Run, Run Turkey

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What happens when the vegan in the band writes a "Thanksgiving" song...

The funniest part about this track is that it's accidental. We were working on figuring out the harmonies and once we locked them in, we recorded them quickly on my phone. What we didn't realize was that my phone was still connected to the bluetooth speaker we had been listening to (other) music on earlier. When each of us went to listen back, later, our voices were all far away and warbly, and the ukulele was barely discernible. We sounded like we were coming out of an old something suuuuuper old school, cartoon Minnie & Mickey Mouse would dance to.

We had initially planned to just record a quick video with me on ukulele, Amanda & Diana on hand percussion, and call it a (Thanksgiving Day). Instead, I went into Ableton Live and created a "Mickey Mouse" backing track for us; deliberately choosing a kind of awesomely "bad" (and mostly midi) sonic palette that included things like: "recorder flute", "pizzicato banjo" one does. A funky little beat...and a few effects filters on the vocal and we were ready for our "live" set/video. At the last second, I decided to try resampling the whole tune as we sang live (into a single condenser mic) just to see how it would sound...with no expectation that it would or could be anything other than a total mess. Instead...we ended up recreating that accidental victrola sound from our initial voice memo...but even better.

And so...this one's for all the turkeys out there. We're pulling for you!

~ Jenny


Every year as the leaves turn red and brown
Friends and loved ones gather round
Over a cornucopia of food
Blissfully oblivious to the turkey point of view

He had a wife/He had a wife
Three turkey babies/Three turkey babies
And as they mourn/Wah was
Someone said
Please pass the gravy

So run, run turkey save your ass
I hope you make it far across that cold dead grass
Into the forest where your little family prays
For a turkey miracle on this Thanksgiving day

Oh little turkey
I hope you make it
Just use that wish bone
But please don't break it

Run, run turkey save your ass
I hope you make it far across that cold dead grass
Into the forest where your little family prays
For a turkey miracle on this Thanksgiving day

Oh let there be a miracle
On this


released November 20, 2018
Music & Lyrics: Jenny Pilong
Performed & arranged by Hotsy Totsy
Instrumentation: Little Fawn
Recorded & mixed (on the super turkey fly): Little Fawn
Turkey hand art: Amanda Brizzi
Cover: Jenny Pilong & Louie DeVito


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Hotsy Totsy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hotsy Totsy is a refreshing, indie pop band out of Philadelphia, PA. This trio gives a smart wink and nod to the golden age of girl groups past and pulls that harmony driven sound forward into the present with renewed relevance.

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