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lyrics

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

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from Former Lives, released May 19, 2016

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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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