(Fast and bulbous) fast and bulbous
(Hey, do it again) I love that, I love those words
Fast and bulbous, that's right, the mascara snake
Fast and bulbous
Bulbous, also tapered (yeah but you gotta wait until I say it)
Also, a tin teardrop (oh, christ)
(Again, beginning)
Fast and bulbous, that's right, the mascara snake
Fast and bulbous, also a tin teardrop
Bulbous, also tapered, that's right

Pena, her litle head clinking like a barrel of red velvet balls
Full past noise
Treats filled her eyes turning them yellow like enamel-coated tacks
Soft like butter, hard not to pour
Out enjoying the sun while sitting on a turned-on waffle iron
Smoke billowing up from between her legs made me vomit beautifully
And crush a chandelier
Fall on my stomach and view her from a thousand happened facets
Liquid red salt ran over crystals
I later band-aided the area, sighed, oh well, it was worth it
Pena pleased but sore from sitting choose to stub her toe
And view the white pulps horribly large in their red pockets
"I'm tired of playing baby," she explained
And out of a blue felt box let escape one yellow butterfly the same size
Its droppings were tiny green phosphorous worms
That moved in tuck and rolls that clacked and whispered in their confinement
Three little burnt scotch taped windows several yards away
Mouths open to tongues that vibrated and lost saliva
Pena exclaimed, "that's the raspberries"

Lyrics submitted by Screwjack

"Pena" as written by Don Van Vliet

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  • +2
    General CommentActually, captainlumpy, this particular song on Trout Mask Replica is spoken rather than sung, by Antenna Jimmy Semens rather than the Captain.

    In terms of what the song is actually about, the imagery is extremely sexual, albeit filtered through several layers of hallucinatory metaphor. I always thought "pena" might mean clitoris, but possibly I'm being too literal....
    losttangoon August 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFast and bulbous! patchworkcat what do you mean he made it unlistenable? It's pure genius, if I was to choose one artist's work to listen to on a desert island for life, it'd definitely be Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.Ps. the singer you refer to is Don Van Vliet.
    captainlumpyon January 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso I forget to add... my fave image in this song "Out enjoying the sun while sitting on a turned on waffle iron, smoke billowing up from between her legs, made me vomit beautifully"... its just so obscure and weird but I love it. methinks I might do some art inspired by this song.
    captainlumpyon February 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThi ssong means:
    tbboy13on June 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvery surreal lyrics. love the opening lines the best. "bulbous also tapered"
    F00Don April 04, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe singer (can't remember) made it unlistenable, that's for sure.
    patchwork caton August 22, 2007   Link

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