Speak Mink: The lyrics of Walt Mink

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Note that at this point official lyrics are available at http://www.waltmink.com/releases.html

All lyrics are interpretations based on recordings, and any embarassment suffered by people doing cover versions with incorrect lyrics are the singer's own responsibility.


Overgrown (as interpreted by Jon Orren with a suggestion from Rob Hoffman)

Pleeeeeeease
show me what I want but haven't got
Pleeeeeeease
write me off and drown me like a cat(?)
Weeeeeeeeeee
lost our purpose back a ways
now we while away the days, overgrown

Sheeeeeeeeee
calls me up and scares me half to death
Theeeeeeeese
days I wonder if she'd have had me back
Dreeeeeeeams
keep me coming back more
keep evening the score, overgrown

Were you afraid I'd be
somewhere far away?
Did you trust in love?
I got burned that way
Was my baby scared, yeah
to watch me struggle through the days
and pray I'd find my soul
but pressure takes its toll.

hit it!

We lost our purpose back a ways
we're following the latest craze
by spitting out some catchy phrase
and bathing in our parents' praise
now we while away the days, overgrown


Twinkle and Shine (as interpreted by Gabe King -- now corrected from official sources)

We watched and were awed
At the war that she waged
With herself and we saw
That she swayed with the weight.
And her father and brothers
And boyfriends who piled
Like a landfill and swallowed
Her smile and her gait.
Til' 5 o'clock Sunday
She purged them away.
And shift it all into gray

Like cops conceal holsters
Beneath their lapels,
She hid dangerous things
But she downplays them well
And instead chose to focus
On twinkle and shine.
While her watch ticked off seconds
and bang was in time
For the party she there (threw?)
When she turned 29.
So welcome to tinkle and shine.

As an encore she faded away.
Stepped out of her party
And into the street.
She had nowhere to go,
What does she say
To the relatives who came
To see how she had grown.
And who could have known
The time was approaching
When she'd be alone.
Yeah, who could have known
The time was approaching
When Little Miss Wonderful
Stepped out on her own.


Pink Moon (by Nick Drake, thanks to Gabe King)

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on it's way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
And it's, yes it's a pink moon.
Pink, pink, pink,
Pink, pink moon.


Sunshine M (as interpreted by James Choe)

In god we trust I must confess,
I felt that trust is meaningless.
When even love can't make your day,
and all your thoughts are running this way
reject the unkind machine...

The sky is blue, the grass is green.
My feet are dragging through the mud.
I cringe when people use the phrase,
"Get back up on your feet again".

I've heard you use that phrase before
reject the unkind machine....

I've heard you use that phrase before.....


Love in the Dakota (as interpreted by Jason Tuttle)

guy and ro belong together
guy and ro moved in today
he's a struggling entertainer
she's there to help him make his way
meet the neighbors in the elevator
stop & chat n pass the time

guy & ro were asked to dinner
by the folks who live next door
they were glad for conversation
but they got more than they
meet the neighbors in the elevator
help you out once in a while

rosemary knows
her water blue eyes, and endless secret smile
rosemary knows
her love is a lie
but nothings keeping rosemary down

guy & ro expect a baby
gonna happen very soon
though they seem to be elated
look like the neighbors are more tickled by the news
meet the neighbors in the elevator
pick you up when you are down

rosemary knows
her water blue eyes and endless secret smile
do you suppose
she losing her mind, she thinks she is a child
somewhere there's hope for
a place in the day, her face regards the sun
rosemary knows
her love is a lie
but nothings keeping rosemary down


New Life (as interpreted by Larry-bob)

I've had pets who've expressed themselves better than you
Shown more compassion and rational about what they do

Chorus:
Incompatible zodiac signs
Nothing's conjunctional
Our planets are all out of line
Oh, but that's fine
Cuz I don't want nothing from you anymore

When I look back on the day to day grind I'm amazed
That you were able to handle the hell that we raised
-- you were crazed

Chorus

Everything's cool in this new life of mine
Yeah, and she's a really a dream
She takes care of the clutter, removes all the clutter and (?)
She doesn't get mad if I stay out late at night
Whenever she's around, well she makes everything all right
So how are you
And how is he
And weren't we...

