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When the Big Bell Calls

from Satsuma by Life in a Blender

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    Gorgeous 5.5" x 8.5" booklet with lyrics, custom artwork for each song, and a custom cocktail recipe for each song, crafted by a crew of our favorite mixologists. (Artists: Nancy Howell, James Williamson, Carla Rozman, Gideon Kendall, Sky Pape, and Pete Friedrich)

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Satsuma, Happy Enough, We Already Have Birds That Sing, Hey Christmas - FREE!, Live at Rockwood Music Hall - FREE!, Homewrecker Spoon, Summer Goes Too Fast, The Heart Is a Small Balloon, and 5 more. , and , .

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We’ll milk the cows now
Sun is in the yard
We’ll clean the barn out
Time is running short

Leaves they won’t stay in the trees
I know it’s impossible. I know it’s impossible
Icy bullets in the northern breeze
I know they’re unstoppable. I know they’re unstoppable

And with every motion
that you make in haste
Can’t keep things together
frozen in one place

Like the Frisbee, left in the summer stream
Come the snow, we’ll only have the dream
Like the mitten you left in the icy pond
Come the spring, the mitten will be gone

We’ll bale the hay now
Make tight yellow cubes
Pickle the string bean
For our winter’s food

Dust may gather and make balls
Nothing’s invincible, nothing is invincible
Where will you be when the big bell calls?
You are responsible. You are responsible

Idle hands may wander, shrivel on the beach
Make sure every chore gets crossed off of your sheet

Make sure the river doesn’t narrow to a creek
Make sure the wool is taken from the sheep
Make sure the baby doesn’t wake from its sleep
Check the saddle has got the extra grease

And when everything goes all cattywampus
We will still move forward, oh nothing can stop us
When the ceiling droops and the floor starts to buckle
We will keep it together, we will face all our troubles

It’s not impossible, it’s not impossible, it’s not impossible
We are unstoppable, we are unstoppable, we are unstoppable, oh yeah


from Satsuma, released November 20, 2020
Song art by Gideon Kendall


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Life in a Blender New York, New York

For over 30 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle. ... more

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