Octopus

by GIANT SQUID

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Engineered, mixed, produced by Billy Anderson.
Assistant engineer, Adam Myatt

From the Syd Barrett tribute album, Like Black Holes in the Sky, featuring the likes of Pentagram, Intronaut, Jarboe, Kylesa, Justin Broadrick, Dredge, and many others.

This is the only time we've ever covered a song, and feel it came out pretty cool. We didn't have a drummer at the time, so we stole Zack from Grayceon to fill in, who did an amazing job. Our dear friend Billy twisted knobs and made it heavy as hell, and the rest just fell in to place. Trying to sing these absurdly insane lyrics was a challenge for sure though.

lyrics

Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'
you have no word
trip, trip to a dream dragon
hide your wings in a ghost tower
sails cackling at every plate we break
cracked by scattered needles
the little minute gong
coughs and clears his throat
madam you see before you stand
hey ho, never be still
the old original favorite grand
grasshoppers green Herbarian band
and the tune they play is "In Us Confide"
so trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'
you have no word
Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!
Isn't it good to be lost in the wood
isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood
meant even less to me than I thought
with a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds
clover honey pots and mystic shining feed...
well, the madcap laughed at the man on the border
hey ho, huff the Talbot
"Cheat" he cried shouting kangaroo
it's true in their tree they cried
Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!

Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!

The madcap laughed at the man on the border
hey ho, huff the Talbot
the winds they blew and the leaves did wag
they'll never put me in their bag
the seas will reach and always seep
so high you go, so low you creep
the wind it blows in tropical heat
the drones they throng on mossy seats
the squeaking door will always squeak
two up, two down we'll never-[lee] limit
so merrily trip forgo my side
Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!

credits

released September 23, 2008
Aaron John Gregory - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Jackie Perez Gratz - vocals, cello
Bryan Beeson - bass
Zack Farwell - drums

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GIANT SQUID San Francisco, California

San Francisco, progressive doom-rock, scientists, GIANT SQUID, have been wielding palatial vocals and enormous waves of cello, keys, and exotic sludge riffs for over ten years, garnering universal critical acclaim from all over the world. Marine biology and historic tragedy metaphorically collide into heartbreaking stories of human loss; producing unexpectedly emotional and sincere heavy music. ... more

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