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What To Do

by Instant Bingo

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What To Do is an ode to family history in the form of a quiet-ish ballad. Each verse is a vignette of uncertainty, explaining how previous generations moved forward through life and knew what to do.

Performed by Instant Bingo
Written & Produced by Benjamin Drake
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Kyle Swartzwelder
Recorded at Black Forest Studio, Glenside PA


When Sabino sailed from Naples
He kept his eyes on looking forward
Until he could see the shore
And the lady with the torch
Can you mix and patch and pour?

He knew
What to do
What to do

Came the baby with the bottle
Crying on into the night
Put the whiskey on the gum
From the pressure of a thumb
Your grandmother was the one

Who knew
What to do
What to do

And their son got called to battle
Earned his wings to learn to fly
And the sky was all a blaze
From the streaks of light and flames
In the cross hairs he took aim

He knew
What to do
What to do

And their daughter had 5 children
And adopted another one
And they’d play out in the sun
In their bare feet, having fun
After asking everyone

Who knew
What to do
What to do

And my mother’s brother took us
On the quiet lonesome pond
When my child got her wish
An apostle a the fish
Take the shekel it’s a gift

She knew


released September 17, 2021
Ben Drake - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Sarah Drake - Vocals
Luke Drake - Percussion
David Drake - Electric Guitar
Darrell Jennings - Mandolin
Steve Vetter - Bass

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Instant Bingo Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hyper-Folk-Rock band of family, and friends playing songs about movies we love and things we find beautiful, wacky-dacky, or true.

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