"Tickle Me Pink" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
Tickle me pink
I'm rosy as a flushed red apple skin
Except I've never been as sweet
I've rolled around the orchard
And found myself too awkward
And tickle me green I'm too naive

[Chorus]
Pray for the people inside your head
For they won't be there when you're dead
Muffled out and pushed back down
Pushed back through the leafy ground

Time is too early
My hair isn't curly
I wish I was home and tucked away
When nothing goes right
And the future's dark as night
What you need is a sunny sunny day

[Chorus]

Don't know where I can find myself a brand new pair of ears
Don't know where I can buy a heart
The one I've got is shoddy
I need a brand new body
And then I can have a brand new start

[Chorus]

Monsters in the valley
And shootings in the alley
And people fall flat at every turn
There is no straight and narrow
Offload your wheelbarrow
And pick up your sticks and twigs to burn

[Chorus]

[Repeats till end]
Pray for the people inside your head
For they won't be there when you're dead


Lyrics submitted by 54321, edited by Lomedin

"Tickle Me Pink" as written by Joe Zeitlan Adam Beach

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  • +5
    General CommentSource: losthighwayrecords.com/artist/press/…

    "I wrote it when I was feeling particularly despondent about things. I tried to just cheer myself up. It has a seemingly quite dark chorus - 'pray to the people inside your head, they won't be there when you're dead- - which sounds dark but is meant to be hopeful and celebratory. Getting away from all the temporal stuff that we get caught up in."

    moodylupinon December 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is a refernece to Brighton Rock by Graham Greene..
    I havent actually read the novel but i know from Pete doherty lyrics in the song "I love you (but youre green)"
    "Oh you, you're green
    You don't know what love means
    Well let me tell you
    It tickles you pink oh yeah"
    is similar to the lyrics
    "Tickle me pink
    and tickle me green I'm too naive"

    This is a reference to the novel
    "there's the part where Pinkie tells Rose, who is in love with him "You're green. You don't know what people do. You're innocent." He doesn't believe love brings much good, and thinks that rose could only love anyone because she is 'green' (which would definitely mean ignorant or naive in this case)." courtesy of songmeanings page for the pete doherty song

    anyway
    its such a good song.
    Captchaon March 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs this song in any way related to mental illness?
    If it is, I'd like to adopt is as a theme of my own.
    Psychosis is something I live with, and that lyric
    feels nice to me. I really appreciate this positive
    lyric about such a thing. If not, oh well, I like it.
    Centrisianon October 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSeeing as not many people have commented on the meaning of this song, i'll share what i think.
    I think its about your conscience and morals, the 'people inside your head'and how perhaps to stop leading your life by their rules. The first verse 'Tickle me pink...' is about their deceiving looks, viewed by others to be rosy -harmless and happy on the outside but not so innocent or happy on the inner. They therefore find it difficult to go on through life (rolling around the orchard) with others due to their wrongly perceived naivety (tickle me green could therefore be some kind of ironic reference to the fact that they wished they were more naive) and the way in which they see there actions in the past as perhaps wrong. The next few verses go on to perhaps say that they wished that they could have stayed naive longer and that they could go back to the way things were before and how they want a whole new start in life. The final verse 'monsters in the valley...' is about the horrors of mankind and how there are no moral underpinnings (there is no straight and narrow) which will keep your life on the right track so 'off-load your wheelbarrow' and forget about all the things that preachers say are right and moral, live your life how you want to live it as there is no right way. Finally, the chorus 'pray for the people inside your head for they won't be there when your dead', i think this refers to your conscience and morals which have been put there by other people and appear as 'voices' inside your head. its them realizing that they these are not immortal and have no long lasting legacy (muffled out) and there just as mis-interpreted as they are, so why should they live by them and feel guilt when they don't? But however much maybe the 'voices' shouldn't be listened to, they still want to keep them and will 'pary for them' as they are the only things keeping them from losing their way.
    Anyone else have any ideas???
    Lucyrambleson March 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, i'm the first to comment on Johnny Flynn; what an honour!
    what a great song, 'Pray for the people inside your head for they won't be there when you're dead' must be one of the greatest pieces of songwriting i've come across.
    westy60on April 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeconded! Fantastic music, love it! Saw them in Leicester last weekend & met Johnny afterwards! :D Lovely chap, very polite
    Macphisto12on May 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! I found Johnny Flynn while looking at some lyrics for Nick Drake. He was on an ad thing.
    MJT09on October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw on a video where he was talking about this song and said something like "it was written I guess in a moment of despondency. it was sort of about how I was feeling. I was just pretty pissed off about everything. But it’s in those moments. In quiet bleak moments the relative value of then seeing something kind of hopeful or getting round that in your head. seeing something good from within that you feel better then anything."

    I truly admire him. This song is one of my favorites.
    sincbeenmisconstruedon December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE this song.
    Love Johnny Flynn and love this song. <3
    Great writing, great bass line, and amazing lyrics.
    Joeberton March 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song FactMoone Boy brought me here!
    Lomedinon December 17, 2015   Link

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