"What You Is" as written by and Robyn Hitchcock....
You might have been a villain
With a capital V
You might have had a plane to catch
And left your family

(Chorus)
It doesn't matter what you was
It's what you is
And what you is
Is what you are

You might have been a midwife
Trying to help somebody in
You might have been a Cardinal
With an A to zed of skin

Open up your window
Honey let me in

You might have been Columbia
Releasing orange 45s
(hot as steel)
You might have been the empress bee
In her furry little hive
(buzz buzz)
All the other bees

Chorus

Well you've got to come from somewhere
But you don't have to go back there, anymore
Hey!

You might have been the police
Knock knock knocking at the door
You might have been a nice young man
On a nice young floor

Chorus
One more, yeah
Chorus

You might be looking innocent
Deep inside you're not
You might be feeling guilty
Just a little not a lot

Chorus

Yeah!

Hey, hey hey
Hey, hey hey
Hey, hey hey
Hey hey


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    General CommentFrom Yep Roc:

    Robyn Hitchcock

    "The title refers to two long nights spent in Oslo in 1982 by Morris Windsor and myself with some friends," Robyn Hitchcock says of Goodnight Oslo, his new Yep Roc release with his ace combo the Venus 3. "The album, in part, celebrates the ghosts of the smoke age, and the various ways they were wrecked but still sailed on. That's the way it is with humans. You could call it the comfort of doom. Goodnight Oslo is a vortex that I am still leaving."

    *snip*

    The qualities that distinguished Hitchcock's prior work are prominent on such Goodnight Oslo tunes as "What You Is", "I'm Falling," "Hurry For The Sky" and "Up To Our Nex," which carry a hopeful, healing and unmistakably playful vibe that reflects the ongoing evolution in Hitchcock's lyrical perspective.

    "These songs are largely about breaking out of a negative cycle, and believing that change can happen," the artist asserts, adding, "It's not a recovery album or a therapy album per se; it's just a sign to the exit. Of course, it's sad to say goodbye to what you know and what you've been, but nothing is solid."
    artmavenon January 04, 2009   Link

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