Wooden Nickel

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Wooden Nickel (3:44) Piano, Fiddle, Bass, Drums, Harmonies

A slinky and strutting dance tune musing on reincarnation and the meaning of life.

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Wooden Nickel

We were up in this bus and it whizzed through the sky
I lost track of how often the world went by
But it was crowded and they were looking at me
Said “Honey, it’s time to be all you can be”

So they gave me a skin and a sack full of bones
“Don’t worry you won’t be alone”
And they pushed me out the window and I landed here
And now I don’t know what I’m doing

And if I ever get back
I’ll tell ‘em that I saw you and you’re doing so so
Things would be much better
If we could just remember what we already know

I went down to the river, it was already crowded
Poets and prophets singing the blues
Seems like every good story has already been told
But you get what you’re given and you can’t always choose

You can live like a saint or a criminal and a fraud
Make a pact with the devil or a deal with God
One is stubborn and the other is fickle
But they’re just two sides of the same wooden nickel

And if I ever get back
I’ll tell ‘em that I saw you and you’re doing so so
Things would be much better
If we could just remember what we already know

Well, I think it’s all this falling puts the shrug into our shoulders
Martyrs die of patience on the mountain pushing boulders
It’s a practical joke when you’re not in the mood
It’s the kind of gift that makes you choke on your food
You know you gotta take it with a good attitude
So you force yourself to laugh, you don’t want to be rude

And if I ever get back
I’ll tell ‘em that I saw you and you’re doing so so
Things would be much better
If we could just remember what we already know

So I tried to make it work, I tried to figure it out
Was there a plan or a purpose I forgot about?
I lost my map and operating instructions
I need a thirty second mission message self-destruction

credits

from The List of Whales, track released January 5, 2014
Carrie Ferguson - piano, lead vocals
Garrett Sawyer - bass, pizzicato violin
Zoe Darrow - violin
Jim Henry - guitar
J.J. O'Connell - drums, percussion
Elizabeth Donahue - backing vocals

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Carrie Ferguson Northampton, Massachusetts

Carrie grew up playing an enormous upright, chocolate-brown piano. It had a darkly booming, slightly furry quality to it, like the weather in her hometown of Arcata on the North Coast of California. Ferguson credits its sonorous voice, combined with the perpetual fog and clamminess as instilling in her the baseline aesthetic of melancholic optimism that permeates her words and music today. ... more

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