The Wiggly Tendrils – A Very Wiggly Winter EP

BTID-008
Release date: 12-10-09
http://thewigglytendrils.blogspot.com/

Download the zip file here or stream individual tracks below.

1. TW Holiday Special

(words and music by T. W. Tendrils)

the world is turning round and round
persephone is gone underground
the squirrels are squirreling what they found

i’m more thoughtful how i dress my toes
i wear more layers and warmer clothes
but there’s a crispness in my nose

happy holidays
happy holidays

i know owe you lots of dough
both figurative and literal
but you’ll forgive me i know
la la la la la la la la

happy holidays
happy holidays
happy holidays
happy holidays

this is tw tendrils with an important message about hibernation and migration this holiday season
both hibernation and migration use a lot of calories. remember to feast to your hearts content so
you can build up the fat stores you’ll need to survive this winter. that’s it. good luck, and happy holidays.

happy holidays
happy holidays
happy holidays
happy holidays
always
always

always

request info:

Deirdre
who is the imagined singer: farmer/gardener in a temperate climate
who is the intended listener: Persephone
ask three questions:
How do you describe winter to someone who has never experienced it?
Do squirrels ever find their acorns?
Is it better to hibernate or migrate?
describe your song in one word: forgiving

2. Snowbody

(words and music by Becky Stark)

Hey Buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a snowbody
and now I’m a somebody like you

I’m honored
to be here and I feel warmer
to be stationed at this corner
I can say I was born here through and through oh

I was spread across flat places
I was rolling through round spaces
but I ran aground and
when I looked around, I saw
your sweet smiling faces

Hey fellas
the sky’s like an umbrella
Is it white like the stars tell us
or is everything green yellow and blue

Its no secret
Although only the young seek it
With the lightest of tongues speak it
And I know I can keep it safe with you

I was lost where the wind blows but
I headed down towards the blue glow and
to my surprise
when I opened my eyes I saw
Ears, feel, fingers noses

Hey Buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a snowbody
and now I’m a somebody like you

Hey buddy
I used to be nobody
but you made me a somebody
Somebody like you

request info:

Robert and Emilie
Who is the imagined singer: A snow man.
Who is the intended listener: The children who made him.
ask three questions:
White lights or colored lights?
Does the universe have a color? If so, what is it?
What’s your earliest memory of snow?
Describe your song in one word: grateful

3. Sheepish Magnetism

(words and music by B. T. Nook)

the shepherds always said
they’d put my fears to bed
they’d tuck them in so tight
and kiss them all goodnight

the star that outshines the moon
it hums a magnetic tune
it pulled my shepherds away
and my fears are wide awake

who am i to wonder what they’ll find?
will the day dissolve the starry sky?
is it true, the rumors in the leaves,
that they’ve gone in search of peace?

the burrs pull at my wool
and my belly is far from full
i need a shepherds grace
their crooks to set my place

who am i to wonder what they’ll find?
will the day dissolve a starry sky?
is it true, the rumors in the east,
that they’ve gone in search of peace?

that they’ve gone in search of peace
that they’ve gone in search of peace

that they’ve gone in search of peace

request info:

Rachel
who is the imagined singer: A sheep
who is the intended listener: himself
ask three questions:
When will the shepherd’s return?
Are they really going to see the son of God?
Will there be peace on earth?
describe your song in one word: ruminative

4. Under This Roof

(words and music by D. E. Healy)

There’s a tree in the house
There’s a tree in the room
and it’s filling the air
with its sticky perfume
And we’re filling ourselves
up with holiday cheer
and we’re all gettin’ lit
like we do every year

CHORUS:
If we drink, let’s drink to our health
To belief in the absence of proof
To the gifts we can give, to the wealth
we’ve been blessed with
To peace on earth under this roof

So we gather around
in th’agreed-upon hue
and we wait for the timer
and smile on cue
So if anyone asks
then the picture will show
we had something in common
How else would they know?

CHORUS

There are lights on the house
There are lights on the snow
and it’s loud and it’s crowded
But this crowd we know
We all find our way here
every year just because
we’ve got family at Christmas
Not everyone does

CHORUS

request info:

Thomas and Audrey
who is the imagined singer: 20 somethings coming home for the holidays
who is the intended listener: our really big families
ask three questions:
1. Could we all get along *without* all the champagne and alcohol?
2. Why do we have to wear matching shirts and blue jeans for the family holiday picture?
3. What is the true meaning of Christmas?
describe your song in one word: sing-a-long

5. Robocation

(words and music by D. K. Land)

Robot, can you hear me?
Did your maker give you ears?
I have some instructions for you
Regarding how to behave now that winter is here

Robot, when it’s cold out
It takes effort to keep warm
And though friction’s a good source of heat
It’ll wear out your hardware and tire your battery

That’s why
Everyone needs vacation
Both creator and creation
So let’s celebrate this occasion
To shut down

Robot, have you noticed
How the lights light up the homes
That’s what we do in winter
To combat the oppression of darkness and cold

Robot, are you lonely?
Are there others of your kind?
Perhaps they are right by your side
Or perhaps they are somewhere remote and quite hard to find

What is a bot to do
When there’s always more stuff to produce?
And what is a bot to say
When there’s always more work on the way?

