Songs and Lyrics by Big Kitty

  1. Aliens
  2. Birds & Birds & Birds
  3. 

  4. Bloody Sleeves
  5. Body of a Lion, Head of a Man
  6. The Boy Who Smelled Real Good
  7. Brian
  8. Carousel
  9. The Carp Song
  10. Chattanooga
  11. The Christmas I Met Elton John
  12. Come On Closer, Man
  13. Decades of Trouble
  14. Down, Down, Down
  15. Dressed up, Messed up
  16. Friendly Galaxy
  17. From Right Here to Nowhere
  18. Headed Nowhere
  19. Hey Yolanda!
  20. If I Should Float Away
  21. I Saw a Man Melting
  22. I Woke Up (In the Middle of the Night)
  23. Little Man
  24. Magdalene
  25. May
  26. May I Dream?
  27. Mercury
  28. Milky Way
  29. Mist and Shadows
  30. Nibiru
  31. Reincarnival
  32. Take Me
  33. Tangled Up With You
  34. Tendernessee
  35. Under the Tarp
  36. What’s Happening To Me Tonight
  37. Winchester Pass
  38. You Don’t Forget About It
  39. You Lonely
  40. Your Bird

Aliens

It feels like forever since the aliens arrived on Earth
But it's been seven years, that is, seven years of Earth

We used to fret and hurry
They taught us not to worry
So we forgot about the entirety of our history
And drowned our pain in a beautiful mystery

Ain't it strange
The way we change

And now we're going to live for another quintillion years
I'm gonna dance like a girl upon the ionosphere

There are no words
There is only music
Whatever you find
Go ahead and use it

I remember the days when I felt so sad and weary
Now I don't think that I felt that way sincerely

I was walking through the gravel and the mud behind a gas station
It had rained all day but cleared up enough to see the spaceships

The crickets sing that they sell for bait
The lightning bugs accumulate

And the chieftain of the others before me materialized
We hugged and kissed while the moon and stars did rise

Birds & Birds & Birds

Birds & birds & birds
They call me forward
Into love
Away from living only
You know jumping on the wind
A dream of making for Earth
Sleeping on the wing

Never before been caring for you
But now I'm chopping onions for you
All the day

Birds & birds & birds
Falling out of your mouth
In piles like dirty clothing
We have to plant them in the Earth
You go and find a shovel
I will gather them in bags

Never before been caring for you
But now I'm growing tomatoes for you
All the day

Bloody Sleeves

Bloody sleeves 
We love the lightning love
The clouds that sparkle sorrows onto the leaves

The leaves that crumble
Onto our shoulders
The ones that leave us high as we brush them off

Brush them off
The threads that make our clothing
Onto the dirty ground we love to lay on

That leaves us 
Burning on the wing
Those men who 
We tied up with string

They cannot hope for me
I'm a giant, drifting sea
They cannot hope for me
I'm a dying, drifting sea...

la la la...

Body of a Lion, Head of a Man

Body of a lion, head of a man
A strange little graveyard
Way out in the sand
It was nothing like a daydream
A dream of sacred bones
What secrets can you tell me
You crazy little stones?

Body of a lion, head of a man
Body of a lion, head of a man

This is where we'll die
Fools like me and you
He looked both ways down the road
Stood up and gave a toast
Lion's claws and human nose
Shaking dust off of his elbows
His eyes alive with gospel fire
His claws emphasizing points

He looked something like a daydream
He wore a crown and not a mane
And his ancestry was mixed up
With the royalty of Spain
It felt just like a cardboard
That you might find at the zoo
But I know it was reality
And so do you, you were there too

Body of a lion, head of a man
Body of a lion, head of a man


The Boy Who Smelled Real Good

He was the boy who smelled real good
They say he smelled like wood
Like of cedar or of pine

He was the boy who smelled real good
He was the boy who smelled real good

Strangers approached him everyday
They hiked from hundreds of miles away
They said, What smells good
Is it you? Is it you?
Left our lives behind to smell of you
We left our wives behind to smell of you

He was the boy who smelled real good
They say he smelled like food
Like lamb roasting with thyme

He was the boy who smelled real good
He was the boy who smelled real good

Everybody gathered around him in a big old pack
He had to kick em like a mule off his back
He said, Go on back home now
You smell bad, you smell so bad
You smell me but I only smell you
I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true

He was the boy who smelled real good
They say he smelled like fruit
Like a fresh-picked clementine

He was the boy who smelled real good
He was the boy who smelled real good

Brian


Brian
It's been so long since I seen Brian
And I spent all my time denyin'
That he'd come back again

And I been slidin'
Through the years tryin' to find him
Just like was but somewhat blinded
Catchin' sounds from far away

Timin' 
True love is in the timin'
Kept inside away from spyin'
Like a liver on the line

