Down at the shell shed the boys are pickin' at their pearls.
The hole in my mitten lets the rain get in.
I bought 22 ounces from the petrol park, waiting at the light;
I'm never gonna make it back in time

So Geraldine and me can begin
Before Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers comes creepin' in.

I sit with the fan on my face and sip shandies all day.
I learned to sleep standing up so I don't have to make the bed.
No tobacco for my rolling papers, warm water in my cup--
I'll have to wait all morning

Before Geraldine and me can begin;
Before Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers'll come creepin' in.

Loaded up with turkey carpets and green glass diamonds
I drove back and forth for five long rolling moons.
And everyday and every night I thought of back at home
And I couldn't get the notion out of my head:

That before Geraldine and me could begin
Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers'd come creepin' in.

Everything is always a little late;
Trippin' on those Japanese slippers seems to be my fate.

It was my job to cut down all the poplar trees
And I'd sit on the stumps and listen to the finches.
And look out at the field and eat honey out of the jar
And wonder why it always seemed

Before Geraldine and me can begin
Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers would come creepin' in.


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    General CommentThe lyrics according to the liner notes in the album are slightly different from what you have:

    Down at the shell shed the boys are pickin' at their pearls.
    The hole in my mitten lets the rain get in.
    I bought 22 ounces from the petrol park, waiting at the light;
    I'm never gonna make it back in time

    So Geraldine and me can begin
    Before Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers comes creepin' in.

    I sit with the fan on my face and sip shandies all day.
    I learned to sleep standing up so I don't have to make the bed.
    No tobacco for my rolling papers, warm water in my cup--
    I'll have to wait all morning

    Before Geraldine and me can begin;
    Before Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers'll come creepin' in.

    Loaded up with turkey carpets and green glass diamonds
    I drove back and forth for five long rolling moons.
    And everyday and every night I thought of back at home
    And I couldn't get the notion out of my head:

    That before Geraldine and me could begin
    Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers'd come creepin' in.

    Everything is always a little late;
    Trippin' on those Japanese slippers seems to be my fate.

    It was my job to cut down all the poplar trees
    And I'd sit on the stumps and listen to the finches.
    And look out at the field and eat honey out of the jar
    And wonder why it always seemed

    Before Geraldine and me can begin
    Mister Raymond and his Japanese slippers would come creepin' in.
    Spacecowon October 15, 2007   Link

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