Squonk

Album: A Trick Of The Tail (1976)
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  • Like father like son
    Not flesh nor fish nor bone
    A red rag hangs from an open mouth
    Alive at both ends but a little dead in the middle
    A tumbling and a bumbling he will go
    All the King's horses and all the King's men
    Could never put a smile on that face

    He's a sly one, he's a shy one, wouldn't you be too?
    Scared to be left all on his own
    He hasn't a, hasn't a friend to play with the ugly duckling
    The pressure on, the bubble will burst before our eyes
    All the while in perfect time
    His tears are falling on the ground
    But if you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance ey ey ey yeh-yeh
    You don't stand a chance

    Go a little faster now, you might get there in time

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    His heart was broken long before he ever came to you
    Stop your tears from falling
    The trail they leave is very clear for all to see at night
    All to see at night
    They come at night

    In season, out of season
    Oh, what's the difference when you don't know the reason
    In one hand bread, the other a stone
    The hunter enters the forest
    All are not huntsmen who blow the huntsman's horn and by the look of this one
    You've not got much to fear

    Here I am, I'm very fierce and frightening
    I come to match my skill to yours
    Now listen here, listen to me, don't you run away now
    I am a friend, I'd really like to play with you
    Making noises my little furry friend would make
    I'll trick him, then I'll kick him into my sack
    You better watch out, you better watch out

    I've got you, I've got you
    You'll never get away

    Walking home that night
    The sack across my back the sound of sobbing on my shoulder
    When suddenly it stopped
    I opened up the sack, all that I had
    A pool of bubbles and tears, just a pool of tears
    Just a pool of tears

    All in all you are a very dying race
    Placing trust upon a cruel world
    You never had the things you thought you should've had
    And you'll not get them now
    And all the while in perfect time
    Your tears are falling on the ground Writer/s: Anthony Banks, Michael Rutherford
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • David Harvey from AustraliaPhil's first lead vocal was actually "For Absent Friends" on "Nursery Cryme" and he frequently harmonized with Peter Gabriel, even performing vocal duets together. Their voices were so similar that they blended very well together, much like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Rick Wright.
  • Pretorius Marcus from Chicago, IlPhil Collins first sang with Genesis on the LP "Selling England By The Pound." The tune was "More Fool Me." This is how the band discovered his vocal prowess aligned with Mr. Gabriel. Also for all you cunning linguists: Squonk is the Ye Olde English spelling of Skunk. Interesting, oui?
  • Bob from Raleigh, Nchttp://www.fearsomecreaturesofthelumberwoods.com/pg31.htm
  • Rob from Pittsburgh, PaI used to drop acid and listen to the live _Seconds Out_ version of this song over and over all night long. I'd sit in the dark while listening to it on a hi-fi stereo, and I'd see an amazing show of visual hallucinations while enjoying the amazing sound. To tell you the truth, I must have listened to it hundred of times without being able to fully make out the lyrics. Phil Collins' voice sounded so neat nonetheless. I finally found the lyrics printed in the studio LP _A Trick of the Tail_. It's funny 'cause they were a bit different than what I might have guessed.
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiThis was actually not the first song to mention the Squonk in its lyrics. The first was Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude Will Tell You": "Have you ever seen a Squonk's tears? Well, look at mine..."
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