Lyrics (Glass Top Coffin)

GOLDEN LANDING (6:01)

RAMASES
Journey on
Now all you gone
Gone to another place
Through what we call a hole in space

Now you think I’ve changed
I know you think I’m strange
But I’m still myself
But I’m still myself
But I’m still, still myself

RAMASES (spoken)
I can see
I can feel
I can breathe
I’m still myself

CHOIR
Golden is the colour of our landing in the morning
And the sun shines so bright on the day of our returning
Golden is the colour of our landing in the dawning
And our eyes will shine with light on the day for which we’re learning

No matter where your spirit wanders
Timeless journeys far from the familiar things
We sometimes call our home
While we’re living here on Earth
Take a trip for what it’s worth
The golden landing many years ago

RAMASES
If you want a rainbow
You gotta have a little rain
Then your eyes are smiling
And the sun is shining once again

If you want a bluebird
You know they spring from just a little pain
Then the bird is flying
And your heart is highing once again

CHOIR
Golden is the colour of our landing in the morning
And the sun will shine so bright on the day of our returning.

LONG, LONG TIME (5:07)

RAMASES
Now I know it’s up to me
I know how hard it’s gonna be
I’ve seen your face so many times before
I even recognize the smile you wore
For a long, long time
For a long, long time
For a long, long time

I see you there before me
Over and over and over again
I see you dare adore me
Over and over and over again
I hear our magic story
Over and over and over again

Now I know it’s up to you
You’ll see what you been through
I always knew I’d find you
In the end
There never was a road
Without a friend
For a long, long time
For a long, long time
For a long, long time

I see you there before me
Over and over and over again
I see you dare adore me
Over and over and over again
I hear our magic story
Over and over and over again

NOW MONA LISA (2:50)

RAMASES
Looks at the world in a very mysterious way
Looks at the world in a very mysterious fashion
Looks at the world in a way we’ve all forgot
Looks at the world in a way we’ve been told we must not
At school and everywhere.

She don’t want no money
She don’t want no jewels
She don’t want no big house
Suppose you think it’s funny
She don’t want no jewels
She don’t want no money

RAMASES AND CHOIR
All she wants is a roof above her head
All she wants is a cozy and warm bed
All she wants is somewhere to sleep at night
Far away from a cold bright city light

RAMASES (CHOIR)
Is it too much to ask for? (oh no)
Is it too much to hope for? (oh no)
Is it too much to pray for? oh oh

RAMASES
Looks at life with a very mysterious smile
Looks at life as though she’s been here a long while yeah
Looks at like in a way we’ve all forgot
Looks at life in a way we’ve been told we must not
At school and everywhere

RAMASES
( SEL)
She don’t want no money
(I don’t want no fancy clothes)
She don’t want no jewels
(I don’t need no big house)
She don’t want no big house
(I don’t need no money)
She don’t want no big house
(I don’t need no big house)
She just thinks life should be sunny
(I don’t want no jewels)
She thinks life is funny
(I just love the flowers)
She just loves the flowers
(I don’t need no money)
Sunny skies and showers
(I don’t want no fancy clothes)
She don’t want no money

GOD VOICE (3:20)

CHOIR
God voice God voice

RAMASES
I hear it in the breeze
I hear it in the trees
I see it in the sand
And in the palm of my hand

You’ve seen me so many times before
You’ve seen me so many times before
You’ve seen me so many times before
Please don’t try and close the door

RAMASES AND CHOIR
Please don’t try and close the door
Please don’t try and close the door
Please don’t try and close the door

RAMASES
You’ve seen me in so many different ways
You’ve seen me in so many different ways
You’ve seen me in so many, many different ways
Won’t you try and sing my praise

RAMASES AND CHOIR
Won’t you try and sing my praise
Won’t you try and sing my praise
Won’t you try and sing my praise

RAMASES
You know I look right into your soul
You know I look right into your soul
You know I look right down into your soul
Won’t you try and lose control

RAMASES AND CHOIR
Won’t you try and lose control
Won’t you try and lose control
Won’t you try and lose control

CHOIR
Na na na na na….

MIND ISLAND (3:35)

RAMASES
I know a desert island
In a million miles of sea
The settings like a jewel
And it’s waiting there for me

Some palm-fringed beaches
and the white and shining sand
A sea of azure
And it’s all at my command

SAX SOLO

My magic island
is a place where I can go
Where all my cares and worries
Vanish like April snow

I have an island
And it’s way inside myself
I have my special island
Only to myself

SEL
Listen and you’ll hear the wind a-blowing in the trees
Listen and you’ll hear the surf a-playing in the sea
Listen and you’ll hear the quiet murmer of a stream
Listen and you’ll hear the silent working in a dream

RAMASES
When the world’s oppressive
And I’m way down with my cares
I think of my special island
And they vanish into air

And no-one can find me
And I’m gone to all the world
I am on my secret island
And its there I’m softly curled

SAX SOLO

And if you want it
Oh yes you can have it too
You have got your secret island
And it’s way inside of you
It’s way inside of you

It’s way inside of you…

ONLY THE LONELIEST FEELING (3:00)

