Weird Load

© Stephen Savitzky and Naomi Rivkis. CC-by-nc-sa.

This song was written for FAWM 2019 -- Naomi wrote the chorus, Steve wrote the verses, and it's kind of hard to tell which of us wrote which parts of the music.

Steve: Knowing where we started and where we needed to end up, it was mostly a matter of looking at a map and finding waypoints that were both plausible and fit the meter.



Lyrics [pdf]

\singer{Steve sings the verses except as noted}
C G
Drivin'  home to Alabama I got  turned around in Texas
C G C
Saw a  fellow at the corner with his  thumb out for a  ride
C C5 G
When I  stopped for dir ections I could  see he was a rabbit
C F G C
But he  opened up the door and he  hopped  ins ide
\singer{both}
C G
  I shoulda taken that  left turn at Albuquerque
C F C G C
  Went the wrong  way at the  fork  in the  road
C5 G
Been a long, long  day and it's  gotten kinda quirky
C F G C
But I'm  back in 'Bama and I'm  gett ing  towed
C G
When I  stopped to drop the rabbit off  east of Amarillo
C G C?
didn't think that anything could  be more abs urd
C5 G
But this coyote jumped  aboard and he  waved a stick of dynamite
C F G C
  Pointed down the road and said \N: " Follow  that  bird!"
C G
  I shoulda taken that  left turn at Albuquerque
C F C G C
  Went the wrong  way at the  fork  in the  road
C5 G
Been a long, long  day and it's  gotten kinda quirky
C F G C
But I'm  back in 'Bama and I'm  gett ing  towed

C G
Well, the  dynamite went up and blew us  all the way to Witchita
C G C
  Coyote hit the highway saying \N: " Thanks for the  ride,"
C G
On the  seat he left a packet of  Acme tornado seeds
C F G C
That  grew into a twister with the  truck  ins ide
C G
  I shoulda taken that  left turn at Albuquerque
C F C G C
  Went the wrong  way at the  fork  in the  road
C5 G
Been a long, long  day and it's  gotten kinda quirky
C F G C
But I'm  back in 'Bama and I'm  gett ing  towed
C G
  The tornado set me down a couple  miles south of Mobile
C G C
With a  broom through the windshield, upside- down in a  ditch
C C5 G
And  when I rolled the  window down to  see where I had landed
C F G C
I was  starin' at the slippers of an  ang ry  witch
C G
  I shoulda taken that  left turn at Albuquerque
C F C G C
  Went the wrong  way at the  fork  in the  road
C5 G
Been a long, long  day and it's  gotten kinda quirky
C F G C
But I'm  back in 'Bama and I'm  gett ing  towed

C F G C
I'm  back in 'Bama but I'm now ... a ... toad .
\N: (Ribbit!)