The Amoeba People

The Amoeba People

 Lakewood, California, USA
BandComedyChildren's Music

The Amoeba People are musical ambassadors from the planet Crouton who have arrived here on Earth to learn about the planet's natural history, cultural and societal traditions, and, of course, its dance moves. They describe their music as designed for curious youngsters and their adult counterparts.

Biography

Discovered by M51 Records scientists not long ago, The Amoeba People are an extra-terrestrial music collective from the planet Crouton. Their first transmission, "Songs, Stories, and Other Non Sequiturs", is a blend of music and stories that takes the listener on a journey through the known and unknown universe.

On stage, The Amoeba People bring to the people of Earth a show featuring songs, sound waves, and seismographs. This exploration into the nature of sound and energy on planet Earth involves guitars, drums, keyboards, hand bells, steel guitars, vocoders, office supplies, uber-dope dance moves and even a battle between man and machine! The Amoeba People live show is unlike any other live performance for curious youngsters and their adult counterparts anywhere on the planet!

Lyrics

Cosmology, Your Futon, and You

Written By: Ray Hedgpeth

So you’re sitting on your futon and your thoughts turn to cosmology
And how we’re tiny specks adrift in space
And you realize where you sit is really just the start of it
As your mind begins to wander from this place
For your futon’s in a room and the room is in a house
Or an apartment on a block in a neighborhood
And whether homely, plain or pretty, it’s in a town or in a city
Just like you’d expect a neighborhood would
And at this time I should relate
The city’s in a county and the county’s in a state
The state’s in a country and the country’s in a continent no matter how you scan it
And I’d like to make it clear that the continent's in a hemisphere
Which is part of a bigger sphere we call a planet

And you're sitting on your futon
And your thoughts turn to cosmology

Our planet’s in a system which revolves around a star
Called the Sun which is 93 million miles away
And the Sun’s in the outer arm of a spiral-shaped galaxy of stars
Which the ancient Greeks named the Milky Way
And the Milky Way is part of something called the Local Group
Which contains our galaxy and roughly 30 more
And the Local Group is part of the Virgo Supercluster
Containing galaxies, nebulae and quasars
And everywhere in the universe you look, in every cranny and every nook
Are superclusters brimming with billions of stars

And you're sitting on your futon
And your thoughts turn to cosmology

Now here’s the trippy part, the part that may just blow your mind,
For stars are made of elements, as you may know
The elements found in stars are in birds and trees and cars
As well as rocks and air and Grandma’s cookie dough
Yes, the building blocks of the sun are everywhere and in everyone
Including you and me and your crazy Uncle Leon
They have names that are quite common like helium, hydrogen and carbon
And stranger ones like beryllium and neon
But to see the magic of these stars you needn’t travel oh so far
Or blast off in your custom-made spaceship
For the elements found in space can even be found inside this place
And in your futon where you sit there eating corn chips

And you're sitting on your futon
And your thoughts turn to cosmology
And you sit there on your futon
And you wonder, what exactly is a futon?

Office Supplies Unite!

Written By: Ray Hedgpeth

When the boss was away for his day in court
Where the jury gave him twenty-four years
The office supplies took over the office
And the office resounded with cheers
The office resounded with cheers

The paper clips jumped from the open drawer
The staplers pounded out a rhythm on the floor
The pencil sharpener cried out for more
And the office resounded with cheers

Office supplies
Office supplies
Office supplies unite!
Unite!
Office supplies
Office supplies
Office supplies unite!
Unite!

The coffee mugs danced with a clink clink clink
The date stamp jumped on its pad of ink
The voice mail system went on the blink
And the office resounded with cheers

Office supplies, etc.

Hey ho! the CEO
Was carted off to prison where the criminals go
For cheating the investors of their hard-earned dough
And the office resounded with cheers

Office supplies, etc.

Discography

"Songs, Stories, and Other Non Sequiturs" full length (2010 M51 Records). Stars! Futons! Office Supplies! Inter-species child-rearing! It's all here on the debut album from The Amoeba People!

Set List

"Songs, Sound Waves, and Seismographs (electric science show)" set list:

Amoeba People Overture
The Posthumous Triumph of Alfred Wegener
Office Supplies Unite!
Volcano
Man vs. Machine
The Agents of Erosion
Seismograph
Cosmology, Your Futon, and You

"Songs, Stories, and Other Non Sequiturs (acoustic show)" set list:

Amoeba People Overture
Office Supplies Unite!
The Autoharp is Out of Tune
Ogden Nash's "The Termite"
The Frustrating Tale of Trixie Dee the Doubter
Edward Lear's "The Jumblies"
Josey Durango, the Boy Raised by Bullfrogs
Streets of Laredo
Cosmology, Your Futon, and You (hillbilly version)