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SpinTunes #16 Entries

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Milo sat for lunch with King Azaz the unabridged, and just to be polite he asked for something light but to his great surprise, they brought a feast for his eyes, which were bigger than his stomach but his meaning didn’t come ac- ross right. They served up bright light. If you ask for a light meal it will be quite a sight. We’ll be serving you exactly what you ask for. You won’t go back for seconds or thirds, but sometimes you have to eat your words. Milo thought of how to ask for something from the fridge, and to try for a fair deal he asked for a square meal, but when he’d barely said it all they brought out quadrilaterals. Not quite the right angle on his line that rather tangled affairs. They served up some squares. If you ask for a square meal you’d better beware we’ll be serving you exactly what you ask for. You won’t go back for seconds or thirds, but sometimes you have to eat your words Then Milo was called upon to speak to guests a smidge so despite his trepidation he began with an oration, but the words could not sate hunger, felt awkward on his tongue. The rest made tasty speeches like “Roast turkey, cream, and peach as curd.” They served up their words. If you’re making a speech try not to overreach. We’ll be serving you exactly what you ask for. You won’t go back for seconds or thirds but sometimes you have to eat your words. If you ask for something light, it will be quite a sight. If you ask for something square, then you’d better beware. If you’re making a speech try not to overreach. we’ll be serving you just what you ask for. Milo: I don’t think I am hungry any more.
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The Terrible Trivium asks a terribly trivial task. 
 Milo, move the sand from here to here (with tweezers) So Milo moved a grain of sand and Milo moved a second (or a minute or an hour) and Milo moved a third and fourth and days and weeks unreckoned. (If only he had such a power) And after quite a while he’d barely made a pile. You can count to stupendous amounts and you can count them back down to one, But you’ll have found in the end if it counts Or if your progress amounts to none. It might be easy, and it might be fun But you can count on getting nothing done. The Terrible Trivium asks two terribly trivial tasks. Milo, move the sand from here to here (with tweezers) Tock, transfer the water well to well (with an eyedropper) So Tock picked up a drop of water and moved from well to well (or well too badly) and Tock ticked through the seconds and third for how long, he could not tell. (he did it gladly) and while much time went by, the well was still quite dry. You can count to stupendous amounts, and you can count them back down to one But you’ll have found in the end if it counts Or if your progress amounts to none. It might be easy, and it might be fun, but you can count on getting nothing done. The Terrible Trivium asks three terribly trivial tasks. Milo, move the sand from here to here (with tweezers) Tock, transfer the water well to well (with an eyedropper) Humbug, dig a hole right through the cliff (with a needle) The Humbug made a scratch in the cliff And whistled absentminded (his mind’s not there) and Humbug made a third and a fourth and a fifth He really didn’t mind it (he did not care) His whole mind went quite numb, His hole could fit a thumb… You can count to stupendous amounts, and you can count them back down to one But you’ll have found in the end if it counts Or if your progress amounts to none. It might be easy, and it might be fun, but you can count on getting nothing done. You can count to stupendous amounts, and you can count them back down to one But you’ll have found in the end if it counts Or if your progress amounts to none. It might be easy, and it might be fun, but you can count on getting nothing done. It might be easy, and it might be fun, but you can count on getting nothing done.
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You took the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare You passed Expectations at the very start You rode out the doldrums very thoughtfully You watched your words and served your sentences You heard of a problem and you came to help You brought quite some courage to the table You ventured to change the way you looked at things You saw things from someone else’s Point of View You saw past Illusions to Reality You brought forth the dawn in vivid symphony You fought for the silenced with your voice You jumped to conclusions and worked back again You carefully thought about which path to take You took the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare You mastered the magic you can count upon You looked past the average towards infinity You forged an agreement from the strife You conquered distractions of the trivial You vanquished the demons with perceptiveness Your thoughts shook the shoulders of a giant You kept all your senses and went bravely on You found what you searched for at last You thought your blunders were a waste of time You thought your skill was all pretending You brought back harmony with Reason and Rhyme Your learning will be neverending You made the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare

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Songs Joey and I entered into the Spintunes #16 contest. They're going to be mostly about The Phantom Tollbooth, and then we'll make a Phantom Tollbooth album.

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released February 17, 2020

Angela Brett and Joey Marianer

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