St. Patrick and the Snakes

by Luminous Newts

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A "snake preview" from our upcoming album!


St. Patrick and the Snakes
Words & Music by Thea Kelley

for goodness sakes, Ireland has no snakes
because St. Patrick chased them into the lakes
the serpent offered an apple but St. Paddy raised the stakes
the saint he won and now it's done let's give the snakes a wake

go snakes, slithering hither and yon
go snakes, traveling, traveling on
go snakes, going and going and gone
Saint Patrick threw you in, and I hope you learned to swim

Ireland now need never bow to the king snake,
nor tell no tales of slithering scales that keep us all awake
the adder's been subtracted and the garter's on the leg
and the only dreaded cottonmouth is filling a cup at the keg

go, snakes…

Brenda's got a boa but it's just a feathered fling
Una's Ourobouros is a glossy golden ring
Tara's got a tattoo of a flying snake so fine
and Tim's got one in his trousers but it's no concern of mine

go, snakes…

they say that snakes were sacred long before St. Paddy's birth
bringing up the wily wisdom from deepest darkest earth
they gleam and glide in glory, they're gorgeous and they're good
but not inside your sleeping bag when you wake up in the woods

go, snakes…


released March 8, 2015
Thea Kelley – vocals
Eric Kampman – keyboards and vocals
Alan Novidor – bass
Charles Waltmire – drums
Dean Kattari – guitar on all songs
Paul Wells – guitar on I'm Just Sayin' and Before I Die, vocals on I'm Just Sayin'

Produced by Thea Kelley and Eric Kampman

Recording: Alex Cory at Forest Floor, Eric Kampman, Dean Kattari
Mixing: Alex Cory
Mastering: Myles Boisen
Artwork and Design: Jojo Razor



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Luminous Newts Berkeley, California

Eclectic, original, melodic prog-pop-rock group headed by two singer-songwriters. Based in Berkeley, California.

Not derivative and not predictable. Not good at describing ourselves. Interested in hearing your take on it.
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