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Artist: Soul Coughing
Album: Ruby Vroom

Signal got lost to the satellite
Got lost in the
Rideup to the

Man sends the ray of the electric light
Sends the impulse
Through the air
Down to home

And you can stand
On the arms
Of the Williamsburg Bridge
Hey man, well this is Babylon
And you can fire out on a bus
To the outside world
Down to Louisiana
You can take her with you

I've seen the
Rains of the real world
Come forward on the plain
I've seen the Kansas of your sweet little myth
You've never seen it, no,
I'm half sick on the drinks you mixed
Through your

True dreams
Of Wichita

Brooklyn like a sea in the asphalt stalks
Push out dead air from a parking garage
Where you stand with the keys and your cool hat of silence
Where you grip her love like a driver's liscense

I've seen you
Fire up the gas in the engine valves
I've seen your hand turn saintly on the radio dial
I've seen the airwaves
Pull your eyes towards heaven
Outside Topeka in the phone lines
Her good teeth smile was winding down

Engine sputters ghosts out of gasoline fumes
They say You had it, but you sold it
You didn't want it, no
I'm half drunk on static you transmit
Through your

True dreams
Of Wichita

(freestyle verse)

Punch it
I got, uh, fed
I got, uh, too much things on bounce, uh, my head
I got to burn 'em up
I got to burn 'em up now
I got to go uptown, uptown
I got a thing
I got a little bit pushed
got to stand on the corner and bellow for mush
I got a bomb
I got a baby bomb bomb
got to stand on the corner and bellow for my friend Tom
I got a thing, I got to thing it
I got to thing--team
I got to run my side

true dreams


by Matt on 4/1/2009 11:05pm
"I'm half drunk on the BABBLE you transmit. Not "static".
by am on 4/7/2009 5:31am
soul coughing original = "babble"
M.Doughty live = "static"
by J CAT on 5/1/2009 6:48pm
Babble is the correct lyric...
by ZYORK on 5/7/2009 9:11pm
for fuck sake, who ever put these lyrics here needs to learn that static should be replaced with BaBBle, listen to the song.
by H on 5/29/2009 4:56pm
haha are people really still listening to this song in 2009. good to hear.
by I on 7/24/2009 4:36am
I thought it was Babel, not babble/static.. I guess they all make sense though.. but then Doughty's songs always seem to make sense whether or not I know the words or what they're about.
by Tom on 10/13/2009 5:40pm
This songs still haunts me.
by Madeline on 11/17/2009 2:24pm
Why does this song haunt you??? Everytime i hear this song i relive different awesome moments in my life. It always magicly appears when i need it
by . on 2/9/2010 1:25am
2010 now.
by tyler on 2/11/2010 7:03pm
its babble dumb ass
by kizze on 2/28/2010 8:29pm
Why ya'll gotta be so mean to each other? Especially fighting about babble or static--you don't catch the irony of your bitterness at all?
by Anthony on 9/16/2010 1:25pm
Kizze, I was gonna say the same thing. not that I'm for censorship, but come on people, relax. man this song is great though.
by Alex on 9/17/2010 4:29am
i love the argument its hilarious, and the insults too, what a great thing to get so wound up about. love it.
a truly mind blowing fuking song. i would love to know more about it - whats it about it seems to be telling a story about someone, but is it the singer/someone else, a mixture?
its a real mind blowing bit of poetry i love it.
to the extent that specific meaning is vital in poetry i have to say that its VITAL to k know if 'Babble' has been superceeded by 'static'
how can you say its not important (Kizzie & Anthony) ?????
Love u all.
by Will on 12/16/2010 2:42pm
people are still listening to it in 2010 in Wichita
by Mitchel on 1/12/2011 8:19pm
All your thoughts about the chair are full of static..
by Pic on 3/26/2011 6:55am
people are still liisssstening to it in 2011 in Australia
by S. on 5/27/2011 2:09pm
It's 2011 now and I'm still listening. Still enjoying every note, every word and even the silences in between. Still amused by your static. Still sounds like a bunch of babble to me. Still in love with M Doughty. XoXOXOXO
by wihcitaa on 11/26/2011 10:44am
26/11/2011 and I listen it once a week at least...amazing song. Cheers from Chile!
by Chef Shane on 11/26/2011 10:44pm
Saw these guys 3 times one year...they came out for 3 encores one show in MN. They played this song with all the lights still on, got the the part fore Doughty does his freestyle bit and the lights all went off! Awesome moment. I have this CD in my truck at all times. Love you Doughty!
by Terre on 12/23/2011 5:34pm
Never seen 'em, but heard 'em on a cassette for the first time in mid-90's. I'm circling-back to them just now on cd. Oh yeh, I live in Wichita.
by Word. on 1/4/2012 9:03pm
by J on 4/2/2012 10:15pm
Greatest love song ever written...
by GonzoWombat on 6/13/2013 10:22pm
2013....still listening, not babblin'.
by Mongrel on 7/19/2013 5:43am
yeah... it was kind of a trip to cycle through a conversation that took place over years... it was kinda funny how stupid the argument was lol... but yo still listening in 2013... trrruuue dreeams... I dont know that I've ever been to Wichita... But I know what it means to have true dreams of anywhere... love it!
by NPC on 9/17/2013 7:12pm
I have lyrics from this song tattooed across my chest. And yeah, it's babble/Babel (from the album version at least).
by h4emp3 on 4/24/2014 11:22am
Aaaand still listening in 2014 ;) I have the version from 'Lust in Phaze' and it's babble there, both (/all three) versions seem to fit imo!
by amalio on 7/11/2016 7:26pm
those were the days
by Lachlan on 4/12/2018 1:17pm
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