In the morning
She gone crazy
With a painted picture, yeah
Her father's story, uh-huh

A Bone China, my friends
A Bone China, let the summer come again, come again
I said oh, oh
She be dancing by the moonlit sky, I talkin' to you

Oh oh
She be drinking all my early times, yes indeed, yeah
Oh oh
She be moving like a butterfly, yeah
I'm just a-waitin' on that dream
Because the fast ones always ride for free

Ugly morning
She Jezebel's daughter, aw yeah
She like a Brunhilda
A child of the water

A Bone China, my friends
Ow, a Bone China, let the summer come again
I said, oh oh
She be dancing by the moonlit sky, I'm talking to her

Oh oh
She be moving like a butterfly, sting like a bee
Oh oh
She be shakin' like the girl from Shine, yes indeed, yeah
Oh oh
She be moving like a
She be moving like a
High falootin' like a

I'm just a-waiting on that dream, yeah yeah
'Cause the fast ones always ride for free
I, I, I, yeah
I'm just a-waitin' on that dream
'Cause the fast ones, the fast ones
Always ride for free, yeah


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Bone China Lyrics as written by Bruce Ian Fairweather Andrew Wood

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    Bone China is a street term used for heroin. The word "Bone" used for uncut heroin. The word "China" is heroin in its purest form. Taking into consideration what Andrew died from...that's my guess. He refers to heroin as women in some of his songs. You can catch it in the lyrics if you understand the world of heroin.....very sad.

    Khloegirlon April 22, 2009   Link
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    I'm not sure about the Shine reference but the band's first release, an EP was actually called Shine if that bears any relevance.

    layne1012on June 06, 2006   Link
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    Great Song!

    I think the lyric is "THE girl from Shine" not "a girl from shine" and am hoping to find out what that means at some point. Was Shine a band with a female member? we will have to wait and see I guess...

    On the second "Moving like a Butterfly" is followed by a quick "Sting like a bee"

    I also think that drinking all my early times....Early Times should be capitalized because it is a kind of (horrible) whiskey.

    Great Song

    Bellyfull of Swanson January 15, 2005   Link
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    I also think "The girl from Shine" is a reference to the first album. Specifically, to Chloe from the song "Chloe Dancer".

    I might be wrong, but I'm fairly sure that "the girl from Shine" is Chloe.

    taffydavenporton June 23, 2006   Link
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    Hey, I can hereby introduce myself as "Mother Love Bone"'s lyricist, or as one of them. Got to know the music group in 1988. This in connection with a trip to Seattle, organized by the music magazine "Okej", in connection with a type of writing competition I won in that magazine. Me and the female Okay journalist went to Seattle together in 1988, I think it was sometime in the spring, maybe April/May, and we were there maybe 3 or 4 days. During this stay, I lived among other places in the musician's collective that Andy lived in, or Andrew Wood, the vocalist of "Makfunkshun", and later the brand new band Mother Love Bone. In connection with the Seattle stay, I managed to write at least 3or 4 of the lyrics, with some demo/melody, which the band then used further in the process of making music. The texts in question are; "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" (may have been just Chloe Dancer at first), Bone China, Stargazer, Man of Golden Words, with possibly more. The texts particularly describe meetings with different girls/women during my stay in Seattle, and more. Regarding "Man of Golden Words", it was written by me, together with Andy. That is to say, I was with Andy quite a lot during my stay. For example, went with Andy home to the island he came from just off Seattle, home to his childhood home. Some may recognize the phrase "He came from an Island" from the song "Say Hello 2 Heaven" by Temple Of The Dog, I was one of the people who helped write the lyrics. Back to the lyrics for "Man Of Golden Words", it was completed in Andy's dorm, where I was staying. Was involved in recording a demo with melody in that room, among other things. Otherwise, during my stay I managed to get to know 3 or 4 girls/women, and more. Also went to the cafe pub/strip club where Chloe worked, sort of got to know her too, who I thought was worth writing a song about, thought she was quite special and attractive. I can mention that I traveled back to Seattle later that same year in 1988. This in connection with an international summer school in Seattle, or on the island of Bainbridge Island. Was then possibly the whole summer vacation in Seattle, from 3/4 weeks to a 7/8 weeks, the acquaintance continued with Chloe, who had now become a substitute teacher, but also with Andy and the music group Mother Love Bone. Was among others at the same summer in 1988 with Andy on a trip to Texas, also further up again via California to Seattle. Several more song lyrics for Mother Love Bone were written during the mentioned trip, and the last stay in the summer of 1988. Worked and collaborated with Mother Love Bone until their until their dissolution in 1990, continued some with Pearl Jam.

