Bijou

Imagine if you can your auntie in a cafe
sipping up sprits
leering this and that way
through cigarette haze hanging in the mirror
rubs swollen eyes til the image gets clearer to you

Bijou

imagine if you can this lady as mother
crushing cigarette butts one after the other
late into the evening more hot toddy
this lady ain't cooking breakfast for nobody
not even you

Bijou

imagine your grandma drunk with pearls
chipped nail polish
going home with girls
whats good on the loose is bad for ann landers
sexual partners and innocent bystanders

Bijou

picture if you can your sister in a cell
decadent, dangerous, dirty as hell
she knew all the crooks by the looks on their faces
she knows all the freaks on a first name basis

Bijou

now who here remembers the ministers daughter?
scalded in bed with boiling holy water
her mom says she's crazy
her dad says demonic
she bathed in gin and she showered with tonic
Eve drank the cider and we all went to hell
but we took great advantage of the fresh clientele
now get in Stew

Bijou

now where is her man was he killed in a war
was he stolen away by Simone the signore
was he lost in a bet with Mistogne Get
or was he busted clean in bed with Josephine
in flagrante delicto with Juliette Greco
did he know Bardot and did she make him hard no
you've all got your theories as to why she's all alone
but did you ever stop to think that it's no fun at home
maybe it's empty
maybe it's cold
maybe the memories start to take hold
or maybe there's a man there
snoring in a stuffed chair
sitting in his underwear collecting mold
He's too dumb to talk
he's too drunk to suck
and he's too lame to appreciate a well roasted duck
and that's tragic I assure you

Bijou

now here is Mother Earth with rings on every finger
stare into the photo
see the perfume linger
see her in her sable
at the cafe table
is she drinking white wine and having a good time
gesture dramatic
look emphatic
her velvet hat is flat in someone's attic
I don't find the rumpled nylons sad
your aunt in Van Nuys wishes she had it this bad

Bijou

this could be your auntie if she'd only give an inch
but your auntie doesn't budge
and she's nowhere near as French as

Bijou

Bijou

alright alright alright alright