Crispy Critters

C.W. McCall


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley, Thurston Joseph Moore
album: Track 4 in album Wilderness
release date: 1976
popularity : 10 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 2:50

Album Information

label: Polydor
country(area): United States
format: Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

C.W. McCall Wilderness cover art


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(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
Bill Fries says that this is based on a true story from the late '60s, when a band of hippies rolled into Telluride and decided to stay.
One day about four or five years ago
Kickin' tires, and swattin' flies,
When right out in front of the Baptist church
Had astrological signs upon it
About half of 'em went for the courthouse lawn
Rest of 'em set there starin' at us
He says, "Which is the hippies? And which is the dogs?"
What they was, was a bunch a' them Crispy Critters

"Prepare to disembark, men.
"We gonna camp in the city park, man."
I says, "Boys, let me explain the situation to ya.
"And B: we got us a leash law here
"You drop one string a' beads in that there park
"You got fifteen seconds to get out of town, boys,

And proceeded to the city limits.
Says a mess a' wild Critters was in it!
(Which is always at the Conoco station)
To give them Critters a citation
By the time we arrived, it was too damn late
Them dogs was tearin' the bathhouse apart,
I says, "Roy, you get the one in the silver T-shirt
"We gonna have a jail full a' naked Crispy Critters

'Cause them Critters outnumbered us
And they lived in that purple school bus
But eighty-four dogs and a head shop
And astrological postcards
Yeah, Critters took over the City Council
And the whole damn town was Crispy Critters


Track Listing

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Wilderness
  • 2 Jackson Hole
  • 3 Riverside Slide
  • 4 Crispy Critters
  • 5 Roy
  • 6 The Little Brown Sparrow and Me
  • 7 There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'N' Roll)
  • 8 Telluride Breakdown
  • 9 Four Wheel Cowboy
  • 10 Silver Iodide Blues
  • 11 Columbine
  • 12 Aurora Borealis