old man will travel lyrics

Hold Me Only In The Dark
Crayon Pictures
Pelican Man
Winter Ghost
I'm Dead
Lovely Nikita
W.F.M. (instrumental)
California
Travellin' Around
Xanadu
The Road Goes Ever On
Zo Bid
Oh, No!
Inkwell
Behind The Curtain
Hold Me Only In The Dark (reprise)

Great Uncle Helmer lyrics
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Hold Me Only in the Dark

Lady wrote a song for me
she didn't know if she believed my eye
And when I tried to sing it
she denied that I considered it a prize
She wanted me to love her
but she didn't want my love to interfere
She feared that I was mocking her
but just the same she feared I was sincere
Oh yeah

We danced a vinyl jig
and in a tournament of words I let her win
I lost my shirt in trivia
and shivered 'cause the blankets were too thin
Clandestine meetings under stars
and down below they don't look up to see us
Hidden in the earth we met
and in the dim of streetlamp twilight kisses
Oh yeah oh yeah

No more oceans anymore
No afternoons in the park
No more clambakes on the shore
Hold me only in the dark

She said she'd sing no songs
but when she did her voice was like a gentle thunder
The wind can touch your heart
and never once disturb the sheets on which you slumber
Standing on the lawn the air
hangs breathless in the angel's light of dawn
While hidden in the rooms
a tempest blows and silent tremors rumble on
Oh yeah

She took my comfort in the dark
her magic lamp said it could be forgotten
Mingled breath makes sweet perfume
but mingled lies get only gains ill gotten
Talking is forbidden here unless it's mundane fantasies and tales
Looking at a mirrored pane
is worse by far than dancing with a veil
Oh yeah oh yeah

No more oceans anymore
No afternoons in the park
No more clambakes on the shore
Hold me only in the dark

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Crayon Pictures

Crayon Pictures on my wall
By all the friends who come here
Come to see me
To see my room
To see my
Won't somebody come to see me
(Wall, somebody come to draw)
Draw me
(a crayon picture)
Picture me on my wall
(Put it on my wall)
I'll draw you a crayon picture
Somebody come to see me

I've got peanuts, I've got wine, and we'll draw outside the lines
(I've got peanuts, I've got Why not draw a crayon line?)
Good line, Karl, Y'all come on and we'll have us a time
(Peanuts. And peanuts and wine are good for you all of the time)
Peanuts, and plenty of wine, we'll draw
(Good line, good time, plenty of wine)

Crayon pictures on my wall
Somebody come to see me

A nice blue one with the tree standing in front of a house
And a pumpkin man with triangle eyes
and a smile but a line for a nose
How I want one of those
Flannel ponytail pose
There's a man walking in an aura or a river of black
(... an aura of black)
Dancing a lonely country waltz
empty hands in the air under stars and a moon
A cartoon
Not a cartoon
It's a

Crayon picture on my wall
Somebody come to see me

One's already slipped off the wall
I'm losing my grip I'm gonna fall

Crayon pictures saved my life
They remind me I've got friends up here
And I'm not alone at all
Keep me from wanting out my window to fall
Keep me on the wall
Crayon pictures instead of death
(What an antidote)
I've got this blank space on my wall
Why don't you come over and tell me out the window? No! It's
(Why don't you just come over here?)
(Take up this crayon in your hand)

Crayon Pictures on my wall
By all the friends who come here
Come to see me
To see my room
To see my
Won't somebody come to see me
(Wall, somebody come and draw)
Draw me
(a crayon picture)
Picture me on my wall
Put it up on my wall
I'll draw you a crayon picture
Somebody come to see me

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Pelican Man

Pelican man
Pelican man
Who'd understand
Who'd understand
Pelican man
Oo-oo-oo-ooh

If you'd fly they'd never shoot you down
But you don't know what you have found
You've got wings inside your body
You could fly away from this lonely little town
And only set down
On the places that you love

Pelican man
Pelican man
Who'd understand
Who'd understand
Pelican man
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh

I can't stand to watch you die
As you have watched the others fly
You don't know what you can do
And all you use to help yourself
Trained you to see no one else
Come on let's go out and get some sun
I said come on let's go out and get some sun

Pelican man
Pelican man
I understand
I understand
I understand
Pelican man
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh
Whoo-oo-oo-ooh

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Winter Ghost

There is a ghost that haunts your town
Strolling by the river walking tall around
Jacket, boots and laces all leather brown
18 shades of blue ever since he came down

Winter ghost
You can see right through
Winter ghost
18 shades of blue

Sitting in the square on a dark winter's day
Where she sat with him when the trees were on display
Where he moved to show her and she moved to go away
He glides into the river where he still must die today

