"Neighborhood Spaceman (Feat. Jel & Odd Nosam)" as written by and Michael Allen Patton....
I'm your neighborhood spaceman.
You don't know who I am,
where I've been.

Circling like a satellite.
Sign post in the sky,
look at me.

I'm really just a tambourine
The world is shaking me,
so listen.

Cause now I'm gonna sing,
I'm comin' home.
You hear my song through the galaxy.

By the time this light has reached your eyes.
The world has lived and died, but we're here.

Time and space are landing right where we're standing.
Open up your hand and something good will happen.
Drinking from the sun,
we found a whole new planet.
Stars align a thousand times that old black magic.

When no one is looking,
ain't gonna shut my mouth and I'm crying out.
When no one is looking,
Under your balcony singing the serenade.
When no one is looking,
I swallow thunder clouds, I kiss on hollowed ground.
When no one is looking,
I eat the desert sand and drink the Rio Grande.
When no one is looking,
I'm crying raindrops and chew on mountain tops.
When no one is looking,
I break another rhyme and I'm stopping time.

I'm your neighborhood spaceman,
and your breath is moving through me.
On the surface of this moon I can say to you, "It's okay."
Somebody inside of us makes this joy a must
then we'll be knee deep in ecstasy no gravity to hold us down again.
We're free!
A thousand light years from this place,
I see the look on your face and I'm there.

Time and space are landing right where we're standing.
Open up your hand and something good will happen.
Drinking from the sun,
we found a whole new planet.
Stars align a thousand times that old black magic.

When no one is looking,
I'm gonna buckle down, I'm gonna hit the ground.
When no one is looking,
I got to understand, I'm packin' up again.
When no one is looking,
I'll pull the car around cause I'm leaving town.
When no one is looking,
I'm just a rocket man , I've seen the Vatican.
I'll never give up,
I'll never let you down, I'll bring you the crown.
I'll never give up, (I can't make it out)
but On the Other hand I wanna be the man.
I'll never give up,
I'll never let you down, I'll bring you the crown. I'm courageous enough,
but on the other hand I'm out of here, my friend.


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    General CommentOK some quick corrections;

    I'm your neighborhood spaceman.
    You don't know who I am,
    where I've been.

    Circling like a satellite.
    Sign post in the sky,
    look at me.

    I’m really just a tambourine
    The world is shaking me,
    so listen.

    Cause now I'm gonna sing,
    I'm comin' home.
    You hear my song through the galaxy.

    By the time this light has reached your eyes.
    The world has lived and died, but we're here.

    Time and space are landing right where we're standing.
    Open up your hand and something good will happen.
    Drinking from the sun,
    we found a whole new planet.
    Stars align a thousand times that old black magic.

    When no one is looking,
    ain't gonna shut my mouth and I'm crying out.
    When no one is looking,
    I'm on your balcony singing the serenade.
    When no one is looking,
    I swallow thunder clouds, I kiss the hollowed ground.
    When no one is looking,
    I eat the desert sand and drink the Rio Grande.
    When no one is looking,.
    I'm crying raindrops and chew on mountain tops.
    When no one is looking,
    I break another rhyme and I'm stopping time.

    I'm your neighborhood spaceman,
    and your breath is moving through me.
    On the surface of this moon I can say to you, "It's okay."
    Somebody inside of us makes this joy a must
    then we'll be knee deep in ecstasy no gravity to hold us down again.
    We’re Free!
    A thousand light years from this place,
    I see the look on your face and I'm there.

    Time and space are landing right where we're standing.
    Open up your hand and something good will happen.
    Drinking from the sun,
    we found a whole new planet.
    Stars align a thousand times that old black magic.

    When no one is looking,
    I'm gonna buckle down, I'm gonna hit the ground.
    When no one is looking,
    I got to understand, I'm packin' up again.
    When no one is looking,
    I'll pull the car around cause I'm leaving town.
    When no one is looking,
    I'm just a rocket man , I've seen the Vatican.
    I'll never give up,
    I'll never let you down, I'll bring you the crown.
    I'll never give up, (I can’t make it out)
    but On the Other hand I wanna be the man.
    I'll never give up,
    I'll never let you down, I'll bring you the crown. I'm courageous enough,
    but on the other hand I'm out of here, my friend.
    simsjon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReligious your(??) Tamborine is what I'm hearing.

