This is a remix of my poem Speaking with tongues and Culture Shack by Super_Sigil on  It includes Speck’s Crack the Kobe Galaxia and Super Sigil’s merging of samples of my shakuhachi in Kooler Than Kobe, my ukulele from Wheels – and some very original vocal impro by panu and ciggi burns. Thanks to all the contributors of samples used by the artists already mentioned above. As always, use decent headphones to appreciate the sub-bass.

This is dedicated to Kahil (Kahlil) Jureidini in Adelaide, the greatest wordplay wordsmith I’ve ever heard and the original inspiration for the poem which I began last year.


speaking in tongues

    for Kahil Jureidini


speaking in tongues.

i mean the way the sounds roll off that labial organ

like saliva alive alive-o… saliva alive alive-o

linger on the lingua

[franker on the franca]

the fatwah patois

videomatic idiomatic

give us a slug of the argot

of escargot

the gringo lingo

the vermicular vernacular

worming its way into the language

a blister on the Mother Tongue

it’s only words

and words are all

i have to take your heart away

(extinct as Thoracic Park)

extreme onion unction

tongue-and-groove junction

of lung removed-function

old/young luncheon at the old factory

olefactory stimulus, tremulous lips

slip of the tongue

sleep of the young

soothing unguent

balmy salve

lubricant ointments

lubra appointments

defoliant emollient

global roaming in the robal gloaming

various vagarious                 shockjock theorem                    viper serum





it’s only words



and words are all I have.



it’s only words…





text © rob walker, 2012. (Previously unpublished.)


The rest of the vocalisation is my improvised gibberish. Or I was imbued with the Holy Spirit. Choose your own belief system.

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