THE MADCAP LAUGHS

 

  1. Terrapin
  2. Noo Good Trying
  3. Love You
  4. No Man's Land
  5. Dark Globe
  6. Here I Go
  7. Octopus
  8. Golden Hair
  9. Long Gone
  10. She Took A Long Cold Look
  11. Feel
  12. If It's In You
  13. Late Night

 

TERRAPIN

I really love you and I mean you
The star above you, crystal blue
Well, oh baby, my hair's on end about you

I wouldn't see you and I love to
I fly above you, yes I do
Well, oh baby, my hair's 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

 

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 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 herd
Won't cover the head
And you know you should be home in bed

It's no good holding the sequent 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 your 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
So we in love like I think we be
It ain't a long run, it took ages to think
I think I'll howl 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 a nice little one
To put it all around, it's just good, I like it
Hey, hey, hey, s'pose some time that day
Whoopy swing along over 'cross 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

Good time rocker woman, we'll stray up pieces
Little creepy, we shine so sleepy
So whoopy, 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 up
Don't see me cry

Just searching you even try, I can't 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

 

DARK GLOBE

Oh where are you now
Pussy willow that smiled on this leaf?
When I was alone
You promised to stand 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 own band beads
On his hand hangs tall
Won't you miss me?
Wouldn't you miss me at all?

The poppy birds wail
Swing twigs coffee brands around
Brandish a one wan
With a feathery tongue
My head kissed the ground
I was half the way down
Treading the sandplease, please
Please lift a hand
I'm only a person with Eskimo chain
I tattooed my brain all around
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
She don't do it right
Well, everything was wrong and my patience was gone
When I woke up one morning and remember this song
Can you cathc it? I hope
That she will talk to me now
And even allow me
To hold her hand and forget that old band

I strolled around to her path
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 kind of cute, don't you know
That after a while I see her smile
I knew I 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 of tune
I tell you soon
We'll be lying in bed, happily wed
And I won't think of that girl
What she said

 

OCTOPUS

Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'
You have no word
Trip, trip to a dream dragon
Bide your wings in a ghost tower
Sails cackling at every plate we break
Was 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

The madcap laughed at the man on the border
Hey ho, buff 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 Talbott
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 for go my side
Please leave us here
Close our eyes to the octopus ride

 

GOLDEN HAIR
(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 pagefrom a leopard's cage
And I prowled in the evening sun's space
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 me
To be extreme, just to be extreme
A broken pier on the way we see
She wonders why 'cause 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 climb
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 sideshe 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 ringingthe angel - the daughter

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 sideshe straggled the bridge by the water

 

IF IT'S IN YOU

Yes I'm thinking of this, yes I am
Purple town, Tom was the underground
Hold you tighter
You're so close, yes you are
Please hold on to the steel rail

Colonel with glove
she isn't loved on 'Sundays Mail'
All the fives crock Henrietta
She's mean go gett her,  go to 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

Freezing in Palmyra gloves, stately chosen
Stragg˛ing along with a bottle of steam
All the fives crock Henrietta
She's mean go gett her,  go to 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 bea 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 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 bea very special thing to me

If I mention your name
Turn around on a chain
Then the sky opens off 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 bea very special thing to me