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Lyrics From Plastic Guitar

Bending Like a Spoon

bending like a spoon
bending like a willow
sleeping on the floor
dreaming of a pillow

purple plums keep falling far from green, green grass of home
the troubador from califor to cowley road does roam

bending like a spoon
bending like a willow
sleeping on the floor
dreaming of a pillow

kiss the girls and shake the man hands rock the fucking roll
curse the soundguy storm the stage and fill the room with soul

leading me down long road
leading me down wrong road

lurking like a loon
flirty little fellow
sleeping with your girlfriend
i thought she was a pillow

moving on, keep moving on
bending like a willow
sleeping in a doorway
sleeping with your pillow

bending like a spoon
bending like a willow
sleeping on the floor
dreaming of a pillow

leading me down long road
leading me down wrong road

 

Plastic Guitar

there's a statue in the yard
she's warm and white
i ask if statue life is hard
her lips are tight
i say i've got nowhere to go
is that ok?
i ask her everything she knows
she doesn't say

sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a plastic guitar
sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a plastic guitar

is there a demon in the house, the doctor's ill
we left him breathing in a bag - he's in there still
i try so hard to say to you the things i mean
i'm never neither here nor there but in-between

sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a plastic guitar
sometimes all i can do is smash a plastic guitar, a classic guitar

but when it comes to love, when it comes to closing in...

take a drink, the water's pure, straight from the source
she led the pony to the stream, but not the horse
there's a genius on a hill
let's call him paul
there's a genius everywhere inside us all

sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a plastic guitar
sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a spastic guitar
sometimes all you can do is smash a plastic guitar, a plastic guitar
sometimes all i can do is smash a plastic guitar
a plastic guitar
a classic guitar
a spastic guitar
a spanish guitar
a rhythm guitar
a rhythm guitar
a rhythm guitar
oh

 

Doctor Take Care

doctor - take care - don't let me down
i'd hate to end up in the ground
doctor - stay clean - please wash your hand
those little germs don't understand

there's a future - side of me

doctor - take care - don't lose control
i'd hate to wake up in a hole
doctor - stay calm - don't lose your way
sing hare krishna everyday

in the mirror - when you shave
i'm a fearer - of the grave

there's a party tonight
gonna be quite the scene
and i'd be delighted
if you know what i mean
only you're not invited

doctor - stay home - text book in bed
dreams of procedure fill your head
doctor - get up - it's time to go
it's time to rock your one-man show

there's a window - open wide
and through it, the robins of spring come inside

doctor - take care - don't let me down
i'd hate to end up in the ground

 

Dear Miss

dear miss
d'you get the letters i sent?
i couldn't say what i meant
that's why i said what i did
in the language
of cctv

dear miss
sorry i mangled your name
nervous when faced with such fame
i'm like a sloth to the flame
of your lighter
don't mind if i do

groupie... goddess... it's you

dear miss
what if the media sees
you standing there on your knees?
despite attempts to be coy for the camera
hidden from view

let's smoke away these rumours til they're true

pretendo esparanto speako
rothko ringo bag o' tea
i wanna be your beatles freako
ring-o round the apple tree

dear miss
in this un-natural world
dear miss
you're such a natural girl
dear miss
a little slip of the tongue
snake hiss
microphone on every table
serpent slithers underground

a compact disco situation
spreads out o'er this promised land
i wanna be your beetle baby
push that ball across the sand

dear miss - d'you get the letters i sent?

 

I Used to Say Your Name

i used to say your name as though it were my own
i used to live for the ringing of the telephone
i'd pick it up and hear you breathing in the dial tone
i used to say your name as though it were my own

i used to sleep in you as though you were my bed
i'd pull you up like a blanket to the top of my head
and in the darkness i'd dream about the things you dread
i used to sleep in you as though you were my bed

i never meant to hurt
i never meant to hurt

you tried to make it clear so i would understand
that there are things in this world that just cannot be planned
but even destiny depends upon the touch of god's plan
so can you make it clear that i might understand?

