Ball of Wax 40 Songs: Chasing Shell – Lonesome George

[Ball of Wax 40, as we’ve mentioned, is a little different. Given the unique nature of each of the bands and songs on this collection, we decided to eschew our usual track-review format for the blog in favor of letting each of the bands speak for themselves about the songs they wrote and recorded in a day. Taylor Delph, John Faryar, Josh Morrison, and Colin J Nelson found themselves writing a song about 2012 together. They chose the tortoise Lonesome George as their subject and named themselves Chasing Shell. Their lyrics pretty much speak for themselves.]

chasingshellTaking his time, Lonesome George
The last of his kind.
Monks chased by bees, then hospitalized.
Dogs and cats living together.

Just another sign the end is upon us
As was foretold by old man Nostradamus.

Noted turtle breeders choose a suitable match
Hoping for future eggs to hatch.
But his days of chasing shell are over.
He’s seen the world end before.

Just another sign the end is upon us
As was foretold by old man Nostradamus.

The year is 2012. Lonesome George paddles peacefully off the warm shores of the Galapagos. Where is he going? Home to his family? Meeting his turtle friends?

No.

George is the last of his species. He swims only to move forward, and rests in the sun when he’s done. For one hundred years he’s lived alone, and today, he will die. He will die alone. As he looks across the South Pacific for the last time, he notes the brevity of life, and the importance to enjoy it.

Just another sign the end is upon us
As was foretold by old man Nostradamus.

Lonesome George
He’s seen the world end before.
Show goes on after you’re gone.

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