Winter ghost
You can see right through
Winter ghost
18 shades of blue

On New Year's Eve, he may walk down your street
Hands in his sides and his eyes at his feet
And if you see him, he will make you cry
He sings a song, "No one as sad as I"
For New Years' Eve is the night that he died

Winter ghost
You can see right through
Winter ghost
18 shades of blue

Winter ghost
You can see right through
Winter ghost
18 shades of blue

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I'm Dead

Pacifiers seem to bounce right off me
Or stick to me adding to the haze

Nothing satisfies me for very long
Friends I take for granted
Typical comforts
I've got just enough that I feel guilty if I feel bad
Booze and violent blues guitar is all that really gets to me
And I can't hack either of those

I live with demons of anger and fear
Even though I love Jesus and believe he is here

Everything I say is a lie
And I don't mean that as some cute paradox
Depression but it's not that simple
It's nothing that can be explained away
And it wouldn't help at all to have
someone say they've felt the same way

I'm dead, I'm dead
Someday this will be true
I'm dead, I'm dead
What now? I'm dead

I live with demons of anger and fear
Even though I love Jesus and believe he is here

Cheerful songs are just too awful
Awful songs are just too mean
I'm so sick of pretty folk songs
I just had to screw it up

I live with demons of anger and fear
Even though I love Jesus and believe he is here

I'm dead, I'm dead
Someday this will be true
I'm dead, I'm dead
What now? I'm dead

Pacifiers seem to bounce right off me
Or stick to me adding to the haze

I'm dead, I'm dead
Someday this will be true
I'm dead, I'm dead
What now? I'm dead
I'm dead, I'm dead
What now? I'm dead

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Lovely Nikita

Lovely Nikita
send me a letter
I don't know where you are

Two orphaned children
far from their homeland
hiding under her wing

Gifts from the hands of a prophet
the only reminders on earth
Probably the fancy of a woman alone
giving life to a secondhand birth

All of it's gone now
never returning
but I won't weep again

Seasons roll by with a quickness
Memory slips down the stream
Taking Nikita away from our minds
and our childhood into a dream

There on the doorstep
(There on the doorstep)
is it a shadow
(is it a shadow watching us still)
She is watching us still

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California

Went up on the mountain
took down all of my hair
left it at the bottom
and I came back up for air
And I said hey California
California, hey, hey, hey
Well I loved her for a while and then I watched as she danced away

When we got together
it was like tectonic plates
Pushed up on some mountains
And everything was great, woo!
And I said hey California
California, hey, hey, hey
You know I ain't been there in a while but you know I think I just might make it back someday
yeah! make it back
earthquake

Went to your hotel room
stayed in bed all day
naked to the ocean
and washed it all away
and I said hey California
Californi-i-ay
Well I think she's dancin' back to me and you know this time I think she might be here to stay
Well I said hey California
California, hey, hey, hey
Well I think she's dancin' back to me and you know
this time I think she might be here to stay

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Travellin' Around (The Prequel to "Tschellozon, the Moon!")

We're a bunch of weird people travellin' around
We may not know where we're going
We may never, never, never be found

One of us is named Bobby
One of us is named Jim
One of us is imaginary
but we all share a part of him

Three of us are sober. We're the only ones who drive
Two of us are drunk like skunks
and five are getting high

We're the bunch of weird people traveling somewhere
We've got this beat behind us
but our plans are up in the air

We're the ones who sing though everyone sings along
We'd make it up as we sung it
but we might get the words all wrong

We all used to be actors in a Minnesota town
We couldn't stand each other
so we burned our dorm rooms down

We might drink a pepsi
We might drink a beer
We might have to make a pitstop at the rest station

(Ooh)
The cops might all be after us
if we weren't so smart
(oohwah)
Nobody knows our real names
but we all now each others' hearts

Pablo Picasso painted.
Otis Redding sang
but the pope has never ruled England
We just drive the van-bang, bang, bang
bang, bang, bang, bang
bang, bang, bang, bang
bang, bang, bang

We might buy a candy bar
We might meet some friends
We might eat a hamburger

We're a bunch of weird people
The cops might all be after us
travellin' around
if we weren't so smart
We got this beat behind us
Nobody knows our real names
Man, we're never, never gonna be found
but we all now each others' hearts

We all used to be actors
Pablo Picasso painted
in a Minnesota town
Otis Redding sang
We couldn't stand each other
but the pope has never ruled England
so we burned our dorm rooms down
We just drive the van-bang, bang, bang
our dorm rooms down
bang, bang, bang, bang
our dorm rooms
bang, bang, bang

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Xanadu

Xanadu, O Xanadu, when will you be my home?
When will I be made to lie beneath your stately pleasure dome

