Imagine A Man

Imagine a man in a light grey coat
Sitting beneath a carnival float
Writing short songs with the blade of a knife
Songs about heroes and songs about life

Imagine a man in a tree in a park
Singing his songs until it gets dark
Songs about freedom and songs about nuts
Songs of oppression and a pain in his guts

Songs of injustice
Songs of love
Songs of religions
And the stars above

Imagine a man with a long furry tail
A man who’s at one with the worm and the snail
A man who writes songs with the blade of a knife
Songs about heroes and songs about life

Songs of oppression
Songs of love
Tales of depression
And the stars…

Imagine a man who plays in the grass
Dancing on cans and broken glass
A man who writes songs and sings to the trees
A man who’s at one with the wind and the breeze

Imagine a man in a light grey coat
Sitting beneath a carnival float
A man who writes songs and sings to the trees
A man who’s at one with the wind…

© Alex Matheson 1985

Notes

What can you say about a song that came about as a result of a friend making an off-hand remark about a “song-writing squirrel”?

Well, it’s one of my oldest songs and can be traced futher back than this “definitive” 1985 version. It’s also one of my favourites because I think of it as quirky and very much not part of the mainstream.

This version was recorded in 1986 (again!) but has been nicely updated using my good friend Audacity and some samples from The Freesound Project:

Their excellent work in recording these samples is much appreciated and they’ve helped to add some nice atmosphere to this recording. Thanks!