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67 Flight of the Rat

(Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice)
From the Deep Purple album Deep Purple in Rock

This was during my transition from Jack the Lad to whatever it was that I became next on the journey to where I am now. Deep Purple effected a big change in my life and so I had to think about how to deal with it.

I had started meditating a year or so before and was just getting the hang of it. Fairly primitive and uneducated stuff to start with but there was a glimmer of hope as I took a little control over my ways; having been fairly sure that I knew it all up to then - ah, the folly of youth.

On reflection, most early songs have an endearing naivety about them and this attempt to expunge my dark side was quite uplifting. Of course Mr. Yin and Mrs Yang still squabble over my thoughts but my alter ego has gained control of my behaviour - it's taken longer than I thought but I'm getting there.

Flight of the Rat

(Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice)

Spread the word around
The rat is leaving town
The message is a song
The misery is gone

Once I had a dream
To sing before the queen
She didn't want to know
She wouldn't see the show

What a fright
I couldn't do it right
Oh what a night

Mystic Demons fly
All about the sky
With memories of a clown
The saddest show in town

When I was seventeen
My mother said to me
Be careful what you touch
You shouldn't take so much

I blew my mind
She was so kind
I could have cried

In my mind
I had to find
A kind of new way
Of being oh so cool
Like a blue blooded
Well studded
English fool

Speak about the past
Times are changing fast
Once I was so weak
I couldn't even speak

Shaking out a curse
Nothing could be worse
Walking through the door
Who could ask for more

Now I'm free
And I can see
And I can see

Spread the word around
The rat is leaving town
The message is a song
The misery is gone

Shaking out a curse
Nothing could be worse
Walking though the door
Who could ask for more

Now I'm free
And I can see
And I am me

Please stay away

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