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LYRICS - THE MADCAP LAUGHS

The Madcap Laughs

 

TERRAPIN

 

I really love you and I mean you

the star above you, crystal blue

Well, oh baby, my hairs on end about you...

 

I wouldn't see you and I love to

I fly above you, yes I do

well, oh baby, my hairs on end about you...

 

Floating, bumping, noses dodge a tooth

the fins a luminous

fangs all 'round the clown

is dark below the boulders hiding all

the sunlight's good for us

'Cause we're the fishes and all we do

the move about is all we do

well, oh baby, my hairs on end about you...

 

Floating, bumping, noses dodge a tooth

the fins a luminous

fangs all 'round the clown

is dark below the boulders hiding all

the sunlight's good for us

'Cause we're the fishes and all we do

the move about is all we do

well, oh baby, my hairs on end about you...

 

I really love you and I mean you

the star above you, crystal blue

Well, oh baby, my hairs on end about you...

 

 

 

NO GOOD TRYING

 

It's no good trying to place your hand

where I can't see because I understand

that you're different from me

yes I can tell

that you can't be what you pretend

and you're rocking me backwards

and you're rocking towards the

red and yellow mane of a stallion horse.

 

It's no good trying to hold your love

where I can't see because I understand

that you're different from me

yes I can tell

that you can't be what you pretend

the caterpillar hood won't cover the head of you

know you should be home in bed.

 

It's no good holding your sequin fan

where I can't see because I understand

that you're different from me

yes I can tell

that you can't be what you pretend

yes you're spinning around and around in a car

with electric lights flashing very fast...

 

 

 

LOVE YOU

 

Honey love you, honey little,

honey funny sunny morning

love you more funny love in the skyline baby

ice-cream 'scuse me,

I've seen you looking good the other evening

 

Oh, you dig it, had to smile just an hour or so

(are) we in love like I think we be?

It Ain't a long rhyme.

It took ages to think

I think I'll hurl it in the water, baby...

 

Honey love you, honey little,

honey funny sunny morning

love you more funny love in the skyline baby

ice-cream 'scuse me,

I've seen you looking good the other evening

 

Flaking you are an nice little one

to put it all around, its just good

I like it, hey hey hey

S'pose some time that day

whoopee! swinging along over across to me

 

Honey love you, honey little,

honey funny sunny morning

love you more funny love in the skyline baby

ice-cream 'scuse me,

I've seen you looking good the other evening

 

Goodtime rocker woman we'll stray our pieces

little creepy we shine so sleepy,

so whoopee!

That's how you look...

 

Honey love you, honey little,

honey funny sunny morning

love you more funny love in the skyline baby

ice-cream 'scuse me,

I've seen you looking good the other evening

 

 

 

NO MAN'S LAND

 

You would hold your head up high

you even try

you would hold another hand:

oh understand!

They even see me under call

we under all,

we awful, awful, crawl

to hear my hour

come see me cry...

 

Just searching you even try

I can make you smile

if it's there will you go there too?

When I live I die!

They even see me under call

we under all, we awful, awful, crawl

because of you, to see me be.

 

(last verse mostly garbled....but you can pick out Tell me, Tell

me, Tell me  Yippee  and also: Heavily Spaced.  According to

legend, this verse was originally meant to be understood, but

when they f**ked it up in the studio, Syd liked it and kept it

that way...) - Psycho

 

 

 

DARK GLOBE

 

Oh where are you now

pussy willow that smiled on this leaf?

When I was alone you promised the stone from your heart

my head kissed the ground

I was half the way down, treading the sand

please, please, lift a hand

I'm only a person whose armbands beat

on his hands, hang tall

won't you miss me?

Wouldn't you miss me at all?

 

The poppy birds way

swing twigs coffee brands around

brandish her wand with a feathery tongue

my head kissed the ground

I was half the way down, treading the sand

please, please, please lift the hand

I'm only a person with Eskimo chain

I tattooed my brain all the way...

Won't you miss me?

Wouldn't you miss me at all?

 

 

 

HERE I GO

 

This is a story 'bout a girl that I knew

she didn't like my songs

and that made me feel blue

she said: "a big band is far better than you"...

 

She don't rock 'n' roll, she don't like it

she don't do the stroll, well she don't do it right

well, ev'rythings wrong and my patience was gone

when I woke one morning

and remembered this song

O-oh-oh, kinda catchy, I hoped

that she would talk to me now

and even allow me to hold her hand

and forget that old band.

 

I strolled around to her pad

her light was off and that's bad

her sister said that my girl was gone

"But come inside, boy, and play, play, play me a song!"

I said "Yeah! Here I go"

She's kinda cute; don't you know,

That after a while of seeing her smile

I knew we could make it, make it in style!?

 

So now I've got all I need

She and I are in love, we've agreed

she likes this song and my others too

so now you see my world is...

because of this tune!

What a boon this tune!

I tell you soon

We'll be lying in bed, happily wed,

and I won't think of that girl

or what she said...

