"Monkey & Bear" by Joanna Newsom which clocks in at 9:28
The following is a reworking of a portion of the lyrics to Joanna Newsom's song "Monkey & Bear" centered around a topic only a music blog nerd would know much about. This topic I speak of? A site written anonymously that I enjoyed from time to time before it began to fade away. Consider it an ode perhaps.
You wonder: "Isn't this just a cheap way to feature an artist you're not even sure how you feel about while tipping your hat to a peer in an all too music blogger exclusive manner? Isn't it a bit square and oh-so-2006?"
Yes. Yes it is. I suggest listening to the song while reading the lyrics below.
Down in the blogger fray(picture from HERE)
Where monkey and bear usually lay
They woke from an unstable-boy's cry.
He said; someone come quick!
My screws got loose, I'm ass-sick!
Gerard founder! Fain, they'll cry.
What is now known by the sorrel and the roan?
By the chestnut, and the bay, and the gelding grey?
It is: stay by the brain that you are given
And remain in your place, for good reason
And had the overfed dead but listened
To that high-fence, non-sense, wisdom...
Did you hear that, Bear?
Said monkey we'll get out of here, bear and square.
What up the fuck open wide!
Here is my hand, where is your paw?
Try and understand my plan, first of all
Gerard was a furnace
Full of laughs both just, and earnest
Now you know that we must unlearn this
Allegiance to a site out of service
And no longer answer to that smart-ass
Bray-monger, nor be his accomplice
(the bargain bin, word artist hustling!)
But worst of all, we've got to read something
And herd our sheep, while still within
The borders of the land that blogs nerded
(all double-jolted website listed!)
Until we breach music bourgeoisie
A-steeped in silk and money.
Will you bring your funny blog back, for me?
Can you Bear a little longer to swear unleash?
Kind of, I swear by the air I breathe:
Sooner or later, Gerard'll bare his teeth.
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EAR FARM's 8+ is a weekly feature that showcases songs longer than 8 minutes. In the recent past these songs were featured on EF's 8+:
Depeche Mode - "Never Let Me Down Again" (Split Mix)
This Mortal Coil - "Dreams Are Like Water"
The Church - “Chaos"
Alex Skolnick Trio - “War Pigs"
Arlo Guthrie - “Alice's Restaurant Massacre"
The Human League - “Morale... / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Red House Painters - “River"
Suicide -“Frankie Teardrop"
To see a full list of every song featured in EAR FARM's 8+ click HERE.