The Night Country

for february 2010, fireball wrote a bunch of words and sent them out to farflung folks to put them to music. seventeen songs came back from that venture. fireball added a little bit to many of the songs, with mixed results. here is information about the songs.

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the toad & the quoll

      words by fireball
      music and performance by john kohler
      fairbanks, alaska

Johnny was a quoll.
He was happy as can be.
Living large in the billabong
In a big old hollow tree.
One day he found a sausage,
Ate it up for brekkie,
    And he went out to meet the day

He met his friend Kowari
down by the waterside
They took a dip and shook it off
until their fur was dried
Johnny started feeling sick
As the sun shone far and wide
    Far and wide they ran off to play

Johnny and Kowari
Scampered down a dusty road,
Came upon a waterhole,
And started looking for a boat.
Johnny was feeling nauseous
When they met a young cane toad.
    He hopped up with something to say.

The cane toad gave a little wink,
And then croaked, 'Hello.'
Kowari said, 'Let's eat that thing.'
Johnny said, 'I don't know...
I'm just about to hurl my sausage...'
So Kowari dined solo.
    And Johnny lost his brekkie along the way

Johnny started feeling better,
But Kowari started turning blue.
And soon he just stopped breathing.
There was nothing Johnny could do.
The cane toad was dead inside his friend
And now his friend was dying, too.
    Poor Johnny put on his funeral beret.

One by one, the other cane toads
Hopped over to see
The carcass of Kowari
And to hear Johnny's eulogy.
From then on, Johnny and the cane toads
Lived in perfect harmony.
    He never liked the taste of cane toad anyway.

So if you eat the cane toad sausage,
And some foul ill descends:
Do not eat the cane toads!
Sing a song and be their friends.

Yes, if you eat the cane toad sausage,
And it blows out both ends:
Do not eat the cane toads!
Sing a song and be their friends.

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