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THERE IS STILL JOY IN THE WORLD! This little song was written at City Hall in New York City in just a few minutes - with lyrics almost entirely by Jason, ukulele by Amanda - while we were waiting in line for our good friends Lance and Kurt to get married. All the photos were crowdsourced from Amanda's patrons, and you can see everybody's names, the song credits & learn more about how it all happened HERE at this post: www.patreon.com/posts/44897500/

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My family's mean, religious, and grumpy
Yours are all in a different country
We won't have to deal with them at all
Meet me in a couple of hours
Bring a ring, I'll grab some flowers
Let's get hitched today at City Hall

The guards are all suspiciously pleasant
Half the people in here are pregnant
I’ll put on my tux in the bathroom stall
I'm not joking, let's just do it
Skip the hassle, I say screw it
Let's get hitched today at City Hall

I'm on acid, you've been drinking
The room is melting, time is shrinking
And the judge is a pulsing, glowing
kindly, sage-like, warm, all-knowing
kaleidoscopic infinite disco ball
I say I do, you say you too
It's an easy thing to do to -
Put on pants and grab an Uber
Line up at the metal detector
Sign the form, do the kiss
Start our life of wedded bliss
It took six minutes, holy shit,
We just got fucking hitched at City Hall

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released December 17, 2020
“City Hall” by Jason Webley and Amanda Palmer
(C)2020 Music That Tears Itself Apart (SESAC) and Eight Foot Music (ASCAP)

Amanda - Vocals
Jason - Vocals, ukulele, accordion, bass, percussion
Oh-oh-ohs: Rebecca Brunelle, Ellie Fog, Caleb Hirsch, Skip Rose Kirk, Eric Kosarot, Karen Kunkle, Drea Lusion, Future T. Man, Saoirse Napier-Ramey, Metia Napier-Ramey, Richard Porter, Christa Porter, David Roberts, Nancy Sosnove, Justin Therrien, Vanessa Vortex

Amanda’s vocals recorded by Christo Squier in London.
Everything else recorded here and there by Jason.
Mixed and mastered by Jason.

Album Art Photo by Luz Rodriguez

Thank you to the Lookout Arts Quarry, Nexus Marine, The Clutes and Becky Clements for providing recording spaces and to Nicaea Madsen for loaning her uke.

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