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Pilot's Daughter #2
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On the Radio
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Feminist Lithographer
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Brontosaurus
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Rise Up the Dead
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Second Chances
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Deadhorse Creek

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releases May 19, 2016

Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals are:

Rob Anderson – guitar, lead vocals
Kirsten Snyder Eklund – violin, cello, vocals
Mitch Etter – guitar, banjo, mandolin
Heather Gudmundson - keyboard, viola, theremin, vocals
Aubrey Jenkins – drums
Tim Thomas – bass, vocals

All songs written by Rob Anderson
and arranged by Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals
except “Second Chances” by Tim Thomas
arranged by Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals
Recorded at Earwig Studios and at home
between August 2015 and February 2016
Mixed by Don Farwell at Earwig Studios
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering
Photography by Tim Thomas and Daimon Eklund

www.dlpiband.com

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Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals Seattle, Washington

Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals is a six-piece folk-apocalypse band from Seattle, WA, featuring cello, violin, theremin, bucket drumming, and four-part harmonies, not to mention heartfelt songs about love, life, and the end of the world. DL&PI has been bringing their cacophonous blend of indie rock, folk, punk, country, and jazz to the barrooms and bedrooms of the Puget Sound since 2012. ... more

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Track Name: The Former Lives of Former Lovers
I used to be a midweight boxer ‘til I got knocked the fuck out
Used to be a British rock star and all the girls would scream and shout
Used to wonder where you are, used to worry, used to doubt

Used to be a beauty queen and I would wear the freshest style
Used to play the tambourine just to try to make you smile
Used to make the hippest scenes, just to make my life worthwhile

I used to be a famous painter and I would only paint in blue
If I was a great explainer you would see why this was true
Had I been a better man would I still be there in bed with you?

I used to be a rich man, dined on ptarmigan and grouse
Used to be a poor man, I would break into a rich man’s house

Used to be an architect and I designed a monument
To my own intellect, the critics called it insignificant

Used to think that I was glamorous, amorous, intelligent
Although in retrospect I was well beyond my element
I used to be the man you loved but now that’s all irrelevant

And it’s been 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days since you’ve been gone
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days something went wrong
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days did you know all along?

I used to be a famous painter and I would only paint in blue
Used to be a great explainer and you might see why this was true
And if I was a better man would I still be there in bed with you?
Track Name: Dark Mountain
We haven’t got a lot in common
(at least that’s what our mothers seem to think)
Except a shared love of power tools and shamanistic rituals
And putting something extra in our drink

And we will not be made so silent
even though we’re not sure what we have to say
Committed to the principle of opposition through non-violence
At least until someone gets in our way

So we put the pen upon the paper.
We are searing certain secrets in our souls.
And all that transcendental poetry, it doesn’t do that much for me
But some people say the same of rock and roll.

We don’t know very much for certain
(except for certain songs we know by heart)
Anyway, who is that man behind the curtain?
He used to take a lot of drugs, now he just makes a lot of art

You were standing by the doorway
I had my head inside the kitchen sink
And I heard you telling the policeman
“It’s okay, it’s just that somebody has had too much to drink”

I read all about it in the papers:
the replacement of humanity foretold
By collections of transistors and capacitators
And never will we die, we will just keep on growing old.

And from the head of a pin there sprang forth the whole of creation
Oh, look what can happen if you use your imagination

So we went down to the coronation
(without our picket signs and shaking fists)
Stood in the back of the congregation
Amongst the cripples and the atheists

Gritting our teeth in concentration
and confessing everything we once denied
And in each heavy exhalation
Equal parts regret and carbon dioxide

And from the tips of his fingers there sprang forth the whole of creation
Oh, look what can happen if you use your imagination