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Roy Harper - McGoohans Blues Lyrics

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  • Nicky my child he stands there with the wind in his hair
  • Wondering whether the water the wind of the where
  • I fear that someday he might ask me if mine is the blame
  • And I've got no reply save to tell him it's all just a game
  • And Heather and I lay together and I was in love
  • She weighed up the gains and the losses and gave me the shove
  • The fear of mankind's untogetherness pounds in my heart
  • The deceit of my friends the betrayals of which I am part
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my two feet standing here questioning
  • And I'm just a social experiment tailored to size
  • I've tried out the national machine and the welfare surprise
  • I'm the rich man the poor man the peace man the war man the beast
  • The festive consumer who ends up consumed in the feast
  • And my fife eyed promoter is clutching two birds in the bush
  • He's a thief he's as bad as the joker they're both in the rush
  • He's telling me Ghandi was handy and Jesus sold his ring
  • (Dunno who to, God maybe)
  • "And everyone knows dat dis dough's gonna make me de king"
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my two feet standing here questioning
  • Meanwhile the ticket collectors are punching their holes
  • Into your memories your journeys and into your souls
  • Your life sentence starts and the judge hands you down a spare wig
  • Saying: "Get out of that and goodbye old boy have a good gig"
  • And the town label makers stare down with their gallery eyes
  • And point with computer stained fingers each time you arise
  • To the rules and the codes and the system that keeps them in chains
  • Which is where they belong with no poems no love and no brains
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my two feet standing there questioning
  • Meanwhile the TV commercials are sweeping the day
  • Brainwashing innocent kids into thinking their way
  • The wet politicians and clergymen have much to say
  • Defending desires of the sheep they are leading astray
  • And Ma's favourite pop star is forcing a grin he's a smash
  • Obliging the soft-headed viewers to act just as flash
  • The village TV hooks its victims on give away cash
  • The addicts are numbers who serve to perpetuate trash
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my stupid poetry shuffleing
  • And the bankers and tycoons and hoarders of money and art
  • Full up with baubles and bibles and full of no heart
  • Who travel first class on a pleasure excursion to fame
  • Are the eyes that are guiding society's ludicrous aim
  • And the village is making its Sunday collection in church
  • The church wobbles 'twixt hell and heaven's crumbling perch
  • Unnoticed the money box loudly endorses the shame
  • As the world that Christ fought is supported by using his name
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my stupid poetry burbling
  • And the pin-striped sardine-cum-magician is packed in his train
  • Censoring all of the censorship filling his brain
  • He glares through his armour-plate vision and says "Hmm, insane"
  • The prisoner is taking his shoes off to walk in the rain
  • And the luminous green prima donna is sniffing the sky
  • She daren't tread the earth that she's smelling her birth was too high
  • Her bank balance castle is built on opinion and fear
  • Which is all she allows within three hundred miles of her ear
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my stupid poetry burbling
  • And I've seen all your pedestal values your good and your bad
  • If you really believe them your passing is going to be hard
  • And I've thought through our thought and I know that its blind silly season
  • Occurs when our reasoning is trying to fathom a reason
  • And if you really know it's all a joke but you're just putting me on
  • Well it's sure a good act that you've got 'cos you never let on
  • But if all of that supersale overkill world is for real
  • Well there's nowhere to go kid so you might as well start to freewheel
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see my two feet standing there burbling
  • And I had this dream in here same time as standing awake
  • These various visions rushed through as I giggled and quaked
  • The distant guns thunder my end and I duck for a while
  • Auntie Lily is handing me candy she chuckles I smile
  • And our village is where I was born and it's where I will die
  • And I'll never be able to leave it whatever I try
  • The ebb and the flow of the forces of life pass me by
  • Which is all that I'll know from my birth to my last gasping sigh
  • And O how the sea she roars with laughter
  • And howls with the dancing wind
  • To see the dying lying there obeying
  • My age and my time
  • The blood fire wine and rhyme
  • That fills my dream reminds me of an atom in a bubble on a wave
  • That held its breath for one sweet second then was popped and disappeared
  • Into fruitful futilities meaningless meaning
  • Meaningless meaning
  • Under the toadstool lover down by the dream
  • Everything flowing over rainbows downstream
  • Silver the turning water flying away
  • I'll come to see you sooner I'm on my way
  • And there's a mirror that I'm looking straight through
  • And I get it
  • And there's a doorway that I'm ducking into
  • To forget it
  • But flashing just beyond the sky the shattering midnight gathers
  • And reminding me behind my mind the earth quakes the sun flakes flutter
  • Over the mountain fairground
  • Candy flies stay
  • Under the moonshine fountain
  • I'm on my way
  • Lemon tree blossom ladies
  • Poured my tea
  • After the blue sky breezes following me
  • There's a river that I'm making it with
  • And I know it
  • And I'm floating to I don't care where
  • I just go it
  • But flashing just beyond the sky the shattering midnight gathers
  • And reminding me behind my mind the earth quakes the sun flakes flutter
  • Daffodil April petal hiding the game
  • Forests of restless chessmen life is the same
  • Tides in the sand sun lover watching us dream
  • Covered in stars and clover rainbows downstream
  • And the question in the great big underneath is forever
  • And the fanfare that I'm forcing through my teeth answers "Never"
  • But the flashing just beyond the sky the shattering midnight gathers
  • And reminding me behind my mind the earth quakes the sun flakes flutter
  • The pumpkin coach and the rags approach and the wind is devouring the ashes

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