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Buffalo Head

from Zetacarnosa by Skyscape



I discovered the joy of sequencing while Skyscape recorded "Conform" and "Get Your Car Out of My Ear" in Amherst, MA. Left alone with Sean's Korg O1-W, I did quite a bit of arranging that week. "Buffalo Head" was built around a riff I had written during Dom's first visit to Albany in September of 1992, and it was designed to play to Dom's improv skills.

Dom and Sean walked in on I just as he was adding the bassline. Dom spewed forth an extemporaneous jet of lyrics and Sean caught the whole thing on video. This vocal is dubbed directly off the videocassette.

Sean on the chorus: "God, it's so stupid...but it is really catchy, isn't it?"

Dom Maltempi:
This is the type of song that spits out the mystery of Dom in an antiquated Phoenician tongue so lascivious as to never return to the groin of its maker. In other words, I only remember it as an episodic quirk....It was one of those "retard gets lost at the farmers' market" jimmies, where the joy lost in a struggling boutique clerk's blown paycheck on emaciated blow-up dolls comes to life like a Billie Joe hard-on.


Do you really like my hair?
Can you wear my underwear?
Do you think I could spit in your eye?
Could I step on an ant with my red green lime shoe boots?

I like your hair the way you like it
And gold boots make me snap like a bear
The lights in here are quite dark
Unless you think about old people from the old town

I like who you are and we are
I say
What makes me all happy?

Yee-haw, Jed's cowboy hat

Do you really like my penis?
[Jed: Rhyme something with THAT!]
You sure said nothing about Venus.
I think you're really groovy
Think we should buy fish tonight for dinner?
[Jed: No, let's watch a movie.]
I like headphones
Bologna sure tastes good with white bread
Would you please step on my anthill?
Because my grandmother would appreciate it.

I say
What makes me so happy?


Do you really like my vagina?
I just got it put in.
And the doctor said it would cost an arm and a leg
But I don't have an arm and a leg.
I have a... VAGINA!
I say
What makes me so bassy?
Lubrication smells good
On a goat or a sheep

I say
What makes me so happy?
I say
What makes me so happy?
Ice cream with cherries!
I say
What makes me so happy?
I like cherrywood!
I say
What makes me so happy?
Long-haired women with beards!

Thank you, everyone.
This has been a Skyscape documentary.
We know where you sleep, so look out for my tongue.


from Zetacarnosa, released December 15, 2009
Words by Dom Maltempi, music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Dom Maltempi: vocals
Jed Davis: keyboards, backing vocals
Mike Keaney: bass
Sean Gould: guitars
Mike Kearns: drums
Produced by Jed Davis
Mixed and mastered by Dave McNair
Engineered by Sean Gould


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Skyscape was formed long ago by Jed Davis, Dom Maltempi and Rob Hill. Lots of people joined the band. Some quit; most were fired. Skyscape continues.

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