Shadows Of Avalon

by The Wiggly Tendrils

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released May 18, 2015

All songs written and recorded by The Wiggly Tendrils. The music for "R136A1: The Mos’ In The Cosmos" was co-written with Thomas Patteson, and "The Monster Song" was based on a book by Leslie Wood. DKL sings on "Sleeve Tattoo" and plays cello on "The Largest Hearted Beast" and "The Red Piano." Chris V plays drums on "The Red Piano." Caecilian Cotillions was commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences to celebrate the discovery of the 200th Caecilian species known to science. Cover liner notes and cover design by Gabe McElwain.

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Track Name: An American Man
I heard of a person an american man
who perjured himself like anyone can
and he said to himself I'm oh so shameful

and the worst of it was that he didn't respond
for he'd broken his word and his word is his bond
and he thought to himself I'm oh shameful

and I heard from a friend that he once played a bar
and no one had come to hear his guitar
there were just two girls, two girls at a table

and both of them smiled and clapped through his set
and when at the end he learned they were deaf
he said to himself I'm oh so shameful

and we're the same he and me we serve the same lord
the trinity melody lyric and chord
and we all do our best, the best we're able

and when you screw up like all of us can
just humble yourself you're just an american man
and you're doing your best, the best you're able

and when you screw up like all of us can
humble yourself you're just an american man
and you're doing your best, the best you're able
Track Name: Sleeve Tattoo
my girlfriend she shows her ink
she don't care what other think
she don't care she wears a sleeve tattoo
a sleeve, her sleeve, a sleeve tattoo

my boyfriend he looks so mean
but his heart is on his sleeve
he wears his heart it's on his sleeve tattoo
his sleeve, his sleeve, his sleeve tattoo

your sleeve, your sleeve, your sleeve tattoo

the girls all spike and dye their hair
the boys all dress so debonair
we don't care we wear our sleeve tattoos
our sleeve, our sleeve, our sleeve tattoos

and when you give me the deuce
i know my heart won't be removed
i see it there it's on your sleeve tattoo

your sleeve, your sleeve, your sleeve tattoo
your sleeve, your sleeve, your sleeve tattoo
Track Name: R136A1: The Mos In The Cosmos
made of plasma super heated gasses
three hundred plus solar masses
yeah

gravitation so mighty
what if the sun burnt ten million times as brightly
yeah

R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos

unlike humans stars grow smaller
but R163A1 you're still a baller
yeah oh

the tarantula nebula called me as a matter of fact
it told me to tell you it wants it's matter back

R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
R136A1 he put the 'mos in the cosmos
Track Name: Caecilian Cotillions
herpetology is the calling for me
studying the creepy crawlies
the slinkers and the hop-arounds
and those who burrow underground

friday night, in the laboratory
making slides, recording data, or we
analyze what we accumulated
visualize what our data stated
all the while caecilian populations
underground in secret copulations
were they found, we'd be excited
...alas we're not invited to

caecilian cotillions
they're black tie, the ladies wear vermillion
caecilian cotillions
200 species, I wish there were a billion

they live their lives, subterraneous
I love their eyes, subcutaneous
aquatic kinds, and amphibious
that hip-less spine is so lascivious

caecilian cotillions
they're not snakes, nor are they reptilian
caecilian cotillions
they have no legs, they're the slinkiest amphibian
caecilian cotillions
they're not in spain, many are brazilian
caecilian cotillions
200 species, i wish there were a billion
caecilians
Track Name: I'm A Decapoda Join My Brouhaha
I’m gonna find me a shell shell shell
climb up inside it to dwell dwell dwell
it’s gonna fit me, it’s gonna be comfort-comfortable
right up up against the exo-exoskell’
I won’t search the oceans, I’m terrestrial

I’m a decapoda join my brouhaha
I’m a decapoda join my brouhaha
crab afficionata join my brouhaha
Maine or Nevada join my brouhaha
grizzly or koala join my brouhaha

I’m gonna find me a shell shell shell
climb up inside it to dwell dwell dwell
I’m gonna find me a shell shell shell
climb up inside it to dwell dwell dwell
Track Name: The Largest Hearted Beast
I get low
I get as low as a mammal ever goes
what you doing there on the beach
are you looking for me on the ceiling of the sea

are you looking for the largest hearted beast
are you peeking at my baleen
are you listening to me
are you listening to me sing

are you looking for the largest hearted beast
are you peeking at my baleen
are you listening to me
are you listening to me sing
Track Name: The Red Piano
mamma bought the piano
papa taught me the red piano
red piano is all I want to play

mamma strumms on the banjo
papa hums along he’s soprano
red piano is all I want to play

fandango ukuleles and mango strats and teles
amps brushed with burnt sienna
can’t touch this red piano

mamma shouts she says bravo
papa whispers “maestro te amo”
red piano you’re all I want to play

fandango ukuleles
amps brushed with burnt sienna

mamma shouts she says bravo
papa whispers “maestro te amo”
red piano you’re all i want
red piano you’re all i want
red piano you’re all i want to play
Track Name: Ukulele Baby
your baby loves the ukulele
so play your baby’s favorite tune
in the morning night or noon
your baby loves ukulele

your baby loves the ukulele
April, May or June
if the moment is opportune
your baby loves the ukulele

some people like that bass bassoon
some people like the 808
they like to hear it go boom boom boom boom boom

but your baby loves the ukulele
so play your baby’s favorite tune
oh your baby loves
your little baby loves
your little baby loves you
Track Name: For The Love Of Argyle
stripes paisley plaids
solids checkers oranges yellows reds
I won’t have them

polka dots blue or gray
take them off and put them all away
I won’t have them

argyle oooh
argyle oooh
argyle oooh
argyle oooh

stripes paisley plaids
solids checkers oranges yellows reds
I don’t need that

argyle oooh
argyle oooh
argyle oooh
argyle oooh
Track Name: The Monster Song
do you ever feel like you won't fit in
are you ever scared to be different
braces, glasses, learning violin

do you ever think you have too many spots,
or wish you had more what-have-you-nots
feathers toe nails stripes or polka-dots

monsters are scary
some they are kind
some wake up early
some go bump bump bump in the night
every color every size
every possible
number of eyes
monsters are different
that's why they're great
and what makes us different
is what we celebrate

do you ever feel like you won't fit in
are you ever scared to be different
are you scared of monsters
are you scared to be like them

monsters are scary
some they are kind
some wake up early
some go bump bump bump in the night
every color every size
every possible
number of eyes
monsters are different
that's why they're great
it's what makes us different
that we celebrate

sometimes we're noisy
sometimes we're shy
sometimes we're honest
and sometimes sometimes we lie
on our pillow and look at the stars
and wonder if they're looking back from afar
and seeing our difference
and thinking we're great
what makes us different
is what we celebrate