Jelly Donut

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about

This first part of this track to come was the whistling thingy, which came in a dream, and had the bass line pretty much with it (right around the time I was taking some manouche style jazz guitar lessons with the great Johnny Sandlin of Le Chat Lunatique). Then somehow I got the chorus about "My hairy face, my big fat belly, won't you pass the jelly?" So at first the song was called "pass the jelly," but as more words began to form themselves, the jelly formed into a jelly donut—hence JFK's famous gaffe, and the verses in German that grew out of it. Also I had a Berliner at some time in my life, and somehow associated with her a poem by Heine about feet.

Which part did Christy write, you ask? Check this out. We wrote it together:

I feel I feel too much
From feeling felt and such
And such fantastic feeling felt
I feel I've touched a pelt

From which comes this such fantastic feeling felt
I melt
I melt this pelt to felt
To felt I feel I've melted.

lyrics

I don’t understand your rules
They’re really rather bland
Like reading Chinese
Like choosing wine based on the cheese
Like feeling poor
When opportunity knocks upon your door
Like feeling thirst
When lots of stranded sailors sure are feeling worse.

I don’t understand
And if I did it wouldn’t take me by the hand
Wouldn’t make me sure
And if I were a fish it wouldn’t function like a lure
I was a thing in France
Purveyor of romance
I danced the Safety Dance
I am the one whose ants were in his pants.

Ooh, my hairy face,
My big fat belly
Won’t you pass the jelly?
A little more… Thanks!

Do I sin? (He sins!)
Or is I in? (He’s in!)
Go is always a go-getter
Ego less so, adds a letter.
My id is lazy!
I tell the truth, it says the sooth.
But don’t let me be so uncouth
Both of you, please sit in this booth.

You say chicken, I say egg.
You give your hand, I give my leg.
You talk linguistics, I talk linguini.
You wax poetic, I wax bikini!

You! You hoist the sails!
You turn the crank, you!
But first—get over here and give me a bite of that jelly donut!
Pretty please and thank you!

I feel I feel too much, from feeling felt and such
And such fantastic feeling felt! I feel I’ve touched a pelt
From which comes this such fantastic feeling felt, I melt
I melt this pelt to felt, to felt I feel I’ve melted.

I pat an eye with a dainty little hanky
Won’t you pass me one more jelly donut?
Thanky, thanky.

Go find a tulip pal!
And give a guy your gal.
You’ve dropped the pope into the bathtub!
Yes sir, señora! In the bath!

Oh, Berliner! Gib’ mir deinen Fuß!
Gib mir ein’ Kuss!
Gibst du mir ein’ Kuss auf meinem Bauch
Und mach es laut und süß
So dass die Nachbarn hören können
Wir werden nicht stören, sondern beschwören.

Meine Süße, such für mich nicht langer
Nicht mehr suchen, such nicht mehr
Ich bin dein Pfannkuchen!
Du musst die Füße nicht mehr stapfen
Ich bin dein Gelee Krapfen!

Not going to do it your way, I’m going to do it mine
Not going to butt ahead, I’m going to stand in line
Happy backed against the wall, just certain I’m not going to fall.
Fall forward, fall behind
Not going to do it your way—I’m going to do it mine.

credits

from Lydian Water Songs, released December 18, 2015
Music and lyrics by David Bashwiner, with some poetic assistance and inspiration by Christy Cook. Performed by David Bashwiner, Christy Cook, Stef Graner, Brandon Baca, Samuel Sullivan, Matthew Tobias, Paul Hunton, Matt Breuer, Jordan Fredrick, and Orlando Madrid. Recorded and mixed by Matthew Tobias at Empty House Studio. Horn arrangement by David Bashwiner. Produced by David Bashwiner.

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Cactus Tractor Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cactus Tractor is a seven-to-ten-person Bohemian Pop Folk Disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with three songwriters, toothsome harmonies, and a multitude of fun stringed and unstrung instruments.

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