"Civilisation" as written by and Viva Seifert Joe Gideon....
My father told me that the world was flat,
And I was happy in my sweet pancake world,
Was my fathers child, never questioned what daddy told
But the seed of doubt got in me and it grew into a tree
Its doubting branches got a hold of me.

In order to believe I had to learn some whole truths
And these kinds of truths you can’t learn at home,
When your mother watching over you.
I had to educate myself, experience things first hand.

I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man

I acquainted myself with the Greeks, spent some time in Rome
Stayed in a monastery till the monks told me to go
I tried fast food, and slow food and meals between meals
Bought myself a new nose and a new set of wheels
My mother was tickled pink when I called her the other day,
That might have been collect but she always likes to pay
Dispensed with pleasantries got down a ????? tax
I placed an ad in the Dailies for a female with vital stats

I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.

I was a writer, a musician, a fishmonger, a politician
I went all spastic like Lars von Trier
Wrote a book which was a spectacular success
Spent all my earnings on weed and crystal meth.

I went on learning, to learn the ways of man.

Bought a bicycle in Clapham where I roamed the early hours
Picked up the Queen and he showed me his crown jewels
Made myself mysterious with a haircut and a hat
Worked 9 to 5 at Debenhams, rented a flat
I lasted until my lunch break and then I took off,
There wasn’t a moment to loose,
I’d already wasted the morning selling another man shoes

I went on learning, to learn the ways of man

So my possessions didn’t speak for several years,
There was a light, there was a sound
And someone whistled in my ear:
It was time to return home for I had the knowledge of man
And the learning I made, I had to tell my mum and dad
The circumference of a circle is twice the diameter within,
The centre of which the universe begins,
The radius is like your aura which around you glows,
The proton and the neutron know which way to go,
Said its only natural if I would have given them a fight,
Told this to my dad who told me my belt was too tight
Mother didn’t say a word, but I know she heard
Now I learnt the meaning of Mum is the word.



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    My Interpretation"Dispensed with pleasantries got down a ????? tax"

    "brass" is the word you missed.
    crofty191on August 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDispensed with pleasantries and got down to brass tacks
    foggedagainon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCorrected lyrics (as far as I can tell):

    My father told me that the world was flat

    And I was happy in my sweet pancake world
    Was my fathers child, never questioned what daddy told
    But the seed of doubt got in me and it grew into a tree
    Its doubting branches got a hold of me.

    In order to believe I had to learn some home truths
    And these kinds of truths you can't learn at home
    With your mother watching over you.
    I had to educate myself, experience things first hand.

    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.

    Acquainted myself with the Greeks, spent some time in Rome
    Stayed in a monastery till the monks told me to go
    Tried fast food, and slow food and meals between meals
    Bought myself a new nose and a new set of wheels.

    My mother was tickled pink when I called her the other day
    It might have been collect but she always likes to pay
    Dispensed with pleasantries, got down to brass tacks
    Placed an ad in the dailies for a female with vital stats.

    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.

    I was a writer, a musician, a fishmonger, a politician
    I went all spastic like Lars von Trier
    Wrote a book which was a spectacular success
    Spent all my earnings on weed and crystal meth.

    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on a learning, to learn the ways of man.

    Bought a bicycle in Clapham where I roamed the early hours
    Picked up the Queen and he showed me his crown jewels
    Made myself mysterious with a haircut and a hat
    Worked the 9 to 5 at Debenhams, rented a flat
    Lasted until my lunch break and then I took off
    There wasn't a moment to lose
    I'd already wasted the morning selling another man shoes

    I went on learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on learning, to learn the ways of man.
    I went on learning, to learn the ways of man.

    Sold all my possessions, didn't speak for several years
    There was a light, there was a sound, someone whistled in my ear
    It was time to return home for I had the knowledge of man
    And the learnings I had made, I had to tell my mum and dad
    The circumference of a circle is twice the diameter within
    The centre of which the universe begins
    The radius is like your aura which around you glows
    The proton and the neutron know which way to go
    Said it's only natural if I'd given them a fright
    Told this to my dad who told me his belt was too tight
    Mother didn't say a word, but I know she heard
    And now I learnt the meaning of Mum's The Word.
    Edinburgh_Iainon May 19, 2011   Link

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