Lyrics: Now And Zen

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from this Robert Plant album.
Heaven Knows / Dance on My Own / Tall Cool One / The Way I Feel / Helen of Troy
Billy's Revenge / Ship of Fools / Why / White, Clean and Neat / Walking Towards Paradise

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Heaven Knows

A brand new human being, razor sharp, all firm and tanned
All clean, all pure, with a thirty-second attention span
As the clock strikes twelve and we're ready for party games
You play blind man's buff and I'll play out charades

[Heaven knows] what kind of fool am I
[Heaven knows] why you take an eye for an eye
[Heaven knows] what comes over me
You were pumping iron as I was pumping irony

Now I find myself fully occupied and half alive
With your head, heart, arms and legs wrapped around my family pride
See the whites of their eyes then shoot
With all the romance of the Ton Ton Macoute

[Heaven knows] what kind of fool am I [etc repeated]

Nothing will show as we're shedding our clothes
But then I suppose, anything goes, anything goes
But then I suppose that anything, anything goes
[Heaven knows - heaven knows --]

[Heaven knows] what kind of fool am I
[Heaven knows] what comes over me
[Heaven knows] what kind of fool am I
Tell me please, please, please
[Heaven knows] what kind of fool am I --

IconDance On My Own

There's a girl lives on my block
There's a girl lives on my block
There's a girl lives on my block
She's drivin' me mad, she's drivin' me mad, she's drivin' me

And I don't know what to do
No, I don't know what to do
I don't know what to do
'Cause I want her so bad, yes I want her so bad, yes I want her so

[Oh-oh-oh-oh] I'm happy dancin'
I'm dancin', I dance on my own --

Gonna dance until I drop
I'm gonna dance until I drop
Gonna move until I stop
Gonna twist and shout, go spin it round, gonna do it once more

[Oh-oh-oh-oh] I'm happy dancin'
I'm dancin', I dance on my own --

And I don't care if I die
I don't care if I die, no
And I don't care if I die
Oh, gonna have my fun, gonna do it again, gonna do it once more

[Oh-oh-oh-oh] I'm happy dancin'
I'm dancin', I dance on my own --

IconTall Cool One

I'm like a strange cat running in the heat of the night
I've got a fire in my eyes, got a date with delight
Some kinda moaning in in the heart of the storm
I'm gonna love you so hard, you'll want your loving done
Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you
Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you

With my one hand loose I aim to satisfy
You like my loving machine - I like your bloodshot eye
Real gone girl, jumping back with the beat
I'll be your tall cool one with the crazy feet
Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you --

I'm so tall and you're so cute
Let's play wild like wildcats do
You're gonna rock your tall cool one
I'm gonna say that, I'm gonna say that, I'm gonna say that

You stroll, you jump, you're hot and you tease
'Cause I'm your tall cool one and I'm built to please
You stroll, you jump, you're hot and you tease
'Cause I'm your tall cool one and I'm built to please

[Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you --]

Move over mister - step on back in the crowd
'Cause she's a whole lotta sister 'bout to drive me wild
Lotta places I've been, lotta names, lotta words
No one compares to my real gone girl
Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you --

I'm so tall and you're so cute [etc repeated]

You stroll, you jump [etc repeated]

[Lighten up baby, I'm in love with you --]

IconThe Way I Feel

See what I'm driving at and I'm back behind the wheel
Just a little nervous - it's something to do with the way I feel
With the way I feel, with the way I feel
Trouble understanding - nothing too out of hand
A little overloaded - some kinda storm in the heart of the man
Oh - in the heart of the man
I must have heard it somewhere
I can't quite remember

Look what I've turned into and I'm back inside the car
We travelled in luxury - a little celebration went a touch too far
Just a touch too far, just a touch too far
I must have passed it somewhere
Now I can't quite remember
But here it comes again

The mirror tries to please me - the image wouldn't stay
The stranger is too perfect to take my breath away
The future rides beside me - tomorrow in his hand
The stranger turns to greet me and take me by the hand

Look what I've turned into, and I'm back inside the car
We travelled in luxury - a little celebration went a touch too far
Just a touch too far, just a touch
It something to do with the way I feel, with the way I feel

The mirror tries to please me [etc repeated]

IconHelen Of Troy

She walks like a gunslinger - laughs through the shots
Got some lead from the hips - she's so hot she can't stop
She loves like a steam train - out all the time
She fights like a bobcat - got some fame on her mind
Tell me why - oh, tell me why

Fire where the heart is - sweet home on the range
The call of the wild - see the beast with no name
Tell me why - oh, tell me why

The world is waiting here for you, you, you
Can't you see it anymore
The world is waiting there for you, you, you
Can't you see them anymore, anymore, anymore

The world is waiting there for you, you, you
Don't you just hear it anymore
The world is waiting there for you, you, you
Don't you feel it anymore, anymore, anymore

