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Laughing Gnome Lyrics

Artist: David Bowie
Album: Images 1966-1967

was walking down the High Street
When I heard footsteps behind me
And there was a little old man (Hello)
In scarlet and grey, shuffling away (laughter)
Well he trotted back to my house
And he sat beside the telly (Oaah..)
With his tiny hands on his tummy
Chuckling away, laughing all day (laughter)

Oh, I ought to report you to the Gnome office
(Gnome Office)
Yes
(Hahahahaha)

CHORUS
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"
Said the laughing Gnome

Well I gave him roasted toadstools and a glass of dandelion wine (Burp, pardon)
Then I put him on a train to Eastbourne
Carried his bag and gave him a fag
(Haven't you got a light boy?)
"Here, where do you come from?"
(Gnome-man's land, hahihihi)
"Oh, really?"

In the morning when I woke up
He was sitting on the edge of my bed
With his brother whose name was Fred
He'd bought him along to sing me a song

Right, let's hear it
Here, what's that clicking noise?
(That's Fred, he's a "metrognome", haha)

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you don't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"

(Own up, I'm a gnome, ain't I right, haha)
"Haven't you got an 'ome to go to?"
(No, we're gnomads)
"Didn't they teach you to get your hair cut at school?
you look like a rolling gnome."
(No, not at the London School of Ecognomics)

Now they're staying up the chimney
And we're living on caviar and honey (hooray!)
Cause they're earning me lots of money
Writing comedy prose for radio shows
It's the-er (what?)
It's the Gnome service of course

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you don't catch me"
Ha ha ha, oh, dear me

(Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
"I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me")

(One more time, yeah)
Comments/Interpretations
by ladybaka on 6/24/2008 7:56am
woo! love the bowie!
its real music if you ask me!
(btw im 15)

~LB out!
by Haley on 1/10/2009 5:55pm
OH MY GOD!!! BOWIE I LOVE YOU!!!!
by Alyssia on 5/10/2009 8:58am
Lovee the song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Zoe on 8/28/2009 6:38am
I would have to agree this sure is real music (I am also 15)... David Bowie is totally timeless!
I completely love him & his music!
by Nik on 3/13/2010 1:07pm
you have to be po faced not to love this song.
by Charli on 6/10/2010 12:56pm
I was born in 1996 found this song two days ago and I loved it my Granma say guess how high he was when he wrote it lol
by The Truth on 6/23/2011 10:21am
How much acid had he had when he wrote this?
by obsidian-stardust on 11/9/2011 1:45pm
why was i born in the wrong decade (1996) i <3 BOWIE!
by Chris on 3/27/2012 5:21am
I first heard this song in 1974. I thought it was the only thing he'd done. I still have it on 45 vinyl original pressing
could ne worth something some day?
by chriss on 7/30/2012 8:26am
My mum (68yo) passed away 12 hours ago this morning and I'm looking for songs to play at her wake next week that she loved to play when I was growing up and this was one she constantly played that made me giggle my head off as a very young child. I'm 46yo and a bit of a Bowie fan and NEVER knew this was his. I'm blown away by this discovery as its brought back many happy memories of my wonderful mum whom I miss so so much!!!
by Tam on 9/8/2012 4:03am
My g/daughter adores Bowie n loves this song only 14 but great taste in music
by Bazzer on 11/10/2012 9:26pm
I also was brought up a 'bowie fan' - I also have the original 7" vinyl and loads more bowie stuff. He did this in the late 60's originally but released it in 1974 when he got big as Ziggy Stardust. My friends 9 year old son sings it with me on the pc thru MSN.
by Stu on 1/29/2013 11:48am
Daft and fun!
by Elaine on 2/6/2013 5:20pm
The first single I ever bought, still loving it now 😄
by Milly lolly on 5/31/2013 3:42pm
How cool
by Robbo on 8/5/2013 12:17pm
An awesome song that me and my dad love. p.s. im 13
by Allana Bllana on 11/4/2013 3:33pm
oh my gosh, i hve a obssession with David Bowie and... im 12!
by Me on 11/21/2013 8:55am
Man, I love this song to pieces and I'm 11, forget 1D, WE WANT BOWIE!
by me on 1/31/2014 12:24pm
i love it it is so FUNNY
by Johan Louis de Jong on 3/24/2014 8:34am
There is a fabulous cover by Nick Heyward of this song on YouTube.
And really; you do not have to use drugs to write a fairy tale!!!
I love fairy tales and do not drugs at all!!!. J.


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