"Anyone for Tennis?" as written by and Eric Patrick/sharpe Clapton....
Twice upon a time in the valley of tear
The auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
While beggars stain the pavement with fluorescent Christmas cheer
And the Bentley driving guru is putting up his price.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope
With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind colliding scopes
And you can tell they're all the same underneath the pretty lies.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo
You can bring a bowl of rice and a glass of water too
And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't the be nice?


Lyrics submitted by vanez, edited by ECWasHere

"Anyone for Tennis" as written by Martin Sharpe Eric Patrick Clapton

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    General CommentAnotehr underrated cream song, this is an awesome song.
    barharhar51on July 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow.
    the lyrics have such dark connotations, yet it sounds very happy.
    so, hey theirs a monk burning, anyone for tennis?

    I LOVE IT. I agree with bar, seriously underated song. boo you guys.
    subterranean_summeron December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah..i agree with u guys...i didn't even notice how morbid the lyrics are until i looked here...this song just sounds so HAPPY
    for some reason, it makes me think beatles..like the white album or something
    ZepHead379Oneon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has to do with politians and how they just relax (play tennis) and put all the matters of the world off.
    ColourReporteron February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol colourReporter
    this song was written a while ago, but in ur idea, it really applies to dubya..taken more vacation than anyone.
    ZepHead379Oneon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite Cream song...very trippy...and "fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice" = greatest line ever
    TheSyndicate88on April 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti can't beleive they only lasted 3 years
    heyjude55on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt really applies to the Vietnam War since he is probably referring to the famous picture of a Buddhist monk lighting himself on fire and just sitting there.
    Kzlicon May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song it is so awesome, its sung so happily about what life is really like. In my opinion i think its about how the gov't in america treated the vietnam war to the to public, If you look at the lyrics is obvious, i always thought it was about war and when i saw "The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo" it was so obvious, when we dropped the bomb over hiroshima and the people who lived their burned up, i read a book about it, and i recall their was monks in it and one was burned badly, and when it says the thing about the zoo, its the gov't treating it like a nice situation like hey lets go to the zoo and watch innocent people be burned by our bombs, SUGARCOATING, and the song captures it perfectly because the song is SUGARCOATED to mock the american gov't, it has what was happening and then how they treated it, like in a happy casual way to convince people no worrys. this is my favorite b/c it captures my views exactly
    [Service to busy]on February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitly about Vietnam. The contrasting images of the buddist monk setting himself on fire, whilst the yuppies and polititions in America ignored these kinds of things and instead lit their cigars and played golf (anyone for tennis...? )
    I think you can pretty much analyse each line easily, and apply it to that interpretation.
    clockworkdollyon April 04, 2010   Link

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