(Andy Partridge / Ernest Noyes Brookings)

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  1. Played, sung and recorded by Andy Partridge at the shed.
    Released on Place of General Happiness: Lyrics by Ernest Noyes Brookings, Vol. 2.
    Andy: “David Greenberger, editor of the magazine Duplex Planet, asked me to put one of the works of American poetry naif, the late Ernest Noyes Brookings, to music. Here is the result, Sergio Mendes and Soft Machine 66. (We want Hoopiter!)”
    Also available on Fuzzy Warbles Volume One.
    Andy: “Ernest Noyes Brookings lived in the Duplex nursing home, where his naïve but mind juddering poetry was documented by David Greenberger for the magazine Duplex Planet. David asked me if I would set one of Ernest's pieces to music, which I excitedly agreed to, and chose ‘Rocket’. Strap yourselves in, I tried to make the melody and meter of the music hang on to Ernie's wild logic/illogic bucking bronco. So, put aside all thoughts of astral matter, refresh yourself with a glass of fancy cows milk and yell ‘we want hoopiter!’ Blast off!”

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]




Cape Canaveral Florida, ready for takeoff stages
Zoom destination an isolated planet Mars
On which observed many relics of past ages
On return despite rocks no spars

2nd destination world's largest planet Jupiter
From there obtained some ancient relics
When returned at base -- we want Hoopiter!
And we would like some fancy cow's milk

3rd destinations many ringed planet Saturn
While there darted among the rings
At base had a few thoughts of astral matter
Again at base a welcoming with sings

4th zoom destination to an isolated planet Neptune
Whose surface was clear of any vegetation
At base quote -- would like large dirigible balloon
During when there was no hesitation

5th zoom destination smallest planet Pluto
On which there are many beautiful sights
It has no vegetation you know
No power to illuminate dark nights.

© 1980 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.

[Thanks to Dave Franson]

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