When we last checked in with 1,2,3 (watch it here), the band was giving us a brief tour of their studio and a glimpse of what’s going on as they record their new album Big Weather. This week, the band will tell us about a new song.
The band’s guitarist/singer Nic Snyder has asked us to have this sound clip here for you to listen to while you read his message below and the lyrics to the new song “When The Levee Broke at the County Fair.” Check it out below as well as the newest studio diary video.
We actually went to a county fair with a field recorder for this one, trying to pluck that “real fair” feeling out of the air. This is one of the first ones I wrote for the album. This one and “Bus to Babylon” were light bulb moments, like, “okay, this is what the lyrics are gonna be like”. They pretty much read like prose in a pop song format. – Nic Snyder
When the Levee Broke at the County Fair
When the Levee Broke at the County Fair I was threading my fingers through your hair; feeling all the things that a boy should feel when you’re at the peak of the Ferris wheel.
When the Levee Broke at the County Fair there was a shriek so loud it was hard to bare. I put my lips to your ears and said, “I know, I know”, and I held you as the big brown waters rose.
All the little bowls of gold fish were now free to swim just where they wish, and all the lucky ones in the tunnel of love were now floating out above the shuttle buses, but it never did rain. It was just a big brown wave.
When the levee broke at the county fair all the funnel cake girls just froze with fear. The Tilt-a-World tilted like it shouldn’t tilt, as the haunted house trailer got haunted for real.
When the levee broke at the county fair there were bodies, popcorn, and soggy sawdust bears. I threw a quivering kiss to you–cute and blue–and we slipped into the night like lovers do.
All the little bowls of gold fish were now free to swim just where they wish, and all the sorry souls at the tractor-pull were now clawing water trying to stay afloat, but it never did rain. It was just a big brown wave.