"Bone China" as written by Andrew Wood, Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament, Greg A. Gilmore and Bruce Ian Fairweather....
In the morning
She gone crazy

With a painted picture
Her father's story

Bone China my friends
Bone China let the summer come again

She be dancing by the moonlit sky
I'm talkin' to you
She be drinking all my early times
She be movin' like a butterfly
I'm just waiting on that dream -
because the fast ones always ride for free

Ugly morning she's a Jezebel's daughter
She's like a Brunnhilda
A child of the water

Bone China my friends
Bone China let the summer come again

She be dancing in the moonlit sky
She be moving like a butterfly
She be shaking like a girl from shine
She be moving like 'a, high fallotin(?), like a

I'm just waiting on that dream - cause the fast one
The fast ones always ride for free


Lyrics submitted by iNclet, edited by Bungler

"Bone China" as written by Bruce Ian Fairweather Andrew Wood

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    General CommentBone China is a street term used for heroin. The word "Bone" used for uncut heroin. The word "China" is heroin in its purest form. Taking into consideration what Andrew died from...that's my guess. He refers to heroin as women in some of his songs. You can catch it in the lyrics if you understand the world of heroin.....very sad.
    Khloegirlon April 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not sure about the Shine reference but the band's first release, an EP was actually called Shine if that bears any relevance.
    layne1012on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat Song!

    I think the lyric is "THE girl from Shine" not "a girl from shine" and am hoping to find out what that means at some point. Was Shine a band with a female member? we will have to wait and see I guess...

    On the second "Moving like a Butterfly" is followed by a quick "Sting like a bee"

    I also think that drinking all my early times....Early Times should be capitalized because it is a kind of (horrible) whiskey.

    Great Song
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI also think "The girl from Shine" is a reference to the first album. Specifically, to Chloe from the song "Chloe Dancer".

    I might be wrong, but I'm fairly sure that "the girl from Shine" is Chloe.
    taffydavenporton June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if it's just me but it sounds like he sings Jezebel's donkey not daughter. Which would tie in with the Ugly morning lyric just before it. Maybe it's the morning after and she's hungover and not looking as good as she did the night before.
    ---twigs---on September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHi all Ok... the correct lyrics... (or close enough)...

    In the morning
    She gone crazy
    With a painted picture.... yeah
    Her father's story.... ah ha

    Bone China - my friends
    a Bone China - let the summer come again....
    ....come again I said.... oh oh
    She be dancing by the moonlit sky.... I'm talkin' to you.... oh oh
    She be drinkin' all my Early Times.... Doesn't need it.... oh oh
    She be movin' like a butterfly.... yeah

    I'm just waiting on that dream....
    .... because the fast ones always ride for free.

    Ugly morning
    She Jezebel's daughter.... ah yeah
    She like a BroomHilda....
    a Child of the water

    a Bone China - my friends
    oh a Bone China - let the summer come again.... I said.... oh oh
    She be dancin' by the moonlit sky.... I'm talkin' to her.... oh oh
    She be movin' like a butterfly.... Sting like a bee.... oh oh
    She be shakin' like the girl from shrine.... Doesn't need it.... oh oh
    She be movin' like a....
    She be movin' like a.... High falootin' like a....

    I'm just waiting on that dream.... yeah....
    .... cause the fast ones always ride for free....
    .... ah ah ah yeah.... I'm just waiting on that dream....
    .... cause the fast ones - the fast ones....
    .... always ride for free.... yeah-hey.


    This has to be my favorite song of all time I just love it. The lyrics that I have put are all definately correct with the exeption of the "Doesn't need it" which I have read may have been "Yes indeed yeah" which does sound like the words sung but I hate it... it just doesn't mean anything! but as far as I know the rest is bang on!
    The comment about the girl from shine from other users is void I think because he is singing shrine and not shine so it must have a completely different meaning which currently I have no idea about.
    Yeah it's daughter and not donkey??? cool though thought that was funny.... and thanks for the Early Times info had no idea it was whisky (I'm British) I just thought it was just an early time of day or something, now it makes a lot more sense.
    Anyway sorry for rambling but this is my favourite song!!!! I have a little more info though if anyone is at all interested just say and I'll post....
    BroomHildaon November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell ok please forget now my gripe above about the incorrect lyrics.... I have had them changed!!
    BroomHildaon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentheya, good job on the lyrics here
    just one thing - very sorry, as it'syour username - it's Brunhilde, not BroomHilda. She was one of the valkyries ( as in Wagner's ride of...)
    XXX
    vinyloceanon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually FYI - The BroomHilda is quite deliberate and is the exact spelling for the word used on the lyric in the track. Broom Hilda (a play on the word Brunnhilde) was actually a newspaper comic strip in America, in the 70's I believe, and featured a character called Broom Hilda who I belive was a hideous very old woman with green skin... anyway if you search for info about the broom hilda comic strip you should find more detailed information about it... But it is this Broom Hilda Andrew Wood was singing about using metaphor to compare the lady in this song to Broom Hilda... a horrible undesirable ogre-like woman...
    ...I hate to be a smart ass but don't go shooting your mouth off with a comment when you clearly don't know the song that well!!!
    BroomHildaon November 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with Khloe that this song is about china white.
    Akwolfon August 03, 2011   Link

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