39 and you need some leeway
Soon you're eyeing the overseas page
The trains are running late
As you close the garden gate
Stepping through your steel front-door frame,
Dinner's in the microwave, sweetie

Leipzig is calling you, Henry (from the mouth of the megaphone)
Leipzig is calling you, James
Leipzig is calling you, Leonard (and other cartoon characters)
Leipzig is calling your names


Cars were burning on yellow lines
Wheels turning, traffic light (beep beep beep)
Change!


Another misty bus-queue morning
Faces smile down from a boarding
You stoop to the bin, and drop something in
Well, you'll soon feel yourself again,
And everyplace is just the same, isn't it?

Leipzig is calling you, Henry (and the clouds run parallel)
Leipzig is calling you, James
Leipzig is calling you, Leonard (all ze vay from Germany!)
Leipzig is calling your names, hear it calling

Leipzig is calling you, Henry (from the mouth of the megaphone)
Leipzig is calling you, James
Leipzig is calling you, Leonard (and other cartoon characters)
Leipzig is calling your names


Lyrics submitted by ProfessorKnowItAll

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    General CommentThis seems to be a song about idolizing some faraway place as the solution to the ennui of everyday life: getting older, waiting for the train, sitting there stuck in traffic--although dreaming of a midsize German city as some sort of exotic Shangri-La seems odd to me.

    "Henry" and "James" pop up here the same way they did in...well, "Henry and James," with the addition of a Leonard. I wasn't aware of Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin creating the same sort of inter-song mythos the way (Daevid Allen-era) Gong did.
    Was there some sort of old story or TV show (or possibly cartoon, given Leonard's line in the chorus) featuring a Henry, James, and occasionally Leonard?
    ProfessorKnowItAllon June 11, 2019   Link

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