Live, care, don't despair
Your mind flutters everywhere
Your eyes will find the stream

And Ivan
He's even worse than my friend Brian
He's always lived behind my eyelids
He sleeps during the day

But my friends
I don't know anyone like my friends
No one else wants me to find them
To remember times we had

Lions
They are a scattered pride of lions
Guilty of periodic violence
With Liberace hair

Look close at the ghost
Who holds your hand before the host of demons
Who watch in the air


Decades of Trouble

Every time ten years go by
I've met a brand new butterfly
Decades of Trouble

Leg of ant and mind of ant
Ant hill and food
Decades of trouble

The weeds that grow in sidewalk lines
Watermelon seeds and rinds
Final horizon

Roll ten times ten minds
And slowly through the seasons, reasons
Loving dead cats
Old Big Kitty's waiting for his ninth life to last
And Mr. Bones he dances crazy all up in us
Love him, love your sweet hands
Until they fall off, and let them rot in the sweet, green grass

Grocery store filled up with lead
AKs fashioned out of bread
Final horizon

My Easter clothes haphazard sewn
Will blind your eyes so bright they've grown
Final horizon

Last night I dreamed that I was drinking water
In an ice-cream parlor
Flowers twining round my legs that pulled me to the ground
They pulled my legs right off my body
And I was floating like a honeybee
My legs became two mighty rivers that flowed unto the sea
So pleasant to see

Dr. Harmony


Dr. Harmony
He's talking on TV
Making us laugh
At immortality

The doctor calls on all the girls and boys
And he tells them, very poised
That their life and death are joys
Though at first they sound like noise

Cause when the doctor makes a melody
And all of this is purely fantasy
He creates vibrations like the blue salt sea

And you see them on the TV screen
Vibrations purple red and green
And all the colors in-between
And you feel, don't know, what they mean

Somewhere, somebody like me
Sings into a singing dream
And we are kings of things
The kings of things
And we're thinking of everything

What's become of me?
Why am I so happy?
Must be transforming into the dream

Dr. Harmony
You're like a dad to me
On sunny days it's all I scream
It's all I scream
It's all I scream

Headed Nowhere

You might find me lying
But I don't care at all
You might catch me crying
And I might cry all night

You might find me lying
But I don't care at all
You might catch me crying
And I might cry all night long

That's the way
To be rolling down the hill
And headed nowhere

In my time of dying
No one came around
I looked up to the sky and
Shouted - Won't you leave me 

In my time of dying
No one came around
I looked up to the sky and
Shouted - Won't you leave me be?

That's the way
To be rolling down the hill
And headed nowhere

As I look around me
I see ten million years
Looking up above me
I see a mirror reflecting

As I look around me
I see ten million years
Looking up above me
I see a mirror reflecting mirrors

That's the way
To be rolling down the hill
And headed nowhere

Hey Yolanda!

Hey Yolanda! 
Your junkyard is so neat
Hey Yolanda!
I need a new back seat
Won't you put me on your schedule for next week?

Oh I would just love to see
The beautiful way she's kept up things
The way she treats those cars
It makes me smile
And in a way I'd say 
That I'm in love with her

Hey Yolanda!
She's a beautiful elephant
Hey Yolanda!
Demure and elegant
Stacking cars up with her mighty trunk

Yolanda has the oldest cars
Older than any other junkyard
Of business-owners she must be the queen
And in a way I'd say 
That I'm in love with her

Hey Yolanda!
Her cars never rust
Hey Yolanda!
She's an elephant you can trust
If you need old engine parts check with her first

Well nobody does what Yolanda does
A better mechanic there never was
Even though an elephant's too big to drive
She loves to keep the good old cars alive

She moves junk with her big, strong trunk
She buys old cars and stacks them up in rows
She weaves grasses with her long eyelashes
To protect the cars when the dusty old wind blows
She succeeds in making pleasure out of treasure
Well I wish I knew what old Yolanda knows
Said I wish I knew what old Yolanda knows

I Like To Think


I like
the songs
that say
something
that say
something
I didn't know
really
something
I'd observed
but never thought
never sung

Is this one of those?
Is this one of those?
Is this one of those kinds of songs I like?

I like to think that it is
I like to think that it really is

I like 
people
who 
make
me
feel
good
that how
it is
is
something
we can
try
to share

am I one of those?
am I one of those?
am I one of those kinds of people that I like?

I like to think that I am
I like to think that I really am
I like to think

If I Should Float Away


If I
If I should float away
Would the police send their choppers
And pull me down to jail?
Would you come to rescue me
And pay my bail?

