Jefferson Airplane - Rejoyce Lyrics

Chemical change like a laser beam
you've shattered the warning amber light
Make 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.

Sell your mother for a Hershey bar
grow up looking like a car
there are;
All you want to do is live,
all you want to do is give but
some how it all falls apart!

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  1. Christopher Heinig

    Great great great long ago though never forgotten !!!

  2. John Smith

    'grow up looking like a car"..anyone ever notice how many cars today look like a Star Wars storm trooper?

  3. John Smith

    The only Jew in the room was Marty...

  4. Rich Roberts

    Been listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell's jazz tinged stuff and now this fits right in with it's horns, flute, as well as Jack's really nice bass work. Plus Grace's voice is perfect.

  5. Esther Hazy Dreams Batik Tie Dyes

    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.
    yes a very great lyric! it is sad ~~~~~ war for Greed

  6. trixen

    Happy 80th birthday Grace Slick!
    October 30, 2019

  7. Clare Quilty

    I gave the rest of the kids "Sgt. Pepper." THIS was MY music for tripping.

  8. cjay2

    Along with "Somebody To Love", this is probably the most important song they ever did. Just saying.

  9. Frank Gilligan

    Put on the headphones and turn it way up. Spencer Dryden's playing is nothing short of phenomenal!

  10. Clayton Tharp

    One of my very favourites, Grace Slick is so fucking cool.

  11. FindACity

    I'm imagining a playlist where this song buddies up with A Day in the Life. From there maybe throw in a track from Forever Changes, The Red Telephone maybe. Keep it dark. Paint It Black could fit in there too.

  12. IronMikeKKFlex

    great song, love it

  13. Michael Cunningham

    I'm 76, long a Jefferson fan. I was recently asked to join an over-50s singing group. When I protested that my singing was not always well regarded, a lady (of, I think, Polynesian background asked me to sing my favourite song as a test. She was a bit taken aback by "Rejoyce."

  14. Andrew Jansick

    “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!”

    Gives me chills, how can she deliver that in such a way?

  15. Mark Scott

    'After Bathing at Baxter's' is an overlooked classic.

    Andrew Jansick

    Mark Scott I’m so infatuated with it, such a shame. This song gives me chills, and others on Baxter’s. Like Crown of Creation with that sharp, mesmerizing psychedelia and deep cutting lyrics. I need more friends who get the airplane.

    Rich Roberts

    Just discovered this gem thanks to a Facebook posting. Even though I've had this album, never ventured into this tune until now. I need to be more adventurous.

    joy samuels

    it is indeed

  16. Shane Stoney


  17. Dylan Kennedy

    Does it sound... different from 2:15 to the line “Stephen won’t give his arm” to anybody else?

    I distinctly remember a clarinet or flute that had this really great melody for belly dancing. Is the song remastered?

    Dylan Kennedy

    It also ends with a flute? I’m young af have I been listening to a different version?

  18. Robert Rockefeller

    To me the most amazing Jefferson Airplane song of all time, on the most amazing Jefferson Airplane album of all time! And I also happen to be a Joycean fanatic as well, so this has incredible resonance for me . . .

  19. Tony Harris

    The Jefferson Airplanes went from Alice in Wonderland to James Joyce.

  20. Robert P

    This is what happens when you combine Miles Davis with Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and James Joyce's Ulysses and put it in the mind of Grace Slick. This is by far one of her best works. She's playing the piano in this as well.

    Wayne Walcoff

    Totally agree. Not only that, it's one of the Airplane's best songs period. The time shifts and mood shifts and great dynamics are all part of brilliant songwriting here. Jack Casady at the top of his


    The piano playing sounds more to my ear like that of Nicky Hopkins. Other than that I very much appreciate your comment.


    @Elaboratory definitely grace


    @POMMELHORSE POMMELHORSE I just checked. You're right! Nicky Hopkins came into the world of The Airplane a year or two later, for the album **Volunteers**. Rejoyce is, indeed, pure Grace! :)

  21. Perez Mendo

    Bjork? O'Riordan?

    eld ritch


  22. Macarrão

    Rimam de uma vida que nunca vão ter

    hgg gguu


  23. Paul Quinn

    Google Songs misspells Stephen

  24. Barry Margolis

    Her best song, plus her piano playing is so tasty

  25. Robertiño Music Lover

    Aside from the genius of Grace's songwriting and hypnotic vocals, what especially stunned me was the brilliance of Jack Casady's bass playing, unlike anything I've heard outside the Jazz World, plus addition of flute, oboe [or perhaps thats Grace playing the Recorder] and horns.

