Tell Tale Tusk

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released June 21, 2016

Anna Lowenstein - Fiddle
Fiona Fey - Vocals & Clarinet
Kai Carter - Guitar and Additional Percussion
Laura Inskip - Vocals & Clarinet
Rey Yusuf - Vocals & Percussion
Robyn Hemmings - Double Bass
Andy Ramsay - Additional Percussion (Cuckoo's Nest)

Recorded by Andy Ramsay at Press Play Studios.
Mastered by Paul Tipler

Art work by Matthew Knight
Design by Bryn Jones

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Tell Tale Tusk London, UK

Tell Tale Tusk combine three part vocal harmony, raucous rhythms and inventive instrumental styles to weave twisted tales into a ruthlessly entertaining original party set.

The ladies of Tell Tale Tusk also perfom as a folk quartet where folk tunes old and new are arranged into signature three part vocal harmony and melodious instrumental accompaniment.
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Track Name: Miss Madley
Miss Madley was a spinster
She never had wed
She was married to her business
Embalming THE DEAD

Miss Madley had a funeral home
Where for 49 years
She had suited and booted and boxed up..
Strangers and peers

Until one morning unexpectedly
Came to her an entire dance company

She dolled up the dead as directed
Each one was a dance caricature
She worked all day until nightfall
Then she left and she bolted the door

She was awakened in the dead of the night
By a ruckus and a rhythm
Strange flickering light...

She seiz-ed a golfclub
And crept down the stairs
To the cellar once silent
That now was all...... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

(Chorus)
And the dead they were dancing like never before
The dead they were dancing like never before
They were spinning, jumping, cartwheeling the floor
Yes the dead they were dancing like never before

There were tappers, tangos, salsas swings
A dead girl on piano
Drums drum-med once more
The dead they were dancing like never before
Yes the dead they were dancing like never before

And they looked so entrancing she had to join in
So she chose a partner and she started to swing

They cried Miss Madley, Miss Madley!
This night is your last!
And we’re here to share
The dances of days gone past

So they danced la da da da DA da da da
They danced la da da da DA da da da
They danced la da da da DA da da da
They danced la da da da DA da da da

Chorus


Join the fun its only just began
Enjoy this real event or this hallucination
In death you can do what you never did in life
So move your feet
To the beat

Dancing in the bathroom
Dancing in the hall
Dancing in the kitchen
Dancing one and all

Dancing in the bathroom
Dancing in the hall
Dancing in the kitchen
Dancing one and all


They danced up the stairs
And Miss Madley went too
They danced out the door and
After that I’m not sure


Chorus

And the dead they were dancing
Like never before
Track Name: Liquor Song
The girl that you knew stands there waiting for you
You nearly walked right on by
With a smile and a stare, she returns you to there
And you follow to join at the back of the line
With those that you can't leave behind

Destruction created is never unmade
You made her go die with the flies in the sky
And she'll never come back no she'll never come back...

(Chorus)
Dance, dance is all you remember a shattering disco of glittering lights
She said in a whisper, "I'd lay off the liquor if I were you tonight"

A promise that's broken is always a token of how you lost her that night
She'll spit on your shovel and dig up your gravel with a shovel that's made out of led

(Chorus)

Some day you'll remember that night in September
What was she doing you don't even know
She laid there and prayed there and asked for an answer
An ending a get out
A way to get home

The door was left open the lights were all on
When you got back you knew something was wrong
You crept cross the floorboards pushed open the door
Lying in a heap was a skeletons claw

Her eyes were all puffy her hair was all grey
Bones all broken skin melted away
You fell to your knees catching words you should say
Then you lay down and wept like a bird without prey

Dance dance is all you remember a shattering disco of glittering lights
Dance dance is all you remember a shattering disco of glittering lights
Dance dance is all you remember a shattering disco of glittering lights
She said in a whisper, I'd lay off the liquor
If I were you tonight!
Track Name: GM Parade
The scene was very glum
A man had come across a parade put on by scientist scum
Everybody gathered round to point and laugh and stare
except for... except for ONE

The parade had begun
And of shame there was none
The crazy scientist he had made
These genetically modified beings
For parade

He used to be a good man a really very lovely man
He fell in with the wrong crowd
He was bullied he was bullied for his scientific knowledge then he turned things upside down
He decided to use his powers for evil
And make beings that he could control

Oh he felt so bad for the people passing by
Oh he felt so bad for the people passing by
Oh he felt so bad for the people passing by
He had to stop, he had to stop and cry

BUT WHY!?

Oh one had five arms
One had six eyes
One was over twelve feet tall and the other had tusks for teeth

One had three hands
One had four feet
One had a face with a beak
And the other had fins for feet

WHAT'S THIS!?
A Closer look...
And the twelve foot man his head shook
The observer he did stare
Looks like they're getting out of there

Oh the twelve foot man used his height in full
And the three armed one began to pull
The five legged woman who was really very strong
The crazy scientist had got this all WRONG!

Oh he felt so bad for the people passing by
Until they all used their arms and all their eyes
To escape the parade and begin a new long life
And all they laughed and clapped and cheered for all of time
Track Name: Missile Boy
A fascination with the every day
Made little Johnny lie awake
He tried and tried to contemplate until his head it really ached

He stared up at the sun so high
Until the moon it passed right by
In his room he made a plan
He wanted to learn how to fly....

(Chorus)
The numbers danced poetically
He calculated perfectly
The only thing he didn't see
Were the little bits of deberis

In his room he stayed up late
Fixing wings with bits of tape
Late one night a stranger came
To ask some questions
VERY STRANGE
Johnny never wondered why
He had a gun up on his thigh
In the strangers squinting eyes
A steaming hint of danger lied

The man was from the government
A stranger who was like cement
Hardened to the joys of life
And wounded with a secret knife
He wanted to take Johnny's plan
Make him rich and give him land
Life would be so very grand if only he would sell his plan...

(Chorus)

A fascination with the every day
Made little Johnny lie awake
He tried and tried to contemplate until his head it really ached
He stared up at the sun so high
Until the moon it passed right by
In his room he made a plan
He wanted to learn how to fly

(Chorus)

The numbers danced
The numbers danced
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Track Name: Cuckoo's Nest
As I was a walking one morning in May
I met a pretty fair maid and unto her did say
I'll tell you me mind, it's for love I am inclined
An me inclination lies in your cuckoo's nest

(Chorus)
Some like a girl who is pretty in the face
and some like a girl who is slender in the waist
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist
At the bottom of the belly lies the cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I am innocent and young
And I scarcely can believe your false deluding tongue
Yet I see it in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
That your inclination lies in me cuckoo's nest

me darling, says me, if you can see it in me eyes
Then think of it as fondness and do not be surprised
For I live you me dear and I'll marry you I swear
If you'll let me clap my hand on your cuckoo's nest

(Chorus)

Me darling, says she, I can do no such thing
For me mother often told me it was committing sin
Me maidenhead to lose and me sex to be abused
So have no more to do with me cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says me, it's not committing sin
But common sense should tell you it is a pleasing thing
For you were brought into this world to increase and do your best
And to help a man to heaven in your cuckoo's nest

(Chorus)

Me darling, says she, I cannot you deny
For you've surely won my heart by the rolling of your eye
Yet I see it in your eyes that your courage is surprised
So gently lift your hand into me cuckoo's nest

(Chorus)

This couple they got married and soon they went to bed
And now this pretty fair maid has lost her maidenhead
In a small country cottage they increase and do their best
And he often claps his hand on her cuckoo's nest