If I 
If I should float away
I'd shake off my skin and bones
Like a cumbersome coat
Just to make 'em think I'd died
While I float


I Saw a Man Melting

I saw a man melting

His skin was viscous dripping off his muscles and his bones
He looked at me so helplessly with his eyeballs half-exposed
His jaws opened as if to speak, but not a sound came out
It was as though he knew there was no way that I could help
His eyes like soft-boiled eggs leaked out their uncooked yolks
And I tore out my own hair for I pitied him so

I saw a man melting

His intestines they were dangling all the way down past his knees
And the floor it was collecting all the bits of broken meat
And a salamander leapt out from a hollow in his hip
And he shuddered in revulsion and his spine cracked like a whip
And I caught him by the shoulders that were only nerve and bone
And his skull rolled in the corner and I screamed, What have I done?
What have I done?

I saw a man melting

So with hand-broom and with dustpan I swept up his remains
The jelly and the plasma that once were a human frame
And all that I could manage off the floor to gather
I put into a garbage pail just to keep it all together
And I carried it to the river, I was covered in his grease
And I poured the contents in and I bid him Rest in Peace

I saw a man melting
I saw a man melting
I saw a man melting
Melting
Melting
Melting

I Woke Up (In the Middle of the Night)


I woke up in the middle of the night
And looked out of my window
I could tell that something wasn't right
The moon was not on his pillow

I threw all the blankets on the floor
And ran out in the meadow
I saw the moon open up my door
And cover up my shadow

I woke up in the middle of the night
I woke up in the middle of the night
I woke up in the middle of the night
And the moon she looked so lonesome

I woke up in the middle of the night
To AM radio static
The white clover in the meadow was so bright
I watched it bloom from the attic

What holds the powder on the ball
In twilight see it showing
I wish its light were a wall
Around us softly glowing, glowing, glowing

And as I plunge into the void
A dying crowd surrounds me
Drown out the bright blue sky
And the moon ran up and found me

Love you, love you, love you

Wake up, wake up, wake up...

I’m Going into a Trance

'm going into a trance
I'm going into a trance
Ghostlike figures are appearing in my mind
Partially because I'm feeling tired
But possibly for strategic reasons
But then accuracy at this moment is not my strong point

I'm aware of interconnectedness
Of which I normally am not
I let fear flow like wind through my thoughts
Preciousness of everything shivers eagerly
And the swelling sound of birth is nearly heard
My old body is a kindergartener

I'm going deep, deep in a trance
Now I'm removing my pants
I feel as unembarrassed
As a solar panel does
I gather sunlight passively
My molecular structure rearranging
From the upper branches of a flowering dogwood tree
Till I'm cradled by the mellow rays
Of the gardenia moon

I'm coming out of a trance
Yeah, coming out of a trance
Feet in my socks
Socks in my shoes
24-hour diner
Pouring maple syrup on scrambled eggs
I wonder if my face looks the same
As it looked before
I lift myself out of the booth
Push open the bathroom door

Johnny Rosemary


She was riding down the center of the avenue
In the middle of a hurricane
Got struck by lightning 
And it blacked out both her eyes

She drove her car into a traffic light
While an ambulance drove by
And the blood ran down her cheeks
As she began to sing

All the people have a star that shines for them
Some are bright and some are dim
Mine is very, very grim
And nobody has ever been kind to me

My name is Johnny Rosemary
And I see this is a hairy situation 
That you find yourself in
Drink of this tonic 
And you'll be back on it in no time

She said Mr Rosemary
I shall not tarry
I really will try anything
And the tonic it tasted much more than sublime

All the people have a star that shines for them
Some are bright and some are dim
Mine is very, very grim
And nobody has ever been kind to me

Johnny helped the dying lady out of her car
And she revealed her enormous wings
She flew up high and she said goodbye to him
It made old Johnny cry to see her fly
Across the purple sky
He said I wish that I knew her name I would shout it
Right up in the hurricane so loud that
It would shatter every window pane 
In old New Orleans

Magdalene


When Jesus was a boy he was my sailing friend
We sailed upon the sea of Galilee
And even in the water he would not get wet
He was bald, had no beard, and he wore a crown of leaves

Now Jesus had no fear to speak his mind
That's why they killed him, they say
But he was the best friend I'll ever find
And I'm going to write a book about him someday

I was there when the Romans hung him with a rope
My lover was gone and I cried and I cried
Some people tell you he had magic powers
And some people say that he was really crucified

People try to tell you he was a rebel
And he was bathed in the colors of the sun
But he was to me just a devil
Cause he left me and my tears forever run

When Jesus was a boy he was my sailing friend
He must have kissed me thousands of times
He never called me Mary, only Magdalene
He was bald, had no beard, and he bled from a crown of leaves

Mist and Shadows

Enter into the mist and shadows
Leave the light behind
After all you've seen now you can find
The ribbons up your sleeves
Do you want to see a ghost? 
There you are
You are not alone
You are everything you see
You made this crazy dream