  26. Nom De Plume

    This, Astral Weeks and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. :-)

  27. Larry Bergan

    Mesmerizing, prescient, song. "war's good business, so give your son, and I'd rather have my country die for me". This song is all-American, brave, proud, and in-the-street rebellious!

  28. Олег Олегов

    про что поёт?)))))

  29. S. Adam Bernstein

    Happy 77th Grace!

    Jim Moffatt

    You sure

  30. Exiles800

    The song is a rough lyrical parallel to the contents of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. Grace and the Airplane doing a literary fling and translating it into trippy lyrics with a loose social message about class warfare. Re- "Joyce".


    Very interesting, also Tattoo You is a great album. Ain't No Use In Cryyyyying

  31. Rodrigo Jair

    Lyrics 👌🎶

    Chemical change like a laser beam
    You've shattered the warning amber light
    Make 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,
    Bolan'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.

    Sell your mother for a Hershey bar
    Grow up looking like a car
    There are;
    All you want to do is live,
    All you want to do is give but
    Some how it all falls apart!

    Milton Mac

    Rodrigo Jair Thank you!!

  32. gerontius34

    What a voice! In some respects this was JA's best album.

    hainted house

    this album thrilled and scared me when it first came out.

  33. Juan Carrion

    I was looking for this Jefferson A.'s title song. Finally , I'm glad I found it. I recorded to my casset, then I didn't get the song ending tune. Now I founded, & I'm happy I got it.

    Juan Carrion

    What's the meaning of this :) ?

    El Efant

    Just a smile:)

  34. jeffthrow6892

    Got to be my favorite song from this willfully weird, rather anti-commercial album.....RCA had to wondering what the hell is this--?? Great stuff.....


    In fact, RCA was horrified by the first version they were given. THIS at least has songs.

  35. Robert Wright


  36. Lawrence Simmons

    Florence & The Machine owe a lot to JA


    Rock and Roll owes a lot...

  37. Phillip Pacheco

    When this was released, the underground station (KPFK) described "Baxter's" as "too heavy" for the public.  Brilliant then; brilliant today.


    I first heard this album from the public library in my little home town.
    Thank you, Mark and Emily Turner.
    Thank you.

  38. Milton MacVie

    Best song in the album. Hands down


    And it is a damned good album, too. High Praise, well deserved.

    Tony Terme

    Not the best song for me but the best album for sure! !! Pooneil Two Heads Spayre Change and so on!!! Masterpeace! If someone wants To know what means Psychedelic just answer "Listen To Baxter's"!!!

    Steven Fritchie

    One of my favorites along with "Two Heads". Grace at her most trippiest.

    Jan Vaughan

    My personal favorite on this album to be sure.

  39. diane mickelson

    Wore this album out back when I was in grade school in the beginning of the 70's. This song and Martha, two heads and spare chaynge being my favorites on album although they're all good. Don't ever know what happened to the album so I guess I'll have to find me it again and listen to it on the old record player. Thanks so much for posting this and reminding me of just how much I loved it and still do.

  40. RATTLEY67

    Jefferson Airplane loves U

  41. Moonpie Shane

    if a pop/rock girl came out with this today she would be the new genius of music. 


    @Moonpie Shane shame most 60's revivalist groups only remember the production and not the songwriting :(

    Moonpie Shane

    @Benis :^) true. 'rejoyce' sounds to me like Grace's anti 'White Rabbit' as far as trying to avoid top 40. She succeeded and made a one of a kind haunting masterpiece. Very underrated and one of my favorites by Grace.


    +Moonpie Shane As the most powerful female voice of the San Francisco Sound, Grace was a poet and a prophet. She foretold the current soul of that city, sadly: Sell your mother for a Hershey bar/Grow up looking like a car/All you wanna do is live/All you wanna do is give/But somehow it all falls apart.

    Wolves of Odin

    +Moonpie Shane please don't give them any ideas

  42. plant1deep4u2

    Brilliant.  Artistically crafted.

  43. Bob Lang

    I've had this tune in my brain for months. Brilliant.The whole album is just fantastic, I thought that in 1968 and I feel that way now. Timeless beauty.

