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This is a song I wrote several years ago, when I had just finished reading Daniel Quinn's book, Ishmael. I just felt like the ideas put forth in the book translated well to lyrics, and I loved the big, epic beat by MCCRD (mccrd.bandcamp.com). It's a song that might take itself too seriously, but I definitely tried to avoid that, as best I could.

NOTES FOR PARENTS: This one is completely clean, and as an added bonus, quite educational. The choruses are very aggressive, though. Overall, probably best for third-graders and up, and especially for anyone first reading the book at a younger age than I did. If they're ready for the book, they're ready for the song, I'd say.


from Nursery Rhymes: Clean​(​er) Cuts for the Kids, released May 1, 2016
from Surreal Talk, released August 1, 2014
Music: MCCRD. Lyrics and vocals: Tom Swifty.



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Tom Swifty New York, New York

A former member of Minneapolis Hip-Hop crews Death Ray Scientific (spymc.bandcamp.com/album/death-ray-scientific-lp) and Matching Wits (soundcloud.com/matching-wits), Tom Swifty has performed at shows with artists like Sage Francis, Guante, Wide Eyes, Phillip Morris, Kristoff Krane, Kanser, Solillaquists of Sound, Heiruspecs, Carnage, and the late, great Eyedea, among others. ... more

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