From the recording The Tao of Time

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Mnemonic device for drummers becomes the bedrock for language
lyrics
Spang Spang a Lang
©Jim Roberts
Calling the Kettle Black Music (BMI)

Lyrics

(Captain Time) What will the time traveler find?
Can this planet earth really be the only beacon in the starts
The language of time is the foundation
The clave of all that exists
Connection is key

Spang Spang a Lang, Spang Spang a Lang, Spang Spang a Lang
Pont te pont, pont te pont
Hip hypnotic, often erotic
Traversing across the African landscape
In the deep night like a messenger
Calling the Gods from the Iron Age

Spang Spang a Lang
A seed coming to fruition in the new world from
a time when pont te pont was changed to spang a lang.
Yes, the new world changed its name.

Pont te pont, pont te pont
Pont te pont, pont te pont
Speaking from the voice of the ancestors:
An ancient timeless continuum of social graces, ceremonies, spirit watchers, guardians,
All moved in tandem to this timeless beat.

Spang Spang a Lang, Spang a Lang, Spang a Lang
Exotic, complex, simple like a bead of sweat.
A timeline through every period, fade, style and decade
Since you introduced yourself to the human race consciousness.
Listen

Spang Spang a Lang, Spang Spang a Lang, Spang a Lang,
Pont te pont, pont te pont
Through the West Indies, straight to New Orleans, once a week you shared your beauty, your strength in Congo Square. When the century clock turned, you were there calling, begging the time men to include you in the birth of jazz – and they did~

Pont te pont, pont te pont
They included you indeed – the foundation, the building block and the Bolton inspired groove on the lips and tips of drummer sticks. The time keepers from every era know your name.

Spang Spang a Lang, Spang Spang a Lang, Spang a Lang
Every boy of 3 that heard jazz on the knees of the father heroes;
Fathers of time learned your name.
Is it the biggest big bang? The birth of Spang Spang a Lang?
Spang Spang Spang Spang a Lang, Spang a Lang, a Lang, a Lang, Lang…

Language!
credits
from The Tao of Time, released October 26, 2018
06 SPANG SPANG A LANG (Jim Roberts)
JIM ROBERTS – Drums, Djembe, Talking Drum, Percussion
JEFFERY BROWN – Saxophone