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Tom Prasada-Rao: songs

Anatomy of a Song Part 3 (I Dream of Jeannie)

(tom prasada-rao)
tom prasada-rao
Please click "Songwriting" for: ANATOMY OF A SONG – PART 3
I Dream of Jeannie © 2007 / tom prasada-rao / BMI

I would go to re-run heaven
after school from five to seven
everyday from age eleven
until I turned thirteen
that’s where I learned about the yin and yang
from Ginger and from Mary Ann
and the difference between now and then
from a black and white TV

and every night as I lay sleeping
I would dream of Barbara Eden
so baby ... call me master

the thought of claiming Cleopatra
for my tent in the Sahara
now that was better than that Farrah
Fawcett poster on my wall
I'd see her gown fall down in curls
with eyes as round as the big blue world
but that was cheating on the girl
that I wanted most of all

'cuz every night as I lay sleeping
I would dream of Barbara Eden
so baby ... call me master

oh my god, what the hell
jesus christ please don't tell
they say it makes you go blind
but I don't care, no I don't mind
I forget, what's my name?
just call me master of my domain

in the intro to psychiatry
page one can't help describing the
Oedipus inside me
as Tyrannosaurus Rex
as if the reason for the song I sing
is petrifying everything
each failed attempt at being king
but here's what says it best

every night as I lay sleeping
I still dream of Barbara Eden
so baby ... call me master
call me master, do it faster
call me master


july 9/10/12, charlottesville, VA
young writer’s workshops