Chorus

You don't figure in my soul love letter (?)
you're on your way to a big life with money to burn
Oh, but you'll learn
Cuz I don't want nothing from you anymore
No, I don't want nothing from you anymore


What a Day (as interpreted by Jason Nelson)

We raised our glasses all in celebration of the news
their separation was the best thing at the time
the past few weeks have been a trying time for all involved but
now the smoke would clear and the dice could see the difference way too late.

we are the friends of the unhappy couple
we are the friends of true who broke their ties today

and what a day it is to waste away
It's bob and carrol's blackest birthday?

their wedding plans had stalled and everyone had seen the change
they faced the world and touched each other now like total stangers
all in all they thought the couple just did solitude
and chapters from a bedroom night
and it's been to mind
defying his christian eye

and everyone cried
and everyone sighed
watch that boat go down

and what a day it is to waste away
It's bob and carrol's blackest day

everyone cried
everyone sighed
watch that boat go down

so now their friends have gathered solemnly to say hello
attend the funeral where no-one likely to depart but?
the conversation turns to thing that happend years ago
and everyone agrees that they were doomed before they every started out

and everyone cried
and everyone sighed
watch that boat go down

and what a day it is to waste away
It's bob and carrol's blackest birthday
[background vocals: "and everyone cried/and everyone sighed.] >>


Me & My Dog (as interpreted by Larry-bob)

It's a lovely day in sunny
So. Cal my gal says
Dig the park where we go down
and run with all her friends

Smell the trees
the birds and bees
I'm glad she's on her chain
someday though I know she'll break free
and find another man

(Chorus:)
Don't sigh, don't cry
cuz there's plenty more to find
no blame, 'mbarassed(?) shame
It's a lovely place to start a park stroll
to cleanse her bad soul
sight and sounds roll by
time flies

See how easy treats and games
(?) always on my mind
how could she forget so quickly
how I treat her kind

(Repeat chrous)


Chowdertown (as interpreted by Greg Fall)

She's a groovy child, yes,
And I'd like to make her day in some way.
And when I drop to my knees
I see the sun looks like a halo,
But I don't care what people say anyway.

Red wine, it takes me far away now babe,
It lets me say what I want to say:
"Oh, can you come out and play?"

Now I don't know who your friends are, baby,
Oh, and I don't care what your boyfriends say.
'Cause I grew ten feet just the other day.
And let me tell you something: I am not afraid
Of takin' over today, yeah.

Sunshine, it takes me far away now babe,
It lets me say what I want to say:
"Oh, can you come out and play in my summertime,
And groove to a simple rhyme?
The air is warm and I feel fine...
Hey, come play in my summertime".


Smoothing The Ride (as interpreted by Greg Fall)

Through gate three and feelin' free,
I love her and she loves me.
In the air, into the sky
I will blow away!

Now I know that we're alone
Except for the telephone.
She walks in all sheepish grin;
I wait and listen, and this is what she says:

Rock this down,
Rock this down again.

And when she feels that its all hopeless deep inside
He is there to smooth the ride.
And though she knows that folks think it's great just to be alive
She don't buy that jive.

Oooh, why (any English here?)

And while she watched her favorite television show
He checked the color of her eyes.
And though he loved her he felt a tug of compromise.

Rock this down
Rock this down again.

Note: Kris Hansen asked John about the first word in the phrase "Rock this down" and he confirmed that it is "rock."


