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The Tale of Peacock San!

The Tale of Peacock San!

In the life of my own sweet forefathers
In the land of the tiger balm
I would catch all my love at the mountain side
And the valley holds it all inside its palm

All for the love of roses
Inside that castle wall
If I hadn’t swung that rope inside
I would not have fallen

Coming around to where I was once forgotten
I remember who that I’m not
A prince or your favourite vagabond sailor
Or a jester in my lady’s court

All for the love of roses
It really makes me think
If I hadn’t gone looking for a deeper voice
I may have turned to drink.

A million times I have left this one life
For just one other one more
But now I don’t want to be coming back
I want to bite the gold nugget at St. Peter’s door

I’ve been, thieves, thieves, tramps and thieves
A tinker and a tailor and a stooge in ‘Dad’s Army’
Dreams, Dreams, what can I believe?
I think I was Elizabethan in China
(Or Spain, or Scotland, or Norway or Luxembourg
Did we bury Saint Edmonds?

Oh the tale of the city man, ‘Peacock San’
He wore a cutlass and a turquoise silk
With a quill and a dandy sleeve in the breeze
He wrote a secret in lanolin and milk (he wrote….)

A million times I have left this one life
For just one other one more
But now I don’t want to be coming back
I want to bite the gold nugget at St. Peter’s door

I’ve been, thieves, thieves, tramps and thieves
A tinker and a tailor and a stooge in ‘Dad’s Army’
Dreams, Dreams, what can I believe?
I think I was Elizabethan in China
(Or Spain, or Scotland, or Norway or Luxembourg
Did we bury Saint Edmonds?


Words and music by Simon Groves & ‘Catch The Monkey’ © 2011

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A longing for another country…which is so deep that it’s almost as if the heart longs for a lover…surely this could be the emotional memory of a past life?

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