‘Big Woolly’ song for Snowmass? | AspenTimes.com

‘Big Woolly’ song for Snowmass?

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times fileWidespread Panic, with lead singer John Bell, perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival in 2008.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – 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.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User