Petting Zoo

by Michael Karns

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This album is a tribute to my friend and collaborator Richard rittmo Blum.
Most of these songs bear his lyrics, and a few feature him reciting them to my musical backing. What a blessing it was to know this unique individual, if only briefly, and online.
Any payments received from this album will be forwarded to his wife Joyce.

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released May 3, 2013

Lyrics to all songs were written by Rittmo with the exception of 'Let's Go Down to the Pumpkin Patch', (he performs vocals) and 'Rittmos' Cruise' both of which were written by Michael Karns.
Rittmo is on facebook at; www.facebook.com/rittmo.blum?fref=ts
Note also that there will be a larger compilation of tributes on July 21st of Rittmo remembrances and music. That will be here; rittmo-rip.bandcamp.com

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Michael Karns is a songwriter, poet, and full-time musician living in North Texas.

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Track Name: Blue Flame Girl
I’ve got antifreeze in my blood
They say it’s poisonous that might be true
But my engine is always warm for you
My blue flame girl

I know that journey may be hazardous
Hail storms dangerous ice daggers and blizzards
On a bed of snow under Winter’s pine,
My blue flame girl

Chorus:
Blue flame girl
With steel grey eyes
Blue flame girl
Meet me, where frost and thaw collide

Bear witness blue flame girl
This is risky business, we may be frozen in time
Artifacts of an ancient love
Taken to the nines

And though the history will record
us as fools A pair of loons
when lovers walk this ancient path
they’ll be warmed by the blue flame
on Winter’s moon.
Track Name: Petting Zoo
six years old I remember the petting zoo
for once I could do what I wanted to
I could get as close as to touch
I fell in love with the ewe

we had a oneness, a level easily reached
there were no promises to breach
just a hand and a waiting chin
a lesson my elders couldn't teach

I never wanted to leave, the petting zoo
and in some ways I never did
I never wanted to leave the petting zoo
in some ways, I remained a kid

one moment in time
a lasting tickle
all the words rhymed
no lead nickels

I smiled a cry all the way home
the best tears and laughter, I had known

I never wanted to leave, the petting zoo
and in some ways I never did
I never wanted to leave the petting zoo
in some ways, I remained a kid

rittmo'
Track Name: Rittmo's Cruise
Only two years maybe three
that I have ridden in your taxi
the one that cruised softly
over the wireless waves
and once I had to ask you
my friend how you
captured that life
on the tip of a ball point pen
I never know I heard you say
where my pen will take me today

Chorus:
Out there on your shift
with a full tank of gas
always enriching the now
with your presence boldly
pointing the way
to a better day
with written pages
of your love

Whether living in
the big city shadows
or as God's child
deep in the hallows
you helped us to understand
that life is a very large gift
even though it
doesn't always have a bow
you know as well as I
that things can change early
if only in a NY afternoon
whether lying in my bed
or standing under the stars

Chorus
Track Name: Near Misses
wires twisted
numbers unlisted
business witnessed
almost kisses
lottery wishes
job unfinished
lights diminished
heads up
look out below
banana peels
butter cups
busting out in stitches
robot reminiscence
life is a series
of near misses
life and death
in a single breath
fire extinquishes
pot of gold
untold riches
six foot ditches
no more sales pitches
near misses, near misses
I am that I am
I was that I was
fatal submissive
future initiatives
life is a series of near misses
Chorus:
but not when it came to love
but not when it came to love
and not to create separation
but the kind of love that depends
on dual desperation...
Track Name: Bubble Wrap
let's take some bubble wrap
and line the walls and halls
unlevel the floor, tap dance
romance falling to chance

every step, every lean, a pop
an addiction without a cure
we'll never want to stop
giggling, crying out for more

did you think that you could create
such a simple twist of fate
turn the mundane, into excitement
living on the edge of enticement

in the backyard a trampoline
a flip and a flop, to top off the day
along the horizon, a tangerine skyline
in the distance a hummingbird, flutters away

on the breeze of it's wings
a rising moon
a nightengale sweetly croons
about human beings, their bubble wrap and trampolines

ritt'
Track Name: Let's Go Down To The Pumpkin Patch
John was in the musket wars
and saw a lot of fight,
came home with a souvenir
rolling round inside his head.

