Open Road Album

Artist(s): Donovan

Cover Art

Donovan Open Road Cover Art

Tracklist

Changes

length: 2:57
composer: Donovan
lyricist: Donovan

Evryone is right - Everything is wrong
Don't let the CHANGES get you down man.

Everyone is wrong and everything is alright now,
Don't let the changes get you uptight

Butter my toast
And I'll go
Button up a coat
An' I'm gonna go
Off to the coast
We must go
Don't wamma boast
But I'll grow
Much better there.

Don't let the CHANGES get you down man (4 times)

An' Vietnam or Biafra - The obsurdity of greed
How much can one man, possibly need ?

Sickness and disease and ignorance on ev'ry side
Don't let the changes get you tight.

Butter my toast
And I'll go
Button up a coat
An' I'm gonna go
Off to the coast
We must go
Don't wamma boast
But I'll grow
Much better there.

Don't let the CHANGES get you down man (10 times)



Song for John

length: 2:44
You're my singer
Lemme be your song
Celestial bodies
They get along
And I just want to sing along

You're my single
Lemme be your chart
If you never make the hit parade
You're number one in my heart
As long as I can play a part

Vegetarian by choice
Not by fashion
It's not so much what you eat
As what you balance on
And watch me balance on

Instrumental passage here
We're playin' it now
But you are not among us here
To play like you know how
Beg us to allow

You're my singer
Lemme be your song
No matter what you want to do
Let me pick along
I just want to sing along

Country ladies
Take us by the hand
Soft eyed and cotton clothed
Through Parrish meadowland
And John and I can be the band



Curry Land

length: 4:39
composer: Donovan
lyricist: Donovan
Lady you are my peace of mind
Were I to seek your par none I could find
You delicately went to curry land
And left a lonely man
Ah me yogi blue
He thought to himself as he sat before
His stocks and shares a dreadful bore
If I'm to live another happy day
I best make haste and be on my way
Oh me oh my
He at his desk did write and indicate
To lawyer friend and intimate
His lamentable grief did necessitate
The need for one swift bird to sail the ocean o'er
A sailing schooner was soon seen sailing
Swift and silent around the sound
Salutating seagulls heralding
The wonderous transport upon the wing
Twenty days from Goa they did espie
A wealthy merchant bound for Arabi-iy
Exchanging greetings
Had he heard the news
The Lady Hall had drowned
The price of Ninevah rose
Storms and tempests his shattered mind beset
Hurricanes of pains raged and tore
Truly drowned in grief he did repair
To haunted trinkets and gross despair
All in white neath shade
In bamboo chair
Military disipline has replaced despair
Anchored in the bay of innocence
Is left a lonely man
Lonely through and through



Joe Bean's Theme

length: 2:53
lyricist: Donovan
composer: Donovan
Long and lazy schooner
In lapis lazuli
Aquamarina
In a southern sea

Soft and sensual sunset
Sommerset Maughm funset
The warm breeze of evening
Caresses silk dresses

The lazy leaning lady's languid way
The lovely leading lady in our play
Soft eyed and always thirty
Jasmine fills the air

The lovely leaning lady's languid way
The lovely leading lady in our play
Soft eyed and always thirty
Jasmine fills the air

When I hear astrud
Jasmine fills the air
When I hear astrud
Jasmine fills the air
When I hear astrud
Jasmine fills the air

guitar : Bbmaj7 â?? Bbm7
Eb â?? Ebm
Bbmaj7 â?? Bb6
Cm7 â?? F7

(F7) â?? Bbsus-Bb-Ab-Bb-F7 (three times)
Eb-Bb-F7



People Used To

length: 4:10
composer: Donovan
People used to get together round a fire
Fishes were cooked, songs were sung
Moonlight used to guide our way home in the dark
Do you find it hard remembering?

And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
But what I've got so far's enough to get along with
People tell me that it's so oh - oh
I don't know anymore, I don't know

People used to get together round a problem
Eyes were looked at tongues were true
People used to stop and say how do you do
Do you find it hard remembering?

And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
But what I've got so far's enough to get along with
People tell me that it's so oh - oh
I don't know anymore, I don't know

People used to spend an hour making tea
Easy easy was the rule
People used to pause to think and contemplate
He who hurried was the fool

And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
But what I've got so far's enough to get along with
People tell me that it's so oh - oh
I don't know anymore, I don't know



Celtic Rock

length: 3:38
composer: Donovan
lyricist: Donovan
Ye sons of Britain
Who once were free
Ye now are slaves to factory
Those who walk the path of mole
Expect in time to kill thy soul

look

*Down in the wood in the murky gloom
Trolls go marching two by two
Down through the cave and the mouth of doom
Down, down, down in the gloom, gloom,gloom
Hey kala ho kala ho la jai

but look

*Who should come by the mountain way
Young Finn Hanley
A lute he play
Clothed in scarlet livery
All wide eyed in the bright noon day
Tiree tiraloo tiraloo I ay

Creative intelligence has been crushed
By industrial uniformity?



