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Rickhouse Toady

from Apéritif by Grizzly Pears

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backwoods charcuterie from the vermin’s perspective


There is a toady in your rickhouse, he is setting up roots
All you small time 'shiners you better beware
He's sittin' in the corner with his thrift store suit
taking his cut from the angles share
He don't tap any barrels, or take any sips,
just soaks it in through his skin.
A master of palette, with out any lips
No jake-leg hootch for my friend

Tin tin tally wack-a bang, croak a ditty boom

There is no finer finish, ever devised
for a pail of over-ripe plums
a bag of molasses from the local feed store
might make a passable rum
but if you don't want any trouble from the revenuer folk
better keep it on the low and down
it takes a hot fire not to make any smoke
and cool ice to knock it back down

Tin tin tally wack-a bang, croak a ditty boom

Smoke shack rat couldn't ask for more
the place is warm and he stays well fed
he's lickin' salt and grease of the smoke house floor
his hair is singed and his eye are red
but when things heat up with a wet-wood fire
he knows just what to do
he'll head to the corner, relax and perspire
makin' bacon with the rat sweat dew

Tin tin tally wack-a bang, croak a ditty boom


from Apéritif, released April 15, 2016


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Thundering sousaphone and drum grooves, wailing accordion and trombone, circus / viper-jazz/cabaret/ New Orleans street jazz/ bump and grind/ what-have-you dance music from western Colorado.

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