Statue with a Walkman Albums Gigs Lyrics

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Author
Robyn Hitchcock

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock Sequel Records Authorized 1995
Fast Forward >> #2 Robyn Hitchcock Brinkman Records Compilation 1995
Storefront Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock Warner Brothers Authorized 1998
Shadow Cat Robyn Hitchcock Sartorial Authorized 2008

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock The Ark Ann Arbor Michigan US April 14, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US September 22, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Bottom Line New York New York US March 30, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Point Atlanta Georgia US February 26, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock St. James Church Crypt London England UK July 14, 1994
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK January 26, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock TT the Bear's Cambridge Massachusetts US April 08, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US December 06, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Ogden Theatre Boulder Colorado US November 02, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Mercury Lounge New York New York US October 06, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Park West Chicago Illinois US April 15, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US October 04, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock 9:30 Club Washington DC US March 28, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Tin Angel Philadelphia Pennsylvania US March 25, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Great American Music Hall San Francisco California US September 25, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock Concert Hall Toronto Ontario Canada October 27, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK September 17, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock The Turning Point Piermont New York US April 04, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK April 30, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK June 02, 2021

Lyrics

He's a statue with a walkman
Knows his hemoglobin count
Statue with a walkman
Also the correct amount

Pretty boy, pretty walkman, pretty sound          

He's a statue with a walkman
Actually, he's lying down
Statue with a walkman
Butterflies upon his crown

Pretty day, pretty rooster, pretty sound         

He's a statue with a walkman
Basking in the dying rays
Statue with a walkman
Hardly moves at all these days

We're all different versions of the same thing   
We're all different versions of the same thing

[spoken]
Yeah, they say that old statue with a walkman, he don't seem to
get around like he used to.  Don't see him in the forest, near
the clearing, where the kindly old lady lives.  Don't see him
moseying up to the three bears saying, "Mind if I join you?" 
Don't see him leaning over the shoulder of Goldilocks as she
ruffles through the hip-hop section at Sam Goody.  Don't see
him perched on the Town Hall looking sheepish with a parachute,
thinking, "It's made of silk.  Ain't made of milk.  But it won't
get me to the ground, 'cause I'm stuck on the roof."  No.
Don't see him inside the library books trying to look up
Irving Berlin in the section for sixteenth century literature.
No! Fact is, friends, and I'm telling you in confidence 'cause
I know no one gonna to hear that, some of the young hippies in
town, they came to me and they said, "We don't believe there
ever been a statue with a walkman." I said, "You ever seen Death?"

Statue with a walkman
Vanished like the trilobite
Statue with a walkman
Birds upon his head alight                       

Pretty boy, pretty loser, pretty sound
Pretty day, pretty walkman, pretty sound

Aah aah
Aah

[spoken]
Yeah, I was 'round at the Judge's house just the other night.
Me and that old judge, we was sittin' either side of a big barrel
of creosote.  And I was matching him ladle for ladle, you know.
First he'd take a pull on that old barrel and he'd... he wouldn't
say nothin', he'd just proffer it to me as befits a man of his
dignity, yes.  And I'd take a hit of that old creosote and I'd
hand it back to him and hours would just drift by.  And to make
it all more memorable we was listening to Don Henley records
digitally remastered on CD. Well, seems like our bliss could
have gone on uninterrupted for decades.  You know how time seems
to dwindle and stop when you're having fun in the middle of the
night with a wealthy man. But just then I heard me a little
clicking outside.  And I said, "Judge?  You hear that?" And he
said, "You get it, boy.  I make more money than you." Well, I
deposited my ladle in that old barrel and I strode to the window
to observe what could be taking place outside of the window.
First I peeled back lovingly the French window curtains then
I pushed open the windows themselves.  There was a light summer
breeze, it was July the twenty-ninth.  The stars were twinkling
and on the rich jeweled gravel terrace, there stood that old
statue with a walkman reading a book to himself in the moonlight.

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