New Music: Something Better to Do

Not actually fauna, but amazing wooden simulations thereof.

Not actually fauna, but amazing wooden simulations thereof.

Okay, fellow PiP-sters and DD Council peeps, this one’s for you! This is the song I sang at PiP graduation, with guest vocalist Beth Kessler awesomely handling the high harmony and octave unison. The rest of the vocals are me.

I call this one the “21 Tambourine Salute” because there’s a whole mess of tambourine on it carrying the rhythm (maybe not 21 tracks, but probably 10, with three different tambourines). Also the small frog rasp (see photo above on the right) makes its Normal Fauna debut here. Other instruments: egg shakers; handclap samples; virtual bass, taiko drum, kick drum, organ, and electric guitar (the latter five played with MIDI keyboard). Someday I will replace the fake guitar with a real one. But isn’t it sweet that I can have a taiko drum set on my recording without actually having to buy one?

Something Better to Do

Music and Lyrics by Andee Joyce

God
Don’t you have something better to do
Than help me with my stupid little problems
Don’t you have bodies to rescue
Kittens in trees, old people in the hot sun
Guess I slid on through
Never made a sound
So I’m the one who should be helping you
Not the other way around so

God
Don’t you have something better to do
Than shower me with tons of money
Don’t you have your chosen few
Nice normal people who look at me funny
I say let ‘em stare
‘Cause it’s time they knew
I don’t have to care, I’ll have all I need
If you give me something better to do

Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do

Kittens in trees, old people in the hot sun
They’re cute as buttons, reach up or down and grab one
I’m so tired of contemplating
If I’m beautiful enough to be worth saving
My arm’s been up for years, it hurts pretty badly
So hand over all your fools, I’ll suffer them gladly
‘Cause it wasn’t long ago I wasn’t much smarter
Makes me want to hold them that much harder
Be a transformer not a martyr
Kittens in, kittens in, kittens in trees
Kittens in, kittens in, kittens in trees
Kittens in, kittens in, kittens in trees
I’m falling falling forward forward
Now now now now

God
Don’t you have something better to do
Than make everybody love me
Don’t you have light bulbs to unscrew
Let it all go dark, it won’t bug me
‘Cause I will burn so bright
That they’ll ask what this world’s coming to
It’s coming to me now that I have
‘Cause you gave me
Something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
Don’t you have something better to do
I’m falling falling forward forward
Now now now now STOP!

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