I was running
From imaginary vampire bats
I was shrieking at the moon
While Montezuma laughed

Oh, Aztlan blues
And reds and greens and golds
I hope that I die
When I'm 100 years old

Looking like a New Yorker cartoon
Sleeping in a golden cocoon
With you

I was making love
To my sister from another life
I was stitching seams of my opening dreams
With a needle from a camel's eye

If I could give myself some advice
I'd go out of my mind right now
I'd stay here with my baby
Forever in the here and now

Looking like a New Yorker cartoon
Sleeping in a golden cocoon
With you

I was returning my salute
To the lieutenant paper bag
And my best friend, Farmer Dave
Lit me up so I could take a drag

My sister's former flame
Threw his shirt into the fire
An aging child prodigy
A genius who inspired

Looking like a New Yorker cartoon
Sleeping in a golden cocoon
With you
With you
With you


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    Oh, AZTLAN blues
    And reds and greens and golds
    I hope that I die
    When I'm 100 years old

    I was making love
    To my sister from another life
    I was stitching seams of my OPEN dreams
    With a needle from a camel's eye

    I was returning my SALUTE
    To the LIEUTENANT paper bag
    And my best friend, Farmer Dave
    Lit me up so I could take a drag

    My sister's formed with flame
    Threw his shirt into the fire
    An ancient child prodigy
    A genius who inspirED


    Very very cool song. I read somewhere that John said this song is about an actual night where a bunch of people on the tour took Psychedelics and a lot of imagery in the song was inspired by that.. He said that someone actually threw their shirt into the fire. Very cool imagery here, I guess that is where all these Aztec inspired colors and "Paper Bag Lieutenants" and "Imaginary vampire bats" come from. Also, for those who don't know a lot about who J and J tour with, "Farmer Dave" Scher is a good friend and band member who tours with Jenny (and John tours with her so there are connections there) John said that night everything turned all cartoon-y and slow moving, so this song i'd like to think mirrors that with its repetitiveness as well as the imagery.
    carla1on September 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMy sister's formER flame
    crapholioon September 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI was stitching seams of my opium dreams
    tochagoon October 06, 2010   Link

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