i used to say your name as though it were my own
i used to live for the ringing of the telephone
i'd pick it up and hear you breathing in the dial tone
i used to say your name as though it were my own
i used to say your name as though it were my own

i never meant to hurt
i never meant to hurt
i never meant to hurt
i never meant to hurt

 

Boat Called Home

i've been mulling it over lord and i think i'd like to leave the life i know
fingernails on an old black board
in a tiny boat called home perhaps i'll row
towards the clouds
beyond the moonlight
under the cover of the owl's keen watchful eye
towards my love can you still hear me?
if you say no i'll know it's time for me to die

i've been wondering 'bout something lord
and i'd like to ask opinion of you please
should i fight and fall on my sword
or go quiet with my head between my knees?
should i be loud and make the noises
should i be mercury and silent as the sea?
asleep my love? are you not listening?
if you say yes i'll know that you are not for me

i've been rambling on my lord
though suspect i that's quite obvious to you
rats and watercats overboard
in a boat called hope there's nothing i can do
can make no speech can make no signal
can only pray the owl will take pity on me
goodbye my love
i think i hear you
i think it's time that i should finally set you free

 

Raino Disco ('Bout The Raino)

Talking to the raino 'bout the river
Talking to the river 'bout the ocean
Talking to the ocean 'bout the water
Talking to the water 'bout the raino

 

Say it With Ease

With eyes open wide, stirring she sighs
One glass at a time
This is my name, please say it right
Say it with ease

(Jesus, Jesus, Jesus the name...)

She wrote me to tell me how sorry she was for the things that got said in that terrible letter
The water was deeper, it took so much longer to boil away/to tell like a story

With eyes open wide, stirring she sighs
One glass at a time
This is my name, please say it right
Say it with ease

(Jesus, Jesus, Jesus the name...)

 

Banana Song

Banana
Banana
Banana
Banana

I broke the company rules for you
Don't I get a banana?
I left my head in the hands of fools
Don't I get a banana?
Don't I get a banana?

Is there something that i done wrong?
Did I ruin your favourite song?
If I did, well you know that I'm sorry like I always am
And if you want me to shut up I will

I asked the doctor about my spots
He said to get a banana
I got sick when the weather got hot, I cried
Don't I get a banana?
Don't I get a banana?

Is there somewhere that we could go?
Maybe meet up after the show
Steal away 'round the back of the building, just the milk crates and wee
And if you wanna get married, Ok
But not today, let's wait a while til we're mature and financially solvent

I tripped on the lace of an untied shoe
Shoulda been a banana
I got caught when I said it was you, I lied
Shoulda been a banana
Coulda been a banana
I broke the company rules for you
Don't I get a banana?
Don't I get a banana?
Don't I get a banana?
Banana
Banana
Banana

 

Better Drink Your Water

You can die in battle, you can die in bed
You can get it from the girl next door
Or you can grow your own instead
You can lift up your hands in praise
Or you can curse at the devil in red
But there's only one thing gonna save ya,
But there's only one way to be free
You better drink your water

You can kiss every mouth you meet
Or stick your tongue into an ice-cream cone
You can travel the whole wide world from the comfort of your telephone
You can bury an ostrich egg
Or try to pull that sword from the stone
But there's only one thing gonna save ya
There's only one way to be free
You better drink your water

You better drink your water
John the Baptist coming after you
Mother Mary, Joe and Judas too

(Guitaaa...)

 

Eye Kinda

steppin out of the shower
wrap yourself in a towel
dry yourself with a horse's tongue now
check yourself in a mirror
how it all seems so clear
like it did when you said "we're young now"

eye kinda love you i do mmm

lose yourself in the arms
of the one who would harm
any other that comes for you now
spider high on the wall
creepy crayfish that crawls on the riverbed
calls to you now

eye kinda love you i do mmm

it never rains anymore
not that it did much before
besides the weatherman's in on it too
if i could be with you now
in a postcard locale
i'd send myself in a mailbag to you

eye kinda love you i do mmm

 

© Anton Barbeau. Photo of Anton by Karen Eng. Web site: interbridge.

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