Chipmunk

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Chipmunk

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I said that I was sitting out this 5090 to work towards producing an album from all the fruits of 4 FAWMs and 2 5090s. ... and I am.
But I was the host for our monthly songwriters session and in the hour before everyone arrived, this fell out.

This song is completely documentary. It happened just as it says in the song.

Lyrics: 

Chipmunk
(C) S. McGaughey July 7/2016

G D G
In the basement one day my wife heard.
C G
A distinctive chirping unlike a bird
C G
Then the skittering of claws across the wood floor
D C G
A chipmunk had found its way indoors

G D G
I was surprised as I came down the stairs
C G
When a furry brown creature dashed under a chair
C G
The cat thought that he had found someone to play
D C G
Then I closed my eyes wishing it would all go away

Chorus
G D G
But there's no Chipmunk in our house anymore X2
C G
How it got here, we're not really sure.
C G
It could have climbed down the chimney Or snuck through the door
D C G
But there's no Chipmunk in our house anymore

G D G
For days we chased him all over the house
C G
The cat found him better than any toy mouse
C G
The girls asked if we could make it a pet
D C G
Trying for days to catch it in a net

G D G
We thought we could lure him into a trap
C G
But our fluffy little friend was smarter than that
C G
He'd lick up the bait till it was was all gone
D C G
Then scurry back out before the trap sprung

Chorus
G D G
But there's no Chipmunk in our house anymore X2
C G
How it got here, we're not really sure.
C G
It could have climbed down the chimney Or snuck through the door
D C G
But there's no Chipmunk in our house anymore

G D G
After 2 weeks hunting, the cat finally won
C G
I spied the munk in his mouth, I thought it was done
C G
Turns out I called the ending too soon,
D C G
As a terrified chipmunk raced round the room

G D G
The chipmunk raced under a bookcase and hid,
C G
My wife coaxed him into a basket with lid
C G
She released it under a hedge outdoors
D C G
Now there's no chipmunk in our house anymore



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Comments

Hi Sean, Fun fun folk song. Glad you were able to share a song even with all the other stuff you have going on. Not sure how long I'll be here myself but after taking off most of the last two 5090's figured I should at least give it a go. Good luck with your CD project Smile

Fuzzy's picture

Great story. Sounds like my house on occasion.
I'm loving the simplicity of your playing - really highlights your lyrics.
Glad it all worked OK for the little guy.

PhilKMills's picture

Nice job of turning the story into a song!

(We once had a starling show up inside our -- unused -- fireplace. The cats couldn't believe we "let" it get away.)

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Nice storytelling ... I like the sound of "the skittering of claws" ... could be a kids song or an adult one. I like the cat hijinx and the happy ending!

katpiercemusic's picture

A good old humor banjo waltz! I like the story a lot. And aren't they all smarter than the traps? I really thought this was going to have a more gruesome ending!

Adnama17's picture

So much fun! I can picture every line happening as you sing it. Glad there was happy ending too!
Biggrin

musicsongwriter's picture

Lovely song to listen to, nice to know it all happened and inspired you to create your song. Enjoyed listening to your vocal and playing.
Nadia

Arthur Rossi's picture

I like story telling songs.... Very well written and an extra-bonus for the real background... Smile Awesome folk tune and performance!

sheamiejay's picture

Great story song. Kids (like me) would love this one. Kinda like "The Cat Came Back".

colgoo's picture

Very fun story. The tune sounds super familiar, like an old cowboy tune I once heard. So very folk, like sitting around a campfire sharing life stories.

Chip Withrow's picture

Thanks for checking out a few of my songs! I was surprised when I saw you had only one song, but it's a good one.
Charming, personal musical story-telling here. I'm glad it has a happy ending - but there is some humorous suspense in there, too.
I like the guitar work, too.

Klaus's picture

Nice story and good folk song. The repeats at the beginning of the chorus make this sound very authentic, as does you vocals and banjo, little bit in the vein as Pete Seger and Woody Guthrie maybe. Chorus is clever, keeping the tension till the end. Enjoyable.