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Fuck parades
They’re only a roadblock from where you need to get to
Like gettin’ to work to serve the crowd that storms in after the parade’s done

I drove through one in desperation
to clock in on time
Pulled over by a cop on a bicycle
Why didn’t I just drive away?

You got a Jeep with seven tickets
And a sign on the meter
Says You’ve got 10 grand and no plans
Let’s fucking go

I appreciate the sentiment
The energy of feeling spent
Biting at the heels of a looming
Legal imminence
I appreciate the sentiment

He’s just tryin’
They’re just tryin’
Making livings while we’re dying
From folks making livings out of dying

And it put me in the headspace
Blaming others for the rat race
It’s not the man in front of me
It’s numbers that his face makes
Runnin’ through conversion stats
And runnin’ ads

Next kid in line, looked like he dreamed
Of seeing jobs end just like me
Evidence of class wars schemes
And stereotypes of teenage dreams
Shaggy shave, nose pierced, eyes glazed
A dollar short, and I made a pass
To take the drinks, and joke about
Burning this whole building down

His eyes got wide, his face grew worried
I got tense politely hurried them along
Another zoomer I got wrong
Another punk kid an angry old man put in the words of a song who’s just tryin’

He’s just tryin’
They’re just tryin’
Making livings while we’re dying
From folks making livings out of dying

What is it that you know or don’t know
That makes you think things are going well
What is it that you know or don’t know
That makes you think things are going well
What do you have, what are you hiding
That life is just a river you’re riding
Your feet are dry, I’ve swallowed salt
Everyone posts suicide on their alts

Inviting death, on our alts
Stoned to stillness, on our alts
Ease the numbness, on our alts
It’s not their faults, it’s not their faults

It's not our fault!

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from The Up & Coming Nightmare City Sessions, released April 4, 2021

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Jordan Thornquest Twin Falls, Idaho

Jordan Thornquest maps his mindstate with theatrical relish & a form of punk-informed power pop that's both candidly introspective and fearlessly extroverted.

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