Here we go,
happy holidays

July 4th 1981
candles of a Roman ilk,
unloaded from a Chevy truck
into the home her folks had built,
patio was charcoals and extended fam in folding chairs,
safely arced around the yard to focus on the smoking flares,
couple cousins, uncles, aunts,
mostly grown-ups, couple brats,
baby Ruby's only two,
she's too close to the jumping jacks,
Mommy scoops her to the house,
buckles up the booster seat,
rolls her to the storm door,
let her long for all the lunacy,
telephone distracting Mom,
Ruby wriggles out her strap,
fingers push the plexi-glass,
she's off into the sour patch,
past the pyrotechnics undetected and invisible,
woke the sleeping beagle skipping toward the kidney swimming pool,
off into the yawning blue,
the splash would mum the rocket-ships,
Ruby's lungs were filling by the time her kin were cognizant,
many sprung and sprinted down,
all arrive belated but,
the beast she had earlier stirred had been alert since waking up,
canine let his gainer fly,
water top commotion grow,
howling guests assume the cloven hoofs had come to do-si-do,
frenzied and congested deck,
part to let the elders see,
soggy beagle gently dragging Ruby in his yellow teeth,
laid the tiny body in the sun before her Father's feet,
when she chocked the liquid through her bluish lips he dropped his knees
helped the air to reconvene,
towel his shaking Ruby off,
EMT confirm the save,
everybody say "Good dog!"


Lyrics submitted by TheRevisionist, edited by kangadog666

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    General CommentA genre-shattering fable, this is an amazing song. Has the same silver bullets as Aesop's earlier "No Regrets". I don't know how that man does it. No one besides Aesop could have written this. This song brings me to my emotional knees.
    Grafton July 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentEasily one of my favorites off Skelethon even though it's only 2:34 seconds long it's a masterpiece. The storytelling is brilliantly woven with Aes' wordplay and that twangy piano that sounds like it's from a 90's movie really bring the climax of this song to a perfect ending.
    Autotheiston August 26, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionI get a knot in my throat every time I listen to this song. If it lasted and extra thirty seconds I would probably be in tears. Two and a half minutes of exactly what Aesop is about.
    DannyD303on September 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. The verbal imagery is amazing.
    deathtotheweirdon January 08, 2013   Link

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