When will I ever find a place to lie?
(When will I finally lie)
When will I ever find my way into the summer sky?
(When will I finally find sky)
O Xanadu

Not much time to get back home, there's just a couple days
(Wahohuhay)
Don't know why I left, I never should have gone away
(Ohwhyyeahay)

The sun's already burnin' and it's just gonna get hotter
(Sun's already burnin' me)
Send your starlight ship to carry me back home to your celestial water.
(Send your starlight ship and send some water)

And the nightmare comes
With the break of day
Xanadu please chake it away
O Xanadu

Wash away the dusty roads from this poor traveller's feet
(Washuhoay)
Dust can make it hard to walk down old familiar streets
(Dustarowee)

And the ship runs low
And the sky bleeds light
And we go our way in the night
O Xanadu

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The Road Goes Ever On

Squeaking on the window
The heater up and gone
Drums and strings and voices
The road goes ever on

Two beside me, Civil War
The van is headed south
Words and music twine themselves
In someone else's mouth

In the seat ahead of me an old time lover's friend
And a sour satisfaction opens up my head

Up and on the road before
the clock has turned around
We're headed to the southern sun
and born unto the ground

I'm far behind the camera's flash
Conversation's dull
Draining all my energy
So awfully awfully dull

Foggy windows, sodden fields, fast-decaying snow
A change in pitch and I can see the Old Man there below

"The bourgeoisie," the bourgeois man
complains pretentiously
And how should I when he has died
contempt or sympathy?

Three-lane highway turns to two
The cracks are wide and long
My head is full of wasted thought
My ears just catch a song

The road goes ever on, and when it stops the van turns round
We'll watch the scenery roll until we're born unto the ground
we're born unto the ground
The road goes ever on my friend, the road goes ever on
Born of nothing rough and low, oh, oh, oh
The road goes ever on my friend, the goes ever on
watch the thunder roll on up the sky the lightning flash
Oh don't you know the road goes ever on and on and na nana nanana
watch the water roll on up the windshield, yeah
The road goes ever on, goes ever on my friend
We'll watch the scenery roll my friend while
The road goes ever on, my friend
The road goes ever on

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Zo Bid

I'm zo bid
yeah I'm zo bid
I bid the hids eff jiggenz
I kill dim wit de liggenz
Yeah, I'm zo bid
I'm zo bid.

These are some words I found
Written in pencil and circled around
With vinegar and soda
In an old cardboard tube
Lying near the ground

I'm zo bid
Yeah, yeah, yeah, how did I ever get zo bid?

I took them off to a man I knew, well
I didn't know him as well as you
But you're the one who did it
Introduced us t(w)o
The man without a tooth

I'm zo bid
Yeah How can I be zo bid?

He said to me with a part of his head
He didn't know what it meant
So I threw it away
And went off to find you
And take you off to my bed

I'm zo bid. Zo bid. Yeah.
Yeah I'm zo bid. Zo bid.
yeah. I'm zo bid

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Oh, No!

There's things on my floor
A great big green one by the door
A brown one in bib overalls with new synthetic ears
Is watching me try on prosthetic fears
 
My bathroom ceiling might be leaking
Anthropomorphocologically speaking
I'll check behind the ceiling tile
While you are busy peaking underneath my dirty laundry pile
 
And stored in the shed
Are stacked and sorte(di)d severed heads
Two have got no brains at all
But I'm a great big fan of the imploded-nosed albino man
 
The author resting on my dresser
Once knew a woman who told her confessor
I'll draw a bath in Russian salts
That surely is no lesser than reliving famous people's faults.
 
There's things in my head
That used to live but now they're dead
I kicked my head so hard against the locomotive train
I've got to kick again to ease the pain
 
My bathroom ceiling might be leaking
Biogeneticologically speaking
I'll wipe the water from the floor
While you are busy seeking out the secrets that I hid before
 
The airplane went down with a monster at the wheel
But no one believed her 'cause the monster wasn't real.
 
When I'm gone, when I'm gone
Do these things when I am gone
I banged my head on the wall
I banged it real hard on the wall, but it still didn't fall
Oh no, oh no...
 
The trapdoor was under the place where Allie sits
And when it opened up, she fell into the gator pit.
 
When I'm gone, when I'm gone
Do these things when I am gone
I banged the table with my hand
I banged it real hard, but they still wouldn't understand
Oh no, oh no...
 
The pirates captured Terry and they took him out to sea
He tried to reason with them, but they wouldn't set him free
 
When I'm gone, when I'm gone
Do these things when I am gone
I banged my head on the floor
I banged it real hard on the floor, but I don't know what for
Oh no, oh no...
 
The bridge-keeper's down
Three questions answered by a clown
The water leaking through the roof is dripping on their pants
But all they want to do is sing and dance.
 
