Anyone For Tennis
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Twice upon a time in the valley of tear
The auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
While beggars stain the pavement with fluorescent Christmas cheer
And the Bentley driving guru is putting up his price.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?
And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope
With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind colliding scopes
And you can tell they're all the same underneath the pretty lies.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo
You can bring a bowl of rice and a glass of water too
And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't the be nice?

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Random Squid Productions

This sounds like something Bilbo Baggins would listen to.

Fan Made Videos

Or singing with Bilbo singing, Gandalf on bass, and Smeagol on drum.


LOL! That was funny!

Michael Radcliff

Yep, mellosville. Pipe in hand.


That line about the Bentley driving Guru putting up his price makes me laugh, but my favorite line is the last one. I love that last line: "... and Fate is setting up the chessboard, while Death rolls out the dice. Anyone for tennis? Wouldn't that be nice?" Always gives me chills. Despite the cheerful tone, they're some nihilistic lyrics in this song. It's a masterpiece in satire.

Russell Hobbs

@JerodimusPrime Yeah that's the one. There's also a song called freedom or fire by fear factory that's also wrote about him and that incident


@Russell Hobbs yeah I've seen the footage before when I was a kid, my older brother was into history and had books and videos on Vietnam war and WW II. Incidentally the image is also on the front cover of the Rage Against the Machine album on the song "Killing in the Name."

Russell Hobbs

The song is about a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk called Thich Quang Duc who burned himself to death in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the southern Vietnamese government who was led by a staunch Roman Catholic. Hence the references towards Christmas and other western ways. It's a very deep song despite how it seems on first hearing without knowing the history behind it. I'll warn you now if your going to read up on it. You'll see some pretty graphic images in the process. I don't think you'll read about a more courageous man in your life

Samuel R

A masterpiece !

Blisters Angular

I really like this song

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