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"Hovering Sombrero" by They Might Be Giants has long been one of my favorite songs they have ever written. I originally recorded it for the "Cover Mink Car" charity project organized by Nicole Dieker, huge thanks to her for giving me a reason to arrange this song!

This song is about all the things I believe in -- just read the lyrics!!! You're never just a hat, you know.

My brother joins me on the accordion, because he once serenaded me in front of hundreds of people with his accordion and this very song.

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Hey hovering sombrero
Gently waving in the air above the meadow
Softly floating in the sky outside the window
Hovering sombrero don't be shy
Don't... don't be shy - Don't be... terrified

When you take yourself for granted
Feel rejected and unwanted
Know you're never just a hat
You're never only just a hat, you know
Hovering sombrero
Hovering sombrero

Time is flying like an arrow
And the clock hands go so fast they make the wind blow
And it makes the pages of the calender go
Flying out the window one by one
Til a hundred years are on the front lawn
And the old familiar things are mostly all gone
But the old sombrero just keep hovering on
Hovering sombrero hover on

Don't be burdened by regrets
Or make your failures an obsession
Or become embittered or possessed
By ruined hopes, remember...

If you take yourself for granted
Feel rejected and unwanted
Know you're never just a hat
You're never only just a hat, you know
Hovering sombrero
Hovering sombrero

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from Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II, released August 12, 2015
"Hovering Sombrero" written by They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh and John Linnell, published by TMBG Music for BMI.

Scott Barkan - guitar
Paul Pew - Piano
David Pew - accordion, accordion case, banjo, scissors, thimble bucket, claps
Marian Call - vocals, rainstick, typewriter, claps

Arranged, recorded, edited, and mixed by Marian Call

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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