"Polka" as written by and Michael Francis Tomlinson....
Brother hold your head this way,
And bustle to the front of the line;
'cause if they catch your eyes before you get inside
Well, you'll never be allowed.
People got a name for us
'cause we escape the strain of the days
Oh we stretch at the sides and bend in the middle
But we never ever break.

But if you're feeling that way now,
Or if you ever feel so inclined -
Skip past the doors of boring forty somethings and rise.
Oh, and if you want to lose your frown,
Or your name or even your face -
Lick up a dream that seemingly sings with whistling neon breath.

Come and have a drink with us,
A little wine or a nice champagne?
Oh thanks that's nice, and I would decline,
But at night things seem to change.
People got a name for us,
'cause we escape the strain of the days -
Oh we stretch at the sides and bend in our minds
But well never ever change.

And if you're feeling that way now,
Or if you ever feel so inclined,
Well, kick in the shins of all those fucking whingers and rise.
Oh and if you want to lose your frown,
Or your name or even your face,
Lick up a dream that seemingly sings with whistling neon breath.

Sid was at the gates of dawn,
And Jimmy said ride the snake:
So we bent our spoons and howled at the moon
To find what science replaced.
And it turns out it ain't that much
Though I may have missed it in the haze -
Oh drips in the mind and fills up your eyes
But well never be the same.
(Shhh)
But if you're ever coming down,
Or if you ever take too much -
Remember that's much better than never ever getting enough.
So if your want to lose your frown,
Or your name or even your face,
Lick up a dream that seemingly screams with rushing neon death.

All your spirits gone, and you are barley alive.
You hand me a smoke, though its like you hardly notice.
And its sad I suppose - When I look into your eyes you say:
It seems to go this way, no matter what's at stake,
Oh it seems to go this way with everything I start!

(Solo)

So if you're feeling that way now,
Or if you ever feel so inclined -
Skip past the doors of boring forty somethings and rise.
Oh but if you want to loose your frown,
Or your name or even your face -
Lick up a dream that seemingly sings with rushing neon death.



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"Polka" as written by Michael Tomlinson

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    General CommentThe last time I 'licked up a dream', effects were starting to kick in nicely and I'd decided to whack on the headphones and listen to some music... this was the first song that came on the radio! :) The song was very new at the time, and though I'd probably heard it a couple of times before without paying too much attention. This time I really "heard" it! I of course found it hilariously coincidental and/or meaningful that a song with such subject matter just happened to be the first one to come on the radio. Just try and imagine how 'trippy' it was to hear the voice asking repeatedly "if you're feelin' that way now" ... Ahh you crazy universe, I thought! ;)

    Quite a few incorrect lyrics are listed, some of which I'll correct below.

    "Oh we stretch inside and bend in the middle, But we never ever break"
    I take this as a reference to the way certain substances can bend and expand your mind to various new ways of thinking, only to eventually return you to near enough your previous 'normal' state of mind unharmed, but not necessarily unchanged.

    "Syd was at the gates of dawn"
    Syd Barret was a renowned tripper.
    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is Pink Floyd's debut album and the only one made under Syd Barrett's leadership.
    [ from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ]

    "And Jim he said ride the snake"
    Jim Morrison (also a renowned tripper) from the song 'The End' [ songmeanings.net/songs/view/4928/ ]

    "Lick up a dream that seemingly sings with whistling neon death"
    The word 'breath' is only changed to 'death' for the last line of the song.
    An apt way to end the song, and perhaps another reference to ego death (along with the references to 'losing your name')

    To be honest, I first found it offensive that the song was being used for a car ad,
    but have too come to find it quite amusing. Especially given that the ad is kind of trippy in its own way ;) [ youtube.com/… ]

    Anyway, great song... All the more impressive when you consider it's this young band's debut!
    drunkon February 21, 2009   Link

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