"ReJoyce" as written by and Grace Wing Slick....
Chemical change like a laser beam
You've shattered the warning amber light
Make me warm
Let me see you moving everything over
Smiling in my room
You know you'll be inside of my mind soon.

There are so many of you.
White shirt and tie, white shirt and tie,
White shirt and tie, wedding ring, wedding ring.

Mulligan stew for Bloom,
The only Jew in the room
Saxon's sick on the holy dregs
And their constant getting throw up on his leg.

Molly's gone to blazes,
Bolan's crotch amazes
Any woman whose husband sleeps with his head
All buried down at the foot of his bed.

I've got his arm
I've got his arm
I've had it for weeks
I've got his arm
Steven won't give his arm
To no gold star mother's farm;
War's good business so give your son
And I'd rather have my country die for me.

Sell your mother for a Hershey bar
Grow up looking like a car
There are;
All you want to do is live,
All you want to do is give but
Some how it all falls apart!

Lyrics submitted by kirwar4face, edited by dcrutcher

"Rejoyce" as written by Grace Wing Slick

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    General CommentOriginal lyrics by Grace Slick. These lyrics are undoubtably inaccurate, but are just as accurate as the lyrics usually found on the web, which, if my information is correct, come from the lyric sheet of the original After Bathing at Baxter's LP. This version of the lyrics corrects some errors of that lyric sheet and perhaps introduces others. I'll update whenever I have what seems to be a more accurate version of such and such a line in the song. I welcome all comments.

    Alternate lyrics: 1)The phrase I render as "Animal eyes" is usually rendered as "Amber light". This seems just as likely. 2) "The only Jew"...I always heard this as "The only two in the room", which I assumed meant Bloom and Molly, but "Jew" is too apt and provocative a lyric to be doubted.

    Notes on the song: As most people know, the song is based on the novel Ulysses by James Joyce, with what looks like personal and political commentary by Slick. (Leopold) Bloom, his wife Molly, Stephen (Dedalus) and Blazes Boylan (a crush of Molly's) are characters from the novel. (Not having read the novel, I have no idea whose arm Stephen's got...or is it Molly who's got it?)

    Saxon-sick: as sick as a Saxon, a Saxon or Sassanach being the epitome of crudeness to a Celt. The verse reputedly refers to Bloom's fondness for cunnilingus, the "holy dregs" being menstrual fluid.

    "War's good business" : short form of a popular antiwar bumpersticker slogan that had just come into vogue at the time the song was written (1967?):" War is good business: invest your son." Exactly how this ties in with Ulysses is unclear, but Slick nails it to the wall and makes it sing.

    That's all I know about this song right now.
    kirwar4faceon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChemical change-
    Have a bit of a freak out -
    Come back down.
    Addoon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "Wars good business" is taken directly from
    Phantom Scribbleron July 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLike so many of Grace's songs during this time, and like Ulysses itself, it's a fairly stream of consciousness prose, in this case critique about societal norms and mainstream culture. Lyric is not accurate in many cases, like; "go out looking like a star", should be "grow up looking like a car."

    "War's good business so give your son and I'd rather have my country die for me" was and still is a fairly strong anti-war statement, based partly on JFK's slogan; "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

    A fairly strong and cynical look at mainstream culture that Grace was very good at.
    brumuson November 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment1. It's Stephen (Daedalus) not Steven.

    2. "I'd rather have my country die for me" is undoubtedly an anti-war statement and a reference to John F. Kennedy's "Ask not ... ", but also probably a reference to Stephen's declaration from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

    “I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning.”
    dcrutcheron January 05, 2017   Link

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