The Autumn of Western Civilization

from "B​-​Sides" & "Rarities" by Sarah Shay

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A song about fall! Can't you just smell it in the air?
(There's a pretty funny music video for this song on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKO08PL6TBM)

lyrics

Everyone's putting 'way electric fans
And getting out their sweaters
We've stopped worrying about our tans
and thinking 'bout something better

The air is getting crisper
And I've started wearing socks
Everywhere I go there's whispers of
a time that's not on clocks

but nevertheless it's coming soon
and wait--no--is it here?
Has it finally truly started,
this, my favorite time of year?

It's everything tastes like pumpkin spice time
A scarves and hats are feeling nice time
Cinnamon-nutmeg-clove-and-allspice
Everything tastes like pumpkins now

It's popularized by Starbucks lattes
but everywhere you go now is that taste
in cookies and candy and body lotion
And now that it's here I've got a notion

That Halloween is just 'round the bend
you better start costume shopping friend
and after that Thanksgiving so tasty
And then--let's focus on fall, don't be too hasty

'Cause it's
Everything tastes like pumpkin spice time
A shorts and sunglasses at half price time
Cinnamon-ginger-clove-and-allspice
Everything tastes like pumpkins now

We won't be seeing the sun too often
The only drawback to what the Brits call "Autumn"
Get on your boots and button up your flannel
Sorry if you've got solar panels

'Cause it's
Everything tastes like pumpkin spice time
Eating-your-feelings-by-the-slice time
Cinnamon-nutmeg-clove-and-allspice
Everything tastes like pumpkins

Everything tastes like pumpkin spice time
Getting harder to find a nice rhyme
Cinnamon nutmeg clove and ginger and sometimes mace and apple cider and cocoa and leggings and what the heck is allspice
Everything tastes like pumpkins now

credits

from "B​-​Sides" & "Rarities", track released September 28, 2015
Written and performed by Sarah Shay
Whistle solo by Aaron J. Shay
Recorded by Aaron J. Shay at The Music Cave in Ballard, WA

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