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My basic plan for this song was to have the first and last verses be the same, while introducing as many twists and turns between the two as I could manage.

For the recording, I had hoped to have a toy piano play the opening bit, but I couldn't get ahold of one that was in tune enough. Seth Manchester of Machines with Magnets suggested using the air organ instead, which I think sounds great.

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I want a robot for Christmas, one a hundred meters high.
One with flashing lights and dials. It could walk or swim or fly.
It would put me on its shoulder so I'd never be alone.
It would conquer all the planet with its horde of robot clones.
It would rule benevolently, or so it would seem, but then
It would see us, every one of us, to some evil aliens.
I would lead the human rebellion 'gainst our metal overlord.
My paradoxes would drive it crazy, cause its poor head to explode.
I'd be a hero to all the humans, become president of the world.
Statues would be erected to me, 'cause I'd been so smart and bold.
That's why
I want a robot for Christmas, one a hundred meters high.
One with flashing lights and dials. It could walk or swim or fly.

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from Circumstantial Evidence, released November 11, 2011
Jacob Haller: vocals, acoustic guitar, air organ

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Jacob Haller Providence, Rhode Island

Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220's Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music's annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

"Jacob Haller is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he's also a talented songwriter and musician."

-- Harper Johnson, Co-Host of The Blues Record podcast
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