RAMASES
Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to this
Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to a kiss

You’re frightened of dark places and
You’re frightened of the light
You’re frightened of your own reflections and
You’re frightened now to fight

Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to this
Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to a kiss

You’re frightened of the water and
You’re frightened of the land
You’re frightened there is no heaven and
You’re frightened there might be one

Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to this
Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to a kiss

You’re frightened when we’re together and
You’re frightened when we’re apart
You’re frightened of thinking with your head
And feeling with your heart

Only the loneliest feeling
Could ever bring you to this

SWEET REASON (5:43)

RAMASES
What do you think of the books that you’ve read and
What do you think of your long, lost dead
What do you think of the folks who found you and
What do you think of the others around you
What do you think of the trees that you see and
What do you think of the thought of me
Have you, have you, have you

Sweet reason, sweet reason
Oh sweet reason, come to me
Sweet reason, sweet reason
Oh sweet reason, come to me

What do you think of the star in the sky and
What do you think of the tear in my eye
What do you think of the others who leave you and
What do you think of the people who need you
What do you think of the fish in the sea and
What do you think when you’re lying in bed
Next to me, next to me, next to me

Sweet Reason, sweet reason
Oh sweet reason, come to me
Sweet reason, sweet reason
Oh sweet reason, come to me…

STEPPING STONES (4:20)

RAMASES
Blowing your mind out
Blowing your mind out
Blowing your mind out

Down by the river…

Of life, life…

(Spoken words over sound FX of bubbling stream, bird sounds, etc)

(Whispered): Come in, it’s so cold, it’s the river of life
Come in, come in
You got to get your feet wet sometime

Look, there are stepping stones over there
Get across, never even get your feet wet
Come in
Won’t happen again for a million years
Come in
It’s the river of life
So cold

SALER MAN (5:01)

RAMASES
Oh Mister Saler Man
Come across the sea
Bring the royal galleon
Make it just for me

A sea of sympathy
That’s what I am
Life is like a golden ball
And I follow it where I can

I’m like a little dove
Don’t know which way to fly
The islands of the sea are many and
They all look the same from the sky

The islands of the sea are many and
They look the same from where I’ve stood
And I realize I haven’t any and if I had
It would do me no good

You can’t hold the world in your hand oh brother
No you can’t hold the world in your hand
No you can’t hold the world in your hand oh sister
No you can’t hold the world in your hand

You can only touch the one that you love oh brother
You can only touch the one that you love
You can only touch the one that you love oh sister
You can only touch the one that you love

I was going to go last night
But I waited just for you
Now that I’ve seen your smiling face
I know what I can do

I’m going to join my path in heaven (pattern verde?)
Constructed by living my days
And soon I’ll be part of you all
And all your beautiful ways

The Earth is a living thing
Just like you and me
And we’re all bound up with it
And with it’s destiny

When you see a golden dawn
And you wonder what it is
Is it the fertilization of a cosmic egg?
Or the beginning of a kiss?

Oh Mister Saler Man
Come across the sea
Bring the golden galleon
And make it just for me

CHILDREN OF THE GREEN EARTH (3:23)

RAMASES
Come to the star field get there tonight
Come to the star field we’ll get there soon
Come to the star field blazing with light
Come to the star field on the other side of the light

Gold in the summers, gold in the dawn
Gold in the hand on the rod you have worn
Body of Isis, softer within
Now on the wings of your flight you begin

Children, children of the green Earth
What makes your mind to run with mirth
Children, children of the green Earth
What makes you want to give birth

Children, children of the bright sun
What makes your feet so fast to run
Children, children of the bright sun
What makes ideas so quickly, quickly come.

Children, children of the bright star
What makes your eyes to see so far
Children, children of the bright star
Will you know just who and what you are

Children, children of the great sky
What makes your wings so quickly fly
Children, children of the great sky
Where will you go to when you die

Come to the star field get there tonight
Come to the star field we’ll get there soon
Come to the star field blazing with light
Come to the star field on the other side of the light

GLASS TOP COFFIN (4:00)

RAMASES
If I had a glass top coffin
I would see my friends all around
I would see their faces by my graveside
I would see the smiles and the frowns

I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there, I wanna see there
I wanna be there when you come

If I had a glass top mountain
Through it I would see only sky
If I had a glass-topped heaven
I would see my friends when they passed by

I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there, I wanna see there
I wanna be there when you come

CHOIR
Oooooh…

RAMASES
If my life was like a legend
I would spread my wings across the sky
I would have a morning just to live in
I would live my life before I die

I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there when you come
I wanna be there, I wanna see there
I wanna be there when you come…

GOLDEN LANDING (Part II) (2:17)

CHOIR
Golden is the colour of our landing in the morning
And the sun will shine so bright on the day of our returning

Beautiful one
Beautiful one
Beautiful one
Won’t you come to me

Transcribed (hand-written) from original album by Brian Currin in 1975, typed by Wendy Slade in November 1997. Assistance on ‘Stepping Stones’ by Adrian from the UK, June 1999 and final verse of ‘Golden Landing, part II’ by Nick from Australia, April 2001.

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