Damn it all—everything
But the circus

Wonder who said that?
Somebody told us what we wanted to be
It was candy for the mind
Look behind them—you’ll see
It was circusy

It was hi diddle diddle
It was cat and the fiddle
It was safe as can be
It was right down the middle
It was fantasy—fantasy galore
It was everything we ever wanted
It was that and so much more

Who was it that said—damn it all
Damn everything—but the circus




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Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life For Me) song meanings
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    General CommentBill Frisell and Wayne Horwitz also contributed to this cool and slightly scary intro to Little April Shower on "Stay Awake", a collection of Disney tunes by contemporary artists compiled by Hal Wilner.
    sillybunnyon August 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfrom The Best Of Word Jazz, Vol. 1... by Tom Waits 1990)

    Ken Nordine, yea I know that guy, I heard his voice 1000 times, he's the guy in the bus station that says "go ahead I'll keep an eye on your stuff for you," and you see him the next day walking around town wearing your clothes. He broadcasts from the boiler room of the Wilmont Hotel with 50,000 watts of power. I know that voice, he's the guy with the pitchfork in your head saying go ahead and jump, and he's the ambulance driver who tells you you're going to pull thru. He's the guy in the control tower who talked you down in a storm with a hole in your fuselage and both engines on fire. I heard him barking thru the Rose Alley Carnival strobe as samurai firemen were pulling hose. Yea he's the dispatcher with the heart of gold, the only guy up this late on the suicide hotline. Ken Nordine is the real angel sitting on the wire in the tangled matrix of cobwebs that holds the whole attic together. Yea Ken Nordine, he's the switchboard operator at the Taft Hotel, the only place in town you can get a drink at this hour. You know Ken Nordine, he's the lite in the icebox, he's the blacksmith on the anvil in your ear.
    sillybunnyon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTue Apr 22 04:09:26 CDT 1997Scott Altizer (ekmek@pacbell.net) says:
    Simply put, Ken Nordine is a genius. He's navigating in uncharted territory. Not only is he in a place no one else could ever be, he's in a place no one else could ever imagine being. To say he's "one of a kind" is a humorous understatement. If he were a musician his talent would rival Bartok's, Satie's, Prokofiev's. If he were a film director his films would be as good as Fellini's, Scorsese's, David Lynch's. Yet, what Ken Nordine does none of these men could ever dream of doing. Well...except, maybe, David Lynch.
    sillybunnyon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom the Grateful Dead website

    You may not know the name, but you've heard The Voice. Since the 1940s, Ken Nordine has been known as radio's undisputed "King Of The Voice-overs." His impossibly resonant baritone has been heard extolling the virtues of everything from Levi's 501s to Slugeta Snail Bait. But in the deepest recesses of Ken Nordine's mind there exists a magical domain, several galaxies to the left of Madison Avenue. This is the world of Word Jazz.

    Word Jazz is the name Ken gave to the unique art form he invented as a creative diversion from his day job. Falling into the cracks somewhere between Beat poetry, shaggy-dog storytelling and standup comedy (delivered sitting down), Word Jazz earned Nordine an avid cult following, with the release of a string of albums on various labels in the late 1950s and early '60s, and a National Public Radio series in the 80s. Among Ken's earliest and most rabid fans was a loose collection of Northern California seekers of fun, truth and music that eventually mutated into the Grateful Dead.
    sillybunnyon September 02, 2006   Link

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