I'm just a man
I understand the wind
And all the things
That make the children cry

With my Les Paul
I know I'm small
But I enjoy living

Book after book
I get hooked
Everytime the writer
Talks me like a friend

What can I do
We just live in a zoo
All I do is play
The spaceball ricochet

Deep in my heart
There's a house
That can hold
Almost all of you

I bought a car
It was old but kind
I gave it my mind
And it disappeared

I love a girl
She is a changeless angel
She's a city it's a pity
That I'm like me

I said how can I lay
When all I do is play
The spaceball ricochet

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Spaceball Ricochet Lyrics as written by Marc Bolan

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    General CommentThe Title itself refers to a comment made by a child that lived in the flat below Marc. The boy was full of energy and running around in his flat and literally bouncing of the walls. Marc asked him why and he said that he had just got some new “Spaceball Boots” as opposed to baseball boots.

    The imagined that he was leaping through space when in reality he was bouncing of the walls of a flat in Hackney

    It makes a quite neat existential metaphor for someone that is trapped inside an inadequate body;

    “i know i'm small
    but i enjoy living anyway”

    That cant get a girl that’s out of his league

    “she is a changeless angel
    she's a city it's a pity
    that i'm like me”

    One of my favourite Bolan Songs
    Beefheart1977on April 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hear the 5th stanza differently:

    Deep in my heart
    There's a house
    That can hold
    [Just about] all of you

    I used to wonder if the song title was a reference to the video game Pong. Did Marc Bolan play early video games? Lol
    madscijron May 27, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anybody know exactly what this song is about? I think it might be about pinball, or osmething.. "spaceball ricochet.."
    knate15on May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes!
    seanaclauseon September 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a conflict the narrator has with himself. He says 'I know I'm small but I enjoy living anyway' but then he says 'it's a pity that I'm like me'. He seems to not know what to make of his life, or even of life in general ( what does life mean?) . He keeps thinking about this ( all he can do is think about it/play the spaceball ricochet). He thinks too much and should just get on with his life rather than spend all his time dwelling on things - he knows this but just can't help it -thus all he can do is play the spaceball ricochet. I don't kniow if all that will make sense to anyone reading it, but that's what I think yhis song is about. It's a really sweet, reflective song.
    planet_queenon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe bit about buying a car refers to an old (but kind) cadillac that he bought from Ringo Starr but he never collected it (hence it disappeared)
    RabbitFighteron December 09, 2007   Link

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