The Hedgehog's Song Lyrics - The Incredible String Band

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I'm not the kind to complain
That I never had a girl to love.
Many a fine girl I tried hard to know,
But I think I never tried enough.

Sitting one day by myself,
And I'm thinking, "What could be wrong?"
When this funny little Hedgehog comes running up to me,
And it starts up to sing me this song.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

Every day when the sun go down,
And the evening is so very still,
Many a fine girl I've held in my arms,
And I hope there's many more that I will,
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But just when everything is going fine,
And absolutely nothing is wrong,
This funny little Hedgehog's always around
And every time he wants to sing me this song.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

One day when the moon was full I thought I might settle down,
Found myself a pretty little girl,
And I stopped all my running around;
But just when the preacher come along,
And he's just gonna pop on the ring,
This funny little Hedgehog comes
running down the aisle,
And I don't have to tell you what he did sing.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

I'm not the kind to complain
That I never had a girl to love;

Many fine girls I've tried hard to know,
But I think I never tried enough.
But now I'll be looking all my days,
And it isn't just me I got to please,
There's this funny little Hedgehog
Who's always around,
And the only words he ever sings to me are these.
Oh, you know all the words and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.






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An ISB song covered on kids' TV... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/10/14

Many years ago there was a Children's TV show in the UK called Playaway. Hosted by Brian Cant and Toni Arthur, who I later found out had had a folk music career before moving to TV, and a couple of others. And one Saturday morning, for the education and edification of the nation's youth, they all paraded round the usual brightly-coloured boxes and oversized dolls typical of the genre and sang this song. And the world was a better place...

The Hedgehog Song's rebutal | Reviewer: David N Board | 3/24/12

The Hedgehogs song has been like the gateway drug to the ISB. That Album has been my closest and most faithful and relaible frind since the 1969 when I first discovered it. There is greatness in the bands work in those days. Greatness and humility. This is an unusual combination but Heron and Williamson have embodied and blended that commbination better than anyone I have ever experienced. My greatest hope in life is that they will somehow get to read what I am about to write because I feel that i owe them this. Thank You all so very very much. My life would have been that much poorer without the joy and comfort I have enjoyed from the Hedghogg Song.


Long time ago.... | Reviewer: Mike Carter | 3/29/09

..... 1968, to be precise, and I'm in an all-night hoot in Steinfurth bei Bad Nauheim, Germany. It's well into the lantern hours, and we're starting to run down on things we've not already sung. One of the Kura brothers (Klaus Peter, I think) starts the Hedgehog Song, did it a couple of times with what I remember as some splendid harmonies from the bunch (well, the ones who were still awake and/or capable). I'm humming the thing all the way home (was stationed in Wiesbaden) and used to do the first verse and chorus as a sort of warm-up for the fingers.

Times passes, and I'd pretty much forgotten the song, then somebody heard me playing the thing and was delighted that somebody remembered ISB. So we sang the first verse and the chorus (neither one could remember the rest) a couple times, I explained why I sang it in a German-person-doing-slightly-Brit-accent, and that was about all there was to it.

It's now much later .... now, in fact .... and I'm trying to get as much of the 60's and 70's down on paper before everything fades. Trying not to get old is pretty pointless, but don't get freaked when a lot of stuff gets erased or merged with other, similar things. My solution is to try and gather the lyrics and music to what I remember singing (found a couple of gig lists a while back, so that helps) and trying to get photos or whatever to help me sort out the whole thing.

Enough exposition. THis is one of those songs you sing through once, and half the people n the room are singing the chorus by the end of the first verse. Sing it through a second time, and they're picking up parts of the verses. That, kid, is folk. Maybe not Alan Lomax and CERTAINLY not the neo-Celtic stuff, and I strongly suspect it wasn't intended as such, but it works.

Hedgehog Revisited | Reviewer: Andrew Bolton | 7/7/06

Ive loved this song for over 35 years. Recently, rediscovering how good is Cat Stevens, I realised he sounded like ASB at times. Suddenly the Hedgehog Song sprang back to mind and I bought a double ASB album from Amazon.I havent stopped playing them since and the Hedgehog Song has taken its place back in my top 10. Now, older and wiser, I realise at last what its about and often lapse into tears as I listen to it:its the prodigal son, humbly acknowledging the arrogance of his youth.
Enjoy it.

That Old Sweet Song | Reviewer: Brian Fitzsimons | 6/16/06

John Peel played 'The Hedgehog's Song' on Radio 1 one night when I was about 17 and I immediately loved it. A couple of months later, someone was selling a copy of 'The 5000 Spirits' at work, so I bought it because this track was on it. I was warned that it was not typical of the ISB's work, but I took it anyway. 'The Hedgehog's Song' was still the beautiful, innocent, little song that I remembered, but the rest of the album made me a fan for life. (Not many people know that it was one of the tracks requested by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Wiliams on 'Desert Island Discs', whatever that proves.)



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