Hey ya – here’s another song from the Everybody’s Coming Down session. It tends to be difficult, having to choose which songs do or don’t make the album cut, so it’s nice to still get the runner ups out into the world-
Are You Afraid of Dying?
I thought you’d never ask-
I’m afraid of the pain
But I can’t comprehend death
What does it mean, simply not being?
It makes no sense;
I can’t make sense of it
To be, then not to be
The lumberyard is still a bunch of trees
My thoughts can live on
In each of these songs
But for how long – for how long?
And it’s still not even me!
A replica of, a loose proximity
And still I keep singing
I never stop singing
Yes, I fear death,
I’m so fucking scared –
I don’t want to go…
All my life I assumed I’d never die
I mean, sure, I knew I’d die –
But what’s that even mean?
No one thinks they’re really gonna die
We are heading East for a final round of shows before shutting down the machinery for a while – come out and say hi, as who knows when we may be back around again!!
We are bringing one of our best buds, Jake Bellows, out for these shows. Always poignant, always a blast.
And our friends Field Mouse will be out on some dates, playing hits off their new record!
But that’s not all, folks: Roger’s band, Oquoa, and Ryan’s band, Our Fox, will be playing a select batch of shows as well!!
Wed, Nov 09 St. Paul, MN Turf Club Jake Bellows, Oquoa, Our Fox
Thu, Nov 10 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club Jake Bellows, Our Fox, Oquoa
Fri, Nov 11 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen Jake Bellows, Oquoa, Our Fox
Sat, Nov 12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Jake Bellows, Our Fox, Oquoa
Sun, Nov 13 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch Jake Bellows, Oquoa
Mon, Nov 14 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Field Mouse, Jake Bellows
Wed, Nov 16 Boston, MA Great Scott Jake Bellows
Thu, Nov 17 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House Jake Bellows
Fri, Nov 18 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle Jake Bellows
Sat, Nov 19 Washington, DC Songbyrd Jake Bellows
Sun, Nov 20 Richmond, VA Strange Matter Field Mouse, Jake Bellows
Mon, Nov 21 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle Jake Bellows
Tue, Nov 22 Orlando, FL The Social Jake Bellows
Wed, Nov 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl Jake Bellows
Fri, Nov 25 Nashville, TN The High Watt Field Mouse, Jake Bellows
Sat, Nov 26 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill’s
Duck Room Field Mouse, Jake Bellows
Sun, Nov 27 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck Field Mouse, Jake Bellows
Mon, Nov 28 Omaha, Ne O’Leaver’s Jake BellowsNo comments
We digitally released a new song, The Modern Mary, check it out!
The Modern Mary
My mama cried, staring at the stars
She had once felt so almighty
Now, she’s never felt so small
My mama fell flat back on the floor
She once had a loving husband,
He don’t love her anymore
My mama screamed, “This ungrateful world!”
Keeps on taking and not giving
Ever since she was a girl
My angry mama pushed everything inside
She will never let another
Steal the soil of her life
So, she tears away those pages of her diary
Those sick and sticky memories,
“Jesus… some fuckin’ Jesus.”
It’s the same with every guy she meets,
Thinkin’ they’re Jesus –
She don’t need their goddamn charity
My mama cried, staring at her hands
Thinking, ‘How could others use these
To shed the blood of man?’
My mama felt guilt-ridden remorse
When she thought of those before her
Who suffered even more
My mama laughed, “Everything’s so clear!
The woman is the wounded,
The man stabs ‘the spear’’!”
My loving mother held her children to her breast,
This world can go fuck itself,
She’ll never acquiesce
She tore away the pages of her diary –
Every silly entry
Tore away the layers of her history
’Til finally she could see clearly:
Everybody hail the Defiled Mary
The afterthought of all male martyrdom
Behind every good man
Is a messiah story
I, for one, am as guilty as they come;
After all, I’m my mama’s sonNo comments
We’re going on tour with Speedy Ortiz in May and June! First, though, a couple midwest dates with our old pal Tim Kinsella and a stop at the Middle of the Map festival in Kansas City! Also playing in Seattle May 29 with La Sera!