Snowstorm

from by Jason Harrod

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about

I got booked for a gig in Connecticut where each of the performers was asked to write a song about being snowed in. This was my entry. I was in the middle of reading a Bill Bryson book about the evolution of the English language in the US. Lots of new words about weather were being formed or coined (snowstorm and blizzard), or else were being stolen outright from other languages (Bryson tells the story of Washington purloining the word "ravine" from the French, with whom he was fighting in the French and Indian war).

lyrics

snowstorm is a simple word first used in 1771
it must have been a frightful storm the day it was spoken
its a compound like skyscraper looming up so high
baby its cold out wherever you're holed up i hope that you're all right
baby its cold out wherever you're holed up i hope that you're all right
 
there's a blizzard raging outside. It used to mean to get hit
over and over or even just once by gunshot or by fist
i never been shot but i know how it feels to want someone around
baby its cold out wherever you are i hope you're safe and sound
 
im a man who needs some definition 
my meaning has become a little loose
come on over sweetness 
save me from obsoleteness
baby all I need's a little use
 
washington the patriarch gave us the word ravine
he took it from the french even though there were already dozens of words that meant the same thing
he could have said gully or valley, he could have said fissure or flume
he could have said screw it, it's only New Jersey, Martha I'm coming home
I'm tired of freezing my rebel ass off, Martha I'm coming home.

credits

from Highliner, track released July 15, 2013
Featuring:

Jason Harrod: vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Joshua Stamper: double bass, electric bass
Patrick Berkery: drums, percussion
Brian Christinzio: piano
Jim Callan: pedal steel
Kenny Hutson: pedal steel
Colin McGrath: vocals, guitar
Reid Maclean: vocals
Michelle Bishop: violin
Erica Miller : violin
Shelley Weiss: viola
Naomi Gray: cello
Jon Rees: piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet
Paul Arbogast: tenor and bass trombone

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Orchestral arrangements written and conducted by Joshua Stamper
Mastered by Grey Larsen at Grey Larsen Mastering, Bloomington, Indiana
Vinyl Mastering by Prairie Cat
Photography by Erica Pelaccia
Illustration and Graphic design by Vesper Stamper

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produced by Brian McTear, engineered and mixed by Jonathan Low

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