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Little Sisyphus

For the Captain

by Nora Nygard

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I woke early this morning and the sun was shining down beating a song so clear a beautiful and dirty sound I followed a trail of paint through the sands, patterns, shadows the ravens, close behind me fixed our mistakes upon the road at the source of all this color a sight, truly, to behold a doctor eating trout licking moonbeams, milking crows and a beast shining in a spotlight mirrored furiously with bongos in a moment, it all stopped and we stood listening to the birds eyes open, ears astonished in awe of what we heard for me, it was something I'd only felt but from the start you woke me up from such a coma struck the beef inside my heart you were a madman you were a genius a poet, painter, shaman, king oh case of the music they owe you so much and I owe you everything you helped make me into me I hope you were so happy oh captain my captain the magic of your seas if I could make it to your desert where your funeral be I'd lay upon your body one rose that I mean oh captain my captain shake the bushes, shake the trees! I'll lay upon your body one rose that I mean


This song is a tribute to Don Van Vliet, who died on December 17th, 2010.

I was ten or eleven the first time I heard Trout Mask Replica. It changed me forever.

School was always awful for me, and since elementary school I wanted to follow Van Vliet's advice: "If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school."

Like King Buzzo of the Melvins, I often ask myself: What would Beefheart do?

I wish I could compose something musically comparable to the Magic Band's output, but this song was written with my limited skills while grieving over the loss of Don. Other members of the Magic Band live on, including the legendary John French (Drumbo), but there is a gap in the world. I still feel it. I think I will always feel it.

A huge thanks to Robert Kramer and Evan Morgenson, longtime friends and bandmates on pump organ and upright bass respectively.


released December 20, 2010

Nora Nygard: Songwriter / Cover Art / Photography / Graphic Design / Acoustic Guitar / Vocals

Robert Kramer: Pump Organ

Evan Morgenson: Upright Bass

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Nora Nygard Saint Paul, Minnesota

I've always been searching. Drumming in punk bands. Singing into a cassette mic alone. Trans angst, alienation, going on the road. Synthesis, tape, poetry. Two failed tours, two failed degrees. Reclaiming my voice from the choir, reshaping my voice after punk rock. Years of isolation, hormone therapy, production studies, and hundreds of releases with various projects. ... more

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