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Sing For Joy

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Guitar Tab:

Georgie Porgie used to get real high
He used to kiss the world till it made him cry
He was under the bottle's command
But one winter he got it together and
Happiness came with the warmer weather laying across all the land

He had a love she also liked to drink
She got it together
But you know what I think?
I think she was still feeling glum

She took a gun and she shot him in the head
She shot herself and so they were wed as the air conditioner hummed

Sing for joy
Sing for laughs
Sing for joy
Sing for joy
If nothing else
Sing for joy

Mamma killed a pumpkin
She thought it was a sweet
She put it on the table
But it was still meat
She forgot the sugar again

Daddy came home, she had tears in her eyes
He said "Gimme grilled cheese
And paperbag French fries"
See, he forgot the sugar again

We had a wander seven years out West
It wasn't exactly the wilderness
But I felt like an Israelite

Mamma is a gypsy, she'll never find her town
Daddy went to sea but the boat went down
And the flames shot into the night

Sing for joy
Sing for laughs
Sing for joy
Sing for joy
If nothing else
Sing for joy

I know a girl who lives on the hill
I don't know if her sister will
or I was thinking about her best friend

Oh listen to me
I'm a desperate boy
I think I better have a sing for joy
And I guess this has just got to end

I'll get away in my get away car
Every now and then I'll send my regards
from a payphone down in the flats

I'm sorry for the love
I'm sorry for the pain
I'll say I'm sorry baby again and again
I'm sorry we're joining the stats

Sing for joy
Sing for laughs
Sing for joy
Sing for joy
If nothing else
Sing for joy

"This is my epic. It's taken from my life, starting at the beginning and continuing right up to the present. It's kind of dark. There's some romance in there. There's some murder. There's some broken-hearted stuff. There's all kinds of shit that's happened to people in my family and to me personally. But it's mainly about the simple pleasures of life, including music, which are there for everybody to enjoy. Sometimes, no matter how shitty things get, you have to just do a little dance. I know that sounds hokey, but it's actually a great truth. If people can tune into that, they'll get a lot more out of their time on this earth."
- Frank on recording Honeycomb - Night Times. 12/06/2005

Regarding Honeycomb’s "Sing For Joy," you said, "No matter how shitty things get, you just have to do a little dance." How long did it take you to realize this?

"I guess it feels like something I've believed probably all along. I probably wouldn't have been able to say something like that very convincingly until about the time I wrote that song. Life experience definitely adds to the weight of that. It's one thing to recognize something as potentially very truthful than to actually go through a bunch of shit in your life. I've listened to I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen many times over the years. I don't know how old he was at the time, probably in his mid-50s. But there's definitely a lot of great lines in that record that a 25-year-old man might come up with, but it just wouldn’t ring true the same way. Hearing a 55-year-old guy [sing], "I ache in places where I used to play," it has weight. It has credibility."
- Frank Black interview - CMJ.

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