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Raging power pop about office jobs. Recorded Sept-Oct 2013, the only studio recording of the final, 5-man lineup of New People before that band split.

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We who have escaped, we will come back for you
Don’t you lose the thought of lucking out
We who have escaped are keeping track of you
All your desperate thoughts are leaking out

Betcha they’re soft, betcha they’re dull
Betcha they’ve got a common center
I betcha they’re bought
I betcha they’re not really of you
I betcha you’re stuck, I betcha you’re fucked
I betcha you’ve got a lot more coming to you and from
Betcha feel dumb, though not always

We who have escaped, we will come back for you
You are not forgotten in these parts
You, the sad remains of Western barbeque
Bought and sold and chewed up in your hearts

Bectha they’re good, betcha they're kind
Betcha you've got a soul worth singing
Betcha you've got a hundred novels piling up in your cells
Betcha you're smart, more than you think
Bet you could stretch and reach the stars or just the sink
If your cube had one and not just the smell

Of decay, decay, of wasted day, of time you've lost forever
In that god-forsaken office where your soul is left to simmer
Oh, dismay! Dismay! A grief soufflé is all you get for dinner
Though you're getting paid, it’s you who's made
A bad bargain with the winner

Those who rule your life, they will not mourn for you
When your husk is brought out for its seeds and hay
All you ever wanted can come back to you
But you've got to cut them out

And not just make them pay you slightly more
Betcha feel poor, betcha you’re normal like your father
Betcha he soldiered on regardless because that’s what they expect
Betcha you're next, betcha you barely feel your calling
Betcha you're all bunched up and balling
In a knot of rage and decay

'Cause you want to be the winner
Wanna be fast and young and thinner
And maybe it will happen if you pay

credits

from Songs from the Partially Examined Life, released December 4, 2015
ML on bass/vox, Matt Ackerman on electric guitars, Chris Wellner on acoustic guitar, Eric Schumann on keys, and Mike Laemmrich on drums.

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Mark Lint Madison, Wisconsin

Catchy, homespun tunes ranging in style from power pop to folk ballads to alt country, laced with a sense of the absurd.

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