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Pygmy Bone


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johnwhitehead

 Genre: Acoustic

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Initially, I hadn't a clue what this song was about. Just started by singing doggerel rhymes. But after a few lines, I realized my unconscious mind was onto a theme-- --the way we construct our own reality, and, at times, the fraility of that construction. (Anyway, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!)

I like this one.Hope you do, too.
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Lyrics
Pygmy Bone

Heard a broken wing made a bluebird sing

Took a long freight train, found a drop of rain

Saw my raw desire tucked into a spire

Rode a chestnut roan but the long way home


There’s no difference that I can find

Between what’s real and what goes on inside my mind


Saw a mountain goat sail a Viking boat
Heard the sound of wheels and the bark of seals
Walked a crooked path never did the math
Fed the man of steel a banana peel

The moon moves the tides we walk the ground

It all might disappear some night without a sound


Sniffed the summer grass smelled the circumstance

Closed the bedroom door walked the ocean floor

Gleaned from summer fields while the church bells pealed

Swapped my red cell phone for a pygmy bone

The moon moves the tides we walk the ground

It all might disappear some night without a sound





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Hits: 3272
Comments: 40
Fans: 23
Plays: 208
Downloads: 103

Uploaded: Oct 28, 2009 - 12:38:42 PM
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2009 - 12:38:42 PM Last Played: Aug 23, 2017 - 02:24:28 PM
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Comments
SJB said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Hi John
I think this is my first listen to your songs. I'm not sure what this one's about (feeding banana skins to Superman indeed!)but I love the easy vibe and your mellow vocal. The recording and production are great too - I like the little stop at 3.09. I'm downloading this and then I'll be listening to your other posts.
All the best
Steve
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Cheers
Thanks for the listen, Steve. I like the sound of your open tunings. Something I like a lot, as well. Will give more of your stuff a listen.
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Gaylen75 said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Heard a broken wing made a bluebird sing
this is the most dark and demented lyric in the history of bird related lyrics. I love this song and the simple "unconscious" mind that sings about a tortured melody.
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Dark
"...in the history of bird lyrics" I love that. The unconscious rules, doesn't it? Thanks for comment& stopping by.
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Daugrin said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Tiny Support Structure
Another knock, congrats John...

Daug
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Tiny
And appreciated in a big way. Thanks for the listen, brother.
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Char said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
When we are dreaming
everythung in the dream is real. So, I look on your lyrics as the reality within a dream and the waking reality that it can all disappear not only when we wake up but when we don't wake up. You have an endearing style. Lovely tune and vocal. Thanks.
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Dreams
I like your take on the lyric. It is dream-like. "I close the bedroom door & walks the ocean floor" is my favorite line. Thanks for the kudos and support. Love your new pic, btw! The flip hairdo will never go out of style in my book!
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Char said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
I meant
everything not everythung. Well, for halloween, a different pic.
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Calchas said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
A fine
slice of singer-songwriter heaven to these ears! thanks to Daugrin for steering me here!

Enjoyed very much!

Be well!
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Slice
Thanks so much. And, yes, I'm paying Daugrin a percentage. We plan on making tens of dollars with this music racket.
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drakonis said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
rolling along...
nice easy-going music, gently accented by the electric piano(?)... sort of lulls me into a receptive trance to accept the lyrics dancing on my brain like sunlight sparkling on the afternoon water. Abstractly thoughtful.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Piano
Grand piano with a little doubled vibraharp sample. Wanted something a little "floatier" then straight piano. Thanks for listen and kind remarks. Much obliged!
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Jim Bouchard said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Very nice!
My favorite sort of lyrics! I like the simplicity and relaxed pace of this. Great attention to detail!
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Simple
The K.I.S.S. principle. Not a bad motto. Thanks for stopping by, Jim.
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Moviz said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Yes I do (like it)
In fact I think I'll probably like everything you do, judging by your other songs too. You have such a warm easy feel to your performances.... nothing wrong with a bit of mind doodling especially when you can put it into pleasant songs like this, regards M
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Mind doodling
Mind doodling...I like that. Always been a dreamer. Now I can dream aloud in songs. Thanks for your attention, Maurice.
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Feter said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Pygmy Bone
Man ..you are one of the most authnetic folkies
around here ..you really have a sweet touch with
your guitars and set ..cant believe how much you
capable to arranged your jingle jangle sounds ..
so dreamy yet so there and woody ..perfect tone
on your vocal ..big fan here Sir ..wonderful ...
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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johnwhitehead said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Dreamy
Thanks for the careful listen, Feter. More & more I find myself embracing my folkie roots. Always loved the jingle-jangle. Glad you do too. Thanks for the support!
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Elevator_Funk said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
audio rorscach test
the lyrics are open for interpretation. good stuff, and as always, I love the top notch production. thanks for posting.
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scofugate said 2966 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Very
talented buddy! Production, lyrics. musicianship, arrangement..its all just darn good!
instant faved
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Relic67 said 2966 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
cool
interesting far out lyrics.
nice guitar playing all the way through, tasteful addition of electric instruments.
enjoyed!!
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five_extra_arms said 2965 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Unconscious Mind
Excellent lyrics and so nicely performed. I like how you blended the real and unreal so that it's hard to distinguish which is which.

