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Published March 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am EST/EDT
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To read about Track 7, please visit the entry about “Coat of Scars“.

This song is dedicated to the many cohorts I have had over the years, and all the craziness we’ve created together. I wanted to write a song for them, and also let them know just what they’ve meant to me. I am one for whom experiences are made more enjoyable, more meaningful, by having someone to share them with. So here is a song for all of my partners in crime.

Fun Fact: When I was younger, my primary group of friends lived in my dad’s neighborhood. They were right across the street, in fact. The activities described in this song are mostly things I did with them, and they included things like flinging naked Barbie dolls into a tree (whilst laughing maniacally the whole time), racing marshmallow Peeps in the Creek (winning was indeed determined by whichever melted the quickest), going for walks on the same creek when it was frozen solid, swimming in the same creek, playing in the rain and mud (what is it with kids and digging large holes in the yard, anyway?), and building couch forts.

Not mentioned is the game we used to play whenever the mosquito spraying truck would come through the neighborhood. It was this slow-moving thing with lots of lights and its own specific siren, so we always knew when it was coming. We would all run out and run after it, shouting, and keep running as fast as we could until we got to it…at which point, we would run from it shrieking in terror, sometimes rolling on the street in front of it (I did mention it was slow-moving), and just generally acting as though the world were ending.

…if I’m this strange as an adult, is it any wonder I was that strange as a child?

I can only wonder what that poor driver thought…

Partners in Crime
Lyrics and music by Katt McConnell

Our poor parents had no inkling
       Of just what it was they bore—
They somehow never imagined
       They could create such terror,
But we hit the wide world running
       With mischief in our eyes,
A talent for wreaking havoc,
       And a penchant for mud pies.

And when we met, we found a resonance
In the other, and we knew,
A kindred soul had come by chance,
And “just me” became “we two”,

       So let’s away, let’s away,
       There are legends for us to write!
       Let’s away, let’s away,
       For adventure is in our sights!
       We’ll spend the day in our own version
       Of once upon a time,
       Where the exploits often vary,
       But we’re always
       Partners in crime!

It may be ninety-seven,
       Or it may be ten below.
Whatever the weather,
       Back to The Creek we go.
When it’s froz’n, it’s time for walking,
       When it’s warm, let’s take a swim—
Hey, I’ve got some marshmallow birds:
       The first whose melts will win.

Later if I’m of the opinion,
And if everyone agrees,
That dress-up’s getting boring,
Then Barbie dolls belong in trees.

       So let’s away, let’s away,
       There are legends for us to write!
       Let’s away, let’s away,
       For adventure is in our sights!
       We’ll spend the day in our own version
       Of once upon a time,
       Where the exploits often vary,
       But we’re always
       Partners in crime!

               It’s the stories that we write together
               That make the world come alive,
               For nothing feeds my spirit
               Like the wonders we contrive.
               Adventuring is richer
               With a cohort by my side,
               To share in the experience,
               And match me stride for stride.

We have raided all the closets
       For every blanket long or short.
In conjunction with the sofa,
       They make a lovely fort.
In the hazy gloom we rest,
       And maybe have a snack.
Then later in the afternoon,
       Perhaps a tiger will attack.

Come go out and brave the downpour
So heavy I can’t see my nose,
We’ll carol at the thunder’s roar
And dance all day on dirty toes!

       So let’s away, let’s away,
       There are legends for us to write!
       Let’s away, let’s away,
       For adventure is in our sights!
       We’ll spend the day in our own version
       Of once upon a time,
       Where the exploits often vary,
       But we’re always
       Partners in crime!



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