Oh
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
So let’s celebrate this occasion
To embark on a migration
To our
Holiday destination
Where we’ll join our kin and mates in
Singing
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
so let’s celebrate this occasion
To embark on a migration
To our
Holiday destination
Where we’ll join our kin and mates in
Singing
Everyone needs vacation
Both creators and creation
so let’s celebrate this occasion
To shut down

request info:

Travis
who is the imagined singer: a young David Bowie
who is the intended listener: robots
ask three questions:
How do robots pass the winter,
with their logic frozen stiff?
How do they celebrate the season,
without real emotion circuits?
And what, pray tell, do robots think
deep down in their hard drives,
when the season has changed over,
and they must resume their lives?
describe your song in one word: robowinter

6. Christmas Morning

(words and music by rachelintrees)

It’s Christmas morning
Christmas morning
It’s Christmas morning
It’s Christmas morning

Christmas pajamas cover my
Ten year old body’s frame
I’ve wassailed and caroled and decked the halls
And sung each merry refrain

I lie awake tucked into bed
Plastic light glows by my head
Twinkling in growing anticipation
Of the light of the world and a new PlayStation

It’s easy to get lost
In life’s intemperance
But Linus reminds us year after year
Of peace on earth and goodwill towards men

Every time I close my eyes
Circles draw across the sky
Of unity, eternity
And borders of sugar cookies

You don’t need religion
To seek light where there’s dark
The bleakness of Winter for man in all lands
Must be fought with love’s spark

I walk down the stairs
To the great evergreen
My family waits there for me
Beneath this symbol of enduring life
Exulting in joy over pain and strife

I lie awake tucked into bed
Plastic light glows by my head
Twinkling in growing anticipation
Of the light of the world and a new PlayStation

request info:

The Parents
who is the imagined singer: me
who is the intended listener: me
ask three questions:
Who needs dynamics on Christmas morning?!
I’ve been up since 5, I just turned 10, can a person be turned up to 11?!
Processed Sugar + Commercials + religion made that feeling, and now I don’t believe in any of that stuff: is that why I never feel quite like that anymore?
describe your song in one word: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah?

7. The Naturalist

(words and music by The Good Germs)

whistling sound of wind through hollow bones
the animal tones are a comfort to me
thumping of blood that flows through downy throats
keeps time in this place or I’m lost completely

28 months on top of seven years
with only my tent and tape recorder
winter is coming and my research nears
another dead end

rejoice! join us! we’re all we have.
celebrate this way
rejoice! join us! we’re all we need.
joyous holiday

all of the creatures watch me guardedly
but lately I sense something is changing
I’ve started to notice similarities
intelligent eyes! features rearranging

we are the children of the natural world
we labor and die, we love our family
sated and warm we all lay down to sleep
oh my weary eyes! I can hear them clearly

but fathers leave their feathered young
they’d rather carve a hole for one
not without regrets when winter comes
but hold on!
hold on
for families! species! and for sun!

request info:

tw tendrils
who is the imagined singer: a naturalist
who is the intended listener: the natural world
ask three questions:
do any plants and animals have holidays? can they tell one day from another?
does food taste better in the winter?
families are important, how important?
describe your song in one word: curious

8. Old Friends

(words and music by Youthsadream)

I met my old friend in the CVS
looked like he hadn’t aged a day
I walked up to him in the shampoo aisle
and we hugged so long we swayed

“I haven’t seen you since your ascension!”
“I heard you got a wife”
He said that business is always good
when you’re selling eternal life

we laughed and linked arms just like old times
and went downtown on the trolley
somebody asked us if we were gay
and we said “no, we’re just jolly!”

we reminisced about our years at school
and of our days fighting crime
back when you taught me to walk on the pool
oh, the bittersweet passing of time!

we walked on through the town all night
then we high-fived and soared out of sight.

request info:

D. E. Healy
who is the imagined singer: santa claus
who is the intended listener: jesus christ
ask three questions:
1. is it awkward when santa and jesus run into each other?
2. did they ever team up to fight crime?
3. is there room enough in the town of our hearts for both of them?
describe your song in one word: jolly

9. Galena Alaska

(words and music by The Parents (theparents.org))

in the winter of ’82 the government split up the oil revenue
and each person galena alaska got a check
every year they pay it again
the permanent fund dividend
and each person galena alaska spends it all that day
in ’83 i bought myself cross country skis but no one else could ski with me
in ’84 i got a used ford four door but i can’t afford the gas no more
in ’93 i bought i big screen tv, but the cable costs too much for me
and no there’s just a fuzzy screen
this year the checks arrived on the day of a big snow storm
the power was out all the way down to anchorage and we were in the dark
in ’96 i bought a stove that was electric but now i’m back to burning wicks
in ’99 i bought a laptop to go on line but now, but i’m now i’m back to old phone lines
2002 track lines for the living room, but now those lights have gone out too
and i’m alone in a dark room
after three days in the dark we all met at the town center
each person in galena alaska bout their check
and with the money we built a hall with fiber optic roof and walls
and just the stars made it glow and we had light
la

request info:

Becky
who is the imagined singer: the light
who is the intended listener: the dark
ask three questions:
Is it really so bad to live in the dark all the time?
What can the light do for us?
How can we save on our energy bills in the winter?
describe your song in one word: pianos!

-super secret bonus track-

The Wiggly Tendrils would like to thank Megan Coleman (www.megancoleman.com) and Gabe McElwain for cover art!

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