    The woman in Bone China could be Xana, or a mysterious woman aquaintance in Chinatown, that was a white european american.

    Martinlyricson December 13, 2023   Link
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    I don't know if it's just me but it sounds like he sings Jezebel's donkey not daughter. Which would tie in with the Ugly morning lyric just before it. Maybe it's the morning after and she's hungover and not looking as good as she did the night before.

    ---twigs---on September 11, 2007   Link
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    Hi all Ok... the correct lyrics... (or close enough)...

    In the morning She gone crazy With a painted picture.... yeah Her father's story.... ah ha

    Bone China - my friends a Bone China - let the summer come again.... ....come again I said.... oh oh She be dancing by the moonlit sky.... I'm talkin' to you.... oh oh She be drinkin' all my Early Times.... Doesn't need it.... oh oh She be movin' like a butterfly.... yeah

    I'm just waiting on that dream.... .... because the fast ones always ride for free.

    Ugly morning She Jezebel's daughter.... ah yeah She like a BroomHilda.... a Child of the water

    a Bone China - my friends oh a Bone China - let the summer come again.... I said.... oh oh She be dancin' by the moonlit sky.... I'm talkin' to her.... oh oh She be movin' like a butterfly.... Sting like a bee.... oh oh She be shakin' like the girl from shrine.... Doesn't need it.... oh oh She be movin' like a.... She be movin' like a.... High falootin' like a....

    I'm just waiting on that dream.... yeah.... .... cause the fast ones always ride for free.... .... ah ah ah yeah.... I'm just waiting on that dream.... .... cause the fast ones - the fast ones.... .... always ride for free.... yeah-hey.

    This has to be my favorite song of all time I just love it. The lyrics that I have put are all definately correct with the exeption of the "Doesn't need it" which I have read may have been "Yes indeed yeah" which does sound like the words sung but I hate it... it just doesn't mean anything! but as far as I know the rest is bang on! The comment about the girl from shine from other users is void I think because he is singing shrine and not shine so it must have a completely different meaning which currently I have no idea about. Yeah it's daughter and not donkey??? cool though thought that was funny.... and thanks for the Early Times info had no idea it was whisky (I'm British) I just thought it was just an early time of day or something, now it makes a lot more sense. Anyway sorry for rambling but this is my favourite song!!!! I have a little more info though if anyone is at all interested just say and I'll post....

    BroomHildaon November 26, 2007   Link
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    Well ok please forget now my gripe above about the incorrect lyrics.... I have had them changed!!

    BroomHildaon November 28, 2007   Link
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    heya, good job on the lyrics here just one thing - very sorry, as it'syour username - it's Brunhilde, not BroomHilda. She was one of the valkyries ( as in Wagner's ride of...) XXX

    vinyloceanon September 28, 2008   Link
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    Actually FYI - The BroomHilda is quite deliberate and is the exact spelling for the word used on the lyric in the track. Broom Hilda (a play on the word Brunnhilde) was actually a newspaper comic strip in America, in the 70's I believe, and featured a character called Broom Hilda who I belive was a hideous very old woman with green skin... anyway if you search for info about the broom hilda comic strip you should find more detailed information about it... But it is this Broom Hilda Andrew Wood was singing about using metaphor to compare the lady in this song to Broom Hilda... a horrible undesirable ogre-like woman... ...I hate to be a smart ass but don't go shooting your mouth off with a comment when you clearly don't know the song that well!!!

    BroomHildaon November 06, 2008   Link

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