Bat chain
Bat chain puller
Puller, puller

A chain with yellow lights
That glistens like oil beads
On its slick smooth trunk
That trails behind on tracks, and thumps
A wing hangs limp and retreats

Bat chain puller
Puller puller

Bulbs shoot from its snoot
And vanish into darkness
It whistles like a root snatched from dry earth
Sodbustin’ rakes with grey dust claws
Announces its coming in the morning
This train with grey tubes
That houses people’s very thoughts and belongings.

Bat chain puller
Puller puller

This train with grey tubes that houses people’s thoughts,
Their very remains and belongings.
A grey cloth patch
Caught with four threads
In the hollow wind of its stacks
Ripples felt fades and grey sparks clacks,
Lunging the cushioned thickets.
Pumpkins span the hills
With orange crayola patches.
Green inflated trees
Balloon up into marshmallow soot
That walks away in forty circles,
Caught in grey blisters
With twinkling lights and green sashes
Pulled by rubber dolphins with gold yawning mouths
That blister and break in agony
In souls of rust
They kill gold sawdust into dust.

Bat chain puller,
Puller puller.

Lyrics submitted by Amodelme

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    General CommentThe combination of the lyrics and the repeatative beat conjour up an image of a surreal ghost train. Whether this was the intention or not I'm not sure...still an awesome song :)
    Armitage Shankson February 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Uuh
    Pulled by rubber dolphins with gold yawning mouths
    That blister and break in agony"

    Damnit! the whole song made sense up to this verse!

    Srsly though, very cleverly written as some elements suggest some continuity in thought and others are non- sequiturs promoting a sense of fracture or discord.

    The question begs if this was written by someone who was tripping or cleverly written by someone to stimulate people in that state.
    elwoood13on June 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentNo translation I can give, Beefheart just likes to play with unique images, but I do know A Bat Chain is train related, a chain that hangs down from a signal post on a train. Since the theme is about a locomotive of some kind a with lights and bat wings. The groove for this piece was built around a car windshield wiper pattern a nice surreal disco tune perhaps !
    CrusadingOnon November 15, 2017   Link

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