"Big Dipper" as written by and David Charles/hickman Lowery....
Cigarettes and carrot juice
Get yourself a new tattoo
For those sleeveless days of June

I'm sitting on the cafe Zinho steps
With a book I haven't started yet
Watching all the girls walk by

Could I take you out?
I'd be yours without a doubt
On that Big Dipper

And if the sound of this it frightens you
We could play it real cool
And act somewhat indifferent.

And, hey, June, why'd you have to come
Why'd you have to come around so soon?
I wasn't ready for all this nature
The terrible green, green grass
And violent blooms of flowered dresses
And afternoons that make me sleepy

But we could wait a while
Before we push that dull turnstile
Into the passage

But thousands they have tread
And others sometimes fled
Before the turn came

We could wait our lives
Before a chance arrives
Before the passage

From the top you can see Monterey
Or think about San Jose
Though I know it's not that pleasant

And, hey, Jim Kerouac
Brother of the famous Jack
Or so he likes to say, "lucky bastard"
He's sitting on the cafe Zinho steps
With a girl I'm not over yet
Watching all the world go by

Boy, you're looking bad
Did I make you feel that sad?
I'm honestly flattered

But if she asked me out
I'd be hers without a doubt
On that Big Dipper

Cigarettes and carrot juice
Get yourself a new tattoo
For those sleeveless days of June

I'm sitting on the cafe Zinho steps
I haven't got the courage yet
I haven't got the courage yet
I haven't got the courage yet.


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"Big Dipper" as written by David Charls Lowery David Charles Lowery

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    General CommentThis is a song about Santa Cruz. Big Dipper = Giant Dipper (rollercoaster on the boardwalk), Cafe Zenho = Cafe Purgalacy. David Lowery went to UC Santa Cruz and thats where camper was formed.
    matthereon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be one of Cracker's best. Someone else, please comment. yes yes?
    DickNiverson March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs too. I want to go to the Cafe Zinho. A web search returns an art gallery for that name in SC. Nothing for the Cafe Purgalacy, matthere, why do you say it's that?
    BonJoeVon August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of the greatest songs ever written. Sublime.
    Ratsoon January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYea, this song takes place on the Northern Cal coast, but it isnt about the location. Its a narrative of a feeling of a day during a season, of a moment. I hear the sound of the sun still shining an hour or two before the coming sunset. I feel the weight of sitting there all day rolling these thoughts around my head between what I want and what it could be. I ain't Kerouac, damn, I ain't even Kerouac's brother. How do I describe the road? Hell, I cant even get out of my seat. Where was I going? What am I after? Oh yeah. Cigarettes and carrot juice. Maybe a new tatto.
    Charles Obscureon October 25, 2008   Link

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