Sweet song.

D/L'd!

Bob
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buckhorn said 2965 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Wonderful
set of words filled with poetic images, and an awfully nice sounding production. Dig it.
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sloparts said 2965 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
I love the relaxed delivery,
on the vocal on this one John, as well as the kind of surreal backtracks you've put together for it. It has a Crosby. Stills, And Nash kind of sound to it in some ways. Very cool my friend. Excellent production and mixing as well.

Excellent song John, very excellent.

Ed

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daibhre said 2965 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Fun stuff...
Just a couple days ago I was listening to Bill Mumy's "Really Good Radio" show and he played Donovan: "First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is." Songs about everything are so cool. It's hard for me to let it flow like this. Thanks, John.
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Martin_Leroy said 2964 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Great
Love this one John. The absurd words are fun and love the vibe. YOu rock
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guitapick said 2964 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
"There’s no difference that I can find...
....Between what’s real and what goes on inside my mind..."

Brilliant

Great tune, John. Glad you found it. Loved the keyboard solo.
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Monkaton said 2963 days ago (November 1st, 2009)
Good Song
This was really well done. Nicely recorded and I loved the way the guitars came in on the second verse. Good lyrics and good singing.


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TERRAPLANE said 2961 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
mellow grove
I love the mellow vibe in the instruments & voice here,, Well done ! Keep on keepin on, Terry
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egobandit said 2961 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
Spontanaity
is the mother of all muses Great performance excellent song!
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Lennon714 said 2961 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
Fed the man of steel
a banana peel. Great line. I'm taking it as a kryptonite reference, but the tone of the song makes me think you didn't mean any harm. Maybe I'm going too far off that line. But it hit home. And the vocal performance is so smooth and clear.
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davisamerica said 2960 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
another one
under the "wow" category .... ahhh and thanks for the download
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Boundless said 2955 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
Such sweet song
Beautiful melodic line.

Lovely - merci !
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SISTERS said 2954 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
that title got me here...
i'll tell you what - this is a GEM of a song. the random lyric is delightful, and "There’s no difference that I can find/Between what’s real and what goes on inside my mind" ooooooooo! good build in the arrangement, sweet little break before last verse. you sing beautifully - no muss or fuss or ego - with an authentic and true voice. thank you!
anne


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DWL said 2952 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
Lovely work
Cool, laid back and very well done.

It sounds effortless. Always the hallmark of a good musician.

Cheers

Dick
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hackneybloke said 2950 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
Pigmy Bone
Hey John.
Dude.....i LOVE this song. it's perfect. i wish i lived next door...i would be around ALL the time bugging you to collaborate. when i heard the tune i thought it was going to be a bit too simple to stand up on its own...but your lyrics are so cool it just compliments the whole and everything sits so nicely....and your voice is sweet and easy.
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kassia said 2944 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
what i love
about your sound is that it's just so refreshingly real. there are no effects hiding anything. you are just so RIGHT HERE in my ears. and your honest lyric writing just adds to the whole feeling of YOU in each song. wonderful.
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hackneybloke said 2937 days ago (November 26th, 2009)
back for more
just had to stop by and tell you how much i am listening to this song. it gets better and better. i also really love that you can feel the sudden rush of stereo change...which i'm sure you can solve by mixing in a live track of atmos. but for me, it's perfect the way it is...a real gem. thanks again.

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MarkHolbrook said 2638 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Nonsense
song... Well that is what most of mine are but I try on the lyrics and they often make little sense. What give this space is your vocals. Through everything I've heard your vocals just add so much. Nicely done!
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