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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    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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