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by Ronnie Carrier



“Spider” is the gritty, eerie new single from Portland songwriter Ronnie Carrier. The song twists the famous “Itsy Bitsy Spider” nursery rhyme into an unsettling, yet familiar tale of a homebound human who is slowly unraveling. The restless narrator meticulously scrutinizes the fine details of their confines to pass the plodding time waiting for a repairman. With ethereal vocals, ardent lyrics, and ghostly melodies, Ronnie Carrier creates yet another delightfully haunting piece, just in time for the spooky Halloween season.


The itsy-bitsy spider
Goes up the waterspout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out

Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
I wait for the repairman
To fix the water main

I turn my radio on
It says “Repeat after me:
It's not what you think.
It's not what you think.”

Rummage through the cupboard
A dish and a spoon
Another mug of coffee
And hope he'll arrive soon

I watch the leaves fall on my garden
From my window sill
Time's not moving slowly
No, in fact, it stands still

I turn my radio dial
So I can hear some news
But I only hear music
And I only hear you

End of a bender
After the last cup
Lower than rock bottom
Nowhere else to go but up

The itsy bitsy spider
Goes up the waterspout
Down came the rain, the rain, the rain
And washed the spider out

And every hour on the hour
After the weather report
I turn my radio off
And I play my guitar


released October 30, 2020
Music + Lyrics by Ronnie Carrier
Produced by Ronnie Carrier


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