A Very Wiggly Winter

by The Wiggly Tendrils

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released 11 December 2009

The Wiggly Tendrils would like to thank Megan Coleman (www.megancoleman.com) and Gabe McElwain for cover art!

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Track Name: Christmas Morning
It’s Christmas morning
Christmas morning
It’s Christmas morning
It’s Christmas morning
Christmas pajamas cover my
Ten year old body’s frame
I’ve wassailed and caroled and decked the halls
And sung each merry refrain
I lie awake tucked into bed
Plastic light glows by my head
Twinkling in growing anticipation
Of the light of the world and a new PlayStation
It’s easy to get lost
In life’s intemperance
But Linus reminds us year after year
Of peace on earth and goodwill towards men
Every time I close my eyes
Circles draw across the sky
Of unity, eternity
And borders of sugar cookies
You don’t need religion
To seek light where there’s dark
The bleakness of Winter for man in all lands
Must be fought with love’s spark
I walk down the stairs
To the great evergreen
My family waits there for me
Beneath this symbol of enduring life
Exulting in joy over pain and strife
I lie awake tucked into bed
Plastic light glows by my head
Twinkling in growing anticipation
Of the light of the world and a new PlayStation
Track Name: Snowbody
Hey Buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a snowbody
and now I’m a somebody like you
I’m honored
to be here and I feel warmer
to be stationed at this corner
I can say I was born here through and through oh
I was spread across flat places
I was rolling through round spaces
but I ran aground and
when I looked around, I saw
your sweet smiling faces
Hey fellas
the sky’s like an umbrella
Is it white like the stars tell us
or is everything green yellow and blue
Its no secret
Although only the young seek it
With the lightest of tongues speak it
And I know I can keep it safe with you
I was lost where the wind blows but
I headed down towards the blue glow and
to my surprise
when I opened my eyes I saw
Ears, toes, fingers, noses
Hey Buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a snowbody
and now I’m a somebody like you
Hey buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a somebody
Somebody like you
Track Name: Sheepish Magnetism
the shepherds always said
they’d put my fears to bed
they’d tuck them in so tight
and kiss them all goodnight
the star that outshines the moon
it hums a magnetic tune
it pulled my shepherds away
and my fears are wide awake
who am i to wonder what they’ll find?
will the day dissolve the starry sky?
is it true, the rumors in the leaves,
that they’ve gone in search of peace?
the burrs pull at my wool
and my belly is far from full
i need a shepherds grace
their crooks to set my place
who am i to wonder what they’ll find?
will the day dissolve a starry sky?
is it true, the rumors in the east,
that they’ve gone in search of peace?
that they’ve gone in search of peace
that they’ve gone in search of peace
that they’ve gone in search of peace
Track Name: Under This Roof
There’s a tree in the house
There’s a tree in the room
and it’s filling the air
with its sticky perfume
And we’re filling ourselves
up with holiday cheer
and we’re all gettin’ lit
like we do every year
CHORUS:
If we drink, let’s drink to our health
To belief in the absence of proof
To the gifts we can give, to the wealth
we’ve been blessed with
To peace on earth under this roof
So we gather around
in th’agreed-upon hue
and we wait for the timer
and smile on cue
So if anyone asks
then the picture will show
we had something in common
How else would they know?
CHORUS
There are lights on the house
There are lights on the snow
and it’s loud and it’s crowded
But this crowd we know
We all find our way here
every year just because
we’ve got family at Christmas
Not everyone does
CHORUS
Track Name: Robocation
Robot, can you hear me?
Did your maker give you ears?
I have some instructions for you
Regarding how to behave now that winter is here
Robot, when it’s cold out
It takes effort to keep warm
And though friction’s a good source of heat
It’ll wear out your hardware and tire your battery
That’s why
Everyone needs vacation
Both creator and creation
So let’s celebrate this occasion
To shut down
Robot, have you noticed
How the lights light up the homes
That’s what we do in winter
To combat the oppression of darkness and cold
Robot, are you lonely?
Are there others of your kind?
Perhaps they are right by your side
Or perhaps they are somewhere remote and quite hard to find
What is a bot to do
When there’s always more stuff to produce?
And what is a bot to say
When there’s always more work on the way?
Oh
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
So let’s celebrate this occasion
To embark on a migration
To our
Holiday destination
Where we’ll join our kin and mates in
Singing
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
so let’s celebrate this occasion
To embark on a migration
To our
Holiday destination
Where we’ll join our kin and mates in
Singing
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
so let’s celebrate this occasion
To shut down
Track Name: The Naturalist
whistling sound of wind through hollow bones
the animal tones are a comfort to me
thumping of blood that flows through downy throats
keeps time in this place or I’m lost completely
28 months on top of seven years
with only my tent and tape recorder
winter is coming and my research nears
another dead end
rejoice! join us! we’re all we have.
celebrate this way
rejoice! join us! we’re all we need.
joyous holiday
all of the creatures watch me guardedly
but lately I sense something is changing
I’ve started to notice similarities
intelligent eyes! features rearranging
we are the children of the natural world
we labor and die, we love our family
sated and warm we all lay down to sleep
oh my weary eyes! I can hear them clearly
but fathers leave their feathered young
they’d rather carve a hole for one
not without regrets when winter comes
but hold on!
hold on
for families! species! and for sun!
Track Name: Old Friends
I met my old friend in the CVS
looked like he hadn’t aged a day
I walked up to him in the shampoo aisle
and we hugged so long we swayed
“I haven’t seen you since your ascension!”
“I heard you got a wife”
He said that business is always good
when you’re selling eternal life
we laughed and linked arms just like old times
and went downtown on the trolley
somebody asked us if we were gay
and we said “no, we’re just jolly!”
we reminisced about our years at school
and of our days fighting crime
back when you taught me to walk on the pool
oh, the bittersweet passing of time!
we walked on through the town all night
then we high-fived and soared out of sight.
Track Name: Galena Alaska
in the winter of ‘82 the government split up the oil revenue
and each person galena alaska got a check
every year they pay it again
the permanent fund dividend
and each person galena alaska spends it all that day
in ‘83 i bought myself cross country skis but no one else could ski with me
in ‘84 i got a used ford four door but i can’t afford the gas no more
in ‘93 i bought i big screen tv, but the cable costs too much for me
and no there’s just a fuzzy screen
this year the checks arrived on the day of a big snow storm
the power was out all the way down to anchorage and we were in the dark
in ‘96 i bought a stove that was electric but now i’m back to burning wicks
in ‘99 i bought a laptop to go on line but now, but i’m now i’m back to old phone lines
2002 track lines for the living room, but now those lights have gone out too
and i’m alone in a dark room
after three days in the dark we all met at the town center
each person in galena alaska bout their check
and with the money we built a hall with fiber optic roof and walls
and just the stars made it glow and we had light
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