13. Six Degrees Of Separation/Camel’s Nose Under The Tent

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Six Degrees Of Separation/Camel's Nose Under The Tent
Sari Max

1:28 min

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Camel’s Nose Under the Tent / Six Degrees of Separation

Medley

Music and lyrics by Sari Max

 

Six degrees of separation

They say that’s all that keeps us apart

Six degrees of separation

Can be a chasm when it comes to matters of the heart

 

What’s wrong with curiosity?

What’s right with animosity?

What’s gained with such ferocity?

Why gamble generosity?

 

It’s all about power – let’s speak plain and true

It’s all about the power of you over me over you

Through and through

What can we do?

What can one ever do?

 

What’s wrong with my inclusion?

What works with this confusion?

What’s gained by such delusion?

Where’s the payoff in exclusion?

 

What are we doing? – that dance of bottom and top

“It’s mine!”, “It’s not yours!”

This insanity must stop!

No more, please, No, no more

“Camel’s nose under the tent”

 

Can we risk a reach of fairness?

Will we test our scope of kindness?

Should we trust a hungry goodness?

Dare we strive for humble greatness?

Who are we being, posturing “saint” and “bad cop”?

Must we hit the bottom before all our masks must drop?

 

No more, please, no, no more

Spoken: You see me as an intrusion

“Camel’s nose under the tent”

 

 

Watch the spin

Watch as it goes ‘round

Watch the spin as it works its magic

Bringing high and mighty to the ground

 

Hype the spin

Dizzy, truth falls down

See the spin – games like smoke and mirrors

Our world feels like it’s crashing, how profound

 

Feel the spin

Talk meant to amuse

Feed the spin – rumors wing on night flights

We are numb but reeling from abuse

 

Spin and spin

Paranoia rules

Grin and spin – pride can spawn such great grief

Binding darkened hearts to misled fools

 

Six degrees of separation

They say that’s all that keeps us apart

Six degrees of separation

Can be a chasm when it comes to matters of the heart

Track 13

Six Degrees of Separation/Camel’s Nose Under The Tent (a medley)

 

As did Track 8, Will Anybody Listen? this medley focused on interpersonal and small town politics. Six Degrees of Separation is both very intimate and pulls the focus way back to examine how we can put “the spin” on issues affecting all aspects of our lives. There is so much dishonesty and lack of authenticity being perpetuated out in the world that is based on fear and lack of listening skills. Many find it difficult or impossible to own their own behavior…that is often where “spin” comes into play. The lyric, “Six degrees of separation can be a chasm when it comes to matters of the heart” is one of my personal (original) favorites – ever. I love how it feels in my mouth when I sing it. I love the sadness and wistfulness it evokes. It is all about sincerity and trust. It is about holding sacred the bond we each have with one another and all living creatures and our environment. I feel this song to contain one of my more poetic sets of lyrics. The interwoven sections of Camel’s Nose Under The Tent and Six Degrees of Separation make for an unblinking and sometimes cynical look at those for whom discovering and celebrating Truth is anathema. I think of these two songs as a challenge to those in power and to those who feel un-empowered. If we can recognize the danger in living this way, and how rewarding it is to be able to reveal, demonstrate, and transform vulnerability, we will certainly make happier individuals and a happier, more cooperative society. We’re in this together.

This track was recorded live in the studio. There was a happy accident in the transition between two sections that we liked so much we changed the score to reflect the change. I love it when the music seems to have a life of its own. Despite the serious nature of the material, there was a lot of laughter in the studio during this song – in between takes.  Lew Soloff was playing pedal tones (very low notes) on the horn and going lower and lower – it tickled us all. You had to be there!

 

The saying, “camel’s nose under the tent” is a reference to nosiness. I originally heard it from my friend, Barbara, and subsequently heard it used and read it in the media.

 

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