Cymbal of Appreciation EP

by Swingset Showdown

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This album was written as a thank you to all of the Kickstarter backers that helped us reach the goal of recording our first album. Everybody that pledged above a certain level was given the opportunity to ask us to write them a song about whatever they want.

This EP is the result of those requests. We engineered this one on our own time, entirely in our practice space and homes, but it also would not exist without the support and generosity of our fans.

Click the song titles to read who the song is for and their topic requests!

The cover photo shows the actual Cymbal of Appreciation that we gave to one of our backers at the Short Bus Ruckus CD release. She was pregnant at the time, and her water broke as she was making her way up to the stage to receive her cymbal. Baby Susan was born shortly after!

Her song is "Kitty or Baby". The entire story of the CD release can be read at the link below.

www.swingsetshowdown.com/2012/12/24/recap-of-the-best-show-ever/

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released November 11, 2013

Cover by Chach Photography (www.christinachacharon.com)

Eric Harvey - Vocals, Piano, Melodica, Handclaps, Philosophizing
Ike Rivelle - Vocals, Percussion, Principal Fingersnapper, Sarcastic Commentary
Jason Shao - Vocals, Bass Guitar, Jingling, Melodica, Complaining

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Swingset Showdown Seattle, Washington

Swingset Showdown is a piano-punk variety band started in March of 2010 by Isaac and Eric, with Jason joining in early 2012.


We have been performing regularly in the Seattle area, and our shows are constantly evolving and improving. We play humorous and upbeat songs for adoring fans and confused strangers.
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Track Name: Tom Selleck Has A Bad Day
6:30 AM - Tom Selleck slams his fist down on the alarm clock
And jumps out of bed in his A-list movie star trailer
Though it begins like any other, today will soon be one he rues
For the rest of his life

3 shadowy figures in hooded sweatshirts cut across
The parking lot of Lot B in Studio 54, Hollywood, CA
Bolt cutters lie haphazardly on the ground
Next to a hole in the chain-link fence
They will later be held as the only piece of evidence
In what is arguably the worst crime
Ever to hit the nation

Tom Selleck gargles some whisky like a man
While admiring his mustache in the mirror
If he knew the fate that lay before him
He'd go straight back to bed, but instead
He heads to Studio 54 for another day of shooting
On the set of Magnum P.I.

The criminals strike like lightning
Right as he opens the door, and immediately vanish
In a whirlwind of confusion Tom finds himself on the floor
A note is taped to his chest:
"Dear Mr. Selleck - We hope you enjoyed our tomfoolery
And please pardon the awful pun. Signed, Them WD's
P.S. Find a mirror"

Quizzically, Tom finds a mirror and screams in horror
His mustache is gone
Track Name: Gonna See John Salvatier
Time to see John Salvatier
Time to see John Salvatier
Gonna see, gonna see, gonna see, gonna see
Gonna see John Salvatier

It's time to see John Salvatier
I hold him very dear to my heart
(Gonna see John Salvatier)
I'm smiling from ear to ear
Cause it's time, it's time to see John Salvatier!
(Gonna see the man himself, yeah!)

Time to see John Salvatier
Time to see John Salvatier
Gonna see, gonna see, gonna see, gonna see
Gonna see John Salvatier
Track Name: Canadian Dwarf Samurai Pirate Shanty
Livin' the life on the high frigid seas
Is not the best thing for me tiny weak knees
So I traded in my schooner and I left the long shore
For a land where the trees would be fell by my sword...

Hwah....Yarr!

Me lumberjack friends scoffed and laughed
At my choice of a sword instead of an axe
But I put them to shame when I crafted a plain
And collected my pay from the foreman's vein

Canada is the place for me
A Samurai dwarf on a killing spree
A place to relax among maple trees
Belgian waffles and bacon, please!

I hearken back to me Samurai days
Me master "seppukued" when I ran astray
Off to the West I was cast in shame...
All the Canucks now fear me name!

Canada is the place for me
A Samurai dwarf on a killing spree
A place to relax among maple trees
Belgian waffles and bacon, please!

My treasure stacks over the top of my head
Which is still not that tall, but it keeps me fed
I eat Belgian waffles and live off the land
A tiny old man with a powerful hand

Canada is the place for me
A Samurai dwarf on a killing spree
A place to relax among maple trees
Belgian waffles and bacon, please!

Oh, Canada! is the place for me
A Samurai dwarf on a killing spree
A place to relax among maple trees
Belgian waffles and bacon, please!
Track Name: Kitty or Baby?
Kitty or baby? Kitty or baby?
Kitty or baby - which takes priority?

Kitty or baby? Kitty or baby?
Who gets to eat? Which takes priority?

Kitty or baby- which is cuter?
Who gets to eat? Which takes priority?

Who gets to sleep inside?
Which is cuter? Who gets to eat?
I guess we'll flip
Track Name: A Stocking Full of Chaw
A 28-year old Eric Harvey wakes early
One Christmas morning, and jumps out of bed
He makes his way down his parents' stairs
To the base of his family Christmas tree

There he finds a plethora of neatly wrapped presents
In various shapes and sizes
But what actually captures his eye
Is a letter wrapped in a gilded envelope
Labeled "To Eric, From Santa"

"Oh boy, it's a letter from Santa!"
Eric destroys the wrapping of the letter and begins to read.
And the letter says:

"Dear Eric, there are a few things that I would like to tell you
This Christmas morning. First off:
I am not real. It's time you learned the truth and grew up a little.
You're almost twenty-nine and we need to ask you to move out.
Please enjoy this parting gift.
Love, your Mom and Step-Dad."

Bewildered, Eric steps toward the mantle and finds
A STOCKING FULL OF CHAW!
A stocking, a stocking
A stocking full of...CHAW!
A stocking full of Chaw.

Eric stuffs a handful of the freshly-cut chaw into his mouth
And promptly throws up on the living room floor.
Track Name: Is This All There Is
I don't know, you tell me.
Track Name: Fan Appreciation Song
It's hard to be in a band
So many adoring fans
Critics saying I'm on crack
But my fans have my back

Sometimes I struggle to write something from the heart
But they still come to hear my tasteless musical art

I love my fans so
I'll kill myself if they go
Especially Kickstarter Backer Friends <3
Fillin' my wallet with Benjamins

And Jason, my bassist, is just so fantastic
Gathered his friends to throw some cash in the basket

Youngmin gave us like ten thousand bucks
It made me so happy I peed out my butt
It was sloppy but sincere, he made my day
He's such a dear so let this song say

That it's lovely
And I love the help of my
Supportive fans!

Thank you, Youngmin Park <3