The Former Lives of Former Lovers

from by Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals

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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?

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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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