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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7307 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  05:38:18  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage
I couldn't find it anywhere on the forum or the tabs page. We're gonna cover Manta Ray with the band I'm in and I'm not sure about the lyrics. Looks like there are a lot of different versions. Anyone knows?


Denis

"In the Cult of Frank/You don't even get backstage passes"

Frog in the Sand
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France
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Posted - 11/13/2003 :  07:21:04  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
All in a day
All for me
Trek across the space
It'll be just like they say

Oo, oo,
Oo, oo
Yeah

Since I am told
Month number three
He has no memory
Of flyers in the night

Oo, oo
Oo, oo
Yeah

They went away (2x)
My manta ray is all right (4x)

Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean blue
Above my head tonight

Oo, oo
Oo, oo
Yeah

There is a way (2x)
My manta ray is all right (12x)
All right

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Frog in the Sand
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France
2715 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  07:34:16  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
PS : si je comprends bien, ša raconte l'histoire d'un gamin qui a vu un ovni et Ó qui les flics disent : "Meuuu non, c'Útait une raie manta !"
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  08:21:56  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address
quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand


Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean blue
Above my head tonight



These lyrics I will dispute. I'm not saying I know the answer for sure, but I think what I hear makes more sense. Most of us would agree the song is about a vision of a UFO that is in the shape of a Manta Ray. I think there are quotes from Charles where he says his mother tells him she was holding him as 3 month old when they were exposed to what she thinks might have been a UFO. The below lyrics make more sense if he is talking about that night.

Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean flew
Above my head that night

Thomas
"Our love is rice and beans and horses lard"
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Frog in the Sand
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France
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Posted - 11/13/2003 :  09:13:59  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
I'd swear BF says "blue" and "tonight"... but I wouldn't swear I'm right.
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spoon
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45 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  12:04:40  Show Profile  Visit spoon's Homepage
After listening closely to the two "studio" versions and two live versions I have, it would seem you are both correct (partially).

"A fish from ocean blue"
"Above my head that night"

Also fits in with the song's content.

regards,
spoon

PS. I used to think it was "At least they say" until I got the various live versions where you can really hear the plosive "P" sound. Doesnt change the meaning much though.
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cousi
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France
35 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  12:52:00  Show Profile  Click to see cousi's MSN Messenger address
quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand

PS : si je comprends bien, ša raconte l'histoire d'un gamin qui a vu un ovni et Ó qui les flics disent : "Meuuu non, c'Útait une raie manta !"

oui c ca, ils le prennent pour un petit gamin tout na´f xD
ps : "Dancing the manta ray" n'a aucun rapport avec cette chanson ?

Well, I love The Pixies, I love them, I love them, I love them.
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billgoodman
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Netherlands
5174 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  14:18:20  Show Profile  Click to see billgoodman's MSN Messenger address
I'm with spoon on this one





"I joined the Culf of Frank/ And now I do not know what...to do"
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Frog in the Sand
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France
2715 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  00:24:39  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by cousi

quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand

PS : si je comprends bien, ša raconte l'histoire d'un gamin qui a vu un ovni et Ó qui les flics disent : "Meuuu non, c'Útait une raie manta !"

oui c ca, ils le prennent pour un petit gamin tout na´f xD
ps : "Dancing the manta ray" n'a aucun rapport avec cette chanson ?



Si bien sűr, Dancing est la suite de Manta Ray.
"Your head can go real screw / with saucers chasing you"
= "Tu peux vraiment devenir cinglÚ / quand les soucoupes te poursuivent"...
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  02:53:51  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage
Man I love this song. Why didn't it win the B-sides Survivor?


"I have joined the Cult Of Frank/And I have dearly paid"


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billgoodman
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Netherlands
5174 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  05:56:40  Show Profile  Click to see billgoodman's MSN Messenger address
Frank doesn't seem to like the song, regarding to the liner notes on B-sides album
Very strange, cause it's one of my favourite




"I joined the Culf of Frank/ And now I do not know what...to do"
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  08:33:06  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address
Either is better than "A fish from Mon Shamoo, Above my head tonight".

I only suggest mine cause it sounds like a real sentance, but either works better than Shamoo.

