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ROCKtendo - “Vanilla Lake” (Super Mario Kart)

from Super VG Christmas Party by Patient Corgi



“When Ian approached me about contributing to this album, I saw it as an opportunity to go big. I’d never done a "holiday classic" style song before, and I dug into some Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby tracks for inspiration. It was a blast making this song, and being part of this project and the awesome diversity and craziness that is the VGM scene. Very special thanks to Stewart Hidalgo and Pablo Hernandez for their help engineering! Hope you enjoy!”
— ROCKtendo (Bill Rahko)



The frozen ground is covered in snow
Our hearts and engines race as our tires slide
The ice is thin, so don’t fall in
Or you just might get left behind

No mistletoe or eggnog for me
I’ve got my own idea of Christmas cheer
Banana peels, and my four wheels
Are all I need this time of year

I’ll be chasing that checkered flag
No more gifts to bag, for me (no gifts for me)
You can keep all your jingle bells
I’ll take turtle shells of red and green (of red and green)

So if you’re lonely this Christmas eve
And you think your blue heart might break (blue heart might break)
Don't mind the cold, just go for the gold
Come and meet me at Vanilla Lake

So if you're lonely this Christmas eve
And you think your blue heart might break (blue heart might break)
Rev up your kart—go ahead, push Start
Come and meet me at Vanilla Lake
Come and meet me at Vanilla Lake (Vanilla Lake)


from Super VG Christmas Party, released December 11, 2014
Performed by ROCKtendo (Bill Rahko) – Piano, Vocals
Arrangement and Mixing by ROCKtendo (Bill Rahko)
Lyrics by ROCKtendo (Bill Rahko) and Ken Huffman
Based on “Vanilla Lake” from Super Mario Kart, Composed by Soyo Oka




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