Originally appeared on Trout Mask Replica

Quietly the rain played down on last of the ashes
Quietly the light played down on her lashes
She smiled ‘n twisted she smiled ‘n twisted
Hideously looking back at what once was beautiful
Playing naturally magically
O’ her ragged hair was shinin’ red white n’ blue
All ‘n all the children screamin’
Why surely madam you must be dreamin’
You couldn’t have done this if you knew what you were doin’
Well the gold fish ‘n the bowl lay upside down bloatin’
Full in the sky ‘n the plains were bleached white with skeletons
Various species grouped together according
To their past beliefs
The only way they ever all got together was
Not in love but shameful grief
It’s not the way I’d like it t’ get together
That’s not the kind uh thoughts I’d like t’ keep
The rain played lightly down down on the formaheap
O’ lady look up in time o’ lady look out of love
‘n you should have us all
O’ you should have us fall

Many thanks to Michael Stanowski for sending this along.

(1969)

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