Yes, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band made this song famous but it was originally written by Bruce Springsteen, of all people.
Even though The Boss couldn’t make this song a hit himself, my main point, here, is the really really interesting lyrical content, which seems to just be a jumbling of fun words that might also rhyme. This is not an uncommon occurrence in popular music, but the lyrics here often refer to people – an interesting cast of characters to say the least. It reads like Alice in Wonderland.
In order of appearance:
- Madman drummers bummers
- Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
- Silicone sister with a manager mister
- Go-cart Mozart was checkin’ out the weather chart to see if it was safe outside
- Little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride
- Brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
- New-mown chaperone was standin’ in the corner
- Fresh-sown moonstone was messin’ with his frozen zone
- Scott with a slingshot finially found a tender spot
- Some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy’s within earshot
On a side note, Manfred Mann is the keyboardist in the band. The guy who does the sweet chopsticks solo.