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‘Big Woolly’ song for Snowmass?

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Stewart Oksenhorn Aspen Times fileWidespread Panic, with lead singer John Bell, perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival in 2008.
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Though no remains of woolly mammoths have been found near Snowmass Village, the Town Council will take up a resolution Monday proclaiming jam band Widespread Panic’s “Big Woolly Mammoth” as the town’s official song.

Councilman Reed Lewis, an admitted Widespread fan (though not as devout as a Spreadhead, he clarified), proposed the musical acknowledgment of the prehistoric animals that have been discovered at Ziegler Reservoir. Monday is his final council meeting, as he did not seek re-election Nov. 2, and voting on the song as one of his last official acts struck Lewis as a fun, light-hearted thing to do.

Plus, Widespread Panic has played Jazz Aspen Snowmass twice, and there apparently are no popular songs about Columbian mammoths – the variety unearthed at the reservoir.



“I just thought it was a fun thing more than anything else,” Lewis said. “It’s just to remind us we’re a fun mountain town.

“I think Widespread fans will get a kick out of it.”



The chorus of “Big Woolly Mammoth” is: You ain’t got time to worry ’bout mass extinction / Just try and get along with the human beings / Big Woolly Mammoth gonna wear that coat / In the middle of the summertime.


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