Prelude (The Family Trip)

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"Prelude (The Family Trip)"
Prelude (The Family Trip) cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Portrait of an American Family
Released July 19, 1994
Recorded August–December 1993 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, The Village Recorder and Pig
Genre Alternative rock
Length 1:20
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Roald Dahl
Producer Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor
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"Prelude (The Family Trip)" is the first track on the 1994 release Portrait of an American Family. The song is a parody of the "boat scene" in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The lyrics were written by children's novelist Roald Dahl.

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   there's no earthly way of knowing
   which direction we are going
   there's no knowing where we're rowing
   or which way the river's flowing
   is it raining? is it snowing?
   is a hurricane a-blowing?
   not a speck of light is showing
   so the danger must be growing
   are the fires of hell a-glowing?
   is the grisly reaper mowing?
   yes!
   the danger must be growing (faster, faster)
   for the rowers keep on rowing (faster, faster)
   and they're certainly not showing (faster, faster)
   any signs that they are slowing (faster, faster)
   stop the boat.