Creepy Caterpillar

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Hmm, another song about rising turmoil in the world. This is one of my "Hollywood" songs insofar as the imagery would fit in to a Hollywood apocalyptic movie. Turmoil is not rising in the world. The opposite is happening. But that doesn't make for the best song. So, fuck it, back to turmoil.

The bedrock of this song is the wonderful drum track from Rastafari from the website Wikiloops, this being Wikiloop 7699, used under a creative commons licence. It was so evocative that I immediately thought I could write a song with it, and after lots of labour (or playtime if you will) this is the result. I've always had in mind to have a didgerdoo on a song - the only other one I know of is The Dreaming by Kate Bush, which I've always thought was wondrous and powerful. I found a didgerdoo sample that had the sort of tone I was looking for and then used pieces of it, sometimes chopping it up or augmenting it. It was one of the early elements as the song was being formed.

lyrics

Rastafari Wikiloop 7699

I'm a creepy caterpillar with the stripes and stars
I'm a creepy caterpillar slinking into bars
Someday soon I'll be a butterfly
With sharp little teeth to make you cry

Nasty reputation I'm a piece of work
A brooding primadonna with blood on my shirt
Rocket launchers crates of hand grenades
Whistling tunes from the hit parade

Whistling

You're a brash bandito with a red bandana
Revolutionary sitting in a cabana
Got a jagged little scar along your upper lip
Do a little extra when you're in your crypt

Down the rabbit hole with the geopolitics
Down the rabbit hole with the dirty tricks
A palace coup an asassination
You set new lows of depredation

Blood on the boil blood on the street
Blood on the tracks on the day we meet
Blood on your hands blood in your eyes
Blood everywhere on the day you die

Die chant

Bridge

Can you keep a secret agent
Can you keep a secret code
Can you keep a secret agent
Can you do what you've been told

Blood on the boil blood on the street
Blood on the tracks on the day we meet
Blood on your hands blood in your eyes
Blood everywhere on the day you die

Sixpack green back on a hollyday
Yankee doodle dandy gonna save the day
Lonesome Charlie meets the funky crocodile
Explosive situation with a ton of volatiles

The road to hell paved with good intentions
Shaken up unintended consequences
The prissy puppeteer from the CIA
Installing dopplegangers as the heads of state

Blood on the boil blood on the street
Blood on the tracks on the day we meet
Blood on your hands blood in your eyes
Blood everywhere on the day you die

credits

from BEGAT, released September 25, 2016
Drums and percussion - Rastafari from Wikiloops

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SIRR Rothesay, New Brunswick

Please take and share the music. SIRR is a musical project led by Mark O'Connor (marocon@rogers.com) along with collaborators like guitarist Mark Hill, Paul Healey. drummer Steve Hill and many other collaborators from Wikiloops. SIRR makes catchy pop/rock music with electronic or rap elements. ... more

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