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Favourite Song lyrics

Written about his time in a psychiatric institution during his drug abuse phase!


“Knocking 'Round The Zoo” - James Taylor

Just knocking around the zoo on a Thursday afternoon,
there’s bars on all the windows and they’re counting up the spoons, yeah.
And if I’m feeling edgy, there’s a chick who’s paid to be my slave, yeah, watch out James.
But she’ll hit me with a needle if she thinks I’m trying to misbehave.

Now the keeper’s trying to cool me/ says I’m bound to be all right,
but I know that he can’t fool me cause I’m putting him uptight, yeah.
And I can feel him getting edgy every time I make a sudden move, whoa, yes it’s true.
And I can hear them celebrating every time I up and leave the room.

Now my friends all come to see me, they just point at me and stare.
Said, he’s just like the rest of us so what’s he doing there?
They hide in their movie theaters drinking juice, keeping tight, watch that bright light.
Cause they’re certain about one thing, babe, that zoo’s no place to spend the night, no.

Just knocking around the zoo on a Thursday afternoon,
there’s bars on all the windows and they’re counting up the spoons, yeah.
And if I’m feeling edgy, there’s a chick who’s paid to be my slave, watch out Kootch.
But she’ll hit me with a needle if she thinks I’m trying to misbehave.

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“Heart Full Of Holes” - Mark Knopfler

You can tell me your troubles
I’ll listen for free
My regulars trust me, it seems
You can come and see Uncle
To get through the week
Leave your pledges with me to redeem
Some folk sell their bodies
For ten bob a go
Politicians go pawning their souls
Which doesn’t make me
Look too bad, don’t you know
Me, with my heart full of holes
All my yesterdays broken
A watch with no face
All battered and old
Bits of the movement
All over the place
And a heart full of holes
A heart full of holes
A heart full of holes

Brass knuckles and banjos
Are out on the town
At the knees-up
In Teddy Boys’ Row
The gold block and tackle
Tells the time upside down
Rock n’ roll - well, I don’t know
Dead people’s wedding gifts
Walk out the door
A clarinet squeals to be free
Accordions hop
From the shelves to the floor -
Start playing their polkas to me

There’s a ringing of bells
A dunderhead’s curse
Fingers are pointing at you
And you take work in hell
And be glad it’s not worse
And you get to the back of the queue
Handcuffs and hunting knives
Clang on the bars
Air pistols shoot out the lights
I’ve a whole Wailing Wall
Of electric guitars
Could shatter the windows
Down Brick Lane tonight

If one of us dies, love
I think I’ll retire
See my boys and my beautiful girls
A Garden of Eden
No gates or barbed wire
Who knows, maybe gates made of pearls
Well, if we go to heaven
And some say we don’t
But if there’s a reckoning day
Please God, I’ll see you
And maybe I won’t
I’ve a bag packed to go either way

Redeeming your pledge, dear
I’ll keep it for you
It’s not going to go anywhere
But your soul, your soul
That is not what I do
There’s not a lot I can do there
I remember the officer’s watch
In my hand:
‘Repair it or die’ I was told
It’s a wonder to me -
I still don’t understand
Why I ever survived to be old
With a heart full of holes
A heart full of holes
A heart full of holes

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“Alice” - Tom Waits

It’s dreamy weather we’re on
You waved your crooked wand
Along an icy pond with a frozen moon
A murder of silhouette crows I saw
And the tears on my face
And the skates on the pond
They spell Alice

I disappear in your name
But you must wait for me
Somewhere across the sea
There’s a wreck of a ship
Your hair is like meadow grass on the tide
And the raindrops on my window
And the ice in my drink
Baby all I can think of is Alice

Arithmetic arithmetock
Turn the hands back on the clock
How does the ocean rock the boat?
How did the razor find my throat?
The only strings that hold me here
Are tangled up around the pier

And so a secret kiss
Brings madness with the bliss
And I will think of this
When I’m dead in my grave
Set me adrift and I’m lost over there
And I must be insane
To go skating on your name
And by tracing it twice
I fell through the ice
Of Alice

And so a secret kiss
Brings madness with the bliss
And I will think of this
When I’m dead in my grave
Set me adrift and I’m lost over there
And I must be insane
To go skating on your name
And by tracing it twice
I fell through the ice
Of Alice
There’s only Alice

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Not many lyrics in this, but I like 'em!

