Sing A Song Of Texas

oleaginously a la barbershop/derrick
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This is a pretty obscure entry in the Viper canon, which I may have only played at two solo shows, one in Accokeek, MD in 2007, and then at a record store appearance in Champaign, IL in 2010. It’s a barbershop quartet, so even though I’ve included the chords, you don’t really need them if you can find three other people to sing with you.

The song was written to be sung by Texas House Representative Martin Dies and other members of the first late-1930s instantiation of the House Un-American Activities Committee for the Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been Blue musical that’s still mostly just a twinkle in my eye. It’s one of two songs I’ve performed in which I’ve managed to squeeze in lyrics about both pumpjacks AND nodding donkeys. So I have that going for me. Which is… nice.

I have absolutely no recorded reference tracks of the whole thing, though I do have this demo of the verse (not included in the Songbook music!) which might help you get started.

The Viper, “Sing a Song of Texas (verse detail),” demo track, recorded February 2007

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about