Thaddeus Spae

Thaddeus Spae

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Songwriter/Entertainer/Multi-instrumentalist. Jazzy, bluesy songs with funny, quirky, subtle lyrics on guitar, harmonica, trombone, guitarron, percussion and more. Nearly 40 years of wild stories and vaudeville folk.

Biography

Award-winning songwriter, entertainer and mult-instrumentalist Thaddeus Spae has been called "the Cole Porter of vaudeville folk." In a career spanning 4 decades, he's delighted audiences nationwide with jazzy, bluesy songs and unlikely stories of life, love and the open road, accompanying himself on 12 string guitar, harmonica, trombone, guitarron, banjolin, ukulele, percussion and more. His music has been featured on NPR, Showtime TV and Broadway and has been recorded for broadcast by the BBC. He's appeared with Baby Gramps, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Artis the Spoonman and other New Vaudeville performers.

Lyrics

Monkey In The Mirror

Written By: Thaddeus Spae

MONKEY IN THE MIRROR

WOKE UP THIS MORNING IN THE SAME OLD PLACE
STUMBLED TO THE SINK TO SCRAPE THE FUR OFF MY FACE
PEEKED IN THE MIRROR, IT SCARED ME FIT TO DIE
THERE WAS AN ANTHROPOID SIMIAN GIVING ME THE EYE

THERE’S A MONKEY IN THE MIRROR AND HE’S BEEN THERE ALL DAY
A MONKEY IN THE MIRROR AND HE WON’T GO AWAY
HE DOES WHAT YOU DO
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU
THE MONKEY IN THE MIRROR

WENT TO THE PREACHER HE WAS TALKIN REAL ODD
HE SAID MAN IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
HE SAID I READ IT IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE’S NEVER WRONG
I SAID ARE WE TALKIN GOD HERE OR KING KONG?

CH

I AIN’T NO GORILLA NOR A CHIMPANZEE
AIN’T NO MIRROR MAKE A MONKEY OUTA ME
I PICKED UP A MONKEY WRENCH SWUNG IT FAIR AND SQUARE
BUT WHEN I LOOKED AT THE PIECES HE WAS STILL THERE -- EVERYWHERE

COLLEGE PROFESSOR HE SET ME STRAIGHT
SHE SAID BOY YOU AIN’T NOTHING BUT A PRIMATE
I SAID I WOULDN’T BET ON IT SHE SAID IF YOU DO
REMEMBER 98 PERCENT OF YOU LIVES IN THE ZOO

CH

Turtles All The Way Down

Written By: Thaddeus Spae

Turtles All The Way Down
Music and Lyrics: Thaddeus Spae

The little old lady sat next to the stage
where the eminent mathematician and sage
Revealed how the universe, age after age,
had evolved to its present location
And she said to him sir you are on the wrong track
The whole world rests on the Great Turtle's back
The speaker replied to this scathing attack
Pray what is the turtle's foundation?
She said sonny don't pull out that cheap sophistry
You may fool all the others but you can't fool me

It's Turtles All The Way Down sir
It's turtles all the way down
Oh you're very smart
but I know in my heart
that it's turtles all the way down

The Christians the Jews and the Muslims
They base their beliefs on their book
They all stand up and quote em
and tell you God wrote em
And say that the others got took

The Hindus have gods by the millions
Each with their own ritual and shrine
When offerings come due
They all stand in a queue
Til they get to the head of the line (ch)

The Shintos keep trying to trademark
"The Isle of the Gods" in their name
but the Balinese skip off
and call it a rip off
And file a previous claim

The Taoists divide down the middle
with yang always balancing yin
But don't ever mention
the camera's invention
cause grayscale gets under their skin (ch)

And don't even start on the Romans
They're not on the ball you can tell
With Romulus and Remus
and Mars shtupping Venus
no wonder their empire fell

And you who are rational realists
convinced that your vision is clear
you'd better think through it
cause when it comes to it
can you even prove that you're here? (ch)

Clever Human Being Disguise

Written By: Thaddeus Spae

CLEVER HUMAN BEING DISGUISE

THERE'S A STRANGER BEFORE YOU
RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES
I PASS AMONG YOU UNNOTICED
IN MY CLEVER HUMAN BEING DISGUISE

DON'T LOOK ME OVER TOO CLOSELY
YOU MIGHT JUST GET A SURPRISE
YOU WOULDN'T LIKE WHAT YOU'D SEE BEHIND
MY CLEVER HUMAN BEING DISGUISE

I ONLY HOPE YOU APPRECIATE
THE PAINS THAT I TAKE TO PLEASE
AND NOT INFLICT TOO MUCH UGLY TRUTH
ON YOUR TREMBLING SENSIBILITIES

SO SLEEP THE SLEEP OF THE INNOCENT
AND DWELL ON COMFORTABLE LIES
AND JUST IGNORE ME AS I CREEP PAST
IN MY CLEVER HUMAN BEING DISGUISE

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IF YOU ARE OVERLY CURIOUS
BE CAREFUL YOU COULD BE PRONE
TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF YOURSELF IN A MIRROR
WEARING A MASK OF YOUR OWN

DON'T BE TOO QUICK TO DISMISS ME
TO DISPARAGE DISPUTE OR DESPISE
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WALKING AROUND
IN A CLEVER HUMAN BEING DISGUISE

Discography

So Far, So Good (LP 2011)
Birthdays & X Rays (EP 2010)
Campfire Jazz (LP 2009)
The Art Of The Possible (EP 2009)