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Music by The Steady Swagger
Lyrics by Mathieu Lacombe

The Jade Emperor called to the creatures “A great race is on in the morning”!
Twelve signs, twelve years for the victors!
He said “I call upon the powerful and the loyal. The rebellious, magnanimous and the tactful.”
Twelve signs, twelve years for the winners!

As the sun rose all the animals met on the shore of that mighty river
One chance to get across and make your mark for the years of the zodiac
-And they’re off!
Rat and cat climbed upon the oxen’s back, and sang a song as he swam along
Rat pushed cat in the river but (he) could not swim. A drowned cat, in fact, cannot take the win
“Now why the dragon, that beautiful flying creature, did not finish first?” Asked the Jade Emperor
-I made it rain!
“For all the one’s left behind, ‘cause I’m so kind so I took the time!”

Snake wrapped around a horses hoof, three sailed a raft across. All for the honored glory!
Twelve signs, twelve years, for the zodiac
All at once they race across that mighty river
Twelve signs, twelve years for the victors!

The Emperor smiled for he had seen the kindness of some and the cunning of others
The race has ended and he rose and he called out the twelve names for the years of the zodiac

In first place there was the rat. Followed by the ox, then that mighty tiger
Then the rabbit and the beautiful dragon, followed by the snake who startled the horse
-For the zodiac!
The goat, the ape, the rooster, they worked together
-That’s fuckin’ teamwork!
Splish, splash the dog took a bath, he almost finished last
But it was the pig to complete the years of the zodiac


from Vol III, track released April 15, 2017



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The Steady Swagger Montréal, Québec

As soon as they get going, so does their hungry public. For the past six years The Steady Swagger have been crafting their unique style of folk storytelling grounded by a solid rock & roll foundation. They play a deft mélange of high octane theatrical folk music punctuated by surf rock, jazz, pirate shanties and gritty blues. ... more

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