Walking With Woodlice


Lyrics: Talysman

Title: Paddy Smith / The BBC

Arrangement: Doctroid

Album: Interrobang Cartel Tribute Album

george came down to meet me the other day
just for a short vacation, he said he couldn't stay
he had to go back home to a distant galaxy
back to his home planet (he called it Planet Z)

he was a woodlouse
a rolly-poly with a giant brane
I fainted when I first saw him
because I thought I'd gone insane
but george would never hurt me
as he later would explain
to harm a sentient being
would cause him telepathic pain
george and I went walking the other day
we went out for a stroll and the hours flew away
he wanted conversation and enjoyed my company
he had never met a mammal back on Planet Z
'cause he's a woodlouse
a rolly-poly with a jointed shell
I fainted when I first saw him
but he turned out to be real swell
oh, george would never hurt me
it would put him through such hell
all he asked was my friendship
and to walk a little spell

(I guess I should explain that technically, george wasn't really a pillbug, sowbug, rolly-poly, or any other kind of woodlouse, he just reminded me of one with his articulated carapace, beady, multifaceted eyes, and multiple legs. george explained to me that his people evolved from what we would call trilobites, which is a kind of paleozoic arthropod. but he never told me much more than that, because he suddenly shrieked with pleasure and ran over to a rotting log, which he began to munch on gleefully.)

george said goodbye to me the other day
when we had finished walking and he had had his say
he thanked me for my hospitality
he told me I should someday visit Planet Z
and walk with woodlice
aliens with public speaking skill
I won't faint when I next see them
it will seem like such a thrill
george said he'd come back to get me
as he vanished up on that hill
and I really do believe that
if I wait for him, he will
it's been a week now since he left me
and I am waiting still