“Tutokanula”

Inspired by Yosemite National Park, Summer 2015

The main inspiration for this song actually came from a guide book I read while planning the trip. The story tells the Native American legend for how El Capitan was formed.


Demos

09/13/2015

It’s been a crazy busy month since my trip to Yosemite and I’ve been busy playing shows with Royal Holland and Wonky Tonk but I finally set a day aside to work on “Tutokanula”. Check it out.

File Sep 13, 6 03 09 PM


Lyrics

C F C G
To-tok, Tu-tok, Tu-tok-a-nu-la

C
Two baby bears
Splashin’ in the cool Merced
G
Finally tucker out
C
Lay down their weary heads

C
Mama bear’s not around
F
Papa left long ago
G
There on the bank of the cool Merced
C
A great rock started to grow

C
When mama bear returned
F
Her two cubs couldn’t be found
G
A tower of granite rose in to the sky
C
And left her on the ground

Chorus

The animals gathered around
And peered up into the sky
A friendly helping fox took it upon herself
To volunteer and give it a try

But while the fox, coyote or mountain lion
Would never make it to the top
A tiny inchworm called Tutoka
Started to slowly give it all he’s got

Everyone laughed at Tutoka
His little legs—they moved so slow
But as steadily climbed further into the sky
the distance from their laughs did grow
And he chanted

Chorus

It took a little time
But when the two bear cubs could see
Tutoka make his journey all the way to the top
They knew they’d make it down safely
Everybody sing

Chorus

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