"Green Isaac" as written by and Paddy Mc Aloon /....
Stella Matter, light is failing,
Making such a fool of thee,
When you'd love to be someone
This is the time, I've set aside.

From selling old rope,
And telling bad jokes,
And Cul De Sac pride.

I've learnt today,
While falling apart,
The most eloquent way,
To speak or to pray,
Is straight from the heart.
Oh but to shine like Joan of Arc,
You must be prepared to burn.

Take two kinds of look,
And one wedding day,
Now isn't it clear,
There's nothing they'll hear,
That you'd want to say.

Forget the style
And choose from twelve notes,
In itself it's a joy,
Whether it soothes or annoys,
A song starts in the throat.
And if you've no new clothes to wear,
Then simply wash and comb your hair.

And little Green Isaac,
You're gonna walk backwards
Through the room,
Does that mean I won't see you?
It means you're gonna walk backwards
Through the room.

And little green Isaac,
I hear you're still wet
Behind the ears,
Isaac's a soft name,
It sounds like a pocketful of rain.
Well up that stairway he rose,
And down that stairway he goes.
Green Isaac
Green Isaac
Green Isaac.

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"Green Isaac" as written by Paddy Mc Aloon

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    General CommentMost of the LP Swoon is cryptic, not least this song. Isaac is a leading Old Testament figure, maybe someone Paddy MacAloon admired when he was training to take Holy Orders, as he did before becoming a singer, and there are other references in this song to religion - Stella Mater is refers to a religious song, and Joan of Arc like Isaac was a martyr. It would seem that person Paddy is singing about (which may or may not be himself, this is not entirely clear, as at times he talks in the first person, at times the second or third) is a green (meaning inexperienced here - "wet behind the ears") martyr to his muse, which is singing and speaking or praying "straight from the heart". The stairway on which he goes up and down is presumably the stairway to heaven, maybe the ups and downs of being an artist. The feat of walking "backwards through the room" and not being seen might seem to imply that the person even has some supernatural powers!
    finnegan63on December 02, 2009   Link

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