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oh Rachel you turned into a magic mushroom
that great fruiting body burst up through your spine
and it cast off its spores all across the garden
never had to stop for all those old map lines
and some settled here in me
in wild glowing colours
that could never contain your multitudes
or reflect your sudden illuminations
for instance when your sandwich spoke with the voice of a god

down in Montpellier new bohemia
we skirted the edges of that scene together
in the studios and squats down the road from Stoke's Croft
we could smell Herbert's Bakery working ar hyd y nos
while we jammed and jammed and jammed and jammed
making such strange music
for no other reason than just playing for joy
but before they ask the question:
we could never be lovers
you were a radical vegan performance poet
and i was still a boy
but i'll never regret that summer i spent
rattling round your pocket with all your loose change

Alice Coltrane in the rain
house with no TV
just some shot-away ravers living with you there for free
the grafitti we knew and the murals you drew
all sandblasted away now how do you find your way around?
with a singing bowl and incense
you just follow the sound
up on St Michael's Hill they're shuffling the view
and nothing ever got finished, did it?
nor was it properly begun
but then it could never end
it would always be just fun

unwind the tapes
let them unspool into space
clear away the plates
i won't hold you to this place

for Rachel who turned into a magic mushroom
no pattern of words could ever fix you in time
well you've got a baby now
for sure he's scooped out of stardust
he's got storm clouds and rainbows dancing in his eyes
in a lovely sky boat
drifting through the endless night


from Pale Clouded Yellow, released June 30, 2014
also featuring:

Owen Hewson - clarinet



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