“We will have a pet raccoon / Maybe we’ll have two / If you ask me real nice / I’ll let ‘em sleep with you” I actually met someone who had a pet raccoon once — he walked right into the office with it on his shoulder.
“Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Isn’t nature grand”
Because I drove by a bunch of farms yesterday. The lyrics always reminds me of The Far Side: “I’ve got / some heifers in the front (what) / some heifers in the back (yup) / riding down the street in my / Cadillac”.
This cassette single lived in our house during my childhood, baffling and entertaining me with its pirate-like synth rap. It seemed even odder years later when I learned that Captain Sensible formerly played bass for punk band The Damned.
I went out to sail my boat
I was not sure it would float
I put it into the pond,
It sank, like a rock
It was not such a surprise
These things happen, I surmise
Sometimes, though, it gets my goat
It would not float
As the record just turn you learn, plus burn
by the flame of the lyrics, which cooks the human brain
providing overheated knowledge by means causing pain
Makin' my brain head at yourself, start to melt
While the Technics spin, the wax is on the belt
Anyone know a good way to share playlists online? I was using Youtube because it has a lot of music but their ads ruin the experience (I only noticed recently on a friend’s computer; I use an adblocker on mine). I basically want to post online mixtapes but I haven’t kept up with streaming music stuff so I don’t know what’s out there or if it’s even feasible given copyright issues.
The recent spate of comics must abate briefly, as I prepare to spend the first three weeks of July in the greater Minneapolis area. So many preparations! Here’s some music to transport you on wings of polka to the leftmost of the Twin Cities:
I enjoy old-timey American folk music, but not so much the old-timey American Christianity in some of it. Singing along to folk gospel just feels wrong to me – which is too bad, ’cause it has some great tunes! Utah Phillips said, “The Wobblies [the Workers of the World union] liked to steal the hymn tunes – ’cause they were pretty – and change the words so they made more sense.” (e.g. “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” became “Dump The Bosses Off Your Back”) For now i just draw these irreverent doodles, like an oyster making pearls in reaction to sand grit…
From THE CHERRY TREE CAROL, a song that migrated from England to the Appalachians: “Then Mary spoke to Joseph / So meek and so mild / ‘Joseph, gather me some cherries / For I am with child”
In the comic, Mary says, “Joseph! Gather cherries, for I am with child!”
Joseph, startled, says, “What?! But we haven’t even – ”
“CHERRIES! NOW!” Joseph runs away.
Later, Mary shoves cherries from a bowl into her cherry-stained face while Joseph slouches exhausted. “Mm, thank you. Mlorf.” After eating all the cherries, she says, “Ah – Urp,” then suddenly vomits all over a horrified Joseph. (“BLARF!”)
Josephs stomps away. “I’m OUT of here.”
(The actual story in the song, it turns out, is Joseph refuses because he thinks Mary’s cheated on him, so fetal Jesus commands a cherry tree to bend down and give Mary some fruit!)
Here is the first of two pages I made for the alphabet-structured Hot Tea, Cold Water #3, marking the first time in a couple of years that I’ve submitted to an anthology I wasn’t co-editing. The second page, as you might expect, has more doodles from different songs.