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Surf and/or die

Earthbound to Johnny boy just picked up your message
Bout those Balinese ikats you thought I might buy
Now you're voice on my machine is more alive than what you are
Since your daredevil hang glider fell out of the sky

Now Armand's looked all over but he can't find your car keys
Were they under the tire? Were they under the seat?
Because it stands now your beloved white Aries
Is fair game for the vandals up on Makapuu Street

And your Grandmothers number, we know it's somewhere

But Suz can't seem to find it, now she's losing control
And so what about her, and little Eldon and Layla
And that hypothetical spectre, your gilt edged soul

Which defied many perils, in the face of all reason
And in so many settings and for all your young years
Insisting on pure freedom for it's too short season
Riding high on it's ration of enchantment and fear

Over the hill and into the next meadow on and on and on
In a near random universe there are still certain combinations

Picked out from all other possible ones
Which, when given some time and the just-right circumstances
Not too far from the earth or too close to the sun

They will dance and they'll spin in the embrace of the trade winds
Playing havoc with the hearts and the upturned faces down below
Until the laws of curved space-time, suspend without warning
Kick back in with a vengeance for the last act of the show

Going too far too fast in the final wing over
As your glider comes tumbling out of the clouds

And you clutch at your chest but the shoot never opens
And they find you there tangled in the white nylon shroud

When we get Grandma's number I think I'll just say to her
Your Johnny's home for Christmas it was a heel of a ride
And I know that someday you'll be showing me those blankets
All covered in glory on the hereafter side, saying

There was never any question, it was always all or nothing
Surf and/or die


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