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Cut along the dotted line slip in and seal the flap. Postal competition crazy, though you wear the dunce's cap. Win a fortnight in Ibiza line up for the big hand out. You'll never know unless you try what winning's all about be a quizz kid. Be a whizz kid. Six days later there's a rush telegram Drop everything and telephone this number if you can. It's a free trip down to London for a weekend of high life. They'll wine you; dine you; undermine you better not bring the wife be a quizz kid. Be a whizz kid. It's a try out for a quizz show that millions watch each week. Following the fate and fortunes of contestants as they speak. Answerable to everyone; responsible to all; publicity dissected brain cells splattered on the walls of encyclopaedic knowledge. May be barbaric but it's fun. As the clock ticks away a lifetime, hold your head up to the gun of a million cathode ray tubes aimed at your tiny skull. May you find sweet inspiration, may your memory not be dull. May you rise to dizzy success. May your wit be quick and strong. May you constantly amaze us. May your answers not be wrong. May your head be on your shoulders. May your tongue be in your cheek. And most of all we pray that you may come back next week! Be a quizz kid. Be a whizz kid.
Just a little touch of make-up; just a little touch of bull; just a little 3-chord trick embedded in your platform soul; you can wear a gold Piaget on your Semaphore wrist; you can dance the old adage with a dapper new twist. And you can ring a crown of roses round your cranium, live and die upon your cross of platinum. Join the crazed institution of the stars. Be the man that you think (know) you really are. Crawl inside your major triad, curl up and laugh as your agent scores another front page photograph. Is it them or is it you throwing dice inside the loo awaiting someone else to pull the chain. Well grab the old bog-handle, hold your breath and light a candle. Clear your throat and pray for rain to irrigate the corridors that echo in your brain filled with empty nothingness, empty hunger pains. And you can ring a crown of roses round your cranium, live and die upon your cross of platinum. Join the crazed institution of the stars. Be the man that you think (know) you really are.
Salamander, born in the sun-kissed flame. Who was it lit your candle branded you with your name? I see you walking by my window in your Kensington haze. Salamander, burn for me and I'll burn for you.
Shake a leg, it's the big rush, can't find a taxi can't find a bus. Bodies jammed in the underground evacuating London town. Nowhere to put your feet as the big store shoppers and the pavements meet. Red lights pin stripes short step shuffle into the night. Tea time calls the Bingo Halls open at seven in the old front stalls. How about a Taxi Grab. There's an empty cab by the taxi stand driver's in the café washing his hands. Big diesel idles the keys inside C'mon Sally let's take a ride. Flag down uptown no sweat. For rush hour travel, it's the best bet yet. Taxi Grab.
From a dead beat to an old greaser, here's thinking of you. You won't remember the long nights; coffee bars; black tights and white thighs in shop windows where blonde assistants fully-fashioned a world made of dummies (with no mummies or daddies to reject them). When bombs were banned every Sunday and the Shadows played F.B.I. And tired young sax-players sold their instruments of torture sat in the station, sharing wet dreams of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, René Magritte, to name a few of the heroes who were too wise for their own good left the young brood to go on living without them. Old queers with young faces who remember your name, though you're a dead beat with tired feet; two ends that don't meet. To a dead beat from an old greaser. Think you must have me all wrong. I didn't care, friend. I wasn't there, friend, If it's the price of pint that you need, ask me again.
Yes'n she's bad-eyed and she's loveless. A young man's fancy and an old man's dream. I'm self raising and I flower in her company. Give me no sugar without her cream. She's a warm fart at Christmas. She's a breath of champagne on sparkling night. Yes'n' she's bad-eyed and she's loveless. Turns other women to envious green. Yes'n' she's bad-eyed and she's loveless. She's a young man's vision in my old man's dream.
The mist rolls off the beaches: the train rolls into the station. Weekend happiness seekers pent-up saturation. Well, we don't mean anyone any harm, we weren't on the Glasgow train. See you at the Pleasure Beach: roller-coasting heroes. Big Dipper riding we'll give the local lads a hiding if they keep us from the ladies hanging out in the penny arcades. Shaking up the Tower Ballroom throwing up in the bathroom. Landlady's in the backroom I'm the Big Dipper it's the weekend rage. Rich widowed landlady give me your spare front door key. If you're 39 or over, I'll make love to you next Thursday I may stay over for a week or two drop a postcard to my mum. I'll see you at the waltzer we'll go big-dipping daily.
The old Rocker wore his hair too long, wore his trouser cuffs too tight. Unfashionable to the end drank his ale too light. Death's head belt buckle yesterday's dreams the transport caf' prophet of doom. Ringing no change in his double-sewn seams in his post-war-babe gloom. Now he's too old to Rock'n'Roll but he's too young to die. He once owned a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville. Counted his friends in burned-out spark plugs and prays that he always will. But he's the last of the blue blood greaser boys all of his mates are doing time: married with three kids up by the ring road sold their souls straight down the line. And some of them own little sports cars and meet at the tennis club do's. For drinks on a Sunday work on Monday. They've thrown away their blue suede shoes. Now they're too old to Rock'n'Roll and they're too young to die. So the old Rocker gets out his bike to make a ton before he takes his leave. Up on the A1 by Scotch Corner just like it used to be. And as he flies tears in his eyes his wind-whipped words echo the final take and he hits the trunk road doing around 120 with no room left to brake. And he was too old to Rock'n'Roll but he was too young to die. No, you're never too old to Rock'n'Roll if you're too young to die.
Now if you think Ray blew it, there was nothing to it. They patched him up as good as new. You can see him every day riding down the queen's highway, handing out his small cigars to the kids from school. And all the little girls with their bleached blond curls clump up on their platform soles. And they say "Hey Ray let's ride away downtown where we can roll some alley bowls.'' And Ray grins from ear to here, and whispers… So follow me. Trail along. My leather jacket's buttoned up. And my four-stroke song will pick you up when your last class ends; and you can tell all your friends: The Pied Piper pulled you, The mad biker fooled you, I'll do what you want to: If you ride with me on a Friday anything goes. So follow me, hold on tight. My school girl fancy's flowing in free flight. I've a tenner in my skin tight jeans. You can touch it if your hands are clean. The Pied Piper pulled you, the mad biker fooled you, I'll do what you want to: If you ride with me on a Friday anything goes.
The disc brakes drag, the chequered flag sweeps across the oil-slick track. The young man's home; dry as a bone. His helmet off, he waves: the crowd waves back. One lap victory roll. Gladiator soul. The taker of the day in winning has to say, Isn't it grand to be playing to the stand, dead or alive. The sunlight streaks through the curtain cracks, touches the old man where he sleeps. The nurse brings up a cup of tea two biscuits and the morning paper mystery. The hard road's end, the white god's-send is nearer everyday, in dying the old man says, Isn't it grand to be playing to the stand, dead or alive. The still-born child can't feel the rain as the chequered flag falls once again. The deaf composer completes his final score. He'll never hear the sweet encore. The chequered flag, the bull's red rag, the lemming-hearted hordes running ever faster to the shore singing, Isn't it grand to be playing to the stand, dead or alive.
In October 2002 a digitally remastered version of this album was released, containing the following bonus tracks: - A Smal Cigar - Strip Cartoon In most cases these tracks were recorded during the sessions for this album, but didn't make it to the final release for a variety of reasons. Please check the Tull Songs section to access the lyrics to these songs.
Lyrics: © Chrysalis Records Ltd., London, UK, 1976 - All Rights
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