The Horseshoe Crab Song (Live)

by Em McKeever

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Performed live at the Palk Basement Show on 10/29/2011, this track showcases some of the fun and energy I bring to my performances - and an audience so enthusiastic that I cracked up!

Written as part of FAWM 2010.


Big round shell,
long, pointy tail.
Scuttles 'round the Delaware Bay 'round May,
and leaves a funny trail.
Little green eggs
beneath the sand
Hatch little baby horseshoe crabs,
and I'm their biggest fan.

When the moon is full,
When the water's high
They come up from the ocean
'cause it's egg-layin' time.
Not every egg will make it,
some get eaten by the birds,
but some become little baby horseshoe crabs;
every creature gets its turn.


That tail looks pretty scary,
but they're not tryin' to attack.
That tail just flips them over
when they end up on their backs.
That shell's a suit of armor
Shielding them from predators above
That shell is like a farmer's plow
When they're scootchin' findin' food in the ocean mud


They've been around for millions of years
They've been around this earth before
Long before your mom was born
Long before the dinosaurs
But when there's all this change
it's makin' things a little strange
so here is what I recommend:
we've got to protect our funny-lookin' friends!



released February 11, 2012
Written and performed by Em McKeever

Recorded live by Michael Natrin at the Palk Basement


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Em McKeever Newark, Delaware

Em McKeever, self-described “classical guitarist gone haywire,” melds her love of wordcraft with musical pizzazz. She is a Newark-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, often writing for banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, and any other instrument that crosses her path. Her songs vary in sentiment and topic - stinkbugs and coffee play a comedic counterpart to her more emotive compositions. ... more

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