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from Evocations (album) by The Goths



Smashed, dating from late 1990, is an ironic introspection on shattered illusions. It has a fair deal of dream-like imagery with metaphor and simile, beginning with a 'boat on a river', a figment of self-belief, being able to cope with things and just let things be until illusions are dashed as uncontrolled uncertainties take their toll. The 'licker in your liver' verse describes the niggling discomforts in attempting to overcome tendencies or dependencies when such attempts can be crushed by the slightest impulse. The snake of betrayal appears finally, signifying the revelation of shattered illusions.


Like a boat on a river,
only one way it can go
and that boat on a river,
it's gonna make it
wanna throw,


Or the licker in your liver,
is gonna take you down the river,
gonna slice you up a sliver
you can take it to the throne
and you won’t be alone


Like a snake I’m gonna slither,
gonna make your lipser quiver,
gonna take you down the river
you can make it overflow


from Evocations (album), track released October 23, 2018
words and music Johnny Stowmarries
Smashed features Johnny Stowmarries on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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