Madman Across the Water

Album: Madman Across the Water (1971)
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  • I can see very well
    There's a boat on the reef with a broken back
    And I can see it very well
    There's a joke and I know it very well
    It's one of those that I told you long ago
    Take my word I'm a madman, don't you know

    Once a fool had a good part in the play
    If it's so would I still be here today
    It's quite peculiar in a funny sort of way
    They think it's very funny everything I say
    Get a load of him, he's so insane
    You better get your coat dear
    It looks like rain, yeah

    We'll come again next Thursday afternoon
    The in-laws hope they'll see you very soon
    But is it in your conscience that you're after
    Another glimpse of the madman across the water

    I can see very well
    There's a boat on the reef with a broken back
    And I can see it very well
    There's a joke and I know it very well
    It's one of those that I told you long ago
    Take my word I'm a madman, don't you know

    The ground's a long way down but I need more
    Is the nightmare really black
    Or are the windows painted
    Will they come again next week
    Can my mind really take it

    We'll come again next Thursday afternoon
    The in-laws hope they'll see you very soon
    But is it in your conscience that you're after
    Another glimpse of a madman across the water Writer/s: BERNIE TAUPIN, ELTON JOHN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 9

  • George Royster from Tennesseealways thought the song was about hitler....thinking about the battle of britain......which the brits stopped hitler
  • Joannasunday from AzThe song makes me think about John the Baptist. To me, it's about him.
  • Elton Mercury from WisconsinMy god i totally forgot about this until now. I went to the second concert in minnesota and it was AMAZING!!
  • Elton Mercury from Janesville, WiI think It's about a sane person who is going insane because he was accidentally put in an insane asylum
  • Double7 from San DiegoThis song is about a father or grandfather getting a visit, mental hospital is an extreme example. Lots of people think an elderly person doesn't have a contribution and they are somehow antiquited? Thus the line referencing a conscience check!
  • Kk from Mpls MnI think he is in the wrong place because his family thinks.he is wacko. He is.just different. No harm. I have worked in psych hospitals for 35 years. Just because someone is different doesn't mean their freedom should be take away
  • Johnnyzhivago from Holmby Hills, CaI always heard, "Is the madman blind or are the windows painted?" Meaning, can he not see out because he's blind or is it because the windows are blacked out.
  • Mike from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaAfter listening to this tune for the 4000th time in the last 7 months since I "discovered" it as a tune from my youth(I was about 7) at the time, i have determined today as a matter of fact that the lyric "Is the nightmare black or are the windows painted" means this, BOTH!
  • Robin from Milford, Nj"is the nightmare black or are the windows painted?' Incredible lyric!
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