a surprise but I am not a huge fan of old mate Tony Abbott. And the kind of things he does to the vulnerable people of this country and the environment and so forth.

As he began to gain popularity back a few years ago I collected a few of the sillier quotes he made and fashioned them into a song, which with the help of my band is Python Squeeze, Cobra Strike.

Then on the day after the election when he won office, I sat down and wrote this rather unsubtle lyric for The Butcher, which became a song with the help of my guitarist Chris Bancroft.

Thanks to my producer/engineer/mixer extraordinaire and master masterer Geoff McGahan, plus my band Chris, Costas Constantinou on bass, Scott Nosworthy on drums, Andrew Garton on baritone sax/horn arrangements and Lachlan McKenzie on trumpet.

Video Clip Details

Director – Jimi Beavis
Camera – Christie Favios
Editor – Costas Constantinou

Shot in Margate (Redcliffe), Fortitude Valley (Brisbane) and West End (Brisbane).

Cast:
Chris Bancroft – Tony Abbott
Ishwor Gahatraj – Tony Abbott
Talulah Song – Tony Abbott

Advisers, nodders, dignitaries, politicians, plebeians, puppy wranglers, journalists, prop suppliers and flags: Ciana Wilson, Johnny Meyer, Geoff Wilson, Caity Knaggs, Jimi Beavis, Simon Munro, Doivid Clarke, Danny Wynne, Kate Walton, Steve Stevie Stevens, Han Choi, The Jade, Aya Goin, Rachel, and Pup Puppy.

7 inch release and touring
And so now we shall tour! Very close in fact… And I will have with me a limited edition  7 inch vinyl release and some t-shirts to go with it! Or you can just buy the shirts, the 7 inch or a digital copy online through Bandcamp. Also check the links below for the FB event pages and follow the links there for pre-sales tickets. Hope to see you soon!

Sept 18 @ The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba with Suicide Swans and Average Art Club
Sept 25 @ The Catfish, Melbourne with headlingers King Wolf and Koral
Sept 26 @ Billy Roy’s Blues Club, Bendigo with Rich Davies and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Sept 27 @ Labour In Vain, Melbourne
Oct 9 @ The Milk Factory, Brisbane with Suicide Swans and The Mighty Kind (PRE-GIG TIX ON SALE)
Oct 10 @ The Rails, Byron Bary
Oct 18 @ The Bison Bar, Nambour with The Hi-Boys (PRE-GIG TIX ON SALE)