Pioneer

by My Little Hum

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1.
Papa’s grocery store Everyday after school Your feet won’t touch the floor Sitting on the stool Transistor radio Sing along with the soda jerks Mama counts the change You watch how her fingers work Tinker tinker Deep thinker Spin those wheels Make gears grind Are you a pioneer? Or just another engineer Who’s lost his mind Someday you’ll fly a plane And then you’ll build one, too Head west young man There are others just like you Standardized exams Won’t measure how smart you are As long as you don’t use The garage to park your car Tinker tinker Deep thinker Spin those wheels Make gears grind Are you a pioneer? Or just another engineer Who’s lost his mind You’re one of a kind Combining punch cards with Atari and FORTRAN Thoughtfully dissect Fractals with bare hands Playing hide and seek With family ties that bind Your little town in Ohio All they ever need to know Is you’re one of a kind
2.
Brick by brick, stone by stone You’re building a tiny home Stone by stone, brick by brick Is there a little treat or trick Something you can say To scare those voices away Turn it up or dial it down Twist it deep into the ground With every bracket you can stack it Only so high Little soldiers here they come They rise up straight into the sun Stone by brick by stone a hive a home Don’t build it alone Don’t build it alone Another skeleton missing a bone Don’t built it alone Another skeleton without a home Turn it up then dial it down Twist it deep into the ground You run a racket so you stack it Only so high, stack it so high
3.
Once in little Amsterdam Facades were gold and made by hand Fenestration tracery You say you saw and now I see At four in the afternoon My little sphere of influence Will break right through This chain link fence Sidewalk cracks and building heights Come together in this light At four in the afternoon Where were we at half past three? Little minutes into hours Counting all the water towers Listen to the shadows sigh Hanging low in the sky At four in the afternoon Little steps make big parades Watching from concrete arcades Straight up sweet vermouth and rye You’re the apple in my eye At four in the afternoon Light matters more At half past four in the afternoon Take a deep breath close your eyes Let the city bury you alive …
4.
Sequenced apron strings Guide the winged machines In the middle of the night Beyond the decision bar I will sleep with stars On this aluminum kite Green red blinking Green red green blinking Green red blink green Or I’ll sit up wide-awake And let my brain bake a cake Over and over and on repeat Then I’ll ask myself If the sky would melt Could I unbuckle Orion’s belt From the window seat Red green blinking Red green red blinking Red green blink red See mirrored centerlines Hear buildings keeping time On the runway lights of your design Each take off and landing Is an understanding To see the end and follow through Tarmacs and time zones Make home sweet home Where I grew up to be just like you
5.
Terra Firma 03:31
If you’re a spotted owl Then I must be a pussycat We’ll sail across the sea Rudderless and free Come what may for two lost souls Who found our way This is your captain speaking The storm is closing in We’ll tack our handmade mast A patchwork of our past The starboard muse Leads us whichever way We choose Stand up to the sun Resist the current’s flow A pioneer will only steer Where no one else will go Terra firma is ours for the taking Lightning may strike us down Heed the warning sound Of the ground breaking
6.
Sailing 02:54
Original by Christopher Cross (used with permission) Well it’s not that far to paradise At least it’s not for me And if the wind is right You can sail away And find tranquility Oh the canvas can do miracles Just you wait and see Baby believe me And it’s not far to never never land No reason to pretend And if the wind is right You can find the joy Of innocence again Oh the canvas can do miracles Just you wait and see Baby believe me Sailing Takes me away To where I’ve always heard it could be Just a dream and the wind to carry me And soon I will be Free Fantasy It gets the best of me When I’m sailing All caught up in the reverie Every word is a symphony Oh baby believe me Baby believe in me Sailing Takes me away To where I’ve always heard it could be Just a dream and the wind to carry me And soon I will be Free, so free In never never land
7.
Subway Song 02:54
It’s nice to meet you The sky is so blue just like your eyes Off we go now in this weather It’s how I measure this day is mine Double reverse somersault and twist Make it mine Stick that landing seal it with a kiss Sunshine It’s nice to meet you Your eyes are so blue just like the sky Off we go now all together Barely tethered by a subway line Strangers smile across the aisle In time Platform chats queued single file This delay may take a good long while What do you say? We make it last all day From this afternoon To the light of the moon It’s nice to meet you And stand in your shoes before I die Off we go now it’s been a pleasure Little treasure blue-eyed surprise Salutations time mutations On this one train show Off we go now in all directions I guess we’ll never ever know
8.
Pioneer 10 04:02
Thread a needle through the eye Is that a moon you spy? From the head of a pin By the hair of your chinny Chin chin

about

The 2019 sophomore release from My Little Hum, Pioneer, is a return to the band’s glittery pop sound featuring shimmering guitars, crunchy bubbling bass, catchy melodies and lush female vocal harmony. The album, once again produced and engineered by Allen Clapp (Orange Peels), is on Mystery Lawn Music.

credits

released October 18, 2019

My Little Hum is
Yuri Jewett: vocals, keyboards
Dan Jewett: guitars, bass

With
Bob Vickers: drums
Allen Clapp: keyboards
Jonathan Segel: violins
Jill Pries (et. al): handclaps

Produced by Allen Clapp and My Little Hum

Engineered and Mixed by Allen Clapp at Mystery Lawn Mountain, Boulder Creek, California, from March 2018 to June 2019

Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, California, July 2019

All songs by My Little Hum except “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. Used with permission. Pioneer 10 1973 NASA audio narrated by Michael Rye/licensed by Periscope Film LLC.
©2019 My Little Hum, BMI

Illustration by Wayne Brezinka
Graphic Design by Rachel Griffiths
Pioneer Image: Science History Images/Alamy Stock Photo

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My Little Hum is a husband and wife music duo featuring Dan Jewett (guitars/bass) and Yuri Jewett (vocals/keyboards).

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