"Forbidden Places" Lyrics

by Derrick Bostrom in


SAM Maybe they had a ridiculous statement  / To make about something they hadn't experienced / Possibly sam had a different opinion  / That nobody'd ever considered important / And damn it if norman and betty were listening  / Somebody would have become a phenomenal / Howling lightning tampering with the  / Electrical evidence shown to be relevant / Possibly with the exception of ivory  / Everyone else had abandoned the obvious / Chipping away at erroneous garbage  / Which definitely is as exciting as pudding / Deliciously spooned from the lap of the ludicrous  / Into the mouths of the questionless idiots / Licking their lips as their eyeballs are rolling  / And flapping their tongues as they're losing their marbles / That's the way sam played around that's the way sam's played / Someone who wasn't related to anyone  / Twisted the facts till the truth was apparent / And dished up a dollop of dubious doo-doo  / That sparkled like something folks scrambled to swallow / Slipping the rich through the eye of a needle  / Is easy as getting a camel to heaven / And granny transgressing had blubbered a bibful  / Of classified info on milton's imbroglio

NAIL IT DOWN

In or around this cold and broken sight / In the heat of events got one thing right / I walked through an invisible fire / I got burned i remember and i still got the scar / Like the loosened connection on your personal circuit / Don't need a hammer just to nail it down / You know the thing with the sideways glance / In the heat of events there's a little chance / Little face with a painted grin  / Comes the realization you must backwards walk in / If it tries to escape you through an open window / Don't need a hammer just to nail it down / Step aside to miss the opening verse / Catch the full-on blast of what's a little worse / Within a pond down inside somewhere  / There's a rustle of quiet and the salt of air

THIS DAY

On this day we were miles away / We saw a clock up in the sky / The hands lay on the show to pay / Number fallen on its side / This day / Just one note that was all she wrote  / And the sound blew down the walls / The one boat that was set to float  / Took a trip right down the falls / In two ways we could cut the haze  / And we never used a knife / In those days there was zero waste / Now the waste of time is life

OPEN WIDE

Twenty-one little pink salamanders pass me by tonight / Twenty-one little red tongues are flickering in my sight / Amphibious thoughts are flowing with the salamanders showing / Of the "touch of evil" tinted black and white / Seventeen fat ripe rats hold stacks of juniper pie aloft / Thirty-four clever rat hands are juggling tarts on high / These rodents know the craving for a slice, a sliver or shaving / No request for satisfaction is denied / Open wide, open wide / Twenty-one little pink salamanders pass me by tonight / Twenty-one little red tongues are flickering in my sight / These amphibians know the craving for a slice, a sliver or shaving / No request for satisfaction is denied / Open wide...

ANOTHER MOON

All these nights have made me crazy / I can't seem to come around / Days of hiding in the sunshine  / Feeling nighttime's falling down / Oh, i see another moon over me / All these lies have got me thinking  / Maybe this is just a thought / Soon my ship of thought is sinking / Slipping through the thinking knot / Pulling back the veil are monkeys / Hidden there are monkeys more / Someone spills a jar of honey / Sticky monkeys crawl the floor

THAT'S HOW IT GOES

Maybe you won't have to hit me again / Maybe you won't try to slap me for lying / I did what you heard and i can admit / That i'd do it again in a second tomorrow / Little or nothing makes much of a difference / So i took the chance not to bother with trifles / You mind your business and i'll pick the slack up / And you'll never notice how much i have borrowed / And we say, "that's how it goes," / And we stay, watching the mess that we've made as it grows / I took a long drink of some kind of water / That ate up my thoughts and dried up my conscience / I'd be the first to admit what my faults are / But change is a problem and i'll be resistant / Little or nowhere is closer than ever / And i got the feeling we're stuck till tomorrow / Carry on fishing and i'll keep my hat on / And together we'll see just how much we can borrow

WHIRLPOOL

There was a swirling mass of water that lived in a quiet pond / It asked permission from its master to visit the lands beyond / And its master allowed it to fly / So the wind swept the whirlpool across the sky / The whirlpool's mother wore a jacket she'd sewn out of dental floss / It was stolen by a monkey that sold it to an albatross / And it had the idea to fly / So the wind swept the whirlpool across the sky / There was a swirling mass of water that lived in a quiet pond / It asked permission from its master to visit the lands beyond / And its master allowed it to fly / So the wind swept the whirlpool across the sky / And it had the idea to fly / So the wind swept the whirlpool across the sky

POPSKULL

Love flies on wings / Listen to the angels sing / Love flies on wings / Put it in the calibrations / Show it to be ornamental / Wrapped up, crapped on, torn up, thrown away / Love flies on wings / Oh be joyful / Try knock 'em stiff / Send in the clowns / Popskull / Here come the clowns / Welcome all to tiny town / Send in the clowns / Put it on the burner / With an extra shot of bubble water / That's right you take no more little dribble / Here come the clowns / Oh be joyful / Try knock 'em stiff / Send in the clowns / Popskull / Love flies on wings / Listen to the angels sing / Love flies on wings / Put it on the burner / With an extra shot of bubble water / That's right you take no more little dribble / Put it in the calibrations / Show it to be ornamental / Wrapped up, crapped on, torn up, thrown away / Love flies on wings / Oh be joyful / Try knock 'em stiff / Send in the clowns / Popskull / Oh be joyful / Try knock 'em stiff / Send in the clowns / Popskull

NO LONGER GONE

Ice on the wings and we were flying / Sand in our eyes but we were seeing / Below us a crowd that wasn't buying / Watching us pass and not believing / No one else has seen the sights that crossed our eyes / Everything beyond these purple skies / No longer gone, we're back again / No longer gone, we were dead but now returned / No longer gone, though the tides are standing still / No longer gone, and our bridges are still burning / Marks on the floor where we were laying / Better explain what i'm saying / Put us to rest but we're not staying / Life is the price that we'll be paying / No one else has seen the sights that crossed our eyes / Everything beyond these purple skies / No longer gone, we're back again / No longer gone, we were dead but now returned / No longer gone, though the tides are standing still / No longer gone, and our bridges are still burning / Ice on the wings and we were flying / Sand in our eyes but we were seeing / Below us a crowd that wasn't buying / Watching us pass and not believing / No one else has seen the sights that crossed our eyes / Everything beyond these purple skies / No longer gone, we're back again / No longer gone, we were dead but now returned / No longer gone, though the tides are standing still / No longer gone / No longer gone, we're back again / No longer gone, we were dead but now returned / No longer gone, though the tides are standing still / No longer gone, and our bridges are still burning

FORBIDDEN PLACES

You said i shouldn't have gone / I don't know i went ahead on anyway / Night time wore to dawn / I found my free will had gone away from me / Behind the masks that pass for faces / Hours are lost in forbidden places / Nowhere for me to run / Not that i feel like running anywhere anyway / Some things are clear at night / Then become confusing in the light of day / Within the darkness / Behind the faces / Pioneers of forbidden places / Something i wouldn't have thought / Crept up from behind me now it's here to stay / Too real although it's not / Couldn't have possibly been avoided anyway / The crazy landscapes behind the faces, / Holding back the forbidden places / Abolished music, lost for ages / The living words of forbidden pages / Though dust has gathered on honest feeling / Forbidden truths through twilight stealing / And in the eyes of the listless faces / Glisten hints of forbidden places

All lyrics by Curt Kirkwood

Lyrics reprinted with permission

All songs ©1991 Meat Puppets Music (BMI)

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