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"The Importance of Evergreen" (also known as "VF The Cave 1" and "The Cave") is a song by The Residents, originally written in the early 1970s for their unfinished feature film Vileness Fats. In the film, the song is an inspirational anthem sung by the villain Lonesome Jack to his gang The Bell Boys.

In 1984 the song was recorded for the Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? soundtrack and again in 2001 for the group's retrospective project Icky Flix.

Heaven? version

A short edit of "The Importance of Evergreen" was featured on the compilation album Heaven? in 1986. This version has been cut down to 1:56.


The crystal clear is purest the world was ever taught
It's in the dreams of Evergreen and what the bridesmaid caught
A picnic day with newborn hay beside a fireplace
Brings to eye a pumpkin pie and smiles on mother's face
It's Xanadu and Camelot between Niagara Falls
It's nightingales between the tales of ivy-covered halls
In sunrise on a tropic I'll be seeing you again
Evergreen! Oh, Evergreen! Your seeds must now be sown!
Evergreen! Oh, Evergreen! On all the winds be blown!


See also

Vfshoppingcart-sml-transparent.png Vileness Fats
(1972 - 1976)

Cast and characters
Saint Steve / Lonesome Jack (Jay Clem) · Weescoosa (Sally Lewis) · Arf and Omega Berry (Palmer Eiland and George Ewart) · Ninnie (Danny Williams) · Steve's Mother (Marge Howard) · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Smyk) · Weenie (Danny Williams) · Uncle Willy (Hardy Fox)
Irene Dogmatic · J. Raoul Brody · Barry "Schwump" Schwam · Hugo Olson · Bill Dewalt · Diane Flynn · Homer Flynn · Tony Logan · Dennis Sealy · The Mysterious N. Senada as himself

The Residents: direction, screenplay, music, sets, costumes · Graeme Whifler: lighting, sets, second unit direction · Diane Flynn: costumes · John Kennedy: editing

Soundtrack music
"Aircraft Damage" · "Mammy" · "The Importance of Evergreen" · "Eloise" · "Kamikaze Lady" · "Lonely At The Top" · "Fever" · "Russian Love Song" · X Is For Xtra ("March de la Winni" · "Asonarose" · "Soundtrack Music Piece 17")

Related works
The Boarding House performance · Santa Dog · Meet The Residents · Not Available (X Is For Xtra) · The Third Reich 'n Roll (video) · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance · Fingerprince · Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (soundtrack · PAL TV LP) · Video Voodoo · Twenty Twisted Questions · Icky Flix (soundtrack · "The Knife Fight" · RZ VF) · Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents · Triple Trouble (trailer · soundtrack)

Related articles
Vileness Flats · Atomic Shopping Carts · Residents, Uninc. · Sycamore St. studio · Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · The Ugly Grey Theater