This is a free download, Moondog's music and words feel extremely important right now, and it's also to celebrate 1000 Facebook supporters and 1000 free downloads available via bandcamp! (a perfect coincidence!) Thank you everyone and I hope you enjoy my version of this song.
I'm a big fan of Moondog. He was the viking of 6th Avenue in New York. He punched brail poems into slates under his viking coat, and when asked why he was dressed as a viking he would say "It's my way of saying No". "Why do you carry a spear, Moondog?" "Climb to the top and you'll get the point". His music was unusual, percussive, minimal, with beautiful texts, often energising and political, too. This is one of my favourite songs, and it has been in my mind over the past few weeks. With the help of Photobooth and logic I have made this song and short video. The original song is from the album 'h'art songs' that came out in 1978 on the Kopf label.
Do your thing!
Be fancy-free to call the tune you sing.
Don't give up!
That's not the way to win a loving cup.
Do your best,
and opportunity will do the rest.
Don't give in!
Capitulation is the greatest sin.
Do what's right,
what's right for you, to do with all your might.
What might have been, you might as well forget.
Stand your ground,
and while you're standing there, be duty-bound.
Learn to wait,
and while you're waiting, learn to concentrate.
All enemies I call potential friends,
Calm your fears,
and hope to cope at least a hundred years.
Make your mark!
If need be, even make it in the dark.
Mum's the word!
My sage advice, pretend you haven't heard.
released November 22, 2016
Song by Moondog
Performed and recorded by Bird Radio 2016