"Yellow Brick Road" as written by and Herb/vliet Bermann....
Around the corner the wind blew back follow the yellow brick road
It ended up in black on black
I was taught the gift of love
Smiling children painted joy sunshine bright girl and boy
bag of trick s and candy sticks peppermint kite for my toy
Yellow brick black on black
Keep on walking and don't look back

I walked along happy and them came back
I follow the yellow brick road
Lost and found I saw you down on the bound off the bound
Taught against the love yellow brick road took my load
Sunshine girl sunshine girl come to my abode one, two, three, four, five miles long
Oh I can't ever (so) go wrong
Clouds were gray yesterday down on my shoulder it's time to play
Yellow brick black on black
Keep on walking and don't look back

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"Yellow Brick Road" as written by Herb Bermann Don Van Vliet

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    General CommentQuite a few lazy thinkers when it comes to Beefheart, I've noticed. His lyrics are not abstract meanderings. That's like saying his music doesn't make sense. It all makes sense, it just requires a small degree of effort, like much of the best poetry.

    This particular song sounds like it's about one of the many "free thinking" cults that were prevalent in Los Angeles in the sixties. I wouldn't be surprised if this was about scientology, but it could be about any number of free love cults that were floating around back then.

    Google "yellow brick road" and "mind control" and see what you come up with. The 1-2-3-4-5 is significant as well. After doing some reading on that stuff, go back and re-read the lyrics and consider that it was written in 1966 by a guy who had conversations with every kind of wacko in Cali that you can imagine ..
    Hawkeye2008on August 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOften I don't think you need to look for a overall meaning in Beefheart's lyrics, but fragments of ideas and images. I think sometimes it helps to imagine them in a non-linear fashion, ignoring the order they're written in - so as to read them and produce an overall picture, rather than listen to each line sequentially and try and decode them in terms of a structured piece of prose.

    I've had two realisations with Beefheart's output. First when I realised that the music was carefully planned and executed, and second when I realised that this also applied to the lyrics.
    hazbosson April 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentneedo burrrrreedo
    they so swell when they poppy like this
    this is what hippies shoulda been doint with their guitars
    moogfaagon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't know what the heck this songs is about.

    isn't funny that really good music and stuff nobody knows whats about isn't commented on but every fucking pop song has 100 different meanings/comments
    mr.pharmaciston February 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbut every fucking pop song has 100 different meanings/comments

    It is popular....

    Don Van Vliet's lyrics aren't to be taken literally. He loves to play with words, meanings and the sound they make, so trying to understand the intent behind the song will leave you either confused or frightened.
    charrbinon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcharrbin put it perfectly, trying to find out what the hell dan van vliet's songs mean is a terrifying task.
    notthatguysomeoneelseon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea this band is popular but i meant y'know the songs that are so obvious and that are shoved down our throats by the media.

    yellow brick, don't look back
    mr.pharmaciston October 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it clearly refer to "wizard of oz"
    DaveDon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is great stuff people don't try to analyze something so abstract as this it ruins the intent of the artist.
    mixing with your mind is healthy sometimes
    floydian18on February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe other day I asked my grandmother what her view on life was. She said "There's two roads in life. The good and the bad, etc etc". I think The Yellow Brick Road is an analogy to doing the right thing.
    Slaggoton December 17, 2010   Link

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