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The Waterboys', "I Can see Elvis"
The Lyrics:
I can see Elvis
skinny like he was back in fifty-seven
razor-quiffed and leather-squeezed
sideburns flickering in the breeze
that blows across the vales of heaven
I can see Elvis
throned like a king astride a golden Harley
smoking a reefer he just rolled
full of acapulco gold
with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley
I can see Elvis
prowling like a cat across a funky bandstand
Keith Moon behind him banging drums
Charlie Parker all thumbs
John Lennon doing handstands
I can see Elvis
talking philosophy and law with Joan of Arc and Plato
quizzing Shakespeare on his plays
showing Crazy Horse and Marvin Gaye
how to dance the mashed potato
I can see Elvis
high and low and high and low and high he’s hunting
looking for a special prey
who just arrived up here today
break out the bunting
I can see Elvis
he’s writing something down in a little leather journal
and here are all the words he wrote
“I am gonna slit the throat
of that skinflint, the Colonel”
I can see Elvis…..
Who They Mention:
Well apart from the obvious Elvis Presley in the title, there are loads of dead musicians Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Keith Moon, John Lennon, Charlie Parker, Marvin Gaye. In addition we have Plato (Greek philosopher), William Shakespeare (English playwright) and Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans - died 1431). Crazy Horse - possibly the band that sometimes backed Neil Young but more likely the Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota who fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. And finally, The Colonel is a reference to Col. Tom Parker who of course was Elvis Presley's manager.
Submitted by: Adrian Smith
The Waterboys', "Nearest thing to Hip"
The Lyrics:
Charlie Parker, Miles and Coltrane blew I’d kick back in my chair, that sweet honey’d jazz in the air, the sun shining through
Who They Mention:
Jazz greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Submitted by: Adrian Smith

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