Originally appeared on Safe As Milk

Around the corner the wind blew back
I followed the yellow brick road –
It ended up at black-board black,
I was taught the gift of love
Smilin’ children, painted joy
Sunshine bright, girl n’ boy
Bag a’ tricks, n’ candy sticks
Peppermint kite for m’ toy

Yellow brick black-board black
Keep on walkin’ n’ don’t look back

I walked along happy n’ them came back,
I followed the yellow brick road,
Lost n’ found, I saw y’ down, alter-bound , alter-bound,
I was taught the gift of love.
Yellow brick road took m’ load,
Sunshine girl, sunshine girl, come t’ my abode

1-2-3-4-5 miles long
Know ah can’t ever go wrong
Clouds a’ grey in yesterday –
dove on m’ shoulder sez time t’ play

Yellow brick blackboard black
Keep on walking and don’t look back

(repeat 1st verse)

I followed the yellow brick road


Checked with Herb Bermann’s original lyric sheet.

1 Comment »

  1. bzfgt says:

    It’s “blackboard black,” I’m pretty sure. That’s how Drumbo quotes it in his book, and if you listen to the demo on Grow Fins or this one from the previous year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8XdaSV5344 you can also heard that it’s not “black on black.”

Leave a Comment »

Popular topics:

2017 | Alex Snouffer | Anton Corbijn | Art Tripp | Bat Chain Puller | Benjamin Horrendous | Big Eyed Beans From Venus | Bill Harkleroad | Bluejeans and Moonbeams | Bongo Fury | Byron Coley | Cal Schenkel | Captain Beefheart The Biography | China Pig | Clear Spot | Collaborations | Creem Magazine | Dave Dimartino | Death | Denny Walley | Derek Laskie | Diddy Wah Diddy | Doc At The Radar Station | Don Aldridge | Down Beat | Elaine Shepherd | Encounters in the wild | Eugene Chadbourne | Exhibitions | Frank Zappa | Freddy Bannister | Gary Lucas | Gary Marker | Graham Johnston | Grow Fins | Henry Kaiser | Herb Bermann | Ice Cream For Crow | Interview | Jan Van Vliet | Jasper Leach | Jeff Cotton | Jerry Handley | Jimmy Carl Black | John French | John Lennon | John Peel | Knoedler and Co | Kristine McKenna | Legendary A&M Sessions | Lester Bangs | Lewis Taylor | Lick My Decals Off Baby | Los Angeles Times | Magic Band reunion | Mark Boston | Mascara Snake | Michael Eivaz | Michael Traylor | Michael Werner Gallery | Mike Barnes | Mirror Man | Mojo Magazine | New York Times | Nulsh | Orange Claw Hammer | Orange Claw Hammer (band) | Outtake | Pachuco Cadaver (tribute album) | Pamela Des Barres | Phonograph Record Magazine | Retirement from music | Revenant | Rhino Handmade | Robert Palmer | Robyn Hitchcock | Rolling Stone | Ry Cooder | Safe As Milk | Shiny Beast | Sounds | Spotlight Kid | Steal Softly Thru Snow | Steve Froy | Strictly Personal | Sugar 'N Spikes | Sundazed | The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart | The Dust Blows Forward | The Guardian | The Independent | The Lost Episodes | The Wire | Through The Eyes Of Magic | Tragic Band | Trout House | Trout Mask Replica | Unconditionally Guaranteed | Victor Hayden | Wha?
Captain Beefheart Radar Station - about us