"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.
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!
- Vileness Fats (unfinished, 1972-1976)
- Mole Show/Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? VHS (1984)
- Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (1984)
- Heaven? (1986)
- 1:56 edit
- Uncle Willie's Highly Opinionated Guide To The Residents (1993)
- Icky Flix DVD (2001)
- as "VF The Cave 1"
- Icky Flix (Original Soundtrack Recording) (2001)
- 2001 re-recording, as "VF The Cave 1"
- RZ VF (2011)
- 2001 re-recording, as "The Cave"
- Icky Flix - The Original Soundtrack Recording (2020)
- 2001 re-recording
- Vileness Fats
- Mole Show/Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats?
- Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (album)
- Icky Flix (DVD)
- Icky Flix (album)
- "Aircraft Damage"
- X Is For Xtra