Thomas
"Our love is rice and beans and horses lard"
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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1615 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  08:37:55  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address
-- Alternative Press citing Black Francis
quote:
"That's my code word for UFO. It's about a UFO incident in 1965. I have it described to me in great detail by people who were there. My mother was there. This was in Nebraska. My cousin has a couple of UFO experiences, too. I've only had one and I don't even remember it; it's sort of undramatic. There were legit people who don't even follow that stuff. It's like, 'What, mom? Say that again? There was a flying saucer floating above the house for half an hour and everyone just stood there and watched it?' 'Yeah, I don't know. There was just kind of a floating saucer.' Charles imitates in a maternal falsetto. 'I was just like, 'What?' It was just hovering. Then the state police came and chase it, but they couldn't catch up with it. A big red fucking saucer, a glowing, fucking, flying saucer. My mother's weird, but she's not that weird. She's got no reason to make this stuff up. She's harmless, do you know what I mean? I have a couple of memories as a young boy seeing things in the sky that did not look like airplanes. Once a rocketship, but I thought it was a blimp because we lived right near the Goodyear Blimp in L.A. It was right down the road and took off everyday. It would have messages and stuff. So I was watching the lights of the blimp so I sort of was following in the car, then it started going in the other direction, really fast. It was a blimp, then it wasn't a blimp. Of course an airplane does not look like that. The only thing that moves like it is a helicopter and it just did not look like a helicopter. It was a blimp then it was going really fast and going in the other direction. Blimps make real wide turns."


Thomas
"Our love is rice and beans and horses lard"
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BrendanT
= Cult of Ray =

Canada
907 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  14:45:37  Show Profile
A fish from mon shammoo! Way too funny. I have always heard something like that as well.

Strummer-man
I had me a vision!

It's step, hip, step, pivot! Are you trying to piss-off the volcano?!
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TRANSMARINE
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2001 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  18:47:42  Show Profile
Oh my dear Lordy I love this song too! It always reminds me of a time way back when I was a boy of 6 (1977) and it was eveningtime, so it was near dark. I sat in my bedroom playing with a toy spacecraft from that old show Space: 1999, and I looked out my window to see the entire sky was filled with colored lights. Of course, I freaked cause I was playing with a sci-fi ship...and outside my window was what appeared to be the real McCoy (not Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, but a star cruiser). I ran as fast as I could, my stomach in a knot and brain in a 6 year old tizzy, towards the front door. When I emerged onto the front step, I raised my eyes in horror to see........

Catchin' blue in his eyes that were brown

-bRIAN
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TRANSMARINE
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2001 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  18:48:20  Show Profile
..........a Goodyear blimp.

Catchin' blue in his eyes that were brown

-bRIAN
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TRANSMARINE
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2001 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  18:51:11  Show Profile
Well, I was dissapointed...and yet relieved. No otherworldly species had come to take me away as I feared/hoped. Just some airborn advertising a bit closer to the ground than usual. Damn zeppelin.

OOh OOh OOh OOh YEAH!

Catchin' blue in his eyes that were brown

-bRIAN
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  03:43:23  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage
Way to build up your postal average! 3 for the price of 1!


"I have joined the Cult Of Frank/And I have dearly paid"


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TarTar
* Dog in the Sand *

1935 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  07:47:35  Show Profile
Anyone noticed that on the tribute CD, the band that covers Manta Ray says, "At least they say, my mother too" It bugs the hell out of me.
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spoon
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45 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  10:39:02  Show Profile  Visit spoon's Homepage
Unfortunately they cannot just refer to the official music tablature. They are just guessing like us. Like I said previously, I thought that's how the song went until I got a few of the live versions to listen to.

Funny the first vesion I had of that song was a bootleg of the Peel Sessions (mediocre quality) and I actually thought the opening instrument was a palm-blunted guitar instead of Kim's bass (which she is probably palm-blunting too...on that version at least).

Such a simple song to cause so much mystery.

