The Igloo Song

from The D​.​G​.​B. EP by Jesse Rivest

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about

This song started as a melody on mandolin; it must have been around 2011 when I was in between Canada and New Zealand for a long while, hanging out in Buenos Aires. I would sit in Agronomía, this wonder chunk of land near the center of the city, and play with this melody, exploring its feeling. It stuck with me through my return to New Zealand and came with me when I moved to Brazil. There, I ultimately finished the song and stuck it up on Youtube in 2015. Slowly it made its way into my stage repertoire, but it never sounded as cool and pumpin' as it did in 2018 when the guys and I first jammed it out for this EP. I had fun producing this one.

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The Igloo Song
© Jesse Rivest, 2015

You're a mason in this autumn light
And I've chopped wood to stoke your fire bright
Putting covers on the bed with hibernation in your head
And Orion's jewels at your bedside

Now come pass these winter days and see
How a snowman lives eccentrically
Here's hot whiskey for your toes and your maraschino nose
We'll hang icicles on our fir trees

We'll keep warm here as these blizzards blast
Though you're used to brick and double glass
It's a miracle of ice—the muffled crunch of sacrifice
We'll forget about the world so fast

I built this house of ice and snow
When the birdsong comes I'll have to go
See these sculptures of our glistening dreams
Melt away with tears of yesterday

I built this house of ice and now
It's the only way I've ever known
Now our thawing hopes and crystal dreams
Are just fleeting streams of yesterday

Now you're dusting all the drawers and shelves
Here's some space if you'll just help yourself
Pulling covers from the bed with spring cleaning in the head
And the winds are drifting something else

I build this house of ice and snow
It's the only way I've ever known
See these sculptures of our glistening dreams
Melt away with tears of yesterday
Now our thawing hopes and crystal dreams
Are just fleeting streams of yesterday

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from The D​.​G​.​B. EP, released April 30, 2020

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Jesse Rivest DF, Brazil

I was raised to move and shift—damn the availability of fast airplanes! But I'd have escaped via water ship, anyway. And it probably still would have sounded like this.

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