There's a picture on the wall of me on a John Deere Jenny handed me a beer, said, "How the hell did you get there?" Oklahoma Mm, mm There were flowers that were dry, sittin' on the dresser She asked me where they're from, I said, "A place I don't remember" Oklahoma (oh)
Jenny jumped into the pool, she was swimmin' with Nikki Lane She said, "Most men don't want a woman with a legacy, it's of age" She said, "You can't be a muse and be happy, too You can't blacken the pages with Russian poetry and be happy" And that scared me 'Cause I met a man who
Said he'd come back every May Just to help me if I'd paint My banisters blue Blue banisters, ooh Said he'd fix my weathervane Give me children, take away my pain And paint my banisters blue My banisters blue
There's a hole that's in my heart all my women try and heal They're doin' a good job convincin' me that it's not real It's heat lightning Oh, oh 'Cause there's a man that's in my past, there's a man that's still right here He's real enough to touch and in my darkest nights He's shinin' Ooh
Jenny was smokin' by the pool, we were writin' with Nikki Lane I said, "I'm scared of the Santa Clarita Fires, I wish that it would rain" I said, "The power of us three can bring absolutely anything Except that one thing, the diamonds, the rust, and the rain The thing that washes away the pain" But that's okay, 'cause
Now when weather turns to May All my sisters come to paint My banisters green My blue banisters grey Tex and Mex are in the Bay Chucky's makin' birthday cake Chickens runnin' barefeet, there's a baby on the way And now my blue banisters are green and grey Ah-ah
Summer comes, winter goes Spring, I skip, God knows Summer comes, winter goes Spring, I sleep, Heaven knows Every time it turns to May All my sisters fly to me To paint, paint
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.