A Merman I Should Turn to Be



Hurrah i awake from yesterday
Alive but the war is here to stay
So my love caterina and me
Decide to take our last walk
Through the noise to the sea
Not to die but to be re-born
Away from a life so battered and torn….
Oh say can you see it’s really such a mess
Every inch of earth is a fighting nest
Giant pencil and lip-stick tube shaped things
Continue to rain and cause screaming pain
And the arctic stains
From silver blue to bloody red
As our feet find the sand
And the sea is straight ahead..
Straight ahead…..
Well its too bad
That our friends
Cant be with us today
Well thats too bad
“The machine
That we built
Would never save us”
That’s what they say
(That’s why they aint coming with us today)
And they also said
“It’s impossible for man
To live and breath underwater..
Forever” was their main complaint
And they also threw this in my face:
They said
You know good well
It would be beyond the will of God
And the grade of the King
(Grace of the King yeah yeah)

So my darling and I
Make love in the sand
To salute the last moment
Ever on dry land
Our machine has done its work
Played its part well
Without a scratch on our bodies
And we bid it farewell

Starfish and giant foams
Greet us with a smile
Before our heads go under
We take a last look
At the killing noise
Of the out of style…
The out of style, out of style
so down and down and down and down we go
hurry my darlin’ we mustn’t be late
for the show
neptune champion games to an aqua world is so my dear
right this way smiles a mermaid
i can hear atlantis full of cheer
atlantis full of cheer
i can hear atlantis full of cheer
oh yeah


– Jimi Hendrix



(aside) this song is actually part of a ‘suite’ of songs. And to enjoy its full impact it should be listened to it as a whole. The suite begins on side three with “Rainy Day, Dream Away,” which segues into “1983,” which becomes “Moon Turn The Tides,” which finishes side three. But it doesn’t end there: Go to side four and listen to the first cut, “Still Raining, Still Dreaming,” — bookend to “Rainy Day, Dream Away” — to complete the suite. (Total running time, 22:47).