Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five
by ings


ings wrote "Slaughterhouse-Five" for Wild Bob's Musical Book Club. WMBC gathers local songwriters in Springfield, MO to each write a song about a book of the month. To listen to Slaughterhouse-Five, click here.


I wonder about time travel
about living my life in a line
the arc of my intention
the contour of my time

I wonder about my wandering
and who I shall meet only once
I could move backwards towards them
I don't have to go forward running

Billy, I'm so sorry
Echolalia & tears
Billy, I'm so sorry
I don't know what happened to your years

Living can be lonely
you've only got your line
you follow it with vigor
and sweetly, briefly, criss-cross sometimes

There are many lives unfolding
and nothing is left undone
a ladybug in the amber
a planet in the sunshine

Billy, I'm so sorry
Echolalia & tears
Billy, I'm so sorry
I don't know what happened to your years

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ings is a composer, vocalist, and visual artist in Seattle, WA. Her debut EP, Dog Physics, was released to tiny acclaim in 2013. Influenced by Lennon, Gershwin, Beyoncé, Van Dyke Parks, Bjork, and the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ings crafts arrangements and melodies to create a style all her own: lullaby rock. Her forthcoming EP, Afterthought, is due out early 2016.