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Duncan writes: I never really thought much about bugs until I sat down to write the lyrics for this song. It appears I have a lot of unresolved hostility toward them. I was stung in the back by a wasp once- perhaps that was the traumatic experience that caused my dislike of bugs. I also remember when I was in daycare (years and years ago) one of the supervisors making me feel guilty for stepping on a bug, because "we're all God's creatures, that bug had as much right to live as you. How would you like it if someone stepped on you?". Brrr. Scary.


I torture bugs with my magnifying glass
I like to watch them squirm
They turn red and then they turn black
Those little bugs they can't fight back.

Gramps attracts bugs because he smells funny
They're waiting for him to croak
They fly into his mouth and into eyes
But, at least he gets his exercise

Now, I stick bugs to my wall with pins
When they're not even dead
I laugh when they try to escape
Then, I stick them to my face with tape


from Elephino (1998), released February 2, 1998
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Duncan Pflaster & Adam Rabin


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Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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