September 22, 2008

TOXICODENDRON - Lyrics & Demo Recording

I emphasize that this is only a demo recording, to test these harmonies as well as my ability to figure them out, & to demonstrate to my father that my microphone sucks & that when I sing in to it, it's real boomy & doesn't mix down well (at least with my limited understanding of computer sound production.)



The text is based on the only incidence of the word "itch" in the King James Bible (Deuteronomy 28:27), & my personal experience with the Toxicodendron diversilobum in the Summer of 2005. (I sing some incorrect or otherwise incoherent words on the demo recording, but the correct version is below).


UPDATE: The shape-note score is posted below. Click on the link to take you to the Picasa web album, where you can zoom in & print it out & such.


TOXICODENDRON


I have a rash all over my body
My skin is red, all splotchy and spotty.
Save me, Lord, from this itch! this itch of death!

My Lord has got me with the botch of Egypt!

And with the emerods,
And with the scab,
And with the
ITCH, whereof I cannot be healed.


My dragon blood, all pain & forgetting.

My lizard skin, all layers are shedding.
Let me die in this ditch! my mortal breath!


My Lord has got me with the botch of Egypt!

And with the emerods,
And with the scab,
And with the ITCH, whereof I cannot be healed.

What is this world, all peopled with curse words?

My soul shall fly away from these buzzards!

I must scratch at this itch! this itch of death!


My Lord has got me with the botch of Egypt!
And with the emerods,
And with the scab,
And with the
ITCH, whereof I cannot be healed.




3 comments:

pele said...

WHAT is this song which has me in stitches?
I laughed so hard, my body's all twitches!

Anonymous said...

nothing funny about itching to death

pcmaven said...

A better microphone and stand are on the way.