Robyn Hitchcock Belltown Ramble cover

Belltown Ramble
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Released
October 3, 2006
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Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
(1-2-3-4)
And you wanna know what is
And also what is not
Don't you, girl?
Verse 2
It's an independent life
And you want to see your eyes
Reflected in the world
Verse 3
So you go down 4th to Blanchard and
to right on Roq la Rue
Past the Crocodile
Verse 4
Then you slide down 4th again
Where the Claremont used to be
CLA-REM-ONT
Verse 5
Then you find the Uzbek warlord
You collide with Tamerlane
His teeth are brown
Verse 6
Oh he doesn't speak
he prods you
Then he says a burning train
is back in your hometown
Verse 7
Then you roll down Denny Way
past the pink rotating elephant
EXP
Verse 8
And you say well come what may
Now I'm in my element
I'm where I ought to be
Verse 9
But Tamerlane is hot
He's mounted on the elephant
The coffee's on the boil
Verse 10
And he says, what have you got?
You say I don't have anything
He says you must have oil
Verse 11
So you wanna know what is
and also what is not
Don't you girl?
Verse 12
It's an independent life
and you want to see your eyes
reflected in the world
Verse 13
Look out baby
Seven men are on their way
Seven sets of appetites
have got to be appeased today
Verse 14
Ignorance comes first
then comes Opportunism
Greed is third
Verse 15
Fundamental Faith
Rides in backwards with his eyes shut
listening for the Word
Verse 16
In bowls number five
He needs a bit of elbow room
His name is Haste
Verse 17
He fires off a slew of e-mails
And says, Put your hands together, boys
for six aka Waste
Verse 18
The boys all look around
They looked at number seven
Reclining in his chair
Verse 19
He's got his headphones on
His head is full of paradise
He isn't there
Verse 20
And you wanna know what is
And also what is not
Don't you girl?
Verse 21
It's an independent life
And you want to see your eyes
Reflected in the world
Verse 22
Tamerlane and I went to The Two Bells
Back on 4th
Ken poured us some wine
And we said How's it going Ken?
He said it's going north
to Canada
It's going to Canada
Verse 23
You can walk a square
You can walk an oblong
Even just walk straight
Verse 24
You'll still be standing there
Though you think you did the job wrong
You did it great
Verse 25

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