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​Wisconsin River Blues

This song is by Matthew Friedberger and appears on the album Winter Women (2006).

Please Mr. Brisbane
Oh Mr. Brisbane please
Don't make your anti-lion go roaring
Among the White Pine trees
Please Mr. Brisbane
Oh Mr. Brisbane please
Don't make us grow tails
Or live by Lake salt-water Lemonade in ease
This journey journal was located
In the locked library of
The Chippewa Valley Falls Community Center
After apparent failure at settling in cozy
By the snake-skin banks of the dusty dirty Trinity
Mr. Brisbane lead everybody, all six of us,
Up north to the crisp semi-frozen inlets
Of the big W.
In between the river and the little town
Of Grand Mush
We arranged everything up
We designated the six of us
Six different bands
And sewed the banners for each of them
Mine was black gold and blue
And we waved them around while doing the tasks
We were passionately attracted to
Like clearing secondary jungle
And then the local homesteaders
Yankees and Finns came over
With a petition which read
Please Mr. Brisbane
Oh Mr. Brisbane please
Don't make your anti-lion go roaring
Among the White Pine trees
Please Mr. Brisbane
Oh Mr. Brisbane please
Don't make us grow tails
Or live by Lake saltwater Lemonade in ease
Mr. Brisbane shook his head and deliberated
And then Mr. Brisbane made a speech to them and to us
By the sacred waters of the Wisconsin River
Sacred so to speak, I swear
You'll get whatever it is you want
It's not for me to say or to care