Emerald Rose

Emerald Rose

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Folk - Rock | Dahlonega, Georgia, United States
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Member Since: 2004
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Song Description

A story song about waking up one night to discover that a horde of rats are having a ceili-style music and dance party in your kitchen. Yes, it's surreal. The music is reminiscent of Jethro Tull.

Story Behind the Song

This was an Arthur Hinds song inspired by a dream he had (after eating Bleu cheese just before bedtime, he claims) - Larry helped modify and flesh out some lyrics. The original tune was straight folk, but it evolved a more Tull-like sound as we developed

Lyrics

DANCE OF THE RATS
Words and music by Arthur Hinds and Larry Morris

I awoke one night with nature's call
Out of the bedroom and into the hall
Looked in the kitchen, still half asleep
My gut clenched in terror, icy and deep

Twenty some rats were out on the floor
Four on the table, two by the door
I stared in shock while they struck up the band
Formed into lines at their caller's command

(chorus)
Round and round, the rats they danced
On tiny feet they leapt and pranced
With vermin grace and rodent skill
The dance of the rats-- what a thrill!

They wore little hats and wee little shoes
Greatcoats and dresses of green and blue
They waltzed and tangoed and polkaed with glee
Lost in their revels, they quite ignored me

Up on the table were musicians four
With soul and with skill they commanded the floor
With tiny guitars and a fiddle so small
It could only be played at a Rodentia ball

Chorus

I woke with a start, no music was playin
Ran to my kitchen, a-gaspin and praying
No rats there to greet me, but amongst all the clutter
Was a tiny glass slipper right next to the butter...

Chorus

© Emerald Rose 2005
Arthur Hinds - Vocals, bodhran, guitar
Larry Morris - pennywhistle
Brian (Logan) Sullivan - guitars
Clyde Gilbert - bass

Song Length
3:44
Genres
Folk - Rock, Unique - Waltz
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Exultant, Disturbed

Subject Matter
Dance, General

Similar Artists
Jethro Tull, The Cranberries
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Arthur Hinds / Larry Morris
Music Credits Arthur Hinds / Larry Morris
Producer Credits Emerald Rose
Publisher Credits Emerald Rose
Performance Credits Emerald Rose
Label Credits Emerald Rose