Whiskey Willie II

from by Japonize Elephants

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Fourteen years half-past.
The whiskey just didn't last.
Stinking of gin,
Barefoot with a grin,
Willie just needed one more glass.

Stumbling in the freezing cold,
Dreaming of that liquid gold (that's whiskey),
He'd wasted all his time
On that watery weak moonshine.
Willie fell into the bar.


Willie sat right down,
Looking for a place to drown
His sorrows were many,
And his friends weren't any,
Anywhere to be found.

To the barkeep he said this line:
"I'm sorry I don't have a dime,
But I need a drink,
And I got these pelts of mink…
Please please help me this time.”

Willie, will he make it?
Willie, Willie make it!
Toad you as are is not was because
Shouldn't as in im wiff does not does.

And the barkeep says:

"Willie, I don't need your mink
And you don't need another drink.
Now get yourself a pair of shoes
And clean up this stinking booze.
Buddy, you just got yourself a job.”

Willie, will he take it?
Willie, Willie take it!
Toad you as are is not was because
Shouldn't as in im wiff does not does.

Many years have come to pass,
Since that last whiskey glass.
Six-time employee of the year,
Just like Mr. Belvedere,
Willie don't trade no mink no more.



from Mélodie fantastique, released November 15, 2012
Sylvain Carton – guitar, vocals
David Gantz – junk percussion, vocals
George Ban-Weiss – upright bass
Jason Slota – vibraphone, vocal asides
Jeremy Baron – banjo
Dina Maccabee – violin, vocals
Megan Gould – violin
Mitch Marcus – piano
David Phillips – pedal steel guitar
Chris Hiatt – tin whistle
Michael Mellender – vocals
DM Memorial Boys Choir


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Japonize Elephants San Francisco, California

This eclectic ensemble plays its own brand of well-honed “hardcore-gypsy-circusgrass-pirate-clown madness.” The Japonize Elephants have arrived at their totally unique sound through the use of innovative arranging techniques using an extremely varied instrumentation featuring glockenspiel, junk percussion, vibraphone, accordion, guitar, bass, flute, saxophones, trumpet, violin, banjo, and vocals. ... more

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