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BEATLE BONES AND SMOKIN' STONES
album lyrics
flits

THE SPOTLIGHT KID
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SIDE ONE

I'M GONNA BOOGLARIZE YOU BABY

the moon was a drip on a dark hood
and they were driving around and around
vital willy told weeping milly
i'm gonna booglarize you baby
i'm gonna booglarize you baby
if i can find a place to park my machine out of town
milly told willy: come on over to my house
and i'll slow your machine right down
because listen: vitals gives me the willies
driving around and around
driving around and around
if you keep beating around the bush you'll lose your push
if you keep beating around the bush you'll lose your push
[repeating of parts]
tush tush boy i gotta boogie
tush tush boy i gotta boogie around
there ain't no place to stop around
boy i gotta boogie
boy i gotta boogie
boy i gotta boogie
said weeping milly:
now willy come over to my place
and i'll slow you right down
you lose your push tush
when you beat around the bush
if you act reserved
i know somebody paying for your parking place
you got to take your space
tush tush you lose your push
when you beat around
when you beat around
when you beat around the bush
boy i gotta boogie
boy i gotta boogie
boy i gotta boogie
i'm gonna booglarize you baby
i'm gonna booglarize you baby
i'm gonna booglarize you baby


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WHITE JAM

she serves me flowers and yams
and in the night when i'm full
she brings me white yams
and i don't know where i am
and i don't know where i am
in the meadow she brings me
like a bee she stings me
and i don't know where i am
clouds clinging to us
and the sun looking through us
and in the night when i'm full
she brings me white jam
she brings me white jam
and i don't know where i am
[repeating of parts]


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BLABBER 'N' SMOKE

words by jan van vliet

all you ever do is blabber and smoke
there's a big pane in your window
and all your waters turn to rope
it's gonna hang you all
dangle you all
hang you all
if you don't hurry there will be no hope
why don't you quit acting like a dope?
all you ever do is blabber and smoke
it doesn't matter where you got your start
which side of your head - oh - you wear your heart
clean up the air and treat the animals fair
i can't help but think you treat love like a joke
time is running out
and all you ever do is
blabber and smoke [4x]
 

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WHEN IT BLOWS ITS STACKS

when it blows its stacks [5x]
he ain't nowhere to be found
when a wolf's claws wear way down
better watch out there's a man-eater around
hide all the women in town
hide all the women in town
when it blows its stacks, when it blows
all you girls make no mistake
he's as cold as a snake sleeping in the shade
he takes them out
out on an iceberg
hands them a ronson
says 'i'll see you around'
when he straightens up
they all bend down
he doesn't bow to bad water
he doesn't pussy foot around
[repeating of parts]


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ALICE IN BLUNDERLAND

an instrumental, so no lyrics


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SIDE TWO


THE SPOTLIGHT KID

said the momma to the baby in the corn:
you are my first born
you shall here on in be known as the spotlight kid
and the morning cry of the rooster
the baby lay alone
and the old cow in the green grass
shed white tears in the red hot sun
and the spotlight kid stood under the moon that evening
giving her alibis and eating her a la modes
and the ice cream man searching high and low
for his a la modes [2x]
and the green frogs croaking around his abode
and the mud cat pond by the old willow road
all night the village waited and the spotlight kid never showed
she was up on the mountain
telling her alibis and eating her a la modes
momma still knew she was the one
she was the one who stole the pie from old momma's eye
window bare rocking chair groaning like a grizzly bear
[repeating of parts]


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CLICK CLACK

two trains
two railroad tracks
one going and the other one coming back
there goes my baby on that old train
i say: come back, come back baby, come back
click clack, click clack
there's my baby waving her handkerchief down
my ears stand up when i hear that sound
this time it sounds like it's for keeps
click clack, click clack
i get down on the ground
with the gravel around
i pray to the lord
that train will stop
turn around and around
and never stop till it drops my baby off
now i had this girl
threatening to leave me all the time
maybe you had a girl like that
i - you all the time crying
well i had this girl
threatening to leave me all the time
threatening to go down
go down to new orleans
and get herself lost and found
maybe you had a girl like this
she has always said to go down to new orleans
and get herself lost and found
come on, i'll play it for you
let me tell you about it
let me tell you about it
there were two railroad tracks
click clack, click clack
one of them leaving and the other one coming back
i was two tears from you, baby
you were going to new orleans
you were going way up the tracks
the train was leaving
i could see you waving your handkerchief


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GROW FINS

now here you come baby
with your tail dragging the gravy
you know your p's and q's
what you don't know baby
is you're giving me the blues
you got juice on your chin
eggs on the drain-board
pie on your wall
dirt on the rug
i come home late
and i stumble and swore
you won't even give me a hug
you had my things all laid out
laid out by the door
i'm leaving
i'm gonna take up with a mermaid
and leave you land-lubbing women alone
and leave you land-lubbing women alone
o, you said you had it together once
now your head is around the bend
i'm telling you woman
you better get it back together again
i wanna grow fins
and go back in the water again
if you don't leave me alone
i'm gonna take up with a mermaid
[repeating of parts]


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THERE AIN'T NO SANTA CLAUS ON THE EVENIN' STAGE

there ain't no santa claus on the evening stage
there ain't no way to pull the curtain
and hide from hunger's rage
there ain't no town to stop in
there ain't no time to stop in
there ain't no straw for my horse
there ain't no straw for my bed
there ain't no comfort in cold boards
there ain't no rumors or food for my stomach
and someday i'm gonna be saved
because i gotta eat and drink
and breathe and sleep and i'm a slave
down in hominy's grotto there's a soul dying and leaving
every second on the evening stage
there's a soul dying and rotting
and picking some new kind of cotton
with his fingers broken and his heart back and forgotten
and there ain't no santa claus on the evening stage


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GLIDER

into the sun in my glider
there's a shadow beside her
up and down through the blue
up and down through the blue
clouds give me my silent cue
and i'm up in my glider down
i'm up in my glider
with a shadow beside her
there's gonna be bits of rain
on her windowpane
up in my glider
up in my glider
there's no shadow beside her
when it's a-thundering and lightning
yeah boys, it's getting pretty frightening
o, i feel like an outsider
till the sun shows through
and right on cue
there's a shadow beside her
[repeating of parts]
well, i'm telling you boys
there ain't no noise
ain't no noise
ain't no noise
me and my baby never gonna bring my glider down
me and my baby never gonna bring my glider down


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