When the stiff wind blows
the flag don't wiggle
in the party of special things to do
I met the ace of love
she took me to her plantation
for the love without separation

In the party of special things to do
it could happen to me
it could happen to you

I met the ace of love
she said I want you to go
to the party of special things to do
and when you're through
I'll be right here waiting for you
here take these sparks
so my distant cousins can get along with you
watch out for the mirror man
and elixir sue

When I got to the party of special things to do
it wasn't hard to find Elixir Sue
I met all the cards
the wild cards
the one-eye jill
the red queen
she turned her head
you know what I mean
she turned it back and said
"I got a brand new game I want to lay on you"

I met them all
at the party of special things to do
when I was done
I was far from through
I returned to the ace of love
now wouldn't you?
I met them all
the cabal were uniting
the cabal were uniting

It wasn't hard to find liquor at the do
I met all the cards
the wild cards
you know what I mean
then she turned it back and said
"I got a brand new game I think I want to lay on you"

I met elixir sue
at the party of special things to do
it's so special



Lyrics submitted by Winged Fury, edited by hoodoopreacher

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    General CommentThis song is pretty cool It would have made a nice single and plus it 's not that hard to play =)
    Zerovermarson March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits a captain beefheart cover
    i heard this live
    neverheardofhimon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is awesome, the bass line is just fantastic, im gonna go and listen to the original now....and i think its about meeting loads of interesting characters at a party! but tbh i dont really know
    kipperjoeon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit give me an alice in wonderland vibe
    ashtrayhearton November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit give me an alice in wonderland vibe
    ashtrayhearton November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo, Jack, I do NOT know what you mean.
    But I love this cover.
    bildsteiniumon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is his best Captain Beefheart cover. I love it.

    Jack apparently heard it for the first time in the film "blue Collar" It is about workers at a Detroit car factory.

    I have no idea what the song is about. i agree with the Alice in Wonderland vibe.
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThere's a reason why this song gives you an Alice In Wonderland vibe: Both of them are about drugs, lol.
    I do NOT know all the references specifically, but I've been told it's all there.
    Number9on October 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is an astonishing masterpiece by Captain Beefheart and stands up lyrically as one of the great songs of the 20th Century. He's describing 'life' as a 'party of special things to do'. You'll keep coming back, and back to it. As he says, 'take the sparks with you'
    coolhenon June 09, 2013   Link

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