 

 

 

OCTOPUS

 

Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'

you have no word

trip, trip to a dream dragon

hide your wings in a ghost tower

sails cackling at every plate we break

cracked by scattered needles

the little minute gong

coughs and clears his throat

madam you see before you stand

hey ho, never be still

the old original favorite grand

grasshoppers green Herbarian band

and the tune they play is "In Us Confide"

so trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'

you have no word

Please leave us here

close our eyes to the octopus ride!

Isn't it good to be lost in the wood

isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood

meant even less to me than I thought

with a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds

clover honey pots and mystic shining feed...

well, the madcap laughed at the man on the border

hey ho, huff the Talbot

"Cheat" he cried shouting kangaroo

it's true in their tree they cried

Please leave us here

close our eyes to the octopus ride!

The madcap laughed at the man on the border

hey ho, huff the Talbot

the winds they blew and the leaves did wag

they'll never put me in their bag

the seas will reach and always seep

so high you go, so low you creep

the wind it blows in tropical heat

the drones they throng on mossy seats

the squeaking door will always squeak

two up, two down we'll never meet

so merrily trip forgo my side

Please leave us here

close our eyes to the octopus ride!

 

 

 

GOLDEN HAIR

(These lyrics are originally from "Chamber Music" by James Joyce (1907)

  

Lean out your window, golden hair

I heard you singing in the midnight air

my book is closed, I read no more

watching the fire dance, on the floor

I've left my book, I've left my room

 

For I heard you singing through the gloom

singing and singing, a merry air

lean out the window, golden hair...

 

 

 

LONG GONE

 

She was long gone, long, long gone

she was gone, gone, the bigger they come

the larger her hand 'till no one understands

why for so long she'd been gone.

 

And I stood very still by the window sill

and I wondered for those I love still

I cried in my mind where I stand behind

the beauty of love's in her eyes...

 

She was long gone, long, long gone

she was gone, gone, the bigger they come

the larger her hand 'till no one understands

why for so long she'd been gone.

 

And I borrowed the page

from a leopard's cage

and I prowled in the evening sun's glaze

her head lifted high to the light in the sky

the opening dawn on her face...

 

She was long gone long, long gone

she was gone, gone, the bigger they come

the larger her hand 'till no one understands

why for so long she'd been gone.

 

And I stood very still by the window sill

and I wondered for those I love still

I cried in my mind where I stand behind

the beauty of love's in her eyes...

 

She was long gone, long, long gone

she was gone, gone, the bigger they come

the larger her hand 'till no one understands

why for so long she'd been gone.

 

She was long gone long, long gone.

 

 

 

SHE TOOK A LONG COLD LOOK

 

She took a long cold look at me

and smiled and gazed all over my arm

she loves to see me get down to ground

she hasn't time just to be with me

her face between all she means to be

to be extreme, just to be extreme

a broken pier on the wavy sea

she wonders why for all she wants to see...

But I got up and I stomped around

and hid the piece where the trees touch the ground...

 

The end of truth that lay out the time

spent lazing here on a painting dream

a mile or more in a foreign clime

to see farther inside of me.

 

And looking high up into the sky

I breathe as the water streams over me...

 

 

 

FEEL

 

You feel me

away far too empty, oh so alone!

I want to go home

Oh find me inside of a nocturne - the blonde

how I love you to be by my side

they wail...

the crowd on her side

she straggled the bridge by the water...

 

She misses her crawl

far ley grew

heady aside in a dell

inside an eye be the lonely one, my bride

how I leave on the waddling wheel

they flail...

a gasp shringing

a bad bell's ringing

the angel - the daughter...

 

You feel me...

 

 

 

IF IT'S IN YOU

 

Yes I'm thinking of this, yes I am

puddle town, Tom was the underground

hold you tighter so close, yes you are

please hold on to the steel rail

 

colonel with gloves

he isn't loved on 'Sundays Mail'

all the fives crock Henrietta

she's mean go-getter

gotta write her a letter.

 

Did I wink of this, I am

yum, yummy, yum, don't, yummy, yum, yom, yom...

Yes, I'm thinking of this, in steam

skeleton kissed to the steel rail

 

fleas in Pamela

chugging along with a funnel of steam

all the fives crock Henrietta

she's mean go-getter

gotta write her a letter...

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT

 

When I woke up today

and you weren't there to play

then I wanted to be with you

when you showed me your eyes

whispered love at the skies

then I wanted to stay with you

inside me I feel alone and unreal

and the way you kiss will always be

a very special thing to me...

 

When I lay still at night seeing

stars high and light

then I wanted to be with you

when the rooftops shone dark

all alone (I) saw a spark

spark of love just to stay with you

inside me I feel alone and unreal

and the way you kiss will always be

a very special thing to me...

 

If I mention your name

turn around on a chain

then the sky opens for you

when we grew very tall

when I saw you so small

then I wanted to stay with you

inside me I feel alone and unreal

and the way you kiss will always be

a very special thing to me...

 

 




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