Psuedo Silk Kimono

[Track Info] [The Lyrics] [Explanation]


Psuedo Silk Kimono - Track Info

  1. Album version (02:15) [Misplaced Childhood (1985)]
  2. Live (St. Goar, Germany - "Freilichtbuhne Loreley", July 18th '87) (00:32) [Live At Loreley (1987)]
  3. Live (London, England - "Hammersmith Odeon", January 9/10th '86) (02:19) [The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra (1988)]

    Notes: 3) follows studio album version, 2) is very short and only instrumental (it isn’t reported in the song list in the cover).

    Lyrics by Derek William Dick (Fish)
    Performed Live for the first Time: November 3rd 1984

    Published by Marillion Music, Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd., Chappell Music Ltd.

Psuedo Silk Kimono - The Lyrics

Huddled in the safety of a pseudo silk kimono
wearing bracelets of smoke, naked of understanding.
Nicotine smears, long, long dried tears, invisible tears.
Safe in my own words, learning from my own words,
Cruel joke, cruel joke.

Huddled in the safety of a pseudo silk kimono
A morning mare rides, in the starless shutters of my eyes.
The spirit of a misplaced childhood is rising to speak his mind,
To this orphan of heartbreak, disillusioned and scarred,
A refugee, refugee.

{Safe in the sanctuary, safe}

Copyright 1997 Fraser Marshall, Matthew Anderson & Bert ter Steege.


Fish (The Funny Farm Interview - July '95, Dick Bros) said: I'd been going out with a girl called Kay for quite a few years, off and on; we had a very tempestuous relationship, and by the time it came into 1984, it was dead and gone. I did an American tour which was particularly traumatic, you know; there were a lot of expensive phone calls which resulted in me going back to the flat in Belsize Park to find all her stuff out, and all my stuff stacked neatly in a corner.
I moved up to Aylesbury and it was one of those periods where I'd been particularly down and depressed, and somebody had sent me through basically, some acid, in an envelope, which I hadn't done for years. And I was sitting there thinking, what am I gonn... I'll try some. And I remember I did like, half the tab and then cycled up to see Steve Rothery. During the cycling I was thinking, 'Oh, well, it's not as bad as I thought it was gonna be, and I could still do it like I used to' and did the other half and by the time I got to Steve's house, I was about to enter into one bummer of a bummer trip! I came back to the house, and I was so freaked out that I locked all the doors etc., and spent the next seven hours just trying to hold myself together. I remember that involved staring at this painting called 'Padre's Bay' by a guy called Jerry Shernan, and at the same time [...] I remember listening to Incubus etc. At the same time I was writing. I was doing this Jack Kerouac, sorta stream of consciousness stuff, and I wrote this entire piece of prose that lasted about ten or twelve pages, which was the entire structure of the Misplaced Childhood album. Part of it involved the Kay thing, you know, in terms of that.
Once I had the skeleton together, other bits and pieces, the muscle, started to appear.


Last Modified: 27 Jul 2000