This song is so Marvin Gaye! It’s like it’s been lifted straight off What’s Going On. No bad thing.


‘Great Dreams Of Heaven’ - Ian McNabb

Got failing light and aching bones, Got beds in subways,
paper homes
Got clear blue skies and rainy days, Got sailors
Sailing, sailing
Got mighty ships to cross the sea, Got plenty of room
For you and me
Got babies being born HIV, Got programmes failing, failing

Liberty and freedom all the things that men require
Children singing, church bells ringing, objects of desire
Football teams and crazy scenes from 1967
And we got great dreams of Heaven!

Got TV shows from satellite, got company on winter nights
Excess of pills of pure delight, got flags all waving, waving
Got sandy beaches everywhere, fuel injected cars to get us there
Got pension plans and healthcare, Got daylight saving, saving

Decency and honesty, the things that folk depend on
Introduction, a dirty joke, and then a song to end on
Countries die, when rockets fly, and cities have been levelled
And we got great dreams of Heaven

Got ways of living, left and right, fast talking chat shows,
sponsored fight
Got kids who’ll steal for just a hit, Politicians talking, talking
Got idols selling fizzy drink, got reckless stealing everything
So what’s going on it’s hard to think, soap stars are
Singing, singing

Verdant scenes and ways and means to understand our being
Holocaust, catastrophe and beauty we are seeing
Harder times of holy wine and bread that is unleavened
And we got great dreams of Heaven

Crazy leaders, self assured who sit atop their nations
Banners headed “Peace and Freedom! Justice and
Damnation!”
Cold wind blowing, embers glowing, God knows where
We’re heading
But we got great dreams of Heaven


“Winter Song” - Crash Test Dummies

I can’t say that I miss my old dog much
And I’ve never looked back since I left home long ago
But I hoped a trip into the country
Would help remind me all the things I used to know

That’s what I came for
That’s what I hoped for

There once was good blood in the breeze here
We rode across the lake each new year
What have I remembered
What did this used to be

The ice, it used to shine upon our river
It was a mirror that the cold dark water ran way deep beneath
And here were many years of winter drownings
I kept track of these things as they were told to me

And that’s what I came for
That’s what I hoped for…

The changes of the year were once a blessing
Well this year they’re the seasons of my discontent
But I cannot rewrite my old diaries
I can only recall all the things that came & went

But that’s what I’d come for
And that’s what I’d hoped for…

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“New Hymn” - James Taylor

Source of all we hope or dread, sheepdog, jackal, rattler, swan.
We hunt your face and long to trust that your hid mouth will say again
let there be light, a clear new day.
But when we thirst in this dry night,
we drink from hot wells poisoned with the blood of children.
And when we strain to hear a steady homing beam,
our ears are balked by stifled moans
and howls of desolation from the throats of sisters, brothers, wild men,
clawing at the gates for bread.

Even our own feeble hands ache to seize the crown you wear
and work our private havoc through the known and unknown lands of space.

Absolute in flame beyond us, seed and source of Dark and Day,
maker whom we beg to be our mother father comrade mate.

Till our few atoms blow to dust or form again in wiser lives
or find your face and hear our name in your calm voice the end of night if dark may end.
Wellspring gold of dark and day, be here, be now.


“Our Lady Of The Well” - Jackson Browne

It is a dance we do in silence
Far below this morning sun
You in your life, me in mine
We have begun
Here we stand and without speaking
Draw the water from the well
And stare beyond the plains
To where the mountains lie so still

But it’s a long way that I have come
Across the sand to find this peace among your people in the sun
Where the families work the land as they have always done
Oh it’s so far the other way my country’s gone

Across my home has grown the shadow
Of a cruel and senseless hand
Though in some strong hearts
The love and truth remain
And it has taken me this distance
And a woman’s smile to learn
That my heart remains among them
And to them I must return

But it’s a long way that I have come
Across the sand to find you here among these people in the sun
Where your children will be born
You’ll watch them as they run
Oh it’s so far the other way my life has gone

If you look for me, Maria
You will find me in the shade
Wide awake or in a dream
It’s hard to tell-
If you come to me, Maria
I will show you what I’ve made
It’s a picture for our lady of the well