Rejoyce Lyrics - Jefferson Airplane
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Chemical change, like a a laser beam
you've shattered the warning amber light
Wake me warm
Let me see you moving everything over
smiling in my room
you know, you'll be inside of my mind soon
There are so many of you
White shirt and tie, white shirt and tie,
white shirt and tie, wedding ring, wedding ring.
Mulligan stew for Bloom,
the only Jew in the room
Saxon's sick on the holy dregs
and their constant getting throw up on his leg.
Molly's gone to blazes,
Boylan's crotch amazes
any woman whose husband sleeps with his head
all buried down at the foot of his bed.
I've got his arm
I've got his arm
I've had it for weeks
I've got his arm
Steven won't give his arm
to no gold star mother's farm;
War's good business so give your son
and I'd rather have my country die for me.
There are so many of you
Sell your mother for a Hershey bar
grow up looking like a car
All you want to do is live,
all you want to do is give but
somehow it all falls apart
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Lyrics almost correct, interpretation of the meaning is over most readers heads | Reviewer: Bob Mehling | 7/16/14
First line is: Chemical change (ggzzzz buzzing sound... no "laser beam" or "lace"). Otherwise correct. Grace Slick wrote some wonderful stuff back then!
Most reviewers here got the Joyce/Ulysses references correct, but the song is not a line for line rip-off of Joyce. It is a consistent and brilliant counterculture critique of conventional American values as Grace saw them, especially those held by most young men back then (there are so many of you, white shirt and tie, wedding ring). The song is part homage to Joyce and part general critique of (establishment) American values. She begins the reflection by addressing a lover: ("Smiling in my room... you'll be inside my 'mind' soon," is an obvious sexual reference as "chemical change" is an obvious drug reference, obvious, that is, to anyone familiar with the effects of LSD). When I first heard "Bathing at Baxter's" in '69 I got "the message" because I was 15 and part of that counterculture. Since the Zeitgeist of that era faded its reasons for being have been ignorantly maligned by subsequent revisionists. To be expected I guess. Grace is an artist and art is generally misunderstood by non-artists no matter what age they live in.
JA loved to comment | Reviewer: Lindsay | 11/18/13
Jefferson Airplane often used sarcasm and metaphor in their songs for hyperbole. This song makes direct reference to the James Joyce book, Ulysses. What to some is "drug-riddled garbage," is to the rest of us educated people an amazing commentary on her beliefs during a dramatic time in the U.S.
To KV | Reviewer: Kevin | 6/21/12
KV, I do know it is from Ulysses. I have read it, and I personally don't see a very strong connection between the book and the song, resulting in my less than superb opinion of the song.
Joyce | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/16/12
I just started reading Portrait of a Young Artist by James Joyce. It reminded me of this song because I knew it had something to do with Joyce. I really like Joyce's languauge. I also love this song.
dot | Reviewer: dot | 4/22/12
The line "I'd rather have my country die for me" is something Stephen Dedalus (also James Joyce's persona) says in Ulysses. It's in the Nighttown scene, and Stephen says says it after a sailor (if memory serves) asks him if he would die for his country. Somehow "I'd rather have my country die for me" still seemed pertinent in 1967.
Re: Joyce | Reviewer: KV | 3/7/12
Kevin, you are soo wrong on this one; it's not at all acid-riddled garbage, though it may well have been influenced in part by that drug as many of Grace's lyrics no doubt were.
This song clearly makes references to Ulysses by James Joyce, Kevin, but you're too ignorant to have figured that out.
This is a beautiful lyric and even more beautiful music, one of the Airplane's crowning achievements and one of Grace's best efforts. It's opening piano lines are haunting and the music puts a spell on the listener as the singer tells her story about middle class values of the 50's and early 60's and the rising movement questioning those values that Grace helped usher in, during the mid-sixties.
Keef is in the right | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/11
Although this song has plenty of interpretations, I like keef's the best.
He said "'I'd rather have my country die for me'to be far more poignant than any lyric in the last 20 years, especially in the wake of the current economic crisis." That line is the most prominent and it means a lot today, as well as back when it was written.
War may be good business, but for whom? Not for us common folk.
Quintessential hippie crap. | Reviewer: Kevin | 7/15/10
As much as I like the Airplane, I think Rejoyce is a load of acid-riddled garbage. This is what happens when you give a hippie high on drugs a Wikipedia summary of something. The reason why the lyrics seem to make no sense is because they make no sense. There's no hidden meaning or anything. Just a load of words splattered with some music.
Molly, Blazes, Leopold, etc | Reviewer: zxtttxz | 2/9/10
I think the only parts that refer specifically to characters or plotlines in Ulysses are the third and fourth verses (starting with Mulligan and ending with bed), although the part about Steven not giving his arm could be a reference to the book, since Steven Dedalus is a main character in the novel.
For the two verses in question:
Buck Mulligan is the first character we meet in the novel. He's sort of the villain. I don't think there's a mention of Mulligan stew in the novel, but there is a part where the main character (Leopold Bloom) is disgusted by the sites and sounds of people having lunch. He ends up going to a different place for lunch.
The novel takes place in Dublin and Leopold Bloom is the only jew in the novel. There's a part in another bar where The Citizen has an old dog that pukes on another minor character. Molly is Leopold Bloom's wife; she is having an affair with Blazes Boylan, a younger man with a large cock (according to Joyce in the novel)...I suppose that could be an amazing crotch. Molly is sleeping with Blazes Boylan because she and Leopold haven't made love for ten years...not since their baby son died. Bloom comes home towards the end of the novel and gets in bed and sleeps with his head at the foot of the bed.
So there's my uneducated stab at placing these lines in the song. The part about the dog is a little hazy...the other parts outside of these two verses don't seem to really address the novel, although the line about "you'll be inside of my mind..." is fitting, because a lot of the novel is stream of consciousness.
Grace - your thoughts please?
James Joyce Ulysses | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/09
the Joyce in Rejoyce is James Joyce and the references about Bloom and Molly are characters from his Ulysses. However we need someone more conversant than I with the book to tell us if there is definite correspondences with the song.
Not so strange. | Reviewer: keef | 1/26/08
Beautiful song .... you sort of have to have lived through the 50's version of the American dream or at least be familiar with its sentiments to get the meaning behind this song ... I remember being shocked to pieces when I first heard it, in particular the line "Sell your mother for a Hershey bar" -- this is a reference to European teenagers at the time being told "you know what those Americans did to your poor mother? They raped her in response to her hospitality" -- a sentiment I'm personally familiar with. I find the line "I'd rather have my country die for me" to be far more poignant than any lyric in the last 20 years, especially in the wake of the current economic crisis.
Strange ... | Reviewer: Com-pie | 11/9/07
Very peculiar lyrics, can't make any sense
Besides these lines need to be corrected
E.g: "Chemical change, and lace" should be
"Chemical change, like a laser beam" a.s.o.
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