    Not Jam

    yumpladukfoo he’s talking about his own perspective in his day...

  44. Steve Kallaugher

    @[email protected] Don't know quite if this works, but I remember reading a review when it came out and I bought it in which Grace said, "I got the oboe from Prokofiev." For what it's worth...

  45. Vonjela

    James Joyce and Jefferson Airplane. Magnificent- almost fitting, as Joyce may have been considered a psychedelic man =D. Beautiful singing.. Wonderful instrument playing, all around... It gets you lost and makes you feel like you're there with Stephen, roaming round Dublin, pondering upon life in a wondrous, delusional state.

  46. Caroline Locke

    Brilliant song.

  47. - Zadaris

    "War is good business, so give your son and I'd rather have my country die for me." Amazing

    Andrew Jansick

    - Zadaris gives me chills

  48. NoRosesForMe

    ".....somehow,,,,it all falls apart,,,," ♥

    Gracie's most intense song- besides Hey Frederick ♥ much love and many thanks for yr channel- one of the best! ~ "j e n "

  49. JRoN1Mo

    Happy Bloomsday everyone!

  50. jackhillty

    there's a good interview w/ Gene Cipriano who played the magnificent oboe part on YT.

  51. Paul Dirac

    The horns remind me of a Gil Evans arrangement, ca. 1960.

  52. NoRosesForMe

    ive got his arm,,,,ive got his arm....ive had it for weeks.....geez i wish i did,,,,id chance his arm anytime,,,he,,,him,,,,whom shall remain nameless ♥ But yes for all those knoww-it-alls...I KNOW this song taps into the Joycean thing. Meaning,,,James Joyce. fucking amazing . And if it .."all falls apart" least I did chance his arm. I think Ive had it for weeks......metaphorically ..? I dunno,,,beautiful,,,and Im still hopeful

  53. Stephan Grasela

    I'm trippin, but didn't um u know! Well no lies!

  54. raddmann99

    maybe their most awesome song - musta been great on acid

  55. Armand Grant

    Omg 0:21 at 1:00 best moment lovvvee themmm

  56. ferdinandthecrow

    Sheet music...? Did the lyric sheet come w/the original? Can you post the complete lyric? Would love to see a "correct" version as opposed to the wild guesses you generally get on online sites, such as Love's "Cross the street I'm at the Slop Affair", a joking reference to a diner they went to, rendered as "this SUAVE affair" or "this LOVE affair"....


    Lyrics did not come with the album. The record sleeve contains images hand-drawn by the band (Grace) in black on white.

  57. gerontius34

    Grace at her most persuasive! What an awesome song.

  58. Wilcox

    And all hail to Robert D. Kite who was the premiere JA fan and best friend who turned me onto this song.

  59. Wilcox

    And Jack's bass solo--I always waver among Jack, Phil Lesh, and Chris Hillman--and some few others--as the greatest of bass players. Jack is in a class of his own.

  60. Wilcox

    Bloomsday today. I always like to think that Grace wrote this after seeing the Joseph Strick movie of Ulysses??

    I got into this 1967 in Statesboro GA and also saw the movie then too. Another song derived from Ulysses is Kate Bush's The Sensual World.

    One of JA's best--thank you Grace, of the voice that launched a thousand trips...

  61. Tomás José Martínez

    I agree with most of what's been said here. I also want to add that this song (as many others by J.A.) is amazingly well composed, even for jazz o classical standards. This one is an excellent, intelligent and complex piece of music.

  62. positivelypeyton

    id rather have my country die for me..

  63. Caroline Locke

    I LOVE it

  64. Terry Nails

    @ujnawierzbie It's about time!

  65. bwanna23

    Why, when I hear this song does my mouth get all watery and the walls begin to move?

  66. Trollificus

    Surrealistic Pillow was beyond perfect for hippie wannabes like me and my hippy krew back in the '60s, but I've always had a soft spot for the more intense and darker tunes on Baxter's. We may not have had access to a lot of the good drugs, but we had this.

    So many lines in this went into our personal lexicon...lyrics so bizarre and yet she's so fucking declarative...awesome!

  67. huitzil07

    I love this song. Ive played it so many times and different situations and it is just so ethereal and intense. my fave,

  68. zambiland

    @ujnawierzbie It is an oboe. Used to be my primary instrument before electric bass took over. Needless to say, Casady on this album was a huge influence.

