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whatsthatsound On January - 28 - 2010

I thought I’d tackle the very serious issue of climate change by penning a Hank Williamsy, cry-in-your-beer c&w love song about it. As for the quality, you’ve heard of The Basement Tapes, right? Well, think of this as a whatever is below the basement tape. The great musicianship should be attributed to my buddy, Guy (not THE Buddy Guy, my friend Guy, who provides the stunning guitar work). Lyrics and singing can be blamed on yours truly. 

Note: There is no ferret in the picture, just arctic critters, so you can spare yourself the search.

Warmer Than My Heart


Cherry trees in Tokyo are blossoming in March

New Yorkers in January picnic in the park

I read you letter late last night and sat there in the dark

every place it’s warmer than my heart


Moscow in the winter is like Paris in the spring

I wonder why in old Shanghai the birds have come to sing

in Berlin I saw you girl in your brand new boyfriend’s car

every place it’s warmer than my heart



we’re told that we must heed the warning

or life as we know it could well come to an end

but I’m hoping that global warming

will melt your heart and bring you back, back to me again


businessmen pay scientists to say it isn’t so

on the slopes skiers hope for just a little snow

if you want to cool things down, I know the place to start

every place it’s warmer than my heart


The climate crime rate’s going up just like the mercury

the way you cooled our romance down seems like a crime to me

we had a good thing going till you blew it all apart

now every place it’s warmer than my heart

07 Warmer Than My Heart2~FS

Written by whatsthatsound

Writer, Illustrator, Curmudgeon. Ferret Owner. Tokyoite, formerly Ohioan. Much nicer in person.

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  1. javaz says:

    Another great contribution, wts.
    I love your artwork and your lyrics are wonderful.

  2. boomer1949 says:


    Excellent! And here is my round of appreciation…

  3. Khirad says:

    That plane is too adorable for words.

  4. escribacat says:

    Bravo, Whatsie (stealing that nickname from Questinia). And I could hardly tear my eyes off that picture!

  5. KQuark says:

    WTS another inspired illustration and great song lyrics to go with it.

    I hate to be a bummer and actually talk about the issue but we would be crazy as a country not to invest in technologies to lower CO2 emissions even though China is resisting standards they are making huge investments in clean energy technology. Again our fast food thinking nation will fall behind if we don’t do something now.

  6. Questinia says:

    Hey whatsie, how about a duet? “Baby It’s Cold Outside” perhaps?

  7. SueInCa says:

    Great art and great song.
    I wish I was more artistic that way.

  8. kesmarn says:

    To be a witty writer/thinker, and an artist, AND a singer/songwriter. Well, that is the trifecta. WTS, I’m almost afraid to ask what else you can do! If I find out you’re also a chess grand master or can golf like Tiger Woods, I’m going to be verrrry upset. 🙄

  9. whatsthatsound says:

    Thanks, Nellie, Kalima and Hope! And doubly thanks, Nellie, for getting the image up there.

  10. Hopeington says:

    What can I say,
    You guys are so cool!!

  11. whatsthatsound says:

    Dang! I thought I had that “Custom Field/Preview” thingie worked out! Can I rely on the kindness of someone whose left brain isn’t in permanent exile for help here?

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