She's tall in the saddle - got a rose in her teeth
She's my hell incarnate - just walkin' down your street
You've seen the line on the glory from the heart of the flame
From the ... I don't know a story - but your song never change
Tell me why - oh, tell me why

The world is waiting there for you, you, you
Can't you feel it anymore
The world is waiting there for you, you, you
Can't you feel it anymore, anymore, anymore --

Shoot, shoot - she walks like a gunslinger
Shoot, shoot - I will I see your shots
Shoot, shoot - she walks like a gunslinger
Shoot, shoot - she laughs, laughs, laughs --

IconBilly's Revenge

Billy and Jenny will never get old
That's the kind of love in a story untold
Kisses are burning, and a touch is so hot
Crazy with lovin'

Wide as the sky and deep as the ocean
Crazy with love and wild devotion
Feeling went cool when the touching stopped
Crazy with lovin'

She's been looking for someone
He's been looking for someone
Oh - trouble gonna come someday

Billy comes home and Jenny's not there
Walkin' the floor and tearin' his hair
Feeling went cool when the touching stopped
Crazy with lovin'

He's been looking for someone
She's been looking for someone
Oh - trouble gonna come someday

Billy turned the corner
Goes through the night
Shaking in the shadows
Billy's only got one thing on his mind

It's a heartbreak town
It's a heartbreak, heartbreak, heartbreak, heartbreak

She's been looking for someone
He's been looking for someone

He's been looking for someone
She's been looking for someone
Oh - trouble gonna come someday
Bye bye trouble - trouble gonna leave you now

Billy and Jenny will never get old
That's the kind of love in a story untold
Kisses are burning and a touch is so hot
When you're crazy with lovin' you can't stop

IconShip Of Fools

On waves of love my heart is breaking
And stranger still my self control I can't rely on anymore
New tides surprise - my world it's changing
Within this frame an ocean swells - behind this smile I know it well

Beneath a lover's moon I'm waiting
I am the pilot of the storm - adrift in pleasure I may drown
I built this ship - it is my making
And furthermore my self control I can't rely on anymore

I know why - I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around - back to my loving ground
Oh no

Who claims that no man is an island?
While I land up in jeopardy - more distant from you by degrees
I walk this shore in isolation
And at my feet eternity draws ever sweeter plans for me

I know why - I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around - back to my loving ground
Oh no, oh no - ship of fools --

IconWhy

Oh - the sandman is running
Oh - he ain't telling you why
But she knows, yeah she knows
Oh - the thunder is roaring
Oh - hear his wings in the sky
And he knows
She don't know, she don't know, she don't know
She don't know, she don't know, she don't know why
Oh why

Oh-oh - she wants it bad - oh-oh
Oh-oh - she wants it bad - oh-oh
When you're lost and found a brand new friend
Here comes another happy end

Mm - now the black night is falling
Oh - see that tear in your eye
'Cause you know
You don't know, you don't know, you don't know
You don't know, you don't know, you don't know why
Oh why

Oh-oh - she wants it bad [etc repeated]

Oh - now the new day is dawning
Oh - till their pasts mystify
And you know
We don't know, we don't know, we don't know
We don't know, we don't know, we don't know why
Oh why, why, why --

IconWhite Clean and Neat

Thirteenth day of August '54 I was five years old
Depending where you're counting from
Mama didn't tell me what was going abroad
No tales of things to come
Daddy, daddy come home in the evening with the burdens of the day
Pat Boone might come along and take Daddy's blues away
Mama might take Daddy's head into her hands
Soothe awhile, soothe awhile, touch the boy inside the man

Beneath her skirts, between the clean, white sheets
It's such a long, long way from the streets
Beneath her skirts, between the clean, white sheets
It's such a long, long way from the streets

Miss Debbie Reynolds promised someone out there always to obey
[Sugar, sugar - white, clean and neat]
And there was no one better qualified to cry awhile, cry awhile
Not quite like Mr Johnny Ray
[Sugar, sugar - white, clean and neat]
[Sugar, sugar - white, clean and neat]

Beneath her skirts [etc repeated]

Baby, don't you want me no more?
Don't you want me no more?
Oh yeah - talk to me

Down at the juke joint, back at the drive-in movie show
Moondog made one more white boy sanctify
Out on the streets, the red hot streets, old heroes fell
And I screamed my name with pride

Beneath her skirts [etc repeated]

Hey, baby - don't you want me baby?
Don't you want me no more?

IconWalking Towards Paradise

Hearts on fire - burning fast
Love, desire - make sweet love last
This one we'll sing now
Soon you'll finally see all this mystery
Wouldn't it be nice - wouldn't it be nice
[Walking towards paradise]
[Walking towards paradise]

On days like this, nights confirm
You know so much - so much to learn
Soon you'll finally see all this mystery
Wouldn't it be nice - wouldn't it be nice
[Walking towards paradise]
[Walking towards paradise --]

Come with me - now come with me
[Walking towards paradise]
[Walking towards paradise --]

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