March 29, 2015 · DADFAD 2010s Decemberists Katyusha Stalin West Side Story homeschool cars

Tractor Day

There, I said it, Katherine, it's time to pack your things
You won't regret it, winter in New Mexico's a joke
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, I don't want to miss you when I'm gone

Where we're going we can listen to Decemberists[1] all night
You'll be sewing Jolly Roger[2] flags from concert shirts
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, I will build my capital wherever you are

When they grow up, we can teach the children how to drive a stick
At the coop, they can sell organics to the bourgeoisie
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, I just want to teach them how to sing the songs my father sang to me

Расцветали яблони и груши,
Поплыли туманы над рекой.
Выходила на берег Катюша,
На высокий берег на крутой.
[3]

Katherine, it's time for you and me to encrypt our files
Pour two vials of enzymes for end times[4] and stash them in the trunk
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, you're the key to everything I want

Katya, look ahead, there's a road block, time to play it cool
Cool like Jet, easy does it, buzz it[5], you know the drill
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, I don't want to grow old in a place where suddenly it's tractor day[6] again

When we get there we can burn our papers, we can start from scratch
I'll go back to being Ernest, you can homeschool the kids
Be part of my revolution,
My Katyusha, I don't want to miss you when I'm gone


  1. The ones from Portland, not Saint Petersburg. ↩︎

  2. Like this one from 1725: ↩︎

  3. The first verse to Katyusha, an epic WWII war ballad. ↩︎

  4. The first time I heard Calamity Song by The Decemberists, I thought "enzymes for end times" was one of the lyrics. I was so glad to find out it wasn't, because I found it brilliant. ↩︎

  5. Credit: Sondheim. ↩︎

  6. An actual holiday at my house, celebrated on or around May 28th, traditionally with a phone call by Luke to Steve Poltz. ↩︎