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​The Drum

This song is by Slapp Happy and appears on the album Slapp Happy (1974) and on the album Acnalbasac Noom (1980).

Get in line, keep in time with the Drum
And don't forget you're nothing yet but water
Are you coming to or coming from
The understanding that I'm handing it to you?
Or is that a job you don't dare do?
Hey, my sweet patootie, there's a letter for you
(You'll find it on the shelf)
- Though it was posted in Calcutta
I know it's just another that you've written to yourself

We watched a distant drummer flashing*
On the beat in all his Pierrot fashion*

One won money, two want a show,**
Three thought it funny, but four want to go**

Get in line keep in time with the Drum
- Don't forget we're nothing yet but water
Don't move your feet until the next beat comes -
One of the laws says pause between
Though I would hate to make the game seem mean
Hey my pretty flower can you guess where I've been?
Can you guess at all?
I've been to your rooms and learned
You have all the mirrors turned against the wall

We watched a distant drummer flashing*
On the beat in all his Pierrot fashion*

One won money, two want a show,**
Three thought it funny, but four want to go**

Listen now to the sound of the Drum -
And don't forget we're nothing yet but water
It won't be pleasant when the present time is done
Testing nightly 'neath a sprightly summer moon
Your spirit like a jelly in a spoon
Hey ma jolie fleur there's a cat in the room
And it's not the type you're used to
Though I think I led it to the sink
And tried to make it drink
It refused to.
*) These lines are not sung on Acnalbasac Noom version
**) These lines are not sung on Casablanca Moon version

Music by:

Anthony Moore.

Lyrics by:

Peter Blegvad, sung by Dagmar Krause