Regards,
spoon


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Grizwald
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Canada
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Posted - 12/03/2003 :  12:56:53  Show Profile  Visit Grizwald's Homepage  Click to see Grizwald's MSN Messenger address
quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand

All in a day
All for me
Trek across the space
It'll be just like they say

Oo, oo,
Oo, oo
Yeah

Since I am told
Month number three
He has no memory
Of flyers in the night

Oo, oo
Oo, oo
Yeah

They went away (2x)
My manta ray is all right (4x)

Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean blue
Above my head tonight

Oo, oo
Oo, oo
Yeah

There is a way (2x)
My manta ray is all right (12x)
All right





...Umm, Excuse me here I'm very confussed I thought The Pixie's song "Mata Ray" just consist of Frank Black saying "Dance The Manta Ray" and then "Your Head Can Go Real slow, With saucers chasing you"... I am very confussed... What song am I thinking of?
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the swimmer
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1602 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2003 :  13:00:51  Show Profile  Visit the swimmer's Homepage
Different song. You are thinking of Dance The Manta Ray

and to correct you...it's Your head can go real SCREW, with Saucers chasing you.
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Welsho
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12 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2003 :  13:02:32  Show Profile
grizwald - you're thinking of "dance the manta ray"
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Grizwald
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Canada
100 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2003 :  13:03:49  Show Profile  Visit Grizwald's Homepage  Click to see Grizwald's MSN Messenger address
Yeah oh well, That really screwed me up, After all for my entier life I have been thinking that "Manta Ray" was "Dance The Manta Ray" and never knew about the real Manta Ray.
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DeBased
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USA
118 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2004 :  23:21:43  Show Profile
I like your lyrics for Manta Ray, I've always seen them online with the Mon Shamoo...I'd use yours instead.

the method...of stop tap spin, no talkin'...
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Douglas
= Cult of Ray =

Sweden
308 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2004 :  08:20:45  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by spoon
I used to think it was "At least they say"


So did I, until I listened more closely.
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Newo
~ Abstract Brain ~

Spain
2638 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2004 :  09:16:02  Show Profile  Click to see Newo's MSN Messenger address
Love this song. I don't buy singles so bsides was like a whole new album for me.

--
"You one of those right wing nut outfits?" inquired the diplomatic Metzger.
Fallopian twinkled. "They accuse us of being paranoids."
"They?" inquired Metzger, twinkling also.
"Us?" asked Oedipa.
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ShakeyShake
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
1058 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2004 :  10:53:02  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Thomas

quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand


Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean blue
Above my head tonight



These lyrics I will dispute. I'm not saying I know the answer for sure, but I think what I hear makes more sense. Most of us would agree the song is about a vision of a UFO that is in the shape of a Manta Ray. I think there are quotes from Charles where he says his mother tells him she was holding him as 3 month old when they were exposed to what she thinks might have been a UFO. The below lyrics make more sense if he is talking about that night.

Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean flew
Above my head that night

Thomas
"Our love is rice and beans and horses lard"


I'm pretty sure this has been disputed before on this forum


"I joined the Cult of Frank / 28:06:42:12"
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Bone Machine
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7 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2004 :  12:48:30  Show Profile  Visit Bone Machine's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by ShakeyShake

quote:
Originally posted by Thomas

quote:
Originally posted by Frog in the Sand


Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean blue
Above my head tonight



These lyrics I will dispute. I'm not saying I know the answer for sure, but I think what I hear makes more sense. Most of us would agree the song is about a vision of a UFO that is in the shape of a Manta Ray. I think there are quotes from Charles where he says his mother tells him she was holding him as 3 month old when they were exposed to what she thinks might have been a UFO. The below lyrics make more sense if he is talking about that night.

Police they say
My mother too
A fish from ocean flew
Above my head that night

Thomas
"Our love is rice and beans and horses lard"


I'm pretty sure this has been disputed before on this forum


"I joined the Cult of Frank / 28:06:42:12"



This was the original thread for the dispute. Look at the date (NOVEMBER 2003) of the start of the thread.
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Alpha Soixante
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Canada
129 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2004 :  13:30:23  Show Profile  Visit Alpha Soixante's Homepage
quote:
l'histoire d'un gamin qui a vu un ovni


"ovni" threw me for a second, but I think I've got it: objet volant non-identifie. Am I right?
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11526 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2004 :  03:09:18  Show Profile
LYRIC CORRECTIONS:

All the Greys
Come for tea
Star Trek
Off my face
Everyone is Gay

Koo-koo, boo-hoo-yeah!

Since I am too old
A month's slumber sleep
He has no membership
To Scientific American

Koo-koo etc.

Yay, yay, yay etc.

Police they raid
My mamma's shoes
A fish with old shampoo
Washing my hair tonight

Woo-woo woo-woo-woo-woo-woooo!

Hey!(x100)


CARL.

"ME TOO!"
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