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The Hapless Toad

from The Supremes by Josh Fuson

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    The CD comes in a high quality, 6-panel wallet printed on post consumer materials. Liner notes include lyrics along with the name of the justice that inspired the song. Released by Night Orchard Recordings.

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Chief Justice John R. Roberts was the only dissenting justice in the case Rancho Viejo, LLC v. Norton, a case in which the endangered species act was employed to protect an endangered California toad. Where every other justice chose to side with the Endangered Species Act, Roberts dissented stating that the constitution does not allow government to restrict businesses because of a "hapless toad" that "for reasons of its own, lives its entire life in California." I have this to say to that "hapless toad"...


there's a man back east in a big black robe
who's calling you a hapless toad
he's just a bigger sack of bones
and he sees fit to wreck your home

he's got three sisters and visits sometimes
across the mason-dixon line
maybe they could help you change his mind
if you can manage the trip in time

Kathy, Peggy, Barbara
if they're nice they'll talk to you
be a gentleman don't ask for too much
but see if their brother can show some love

wish i could be more help than this
it's not the news i want to give
california's a great place to live
and i'd hate to see you pick up and get

if it makes it easier for you to move on
we'll call this man a hapless john


from The Supremes, released December 6, 2011


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Josh Fuson Denver, Colorado

While rooted in folk, the soundscapes in which Denver artist/producer Josh Fuson tells his stories vary from intimate vocals over an acoustic guitar to lush arrangements of soaring keys, weaving electric guitars, and anchoring drums and bass.

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