A Tree in Orange (as interpreted by Brandon Knight)

A tree in Orange was witness to
A man fall down
It's not a large display
Today

But tree has been here for other days
When cars have lost control
And houses bend [burn?] to their foundations
In the cold

And children played in the open streets
On Fourth July
And watched the summer sky
Turn blue then gold then white

And dogs sit under a thousand beds
Their eyes drawn wide with fear
And couples huddle
In the darkness of their families


Miss Happiness (As interpreted by Jon Orren - now corrected from official site)

She's got the glower on
she's not Miss Happiness today
Have I done something wrong
to make her glower in this way
isn't it a shame

He's got his waders on
and he's as happy as a clam
and when his shadow's long
he'll make his way back to the land

but its allright
on the holidays. hooray.
Isn't a shame
scowling for days on end


Factory (As interpreted by Jon Orren - now corrected from official sources)

In the evening
I close my eyes
and slip away

In the morning
I wake and greet
a brand new day

All around us
the oldest have
the far away eye

In their auras
my future seems to
whither and die
whither and die

All that we can do
baby today
All that we can do
baby today
Oh is touch down in every possible way
waiting for the breakdown

Let's drive to the factory
that thrived when plastic was a fad
We'll throw rocks at the seagulls
and sit along the blackened riverside
riverside

All that we can do
baby today
All that we can do
baby today
Oh is touch down in every possible way
waiting for the breakdown

There's plague in my hometown
and I wish my dreams would leave me alone
The gods they just wait for sundown
to turn my neighbors into stone
All around us
the oldest have
the far away eye
Yes and in their auras
my future seems to
whither and die...


Subway (As interpreted by Jon Orren - corrected from official sources)

Riding in the subway
on a snowy afternoon
avoiding people's eyes
Noticing how many different
kinds of shoes there are
Watching them go by

Riding in the subway
on a snowy afternoon
dreaming about you
Wondering how the light in here
makes everyone look blue
I look like I feel

My body keeps its distance
from the couple that
dozes awkwardly in a love embrace
in another place
I'm happy cause I found a little inner space
could you love me.

Riding in the subway
on a snowy afternoon
Wishing I was through
We've been through a lot I know
So this I pledge to you
I'm still in love with you
And I still love you...


Sunnymede (As interpreted by Jon Orren)

While grown ups sleep in Sunnymede
the children leave their beds
and tiptoe down the creaky stairs
where only children tread
They slip into the wondrous light
down to the moonlight shore
and watch as phosphourous fishes play
in waters deep and warm

Across the waves a ship's horn sounds
in greetings to its friends
And beacons dance across the tides
where dancing never ends
The children lie flat on their backs
and gaze up at the sky
and pick which stars they'd go to
if they had the power to fly

While grown ups sleep in Sunnymede
this magic comes alive
and while they dream their grown up dreams
an ocean kingdom thrives
in darkness where a precious few
entrust in what they see
it's special children everywhere
who set the night world free


Hummus Overload (As interpreted by Jeremy Stratton )

"I went into a deli just the other day-
I had the jones for some food.
But when I got the (bag home?) those bagels were bad news;
It was a hummus overload.

Chorus: Evrything went black when I suffered this attack.
I don't think that I'll ever get back to that shack, Jack,
Forget that old sick sack.
I'm walkin' outside, I need to spew junk in the gutter.
I got a notion we got the police in motion.
I'm not making some casual flutter.

I contemplate the (mohairs?), I contemplate my life.
Something in my bowels is like a knife.
But dude laid 'em on me like nothing was wrong.
I don't think he's gonna live long...

(chorus)

Gonna find me a fool who'll do something for nothing,
Gonna ask him to deliver some mail.
To see the look in his eye when the place blows sky-high,
before they, uh...(laughs?)

(chorus)


For the longest time I thought the first line to WM's cover of "Pink Moon" was, "I saw it written in the salsa." Much to my dismay, when I saw the band once in Boston, I got a chance to talk with John and learned that he really sings, "I saw it written and I saw it say..." Although this probably makes more sense, I still prefer the image of someone writing, "Pink Moon is on its way" in a bowl of salsa. That's my Walt Mink lyric story.
--Jon Orren
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