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Lyrics: Vernie

Recorded at: Kingways Studios, New Orleans in 1994-1995


Is it the way you're speakin'
Is it because I'm peakin'
Twistin' your face, thumb in hand, but you
Gotta have your own space to play in
A collection of glass chickens
Oh Vernie,what a garden you have
Maybe its the snuff under your lip
Or maybe caramel cake covered Christmas
Oh a flower you are to my land, but I
No I cannot deny the beauty
If I had a heart I would want it to be like Vernie's
Oh what a heart that she has
Roaming through the cupboard jar of
pickles never opened since 1983
Peanuts in a pile and Elvis down the aisle Singing gallantly
I wish I could be
A little more like Vernie
Oh, I wanna be
I wanna be a little more like Vernie


This song is about Shannon's grandmother Vernie.
(Picture taken by Marika - September, 2006)


 " 'Vernie' was another one I brought in, and I was really happy with what Shannon did with that. That was a piece of music that I wrote pretty much as you hear it, and the band filled in around it. Shannon wrote those words about his grandmother, who he was quite attached to--a very endearing kind of relationship he had with her. It was really beautiful what he wrote."
Rogers Stevens from the book "A devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on The Other" by Greg Prato


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