Epistle to Dippy

Album: Donovan's Greatest Hits (1967)
Charted: 19
  • Look on yonder misty mountain
    See the young monk meditating rhododendron forest
    Over dusty years, I ask you
    What's it been like being you ?
    Through all levels you've been changing
    Getting a little bit better no doubt,
    The doctor bit was so far out.
    Looking through crystal spectacles,
    I can see I had your fun.
    Doing us paperback reader
    Made the teacher suspicious about insanity,
    Fingers always touching girl.
    Through all levels you've been changing
    Getting a little bit better no doubt,
    The doctor bit was so far out.
    Looking through all kinds of windows
    I can see I had your fun.
    Looking through all kinds of windows
    I can see I had your fun.
    Looking through crystal spectacles
    I can see I had your fun.
    Looking through crystal spectacles
    I can see I had your fun.
    Rebelling against society,
    Such a tiny speculating whether to be a hip or
    Skip along quite merrily.
    Through all levels you've been changing
    Elevator in the brain hotel
    Broken down a-just as well-a
    Looking through crystal spectacles,
    Ah, I can see I had your fun.
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    dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb Writer/s: DONOVAN LEITCH
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Tdot from Lakewood, Wa.The correct lyrics from the songbook are: Line 9: "I can see you had your fun." Line 10: "During hours paperback reader." Line 12: "Fingers always touching, girl." (The comma changes the meaning).
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnWow! How come this song isn't better known? Following hot on the trail of mega hits "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow," it deserved a much better fate. The intricate arrangement, the baffling lyrics, the drug-inspired imagery, the tempo changes, the hooks, it all should have added up to an irresistable major chart presence. It came at the right time, too, the wistful and idealistic mid-60's when radio audiences were willing to listen to anything different & original. It did okay, but it should have done much, much better. Today, it's forgotten.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdLike many Donovan songs of the time this is said to have LSD references. In his autobiography Donovan says Dippy was the sax player in a band where Donovan was the drummer.
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