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We Could be Pirates

by Rum Tum Tiddles

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1.
We could be pirates Do you remember when you said that you wanted to be a pirate? When you were a little boy it was what you hoped to be Well, I’ve been thinking recently that we should buy some monster feet The inflatable ones that smell all plasticky And then we could be pirates We could be pirates We could be pirates Just for one day When I met you I thought that I knew everything I thought that to be tough was how you had to be Well, you taught me to walk slow and you taught me to listen To the songs that you played until I found a melody And we could be pirates We could be pirates We could be pirates Just for one day So lay down your sweet head and close your grown up eyes Cause tomorrow we’ll be at sea and there’ll be a lot to do We’ll be robbin’ the jewels from the super big cruise ships With Mr. America and granny parrot too And we could be pirates We could be pirates We could be pirates Just for one day Do you remember when you said that you wanted to be a pirate? When you were a little boy it was what you hoped to be Well, I’ve been thinking recently that we should buy some monster feet The inflatable ones that smell all plasticky And then we could be pirates We could be pirates We could be pirates Just for one day
2.
Octopus 01:58
Octopus Song With seven hands, I’d rule the land Like a Hindu god, I’d have it all I’d wrap two arms around your neck And change the world with the rest I’d write more songs, I’d keep you safe I’d have five babies and they’d be great I’d probably have a PHD, in international history With 7 hands, Oh 7 hands But for more I wouldn’t push Cause with 8 (clap, clap, clap, clap) I’d be an octopus With 7 hands, we’d have more fans And we’d have loads of time to play I’d still be young, with skin like silk And men would look at me and sway I’d change the way we teach our kids I’d cook a lot of homemade cakes And all the magic that I feel, I finally could use for real With 7 hands, Oh 7 hands But for more I wouldn’t push Cause with 8 (clap, clap, clap, clap) I’d be an octopus With 7 hands, I’d make more plans And I’d be irresistible I’d write, and sing and travel more Well, I’d be indestructible I’d never loose my centered peace I’d be just like an old oak tree I wouldn’t suffer from self doubt, cause I’d be super powerful With 7 hands, Oh 7 hands But for more I wouldn’t push Cause with 8 (clap, clap, clap, clap) I’d be an octopus
3.
Lonely Hunter Well they say the heart Is a lonely hunter And it will follow What it desires What my lonely heart Went lonely hunting And the prey it caught was cold and cruel So come here now And take my hand For the moon is bright It shines on the land Well water dries And so do eyes So lift me up and lay me down Well they say the heart Is a lonely hunter And when it yearns it burns like fire well will my heart ever tire of hunting or will it die in a fight for desire Through many years Our bodies wondered And found warm places In which to hide Well ice will melt And flowers open So lift me out and let me fly Well they say the heart Is a lonely hunter And it will follow What it desires What my lonely heart Went lonely hunting And the prey it caught kept me alive
4.
Oh the Polar Bears They say the world is dying And there’s people crying In just about every place you go And it’s doom and gloom … In your living room … When you turn on the news at night But all’s not lost If you give a toss We can make a lot of changes you know If we close our eyes … And we realise… It’s us who can undo everything we messed up Oh the polar bears And the old March hare Would prefer it if we turned off the light And when we give birth To our boys and girls We can make little boys who like to do the washing up You know the other evening I heard some children singing So sweetly from their little hearts they sang And I thought why Do our hearts grow dry? When we’re born with everything there is to know about love I’m not saying that We have to live in mud huts But there must some little things we can do To make the world grow greener Stop people getting meaner And we can make little boys who like to do the washing up Oh the polar bears And the old March hare Would prefer it if we turned off the light And when we give birth To our boys and girls We can make little boys who like to do the washing up
5.
Don’t waste it What can we hold it together with There ain’t no string, sailor tape or glue It would never work if I change you to my side But tell me what else I’m supposed to do I wrote you a song about pirates I move to the other side of the sea I gave you all my love when the times they were hard And I drank coffee instead of tea I drank coffee instead of tea You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it What can I do to stop you wondering of There’s no cake that I baked today I ain’t got no time to take your hand in mine And you ain’t got much time for me The years they have gone so slowly The years they have past so fast If we stop now, oh I tell you how They will sink to the bottom of the sea Sink to the bottom of the sea You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it What can we hold it together with There ain’t no string, sailor tape or glue It would never work if I change you to my side But tell me what else I’m supposed to do It was cold when you first told me you loved me I felt warmer when you held my hand I took my chances on your country’s roads But now it’s time to leave Yeah now it’s time to go You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it You cannot hold it You cannot taste it But it’s the best thing I know And I don’t want to waste it
