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This is a definitive neo-classical chamber version of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes,” whose arrangement places both Copperhead’s personal stamp on the song while being sure to inspire die-hard Bowie fans.

During the studio recording process of the strings, Baby Copperhead felt an uncanny moment of divine intervention. With Jessica Pavone, Tom Swafford, and Brent Arnold's performance together- the resonance, the rhythm, the blending, the synchronization - somehow opened up a portal and allowed a vessel to be filled with David Bowie's presence.

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Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song?
I've heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true
Got a message from the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved all I've needed to love
Sordid details following"
The shrieking of nothing is killing
Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis
And I ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet is glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junky
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light, but no smoking pistol
I've never done good things
I've never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue, whoa whoa
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom
My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom
My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom
My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

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from We Stand Tall, released June 19, 2020

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Baby Copperhead New York, New York

New York City-based performer, Baby Copperhead, is a banjo player & guitarist, and alchemist in electronics & oddball circuitry. WNYC calls him “the banjo visionary".

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