What is Lissa Walking?

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Greg (Animal) writes: I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with perception. I was almost asleep when these lyrics came to me. I called Irving (Adam):

Animal - "I just wrote the opening song for that critter-oriented album you're working on"

Irving - "but, I already..."

Animal - "I just wrote the opening song for that critter-oriented album you're working on"

Irving - "but, Animal, I..."

Animal - "I just wrote the opening song for that critter-oriented album you're working on"

Irving - "Ok, great, what is it?"

I read it to him. He liked it. At least, I perceived that he liked it. Irving's brain is like a shelter for my misfit lyrics.

Once we went to Rocky Horror and, on the way, witnessed a bad auto accident.

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I chanced upon sweet Lissa
Six years old today
Walking with her elephant
up Cran De Lo Pablo Way

I asked her "How's your horsey"
And she looked at me with a laugh
She said, "Sir, this ain't no horsey!
'Tis truly a moose that I have!"

Well, lo, behold and my goodness,
I squinted my eyes to see
"Sweet Lissa I beg your pardon,
So what kind's your chimpanzee?"

She stomped with mild impatience
And let out a hefty sigh
"My falcon will attack your head
and pluck out your faulty eye!"

"Lissa, you are just a girl
A young and innocent miss,
But the pet you walk's not talking,
And you don't know what animal it is."

"Antelope?" I said, "An antelope?
Then pray, where is his snout?"
She said, "A schnauzer's counter-snout
Inverts when turned inside out!"

"Lissa, you are just a girl
A young and innocent miss,
But the pet you walk's not talking,
And you don't know what animal it is."

Sweet Lissa, you are a pickle
And I tire of your silly talk
You dare to doubt a wise man's eyes,
And don't know the animal you walk

"Sir you are no wise man,
And you should get out of the biz
No one knows what it be,
But the animal knows what it is."

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from Elephino (1998), released February 2, 1998
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Greg Skillman

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Adam Rabin Burlington

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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