  69. willbar11

    happy b day slick

  70. jackhillty

    @MegaNhenhe I asked the same question a few months ago and got a very good, specific answer. keep scrolling down and you'll find the dialogue

  71. willbar11

    One of the greatest unknown song they have made

  72. chris williams

    The incomparable Grace Slick

  73. Annette Chaplin

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound...

  74. BiGxSmoke420

    I would pound grace slicks twat

  75. TurtleWeasle

    Blazes Boylan was hung, per ULYSSES.

    Grace wouldn't have gotten this point wrong.

  76. pardyhardly

    Fire and Ice= Janis and Grace

  77. jackhillty

    @katydebra - wow thanks for finally answering a question which has dogged me for years. you should be a historian. do you mean that Cip "improved" a part that was given to him by grace and spencer or do you mean he "improved" as in improvised his part?

  78. bwanna23

    @pardyhardly I understand completely.

  79. ferdinandthecrow

    Sounds to me like she's saying "Boylan's crouch amazes" not "crotch"
    Also I wonder if the throwing up on the leg business refers to an incident in the novel, it certainly sounds Joycean. Freddie Malins (the biggest drunk in ULYSSES) does it at some point, maybe?

  80. NIkephoros

    All you want to do is give, but somehow it all falls apart...

  81. Buffy theSlayer

    Ah this song is fucking awesome, Jefferson Airplane were so great

  82. pardyhardly

    Every song on this album is like a sound painting. It's almost like being in a mental sound painting gallery.

  83. jakeenan

    I agree, it is a timeless masterpiece. Glorious melody and wicked time changes. Grace at her peak. Jack and Spencer backing her up ain't too shabby either! I only wish it was longer.

  84. hal9000lovesdaisy

    This is the best JA record. I've had it since it came out. The whole thing is such a trip, better than Bless Its Pointed Little Head. I only wish I could get a CD version. I don't have anything to play my eight tracks!

  85. John B.

    This has to be the best song ever about James Joyce’s “Ulysses” …with an anti-war slant “War is good business so give your son. I’d rather have my country die for me.”
    After 1967 rock began to included college educated intellectuals who were equally irreverent as their working class heroes.

  86. lardmonk

    @mobyboy ya its really strange, at first it almost sounds ugly, but then she finds a really fine and delicate sound but at the same time it's very forceful

  87. tapeduk

    Grace's Masterpiece

  88. cybal12

    I am 56 years old. I got this mono lp for Christmas. This Is one of the great records of all time. If you are a fan notice that on all Airplane records the best songs ARE Grace tunes. Jack is a heart attack!

  89. jackhillty

    does anyone have any idea who played the oboe part? wiki says grace but I don't believe it. she played great recorder but the oboe is another thing entirely. spencer is always credited as arranging the horns but the name of the player remains unmentioned in any JA book I've read.

  90. Douglas Clarke

    This is my all time favourite Jefferson Airplane song, so experimental and moving. Thank you Grace.

  91. Juanplate00

    even her voice is psychedelic!

  92. jackhillty

    Vin Scelsa recently played this on Bloomsday. I sent him a thank you email because it was the first time in 43 years I'd heard this song on the radio

  93. rareflorence

    this and "white rabbit" are my favourite jefferson airplane songs of all time... and that's saying quite a bit.

  94. Lewis Keyes

    hadn't heard this song in years...fucking unusual tune man!

  95. Joaquim Santos

    I didn't live in their age, i grew in the 80s/90s but i gre up with the Jefferson Airplane and the hippie ideals.
    I LOVE this track, in fact i love this album as a all, this one and the Crown of Creation are their best, and Volunteers also but in Volunteers they are changed, they are more mature..
    Jefferson Airplane for me represents all the beauty, mystery, love of my life.

  96. bushwhacksit

    One of the best written and least known songs they ever wrote. And it includes one of the most often quoted lyrics in rock:

    "Steven won't give his arm...for no Gold Star Mother's farm
    War's good business so give your son...and I'd rather have my country die for me"

  97. JoshuaTaylor

    There' many of you.....

  98. dilbydarling

    If humanity can come up with a better-sounding phrase than 'saxon-sick on the holy dregs' I would love to hear it.

  99. Doc George

    fer sure...nice....

  100. Kharma Kreep

    they are...that part is superb.