New Picnic Time (1979)

The Fabulous Sequel (Have Shoes Will Walk)
it's me again. Hey!
Hey, it's me again.
Yeah, he walked again.
He... Hey!

He had it on the run.

Run, run...
Ha ha ha ha!
He hummed and hummed.
He hummed that zombie tune.

He whistled in the dark.
Hummed a zombie tune.
He whistled in the dark.
Hummed a zombie tune.

Put out the cat, put out the fire -
Put out the cat.
Put out the cat, put out the fire -
Hey, put out the cat.

He had it on the run.

It was a dream, it was a tin can -
It was a dream.
It was a dream, it was a tin can -
And he kick, kicked that dream Diamond Street.

He had it on the run.

My, my.
My, my, my.
He whistled in the dark.
Whistled in the dark.

He had it on the run.

"The rocks, he had it on the rocks."

Put out the cat, put out the fire -
Put out the cat.
Put out the ca-a-a-a-a-t!
Kick that, keep that, keep that dream.

Abandoned.
I feel abandoned.
Abandoned.
I've been abandoned.

Put out the what?
Put out what?
My life depends on this.
My life depends on this?

Wave bye-bye.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



49 Guitars And One Girl
It was the sound he heard.
It was a funny thing to feel.
Bubbles! Bubbles of air.
Sinking down fast...

I must have been loony.

It was the sound he heard.
What a funny thing to feel!
Yellow walls. Bad words, yes.
Dishes! Dishes! Dishes! All for love of you.

I must have been loony.

It was the sound he heard.
What a funny thing to feel.
I oughta talk about...
He had to talk about that funny thing.
Don't panic.
Here it comes.
"Wha's happnin?"
"What happened?"

Water's the sound he heard.
Water.
Water is the sound.
All for love of you.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



A Small Dark Cloud
Fly in the ointment.

(What kind of girl is this?)
There's a fly in the ointment.
A speck of a fly
but a fly in the ointment.

(I see confusion.)
It's a picnic!
Dark cloud.
We'll drive out and we'll have fun.

(What kind of girl is this?)
Dark cloud. Fly in the ointment.
Put out the cloth on the ant hill.
What? I see confusion.

(What kind of girl is this?)
Wait.
We'll sit around and sit around
and wait.

(What kind of girl is this?)
Fly in the ointment.
The tinniest, tiniest speck of a fly.
Ha-ha-ha, huh?

(We'll sit around and sit around and...)
Picnic Time!

(We'll sit around and sit around and... wait.)
Don't rock the boat!

(We'll sit around and sit around and... wait.)

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Small Was Fast
(Ongo-tongo-jibberty-jungle.)
I waited for you.
I waited for you.
I waited for you.

Yeah. Oh. Yeah.

(Ongo-tongo-jibberty-jungle.)
Was small, was small.
Was small.
Was fast.

Was small. Was fast.

(Ongo-tongo-jibberty-jungle.)
I waited years.

Talk, talk, talk!
(Ongo-tongo-jibberty-jungle.)
Notice the house.
Notice the landscape.
Hot.

The day was hot.
The sun went down.
The air closed in.
I got sleepy.

(Ongo-tongo-jibberty-jungle.)
I waited.
I waited.
I waited for you.

I waited for you.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



All The Dogs Are Barking
You've gotta have happiness.

You've gotta have home.
You've gotta have heart.
You've gotta have hands.

You've gotta have horns.
You've gotta have heart.
You've gotta have hope.

Y'gotta have help!

Today?
Today, I drank beer, boiled water, made a face,
showed no idea.
And I had a good time.

Help!

Then, one time I thought of you.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



One Less Worry
Unh, unh. No. Nope.
Here it goes.
Somebody.
Help.

What me worry?
What?! Nothing.

So, thinking back to the left,
I was looking back,
and I was looking over things.
Pretty bleak.

I was looking over things,
just wandering back there.
Now, there, there, there -
Now, there, there. Down there. Now, stop!<br>
Okay. Well. How's it look?
Uh, not too good.

Let's try another one.
Let's go back over here.
No, up a bit. Over to the left.
Yeah. That one. There. This one is alright!

David! What?
Oh, no, no, no.
I don't think about it any more.
Not that one again.

Let's turn it over that way.
Up three. Down one to the left.
Let's take a look at that one.
Ooo-oo... not that one! No, no, no.

What are they gonna say when they hear me?
David!

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.




Make Hay
What is it? What is it?
I try, I try, I try.
It's so hard.
Why is it so hard?

Make hay while the sun shines.
Make hay while it shines.
See where the time goes.
See how it slips away.

I put its little coat on and tie its shoes
and send it out the door, off to school.
I send it on its merry way to you.
Booosh! My heart goes out to you.

Does it seem strange?
Mark this day, mark this day well.
See where the time goes.
See how it slips away.

Tomorrow, tomorrow is another day.
God willing, another day.
I get up early and I'll wake you up, too.
I live in hope. Live in hope.

Make hay while the sun shines.
Make hay while it shines.
See where the time goes.
See how it slips away.

Mark this day.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Goodbye
This doesn't seem to be a very happy person.

This says, Pain.
Cigarette.

This doesn't seem to be a very happy person.
This says, Pain.
This says, Shuffle.

Stop striving.
Useless.
Give up.
Come home.

This says, Goodbye.

Up. Throw it all up in the air.
Bang, bang. Bang.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.



Voice Of The Sand
This is the voice of sand.
The sailors understand.
There is far more sea than sand.
There is far more sea than land.

Yo-ho.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.
Words from a poem by Vachel Lindsay.



Kingdom Come
No shouting.
Let there be no confusion on this point.
I'd say that these are the best times.

A hand. A face. A feeling.
I'm ready to face the world.
Hello, world!

God's Kingdom comes.

No one now living need never die.
You and I need never die.
These are the best times of all.

Writers: Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
©1979 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd. for Rest Of World.
Lyrics by David Thomas.

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