Zoo Du Jour

from Elephino (1998) by Mailbox

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I wrote this in 1991 and wrestled with it for years. Rewrites upon rewrites. I had recorded some rough takes of this for the original release but was never happy with it. I finally settled on this final version and recorded it specially for this re-release of Elephino.


Remember the time I climbed a tree
I saw you and your ball of string?
Remember the time you found a world
And crowned yourself the almighty king?

I threw you down a walkie-talkie
just so we could keep in touch
I said, "Your majesty, what is new?"
You said, "Oh, not much, how about you?"

Remember the time we laughed a laugh
for at least a week and a half?
Laughed all day and laughed all night
Didn't sleep a wink or eat a bite

And as the time went on
Nothing reall zoo
Just to cater to folks like you
It just might give us something to do
At least for a day or maybe even two.

So we set up in our backyard land
Nailed down any pets that we had on hand
We bought a spot on Channel 1
And opened the gates to anyone who would come

Oh, what a lovely day
The zoo was full of noise we made
The zoo was cool but no one stayed

Then as the time went on
Something had to change inside
The animals were caged inside

Remember the time I climbed a tree
And read a book on how to sing?
Remember the time you found a world
In your stupid ball of string?

...come up and meet me in my apple tree
bring a rake and a trampoline...


from Elephino (1998), released February 2, 1998
written and performed by 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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