    it would fit since the next line talks about shaking.
    XLoveEpiphanyXon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm really just a tambourine
    the world is shaking me
    so listen
    *jasper*on June 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Now I'm gonna sing I'm coming home" kind of seems to be a nod to "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Shilling, which was an 80's one hit wonder "sequel" to David Bowie's "Space Oddity", and therefor pretty connected to the overall space theme. Then there's of course "Rocket Man", and the part about being a tambourine could possibly be a reference to "Mr Tambourine Man"; the latter has nothing to do with space, but William Shatner famously "covered" both that and "Rocket Man". I know I'm heading towards something that's an annoyingly overused interpetation around here, but in "Ashes To Ashes" David Bowie said that "Major Tom's a junkie", and "Mr Tambourine Man" is supposedly about a drug dealer; that and the part about being "knee deep in ecstacy" kind of lead me to believe it's kind of a "space travel as a metaphor for drug use" song. Of course, the only drug Patton uses is caffeine, but considering he still sings about rolling it up and smoking it again elswhere on this album, it's not entirely implausible.
    destroyalltacoson June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like the way he sings this songs.But this is Patton after all.He IS God!
    trust_no_oneon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFucken cool song. Nothing like an album done by mike patton
    MikePattonRuleson May 20, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think I've made a few corrections that might make the meaning of this song a little clearer..

    --------------------------------------------------
    I'm your neighborhood spaceman
    you don't know who I am or where I've been
    circling like a satellite,
    a signpost in the sky.. look at me
    I'm really just a tambourine
    the world is shaking me, so listen
    cuz now I'm gonna sing
    I'm comin' home
    you'll hear my song through the galaxy
    by the time this light has reached your eyes
    a world has lived and died, but we're here..

    time and space are landing right where we're standing
    open up your hand and something good will happen
    drinking from the sun, we've found a whole new planet
    stars align a thousand times, that old black magick

    when no one is looking, ain't gonna shut my mouth
    and I'm cryin' out
    when no one is looking, under your balcony
    singin' the serenade
    when no one is looking, I swallow thunder clouds
    and kiss the hollow ground
    when no one is looking, I eat the desert sand
    and drink the Rio Grande
    when no one is looking, I'm cryin' raindrops
    and chewin' mountain tops
    when no one is looking, I break another rhyme
    and I'm stoppin' time

    I'm your neighborhood spaceman
    and your breath is moving through me
    on the surface of this moon
    I can say to you: "it's ok"
    somebody inside of us makes this joy a must
    then we'll be knee-deep in ecstasy
    no gravity to hold us down again
    we're free
    a thousand light years from this place
    I see the look on your face, and I'm there

    time and space are landing right where we're standing
    open up your hand and something good will happen
    drinking from the sun, we've found a whole new planet
    stars align a thousand times, that old black magick

    when no one is looking, I'm gonna buckle down
    I'm gonna hit the ground
    when no one is looking, I got to understand
    I'm back on Earth again
    when no one is looking, I pull my car around
    cuz I'm leavin' town
    when no one is looking, I'm just a rocket man
    I've seen a lot of can

    I'll never give up, I'll never let you down
    I'll bring you the crown
    I'm opening up, but on the other hand,
    I wanna be the man
    I'll never give up, I'll never let you down
    I'll bring you the crown
    I'm courageous enough, but on the other hand
    I'm outta here, my friend
    --------------------------------------------------

    This song describes how guys will typically run away from a relationship that challenges them spiritually or puts too much pressure on their psyche. That's why he calls himself a "rocket man" or "spaceman", because he runs away when things get too difficult with his woman. But, as usual with Patton, there's a double entendre. He's also a "spaceman" because he initially puts on an impressive false front to get the woman (e.g. he's a "signpost in the sky" saying "LOOK AT ME!!"). This is something guys typically do a lot when they meet a woman who they're attracted to. And when they succeed in getting the woman, they feel super confident and they get a huge surge of energy which makes them feel amazing.

    But at the same time, they can't control it. Soon, that ball of energy makes the man become egocentric, thinking he can do/accomplish anything and everything (e.g. "drink the Rio Grande", "swallow thunder clouds", etc.). That's usually when things take a turn in the relationship. Now, with the guy being over-confident, his woman starts to appear not good enough for him. Tension in the relationship increases, and the super-confidence he was feeling starts to erode (e.g. he's "back on Earth again").

    Then he becomes totally conflicted with how he feels (this is what the final verse is about). He still holds on to that initial surge of positive energy he felt at the beginning of the relationship, but now he knows that it was sort-of built on false pretenses. He doesn't want to give up on the relationship, but at the same time, it's driving him completely batty. He wants to open up to the woman (and to himself) but at the same time, he wants to run away and leave her so he can feel sane again.

    It's a beautiful song :)
    rejesterdon September 30, 2011   Link

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