"Amernia City in the Sky" as written by and John Keene....
If you're troubled and you can't relax
Close your eyes and think on this
If the rumors floating in your head all turn to facts
Close your eyes and think on this

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

If you ever want to lose some time
Just take off, there's no risk
If you ever want to disappear
Just take off and think of this

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

The sky is glass but the sea is brown
And everyone is upside down

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

Freak out!
Freak out!


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"Armenia City In The Sky" as written by John Keene

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  • +2
    General CommentLSD. Specifically, the nastier sides of LSD, such as confusion ("If you're troubled", "Freak out!") and paranoia ("Rumours floating in your head...etc").
    fourgangeron November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOops. It's ar/ME/nia. You know what I mean. Well maybe you do.
    KnockoutNedon May 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFunny coincidence most likely: On top of the highest point ("city in the sky") in San Francisco (obviously a very important city in the history of psychedelic music) is a monument to the victims of the Armenian genocide. It's a big cross visible from all over the city on the rare clear day.
    awd650on October 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOK.
    A fact and a hypothesis
    Fact
    Armenia is a city in Columbia located at 1551 m. Look at the photo on wikipedia and "City in the Sky" makes sense.
    And what is Columbia infamous for…?
    So forget the middle east, San Francisco and Armenian genocide.

    Hypothesis
    What if the lyric is "The C is brown"
    Quote from "Drugs: A users guide"
    "The product is cocaine base, the low grade brown cocaine "pasta" consumed in South American slums"

    And "The sky is glass"
    Search a bit on the web
    Drug slang
    "blue sky blond" High potency marijuana from columbia
    "crystal glass" Crystal shards of methamphetamine
    "getting glassed" To snort methamphetamine
    "glass" Heroin; amphetamine; hypodermic needle; methamphetamine
    "l. a. glass" Smokable methamphetamine

    And put "sky glass marijuana" into google and you'll get the picture.

    His lyric is playing with evocative words in an ambiguous way.

    To round off. This is a great album. All of it. If anyone asked me "which song do you wish you had written?" it would be "Sunrise"
    EdgeWizardon August 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely the most psychedelic song that The Who ever recorded. One of my favorites from The Who Sell Out.
    whofreak777on March 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely the most psychedelic song that The Who ever recorded. One of my favorites from The Who Sell Out.
    whofreak777on March 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is definitely my favorite song on The Who Sell Out. it's a great record
    savethetrees890on August 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is great song but i like in the hall of the mountain king better
    the_Williamon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written by one of Pete's friends for the group. Thought I should mention it.

    Anyhow, it is pretty psychedelic.
    kantsuuon January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites on Sell Out...pretty trippy indeed...

    but why are they speaking of Armenia, a country in the middle east?

    That is the question.
    Drdestructoon September 02, 2006   Link

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