6.
When the gorse is in flower When the gorse is in flower I’ll be mean to you And when the gorse is in flower I’ll seem strange to you And sometimes I’ll cry for a night and for a day And you won’t know why my sweet baby When the gorse is in flower You’ll be untrue to me And when the gorse is in flower I may stray from you Like a thorn out on the briar And a bee sting in the bloom There be pain and beauty, sorrow, they’ll be joy Like a thorn out on the briar And a bee sting in the bloom There be pain and beauty, sorrow, they’ll be joy There be pain and beauty, sorrow, they’ll be joy When the gorse is in flower We’ll lay down our heads When the gorse is in flower We’ll be old and grey And then they’ll spread our ashes Where the wild winds blow And they’ll settle where the gorse does grow
7.
I’m famous in Dallas I said come on little girl, come into my palace And I gave her some wine, from a golden chalice Into a deep sleep she fell, many hours she did miss And when she woke from her dreams, well then I told her this: I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas … I’m famous in Dallas Many years did go by, she became my slave She grew thin and worn, old, withered and pale But I told her again, about the great times I’d had When I was the star of the south, yeah I owned that town I was famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas You know she never escaped, all her life here she stayed And every morning of that life, well I made her say: You are a country music hero, and you really float my boat But one morning she refused, and so I had to slit her throat I was famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas I’m famous in Dallas
8.
It’s too late It’s too late, too late, too late It’s too late, too late, too late It’s too late, too late, too late, to let you go, away I know you want to go but it’s too late I crossed the border with my old green bag And left you drinking coffee in our favourite bar But you called me on the phone and begged me to stay When I reached Montenegro you were there to say I travelled all the way to south Peru I told you it was over I couldn’t be with you I took a long walk by the Amazon But you found me there under the mid day sun I even went to Canada I found an island and hired a canoe I wasn’t sure I had done the right thing I reached the mainland and heard you singing See how many times I tried to leave you Every corner of the world I ran too Each time I leave you are calling to me Only with you do I feel free
9.
Are we past the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now … Are we past … the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now Cause I washed your socks And ironed your clothes And when you were ill I wiped your runny nose And you’ve seen me weep And I’ve watched you cry Since you gave me that kiss Under a moonlit sky Oh, Are we past the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now Are we past the worst of it now Do you remember The sky’s inky hue It was a beautiful night When I kissed you Well, I’ve thrown some plates And you’ve done wrong too But if I was the marrying kind I’d be marrying you
10.
Going away Song Oh, take me by the hand, And we’ll go where the wild winds blow And they’ll carry us Oh, leave aside your plans For the ones who don’t know what life can be Don’t you know that we are only footprints in the sand All of this will be gone one day You shouldn’t worry about your father and his men For they will never find us here Oh, take me by the hand, And we’ll go where the wild winds blow And they’ll carry us Oh, leave aside your plans For the ones who don’t know what life can be Though you’re pretty and though you’re brave will not follow you For all of this will be mine one day I’ll have silver and I’ll have gold and I’ll ride on the finest horse Your love will never bring me that Oh, take me by the hand, And we’ll go where the wild winds blow And they’ll carry us Oh, leave aside your plans For the ones who don’t know what life can be Then you said well then I’ll go and I’ll leave you And never will you see me again For I’ll run to the furthest corner of our counties wild moor And it’s there that will lay my head Oh, take me by the hand, And we’ll go where the wild winds blow And they’ll carry us Oh, leave aside your plans For the ones who don’t know what life can be For the ones who don’t know what life can be

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released March 5, 2011

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Rum Tum Tiddles is the collaborative folk-pop project of English singer Madeleine Mosse and French musicians Thomas Bevand and Fred Lambert.

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