‘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.