"Buckingham Green" as written by and Michael Melchiondo....
A child without an eye
Made her mother cry
Why ask why
She kept her child clean
On Buckingham Green

The children saw the eye
As a sign from God
Descending from the sky
It was alright to dream
Of Buckingham Green

Summon the queen
Spoke the child of eye
It's time to fly
Turning fire to steam
On Buckingham Green

A child without an eye
Made her mother cry
Why ask why
She kept her child clean
On Buckingham Green


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"Buckingham Green" as written by Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman

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  • +8
    General Commentyou are all missing the point completely. if Gene and Dean saw how you all were seriously analyzing the lyrics they'd be laughing out loud.

    the song is an obvious take on late 70's to early 80's prog-rock ala early-Genesis/ELP/King-Crimson with just a touch of Ozzie and two toes over the line into early Iron Maiden territory.

    What makes the song hilarious is that it lampoons this genre to a T by spewing out overly dramatic, yet completely meaningless lyrics, for all of one verse... then spirals off into the most maudlin, drawn out guitar solo accompanied by tympany and strings... then brings you back for a conclusion of a merely one more verse, while giving you the sensation that some all-important, massively built-up saga is finally coming to a close.

    The suggestions of Fleetwood Mac and LSD may or may not have some relevance to the choice of words.. but even if, they are merely a subtext to the overall theme I have described.. merely a means to an ends.
    fongabooon June 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentif anyone is interested, there is an extended demo version in which these lyrics are spoken in the second half:

    the little gnome trudged on through the forest
    overhead the storm raged fierce
    he was bringing forth gifts onto the child of eye
    the people of the village danced gayly
    for seven days and seven nights the storm continued, as did the celebration
    the gnome saw eye as the children came forth to greet him
    "why must you cry from the child of eye?" spoke the mother, bringing warmth and shelter
    the storm raged fierce as the fleece was carved from the mountain of god
    the gnome cried from the child of eye began to fly
    "it is i who cries, it is i who cries"
    "it is for i," he sighed
    "it is for i," he sighed
    Adelieon April 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI gotta call BS on the LSD thing.
    This song is old, real old, there is a demo of it in circulation on the interweb. In that version it has a long story in the song about a small dwarf bringing gifts to the child of eye.
    The song may have been LSD inspired but definitly NOT about LSD itself. Buckingham Green was a small run-down strip mall located in the area Ween grew up in. Think about that.
    Riptides99on June 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember reading an interview with them in the 90s about this song and supposedly its about how in the old days parents used to spray scotch guard on their children to keep them clean. They supposedly were huffing scotch guard themselves(this was probably not true though) and this song is a story about how when parents would use scotch guard the children would be hallucinating from it. There was also a connection to the "child without an eye" lyric due to some side effect from the scotch guard causing blindness. I can't find the magazine I originally read the interview in, I think it was a local indy paper that I am sure I have stashed away somewhere.
    angularsashon February 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorrection of my previous comment:

    the little gnome trudged on through the forest
    overhead the storm raged fierce
    he was bringing forth gifts onto the child of eye
    the people of the village danced gaily
    for seven days and seven nights the storm continued, as did the celebration
    the gnome saw eye as the children came forth to greet him
    "why must you cry from the child of eye?" spoke the mother, bringing warmth and shelter
    the storm raged fierce as the fleece was carved from the mountain of god
    the gnome cried from the child of eye began to fly
    "it is eye who cries, it is eye who cries"
    "it is for eye," he sighed
    "it is for eye," he sighed
    Adelieon May 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow can I be the first to comment on this song? This is one of my top 10 favorite songs of all time. I definitely see an English royaly thing going on here. Not just in the lyrics, but the music too, especially the drumming. I wonder if the child is Prince Charles and the mother is the Queen....
    skiguskion March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe child is female.

    Buckingham Green is a potent form of lsd.
    funkspielon April 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do think it's very acid inspired (even if not about acid), even the guitar solo (wich is absolutely incredible, btw) has that hardcore-trippy sort of feel to it.
    mizchiffon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't agree with the idea that it's about acid, or even inspired by acid. Gene and Dean Ween admit to doing lots of drugs, but I don't think that's really the truth (well, other than pot, maybe, but what's so wrong with that?). :)

    The Ween boys are just two brilliant people, Gene with his wonderful lyrics and Dean with this amazing guitar solo. It all just works well, no matter what the meaning is. Definitely my favorite Ween song of all time (and I've heard a ton of 'em!).
    majestikmoose9on August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool song, but it's a poor man's Argus
    BazookaToothon September 30, 2006   Link

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