Gently from the sea the vapor lifts
In the moonless night
You will see three legendary ships
Pillars of the empire
The temples rise and fall 
The mountains grow
All made out of foam
In the darkness inside of you

Wait--a memory all around you
Breaking on the water
Great events around the world
Will never penetrate here
Theyre the curtains of rain
Holding up the heavens
In the shadows of the moonless night
Hidden from the view of everyone but you

Ghostly from the sea the sunshine lifts
Burning off the mist
Giant fireball westward trailing ships
Preceded by their shadows
You're ahead of yourself
Youre ahead of your time
You're a head to admire
You remind me of the waves

Scanning through the shortwave radio
A strange voice spoke to me
In what language I don't know
But I heard it once before
In the middle of the ocean
At the end of a rainbow
Deep in the mist and shadows of darkness
Hidden from the view of everyone but you

Rolling Clouds of Green and Purple

My soul hurts as it grows
As into darkness it goes
Into the swirling center everywhere
My soul shrinks and expands
At the touch of a hand
And terror like lightning allows me to see
Seven animals on a wheel
Rolling like balls of steel
And the hum of darkness floods the world again

The soul hurts as it glows
And in darkness it rests
Like a soldier running into certain death
The soul answers at once
Like the wind to a fan
Like a child who not knowing understands
Where the sea and the sky meet
Is directly below your feet
And the far-off distance
Is your oldest, closest friend

My mind is splitting in the landscape of the sun
Goodbye to the rooster, its day is done 
I am feeding my chickens on the other side
I am happening in an alternate way
On a different layer of the Milky Way
As gingerly as snow falling on cobwebs
Like a crystal-clear dream

Does your soul hurt too
When it's learning the truth?
Does it change like the moon
When it's leaving the earth?
Does it rain like a cloud?
Does it vanish like a sound?
Do you hear it once
And hope it can be found
On a checkerboard
Or wheels rolling forward
Unstoppable
The rooster crows again


Queen Mary


I dreamed I cleaned Queen Mary's feet
And combed her golden hair
But it was just a floating dream
Not a puff of air
Sunrise tresses castles in the glare

Queen Mary is a falling star
The glory of the sky
She traces down a shining scar
And all the people sigh
Oh they flutter just like butterflies

Queen Mary carried me it seems
To her queenly lair
And underneath her royal sheets
I breathed the queenly air
When it seemed that someone else was there

Queen Mary has a happy king
He jumped into the bed
I heard my love Queen Mary scream
When the King kissed me instead
Love for all and all for love she said

Under the Tarp


Do you see her sitting over there 
All alone
Always in the open air
With a tarp for when it rains?

Was she ever a baby? 
Did she ever make her mother smile when she spoke?
Or has she always been there
Staring from that bench
Where she sits day in day out
Certainly she had a mother
Every soul was born to a mother
But something, somewhere along the way
Slipped out from under her
And left her sitting there on that bench
Under the tarp

Do you see her sitting over there
All alone
Always in the open air 
With a tarp for when it rains?

Under the tarp
A dark, cavernous place
Forbidding entry
Grocery bags
Constant pedestrian traffic
That is where she sleeps
Where she sits all day long
All of her possessions stored beneath
Seen by everyone who passes by
And on the bench laid out beside her
A few greasy old paperback books
Strewn about on the bench beside her
Are they for sale or simply arranged according to some inscrutable design
No passerby seems to care to discover

Do you see her sitting over there
All alone
Always in the open air
With a tarp for when it rains?

You walk up to her
I throw a dollar at her feet
Toss a dollar at her feet
Onto the paper plate held from the breeze by the weight of a single, shining dime
Single dime
And in reaction she rises lifting the tarp
Releasing a long-trapped odor
The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
Handing me a book, she says
I thank her
Here, the Sum of All Fears
And you read it in your hotel room
This was the title of the book by Tom Clancy
And though it is not the usual kind of thing that you like to read
I thanked her for the book and I found, after reading it
You find that
That the sum of all fears is not really 
All that bad

Your Bird

And in your heart is a bird
That learns how to sing
And it can sing anything
That it hears you sing
They're your songs, your songs

And in your throat is a star
That leaps and burns
And it really hurts
When you can't find the words

Yes, right now
Hold me 
Yes, right now

Please tell me
That it's true
That you're in love with me
Though I might never know
Maybe never, ever know
Just what you are

And in your eyes you make dreams
That may never be seen
But I really insist
I want you to kiss me

Yes, right now
Hold me
Yes, right now

Please tell me
That it's true
That I'm in love with you
Though I might never know
Maybe never, ever know
Just what I am

And in your heart is a bird
That loves to sing
And it sings everything
That it hears you sing

Yes, right now
Hold me
Yes, right now
Hold me
Yes, right now
Hold me
Yes, right now

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