Riki Tivi Tavi

length: 2:56
composer: Donovan
lyricist: Donovan
Better get into what you gotta get into
Better get into it now, no slacking please
United Nations ain't really united
And the organizations ain't really organized

Riki Tiki Tavi mongoose is gone
Riki Tiki Tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki Tiki Tavi mongoose is gone

(Every)body who read the Jungle Book knows that Riki tiki tavi's a mongoose who kills snakes
(Well) when I was a young man I was led to believe there were organisations to kill my snakes for me
Ie the church ie the government ie the school
(but when I got a little older) I learned I had to kill them myself

(I said) Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

(16 bars instrumental)

People walk around they don't know what they're doing
They bin lost so long they don't know what they've been looking for
Well, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it
I guess I gotta look inside of myself some more

oh oh oh inside of myself some more
Oh oh oh inside of myself some more

Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

I saw you today on the number twelve
Bus you were going my way my way

Clara Clairvoyant

length: 2:58
Clara Clairvoyant
Consultation 10 to 4
In the shadows
Leave skepticism at the door
Oh oh oh rap tap table tap
Have you anyone to talk to
Not quite living on the other side, contact

Clara Clairvoyant
Her consultation is 10 to 4
Look
Kathy Kathoolica
In the box from 3 to 4
In the shadow
Leave genitals at the door
Oh oh oh but but tut tut
Have you any perversion to confess
To the lumpy cassock on the other side

Kathy Katholica
In the box from 3 to 4
Rocky Rock'n'Roller
Sometimes up and sometimes down
In the long run
Take the path down on the ground
Between lost belief and gross fear
Have you any idea how much you have?
Not quite nothing and not quite all!

Psychedelic Yogi
Is not a very groovy groovy guru



Roots of Oak

length: 4:54
lyricist: Donovan
composer: Donovan
Driving across the highlands
Of Scotland in our land rover

Shadow of cloud falls
And with it a chill
High o'er heather
Hawk hover the hill
Just begun is my journey
And Danu's my name
I am the juggler of fortune and fame

Let me not hear facts figures and logic
Fain would I hear lore legends and magic (x 4)

Feathers of raven
Slithers of coal
Armour of silver
In the mackerel shoal
Sun in the west
T'is ruby blood red
Travelers a-weary
Do make their bed

Let me not hear facts figures and logic
Fain would I hear lore legends and magic (x 4)




Season of Farewell

length: 3:26
lyricist: Donovan
composer: Donovan
Finally
I realize
I'm to be
My own surprise

This is the season of farewell
And I've finally broken the spell
This is the season of farewell
And I want you to know
Before you go...

Consequently
I'm very pleased
I used to be
Very cheesed

This is the season of farewell
And I've finally broken the spell
This is the season of farewell
And I want you to know
Before you go...

Mystery, sorcery, and guile
Used to be
What made me the lonely one
But now
I'll be the only one to plea

This is the season of farewell
And I've finally broken the spell
This is the season of farewell
And I want you to know
Before you go...

Poke at the Pope

length: 2:48
composer: Donovan
lyricist: Donovan
Have you ever seen a picture of Pope Paul?
Have you ever asked yourself this question,
Would you trust this man with your soul now?
Would you trust this man? ask yourself now

His eyes are sunken and his cheeks are hollow
While you dig the poor of the world they follow
He h___ding up their gold in the Vatican
Would you trust this man? ask yourself now

A poke at the Pope, that's what we're havin'

Ave Maria, Ave Maria...

Do you remember when the floods hit Italy?
How the things they treasured most were destroyed
All the paintings and the worshipped images
'Cos they lost their faith in the real God

He's goin' down and he's goin' down fast
You really didn't think the ignorance could last
All the little children are learning
And the constellation is turning.

A poke at the Pope, that's what we're havin'

Mumbling by the tumbling tide
The kind of America humbly cried
Save my soul, save it soon!
The king of America fell in swoon

New Year's Resolution

length: 5:10
lyricist: Donovan
composer: Donovan
Do what you've never done before
See what you've never seen
Feel what you've never felt before
Go where you've never been

Sing what you've never sung before
Say what you've never said
Bear what you've never borne before
Hear what you've never heard

All is not as it would seem
Nothing ever remains the same
Change is life's characteristic
Bend and flow and play the game
Loose your chain...

And do what you like
Get on your back and do what you like
Get on your back and do what you like
Get on your back and do what you like

So many times
I was the one who stopped myself from doing things
So many times
I was the one who grounded myself and clipped my wings
So I say:

Do what you've never done before
For fear of losing face
You've got nothing to defend now
In your state of grace

All is not as it would seem
Nothing ever remains the same
Change is life's characteristic
Bend and flow and play the game
Loose your chain...

And do what you like
(What you've never done before)
Get on your back and do what you like
(You must see what you have never seen)
Get on your back and do what you like
(Feel what you have never felt before)
Get on your back and do what you like
(You must go where you have never been)

So many times
I was the one who stopped myself from doing things
So many times
I was the one who grounded myself and clipped my wings, clipped my wings,
clipped my wings, clipped my wings

Love is the gift of man which he will not receive
Within is the judge of man yet he cannot perceive
Without is the realm of man he yet cannot perceive
Wealth is the plague of man but he will not believe
There go you go I
There go you go I
There go you go I
There go you go I