"The Laughing Gnome" as written by and David Bowie....
I was walking down the high street
When I heard footsteps behind me
And there was a little old man (hello)
In scarlet and grey, shuffling away (laughter)
Well he trotted back to my house
And he sat beside the telly (oaah..)
With his tiny hands on his tummy
Chuckling away, laughing all day (laughter)

Oh, I ought to report you to the gnome office
(gnome office)
Yes
(hahahahaha)

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you don't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me"
Said the laughing gnome

Well I gave him roasted toadstools and a glass of dandelion wine (burp, pardon)
Then I put him on a train to eastbourne
Carried his bag and gave him a fag
(haven't you got a light boy? )
"here, where do you come from? "
(gnome-man's land, hahihihi)
"oh, really? "

In the morning when I woke up
He was sitting on the edge of my bed
With his brother whose name was fred
He'd bought him along to sing me a song

Right, let's hear it
Here, what's that clicking noise?
(that's fred, he's a "metrognome", haha)

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you don't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me"

(own up, I'm a gnome, ain't I right, haha)
"haven't you got an 'ome to go to? "
(no, we're gnomads)
"didn't they teach you to get your hair cut at school? you look like a rolling gnome."
(no, not at the london school of ecognomics)

Now they're staying up the chimney
And we're living on caviar and honey (hooray!)
Cause they're earning me lots of money
Writing comedy prose for radio shows
It's the-er (what? )
It's the gnome service of course

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you don't catch me"
Ha ha ha, oh, dear me

(ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me")

(one more time, yeah)


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"The Laughing Gnome" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentAn interesting early tune from bowie
    qdbacon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoesn't it just make you laugh? i love the cheesy puns.
    abscence_sanityon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentvery very odd song indeed makes me laugh tho
    Gboeringaon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthahahahahahahahaha hahahaaaaa i love david bowie
    Catroaron May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti read a 20 page article about this song being about devil worshipping once on the internet.
    ejownz6on September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"i read a 20 page article about this song being about devil worshipping once on the internet."

    How is a song about a LAUGHING GNOME and his "metrognome" brother named Fred about devil worshipping? O_O
    CoolBandGeekon December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthahahahh Devil worshipping? sureeeee

    anyways, smashing tune!
    TheAcidSoundon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBowie never does it live!
    vittoriovampireon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha, I have a feeling this has nothing to do with devil worship, but rather a younger Bowie talking to an animate gnome and his brother?
    VickyChengon April 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo, I don't think there's any hidden meaning to this!
    I once was amazed to hear a busker on the London Underground singing it. I was disappointed that he skipped straight from the "train to Eastbourne" to the "caviar and honey" - I'd been looking forward to shouting "you look like a Rolling Gnome" at the hirsute singer!
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link

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