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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
Once the parade’s all done

I drove through one in desperation
To clock in on time
Pulled over by a cop who was ridin' 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
So let's go
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

'Cause he’s just tryin’
We're just tryin’
Making livings while we’re dying
Making livings out of dying

He’s just tryin’
We'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, so I went ahead and said
Don't pay, take the drinks
And made a joke about burning this whole building down

His eyes got wide, his face grew worried
I got tense and politely hurried them along
Another zoomer that I got wrong
Another poor kid in an angry punk song

'Cause he’s just tryin’
We're just tryin’
Making livings while we’re dying
Making livings out of dying

He’s just tryin’
We'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'chya hiding
That life is just a river that you think you’re riding
Your feet are dry, I’ve swallowed salt
Everyone posts suicide on their alts

(Inviting death)
What are you hiding
(Stoned to stillness)
Just a river you're riding
(Ease the numbness)
I've swallowed salt
(It's not our faults)
It's not our faults

(Inviting death)
What are you hiding
(Stoned to stillness)
Just a river you're riding
(Ease the numbness)
I've swallowed salt
(It's not our faults)
It's not our faults

It's not our faults
It's not our faults
It's not our faults
It's not our faults
It's not our faults

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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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