He said he just wanted a place to rest,
leaving joy in other’s hearts.
That’s when an old gal gave to him
his wish and then he did depart.

Chorus:
Let’s go down to the pumpkin patch
Where they found old Uncle John
The hip flask and the overalls
Still laying out there
Let’s go down to the pumpkin patch
Haven’t been there in a year
Corn stalks and frigid air,
and ghosts whisperin in my ear.

I was out on the porch last night
thinking about when he was here
straw hair and a corn cob pipe
filling out that easy chair

Suddenly the moon was up
and out here over the fields
I saw old Mr. Will O’ Wisp
searching for his long lost bud

The musket ball and empty skull
were long ago transformed
And now each Fall a yellow flower
brings forth a healthy gourd.
Track Name: Live and Let Live
did you say you were coming over
and I'm thinking, should I run for cover
but hey maybe if we take off the high brow
we can have a little peace, have it now

stop being so nit picky
live and let live
pinched nerves are so sticky
live and let live

if you forget to wipe your feet
I'll just happily mop
can you imagine us so sweet
no no no, stop stop stop

it's fine to speak your mind
just gotta let it roll off your back
everybody's doing some kind of time
and they deserve a little slack

ambiquity makes us who we are
even the shiniest stars have scars

stop being so nit picky
live and let live
pinched nerves are so sticky
live and let live

rittmo'
Track Name: Saving One Plum
just because my hands are far apart
doesn't mean I'm not walking hand in hand with Jesus
we could be out on a stroll, eating Reeses pieces
or peanut butter cups, there's a whole lotta love
in the sweet stuff
Chorus:
picking cherries from the vine, preserving peaches for some fine wine
just walking and talking, with Jesus, saving the world one plum at a time
are you listening, have I got your attention
are we having a good session
conversing with Jesus, is what we do all day
you don't have to put your hands together to pray
c'mom Jesus, let's take a ride to the country
take in some green, I'll pack some sandwiches and drinks
and you'll be sure to bless someone when they sneeze
a sense of humor is the best medicine, dontcha think
Chorus:
picking cherries from the vine, preserving peaches for some fine wine
just walking and talking, with Jesus, saving the world one plum at a time
put some fresh corn on the grill
ahh the aroma of time standing still
set a plate for Jesus, and atone
the Lord can't live on Reeses alone
when day fades into night, before the last of the light
thank Jesus for your lucky stars
and when the man in the moon begins to rise
thank Jesus for the smile in your heart
Chorus:
picking cherries from the vine, preserving peaches for some fine wine
just walking and talking, with Jesus, saving the world one plum at a time
Track Name: Somewhere Along The Line
my pink slip didn't have an address
other than no re-entry allowed
once a one now I am a crowd

the ground is hard and cold
if I could strap hang on a train
palms open, please, I need to take hold

somewhere along the line
I lost my zip code
andI I can't find my way home

there's a sense of freedom
if I don't freeze to death
but freedom has many depths

I could recite poetry
TS Elliot, Woody Guthrie
and are no taxes really liberty

somewhere along the line
I lost my zip code
andI I can't find my way home

the shelter is as warm as
a clogged sewer pipe
somewhere along the line...
Track Name: Love is Why We're Here
stars exploding light years away
made us what we are today
pixels, mere grains of sand
a design in hand, a master plan

earthquakes crash upon the world
tornados swirl, volcanos erupt,
fires rage between boy and girl
we spin, we rotate, we fall in love

it's a spiritual floating in time
some call it a valentine
we dance we sing, we celebrate
we end all debate

love is why we're here
to cherish with heart warming care
love is why we're here
to relieve all the burdens we bear
love is why we're here

a universe in turmoil
a world in grave despair

love is why we're here
to cherish with heart warming care
love is why we're here
to relieve all the burdens we bear
love is why we're here

rittmo'