Not Too Precious

by Ziona Riley

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All songs written and performed by Ziona Riley

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released March 29, 2019

Recording and mixing thanks to Trevor Nikrant

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Ziona Riley Nashville, Tennessee

"Ziona's songs are ephemeral yet rooted-- echoing traditional folk and songwriter traditions at the same time as outsider spitfire lyricists like Michael Hurley, Connie Converse, or Dory Previn. Her songs are crafted with great depth and vulnerability, seemingly coming from the deepest corners of her experiences and by doing so, reaching the universal." -Lou Turner ... more

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Track Name: Kerfuffle
Running in circles in front of me, you got a lot of nerve making fun of me. I care too much when no one else cares at all.
Who wants to fight in the front lines waiting for soup in the kitchen line? Who cares at all when no one else cares that much?
Well we don't have time to worry our minds over a meaningless trivial kerfuffle. Mean
Meanwhile, there's miles of new roads being built and our votes all get lost in the shuffle like shiitakes mixed in with truffles.

Goldfish and canine companions, felines and furry turantulas - let's not forget who's a friend, who's a pet.
Sometimes our friends become enemies. (Guess who forgot the utilities?)
Let's not forget how we all pay the rent.
We don't have time to worry our minds over a meaningless, trivial kerfuffle. Meanwhile, the signs of the end times appear and american birdsongs get muffled, felinity winning each scuffle.

And we don't have time, dear, to worry our minds here. We're leaving, you'd best pack a duffle. Soon we'll be elderly, you'd be ashamed to be skin-wrinkled, feathers a-ruffled with your mind all filled up with kerfuffles.
Track Name: Coming of Age in the Midwest
Thirty six packs of nutrisweet
thirty six packs of Splenda.
Count them out
tap and tear
pour them in the pitcher.
Your dad's getting up from his recliner chair
Don't be afraid, fill his cup with Koolaid
and be best friends as long as we can.

Stand up
on the counter top
to steal some sips of cinnamon schnapps.
No one's the wiser
we'll replace what we drank with watered down
Red Koolaid.
Your dad's getting up from his recliner chair
Don't be afraid, fill his cup with Koolaid
and be best friends as long as we can.

I caught you red handed
(stained from the Koolaid)
lounging in your dad's recliner.
You asked me a question I don't know how to answer
"Will we be best friends forever?"
But now you're stuck in that recliner chair,
I'm really scared
I think you drank the Koolaid.
"We'll be best friends," I said. "As long as we can."

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