Stuff from 2012!

by Brooke Abbey

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Things from 2012!

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released December 31, 2012

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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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Track Name: Frances Kelsey
Thalidomide was sold in 50 countries around the world C E F
and you know how the story played, Am
the wonder drug, the birth betrayed F
the price that all those families paid Gsus4 G
But it didn't happen everywhere that way C G

Let's look inside the 1960 FDA
The drug went to their new MD
They said "It's safe!" She said "I see."
"I'm afraid I can't agree -
I have a few more questions for you first.

Frances Kelsey, quiet bulldog of the FDA C F
Doctor Kelsey made them throw their rubber stamp away C G
Doctor Kelsey changed the law C
And a nation's women saw F
Being stubborn is a virtue, not a flaw. C G C

She said "I'd like a study, not a story, please."
They applied and reapplied
They bullied - or at least they tried
As she calmly marked DENIED
* She said "It's only natural they're anxious,"

Two years pass and they stop trying to get past her
As the grim reports were filed
Of what the drug does to a child
And the company, reviled,
Said "We didn't know," - she said "Exactly."

Frances Kelsey, quiet bulldog of the FDA
Doctor Kelsey made them throw their rubber stamp away
Doctor Kelsey changed the law
And a nation's women saw
Being stubborn is a virtue, not a flaw.

Thalidomide touched twelve thousand children,
But just a handful in the USA
For standing in the company's way
One scientist they could not sway
One woman holding fast to what is true

The law was changed that year to say enough's enough
A drug must be proved safe, and more -
A drug must work for what it's for
You can't just push it through the door
Now raise a toast to courage and to doubt

Frances Kelsey, quiet bulldog of the FDA
Doctor Kelsey made them throw their rubber stamp away
Doctor Kelsey changed the law
And a nation's women saw
Being stubborn is a virtue, not a flaw. C E F
Being stubborn is a virtue, not a flaw. C G C
Track Name: This Time
I don't remember the name of the suburb I'm flying in to C F C F
But it doesn't matter, they've all got the same hotel C G C
It's a half a mile from the airport, with a view of an eight-lane highway C F C F
and a faded parking lot with a dusty smell C G C

The rooms aren't even cheap, but ahh the company they keep C F C F
That's why I come here, wherever here is, this time. C G C
Lord knows there's not a view, but I'm standing here with you C F C F
That's why I come here, wherever here is, this time. C G C

I walk in past a flight crew looking crisp and a little confused
Bad jokes and nice guitars are lining the hallways
And there are binders overflowing from scruffy canvas bags
And I know I have the right place after all

The rooms aren't even cheap, but ahh the company they keep
That's why I come here, wherever here is, this time.
Lord knows there's not a view, but I'm standing here with you
That's why I come here, wherever here is, this time.

No one sells a postcard of the outlook to the boulevard
Where we play Frogger on the access road to the Burger King
But if you sit and close your eyes, you'll feel the charm the looks belie
The voices and the ears who came to listen and to sing

What I love about this hotel, is you are here as well.
That's why I came here, wherever here is, this time.
What I love about this hotel, is you are here as well.
That's why I came here, wherever here is, this time.
That's why I came here, wherever here is, this time.
Track Name: Write Your Dissertation, Skanky Old Goose
Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or you'll be in our Sunday stew C Gsus4
Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or Mama's got a recipe for you! G C

If you're not a post-doc, you'll be on the chopping block. F C Gsus4 C
Write that dissertation now! Gsus4
If your grant runs through, it's in the pot for you. F C Gsus4 C
Better get writing, old fowl! Gsus4 C

Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or you'll be in our Sunday stew C Gsus4
Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or Mama's got a recipe for you! G C

Being ABD's not enough for me F C Gsus4 C
Write that dissertation now! Gsus4
Schedule your defense or you'll be past tense. F C Gsus4 C
Better get writing, old fowl! Gsus4 C

Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or you'll be in our Sunday stew C Gsus4
Write your dissertation, skanky old goose! C F C Gsus4
Or Mama's got a recipe for you! G C
Or Mama's got a recipe for you! G C
Track Name: Single Rider
I won a prize in a midway game G Gsus4
And the toy is worth maybe seventeen cents G Gsus4
But the toy is not what I just spent five dollars on G D G
I think I've got a sunburn and G Gsus4
I think that I might puke if I ride the swings again G Gsus4
and I wish that you were here with me now. G D G

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel G C
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill G D
And scream and squeeze your hand G C
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake G D
Let's buy some cheese fries G C
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh G D
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on. G C G D

The dogs are wearing spandex
And the cows have sparkly makeup on
And the lumberjacks all have Australian accents
I just bought coffee on a stick but you know
That's not the strangest part;
What's strange is I am here and you are not.

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill
And scream and squeeze your hand
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake
Let's buy some cheese fries
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.

You know I don't normally miss you this hard
You're so far away; I think of you fondly
And leave it at that.
But when the fair is in town and my chin
is covered in powdered sugar then suddenly
I'm a single rider and all I can think of is you.

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill
And scream and squeeze your hand
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake
Let's buy some cheese fries
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.