Vague Criticisms

by West Dakota

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released October 31, 2014

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Track Name: Grass and Fire
Grass and fire will conspire
To keep this land alive
When guns and drugs and cattle and man decline

From lookout points on holidays
We seek out life from truth
But who knew that the evidence was you

Hard-pressed boots on sand and clay
Will you get away
Get away

Hotel rooms and slot machines
Are air-conditioned clean
But overstay and you'll pay for that dream

Beehive hairdos and rollerskates
How will you escape
Get away
Track Name: Every Other Day
Getting paid just about every other day
It's going well as far as I can tell
But what does that say
About every other day

A parents' day trip and green hatchback
I'm jumping in not believing
That that was us
Yeah that was us

You moved to the woods to grow your own food
Well that sounds cool but it's sort of rude
For a communist
Yeah what about us
Track Name: Old and Glad
And feelings are pretend
Unless the feeling offends

You or a mom or your neighbor's dog Tom
And by five o'clock things are rolling along
The six o'clock news the news is old
By ten or eleven it's told and it's told
I can't believe that people listen
To all these things that just happened
And human interest is boring as hell
Bad news is news that all turns out well

I will be old and glad

And I will not give in
To feelings that offend

A foreign key to an open door
This nagging feeling we've been here before
A heart attack in a Cadillac
And Billy Joel where is your soul
Hackensack or Patterson
Let's go to a place where my father has lived
Not Beverly Hills a spaceship on Mars
Taking pills and lusting for cars

I will be old and glad

A thought parade on the Fourth of July
A hotdog is filled with the question of why
We pry and we poke selectively joke
About the things we cannot decide
And I want to be an American guy
With eagles that soar and mouth open wide
Singing the praise of American ways
Hourglass shapes and a litany of pies

I will be old and glad

I will be old and glad

I will be old and glad
Track Name: Rollercoasters
When you were young and dumb
Roller coasters were so much fun
Now they're just metaphor
The abstract feelings of rich and poor

At best we'll be like the rest
You'll be disappointed and I'll be depressed
But we can still have it all
I'll be the supermarket you'll be the mall

We're raised on bad jokes and puns
Re-runs and men dressed as nuns
Trash can be treasure they say
But too much of it ruins my day

At best we'll be like the rest
You'll be disappointed and I'll be depressed
But we can still have it all
You'll be the supermarket I'll be the mall

You believe in nothing you say
But there's a label for that anyway
You can't live your life excused
The minute you find out the awful news

At best we'll be like the rest
You'll be disappointed and I'll be depressed
But we can still have it all
You'll be the supermarket I'll be the mall

All our plaques are plastic colored bronze
And all our brown hairs have turned to blonde
And I remember when the things we feared
Weren't so disruptively near

All our plaques are plastic colored bronze
And all our brown hairs have turned to blonde
And I remember when the things we feared
Weren't so disruptively near

And now they're here
Track Name: Almost Tough
You read some books and then you thought out loud
At least someone's ideas are standing proud
And you're not strange and you don't have to be
And it's alright to love your society

And we're just someone at someone else's parade
Trying to look cool and not to be afraid
But the natives can speak and spell
And they can hear your fear
And too late is too late even if too late was last year
Yeah too late is too late even if too late was last year

You read some books and then you thought out loud
At least someone's ideas are standing proud
And you're not strange and you don't have to be
And it's alright to love your society

I lost my stuff
I thought I was tough
But now I'm a mess

I lost my stuff
I thought I was tough
But now I'm a mess

I lost my stuff
I thought I was tough
But now I'm a mess

I lost my stuff
I thought I was tough
But now I'm a mess