My mysteries are all up-ended
Everything's over, and under-protected
I'll let you stay a little while
But when you've comprehended, please replace my leaky ceiling tile
 
I banged the wall onto my head
I banged it real hard on my head but I still wasn't dead
Oh no, oh no... Oh no, oh no...

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Inkwell

Sweat upon my hands,
In the snow outside my window
Where I haven't washed away my daily chores
Are no children's footprints found
Snarls in my hair
Children not in body
Where I haven't combed through dreams I've had before
If still in mind
Thoughts behind my eyes where I don't
take the time to think much any more
oh, whoa, oh, yeah

Wrinkles on my bedspread
I can hear the music playing
Where I've slowly let the evening slip away
Six doors down from mine
Wax upon my nightstand
Mixed-up drunken through the halls
Where I've let a candle burn throughout the day
Down the yellow-dusted walls
Walls that warp and sag with yellow dust
Words that should be drawn are lying heavy on my inkwell this day

Little spider on my pillow
In the snow outside my window
Where I didn't know that spiders ever go
Are no children's footprints found
Dust between my bookshelves
The drifts are dusted over
That I haven't touched for seven months or more
With a fine and feathery grey
Aching in my bones that I only seem to get when I'm alone
Oh, la na na...

Ashes in my lungs
Where the musty moonlight infiltrates my bones
Book upon my pillow
Shows me all the people I have known
Silence on my ears that I never seem to get till I'm alone
Oh, la na na...

Daylight on the walls
In the air outside my building
Wakes me up before I'm finished with my dreams
No brazen bells are tolling
Dreams go on without you
And the people's hallelujah
When you wake up to the sunlit morning beams
Doesn't reach my ears
Readings of a sinner, very straight and narrowly redeemed
Ooh whoa, la na na...Time stands still on my inkwell

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Behind the Curtain

Behind the curtain
behind the curtain, baby
What's behind the curtain?
yeah, yeah, yeah
behind the curtain

It could pretty big 'cause the curtain is pretty long
And it goes up behind where I can't reach
It could be big
It could be funny sounding
But I don't think so 'cause I haven't heard anything at all from

Behind the curtain
What's behind the curtain?
behind the curtain, baby
What's behind the curtain?
yeah, yeah, yeah
behind the curtain
the cold dark curtain, baby

At the top of the wall, 'neath that giant 'Exit' sign
Where nobody sees until it gets dark
Between the wall and the heavy curtain
Down three steps coming in through the door from out in the hall

Behind the curtain
What's behind the curtain?
behind the cold dark curtain, baby
by the funky green mannequin
What's behind the curtain?
dancing there in the corner
yeah
what's behind the cold dark curtain?

It could be pretty old 'cause the curtain's been hangin' there
For a while and nobody goes back there
It could be old. It could be antiseptic
But I don't think so 'cause I think that everything is pretty dusty

Behind the curtain
yeah
behind the curtain
behind the cold, dark curtain baby
behind the curtain, behind the curtain, behind the curtain
yeah
behind the curtain, behind the curtain, behind the curtain

Maybe it's kinda smooth 'cause I think that a smoothish thing
Would look nice by the mirror and dancing bars
It could be smooth. It could be made of rubber
But I don't think so, 'cause I haven't heard any bouncy sounds at all from
Behind the curtain
yeah
behind the curtain, baby
pay no attention to the man behind it
behind that curtain
what's behind the curtain?
ah, a mystery, a veil
behind the curtain

It could be pretty small, 'cause the curtain is pretty close to the wall
It could set off the fire alarm
It could be small. It could be luminescent
But I don't think so 'cause I haven't seen any light at all from

Behind the curtain
behind the curtain, baby
behind the cold, dark curtain, baby
behind the curtain
what's behind the curtain?
Aah

At the top of the wall, 'neath that giant 'Exit' sign
It could pretty big 'cause the curtain is pretty long
Where nobody sees until it gets dark. It could be big
And it goes up behind where I can't reach between the wall
It could be funny sounding
and the heavy curtain
But I don't think so 'cause I haven't seen anything at all from
Down three steps coming in through the door from out in the hall

Behind the curtain
behind the curtain, baby
behind the cold, dark curtain, baby
behind the curtain
Aah
what's behind the curtain
behind the curtain

(behind the curtain)
behind the curtain, oh
ah (behind the curtain, baby)
(behind the curtain)
ah
what's behind the cold dark curtain
(behind the cold dark curtain baby)
behind the curtain
ah (behind the curtain)
what's behind the curtain

(Could you hear yourself? Little bit)

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Hold Me Only in the Dark (Reprise)

No more oceans anymore
No afternoons in the park
No more clambakes on the shore
Hold me only in the dark

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