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Dolph Chaney
2004-07-01

Story

Originally recorded in 1998, in Woodstock, GA.  Released 2004 on VERY JUST FINE: AMPLITUDE THREE.

Lyrics

Valentine's Day

I'm trying to remember what the big idea was
I'm trying to forget the way it is
I'm trying to dismember what we used to be, because
I'm trying to forget what day it is

Valentine's Day
make it go away

I'm trying to avoid the swarm of smiling winged babes -
a hallmark of this wicked industry -
but being paranoid turns open hearts to open graves,
and that's too grave a fate for you and me

Valentine's Day
make it go away

I always felt this holiday left no romantic stain,
just consummate commerciality
and now that we are over, and you've sold me down the drain,
it fits that it's our anniversary

Valentine's Day
make it go away

-- Dolph L. Chaney, 21 February 1998, 9:37pm

Dolph Chaney
2009-06-03

Story

In 2006, I started writing a song in tribute to XTC, my favorite band. Since it's 20 years ago now since I first heard them (thanks to the video for "The Mayor Of Simpleton"), I completed the song in February. I'd made an acquaintance who knows the band members, so he passed it along with a note of thanks for all their great music. Much to my delighted shock, a message from Andy Partridge was conveyed back: "Hooray for him and not the worst song I've heard by a long chalk. Thank him from me."

Lyrics

When the bottlecap goes 'pop!' the mayor's simply fun and real by reel the millions say "that is the way it's done" If this is pop then it's the fizziest I've ever heard And I can't stop Till I have memorized each genius word Base callin' Moulding Partridge a-crowing Gregsy in Terry Chambers we Barry Almost anarchy Hidden harmony This is XTC making plans for Nigel as through Nihilon he goes 1000 umbrellas held high to stop the rain of blows though chalkhills, children, ants and scarecrows all delight my earth, merely loving makes this poor skeleton feel his worth Mummers skylarking no wasp star parking orange apple venus which rhymes with pink thing Lacking lethargy in ornithology This is XTC Wish I could see you in the flesh, "Snowman" playing, but keeping your soul is your success So home keep staying Bass callin' Moulding Partridge a-crowing Gregsy in Terry Chambers we Barry sexy liberty holds the smart monkey This is XTC
Dolph Chaney
2004-03-17

Story

The tune was written for Patrick & Mira McCarty's wedding; I played it on guitar as they walked in. I then wrote lyrics about my impressions of their wedding weekend. It was a great pleasure.
Dolph Chaney
1996-11-06
Dolph Chaney

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