Snowflake Circus

Vocal Melody and Lyrics written and sung by Richard Dry

Guitar chords and picking written and played by Richard Dry

Back up vocals and harmony written and sung by Dakota Dry

Percussion written and played by Richard Dry

Mixing by Richard Dry

 

Richard Dry:  "Quiet desperation" comes from a line in Thoreau's Walden, in which he says, "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation." He is then often misquoted as adding to that, "and go to the grave with their song still in them," which I love! That second part is most likely taken from "The Voiceless," by Oliver Wndell Holmes: "Alas for those that never sing,/But die with all their music in them!"  I made this the title song because I feel like it's the underlying theme of many of my songs, living our music until we die: We climb in the ring and do our thing and then disappear as we hit the ground.

 

Verse

Would you trade this quiet life for a dying revelation

Reading books and savoring looks of quiet desperation

Does it heal your aching soul to take the load from someone's shoulders

Do you drink and think that time will make you anything but older

 

Verse

Have you ever walked along a single line of railroad track

The molten lava, Cliffs of Hell, solo balancing act

You've forgotten where you're going, you've forgotten where you're at

And the cheering trees take root cause you've been there

 

Chorus:

Well this is the original

Amazing, but terrible

Traveling, Snowflake circus

 

Climb in the Ring and do your thing

The spotlight moves around

Paint on a smile

Walk the line for a while

disappear as you hit the ground

disappear as you hit the ground

 

Verse

A wise man once said that you're born then you're dead

A wise woman once said love your brother

A wise man once said that you must get ahead

While those couple of wise ones made love to each other

 

Verse

Have you ever walked barefoot over rocks that were sharp

You cry and you holler, you scream and you bark

You land on the beach in the cooling white sand

then you smile and you head for the rocks...once again

 

Chorus

This is the original

Amazing but terrible

Traveling, Snowflake Circus

 

Climb in the ring and do your thing

The spotlight moves around

Paint on a smile and relax for a while

Cause’ tomorrow we're shutting down

Yah Tomorrow we're shutting down

Oh tomorrow we're all shutting down

Oh tomorrow