Don't call Pretty Peggy,
She can't hear you no more.
Don't leave no message
'Round her back door.
They say the Old Laughing Lady
Been here before.
She don't keep time
She don't count score.

You can't have a cupboard
If there ain't no wall.
You got to move
There's no time for you to stall.
They say the Old Laughing Lady
Dropped by to call.
And when she leaves
She leaves nothing at all.

See the drunkard of the village
Falling on the street.
Can't tell his ankles
From the rest of his feet.
He loves his Old Laughing Lady
Cause the taste is so sweet.
But his Laughing Lady's loving
Ain't the kind he can keep.

There's a fever on the freeway
Blacks out the night.
There's a slipping on the stairway
Just don't feel right.
And there's a rumbling in the bedroom
And a flashing of light.
Here's the Old Laughing Lady
Everything is all right.

Lyrics submitted by sloop, edited by JackTStripper

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    General CommentAny kind of addiction can be the "old laughing lady"
    ruarchitecton January 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCould The Old Laughing Lady represent death?
    Neiltoneon July 29, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation I think ruarchitect is right on.

    The Laughing Lady:
    What a great symbol of addiction. First it is fun and the lady is laughing with you. Soon though you come to need her and her laughter turns to a taunting laughter at you. Later her laughter becomes a sadistic cackle at what she has done to you.

    Verse 1
    Pretty Peggy is probable a young addict who has overdosed.

    Verse 2
    Probablly refers to the homless addict that has lost everything to addiction.

    Verse 3
    The hopeless addict that will never quit even though they know it will kill them in the end.

    Verse 4
    The addicted driver who drives home every night, stumbles upstairs in a stuper and fights with their spouse. Eventually shooting or killing them and not even caring as long as they have their drug of choice.
    JimmiPon June 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcheap fortified wine
    seitzwinon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about an old lady, that Neil sees (I think) and this old lady is a maternal character, if anything is bad, and the old lady is there everything will be ok. I am certain thats the meaning.
    Harry_Pyroon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Old laughing lady is something that is fucked up! Shitty life stuff that always comes around - booze - ex relations etc.. she's sure to be coming around - one way or another...'everything is alright ' - its ok - is the way life is...she'll be around anyway. oh... too is a....
    Lemonheadon April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Old Laughing Lady was a character on the label of a bottle of alcohol.
    sssteeveon April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe old laughing lady is death!
    BusterPridmoreon September 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe Old Laughing Lady is Shakti - life AND death in the world of form as we experience it. Shakti is locked in eternal relationship with Shiva (pure consciousness - the All; God without form). Many interpretations of this ... it's a model for understanding the nature of our dilemma/gift. We are all embraced by, manifest as, Shakti... the illusion of self is "the cupboard" we can't experience self (this little mortal self we think is us) without the context of Maya - "the wall." If you start with this premise, and the understanding that, what adds the zest and urgency of life, the beauty as well as the angst (you might say potential for terror) is that we perceive our 'selves' as creatures of time, is our mortality, the lyric makes perfect sense. Neil was tapped into, aware of, the other side of the looking glass and its implications, from a very young age... perhaps a gift of his epilepsy.
    MarkofEarthon November 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree that there seems to be a theme of addiction, but do we all forget that his wife is Pegi? As in "Don't call pretty Pegi"? Where might she fit in?
    rsbarroson June 27, 2012   Link

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