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I thought you were a myth (Hell no)
Your fingers on my lips (Like This)
There was a time you told me what to do (Oh what to do)
With a bible by my side (Right here)
I gambled far and wide (Damn right)
But I said “enough of that, enough of you”

My little dear, how long will you remain (How long my dear)
Ruining your feathers in the rain (In the rain)
I tell you now as I told you before (He said before)
I refuse to be your shelter anymore (Nevermore)

And though I love this wretched war
I have to give it up before
My love decides to bar me from her bed
So in the end I’ll try my best
To change my spots and all the rest
Will have to find another way to buy their bread

I can’t be satisfied (Not I)
By that which you provide (Nice Try)
Oh Darling, where were you when I was low? (So low)
You’re crazy as a loon (She’s nuts)
Expensive as the moon (Too much)
I always was a sucker I suppose

One by one the Gods they all went mad (They all went mad)
Pining for the things they never knew they never had
And even though they tried their best (No good)
They couldn’t pass the test (Who could?)
So what do you expect for me and you?

All the players, all the spoils
All the sugar, all the oil
All the blessings, all the prayers and all the sins
They aren’t part of any grand ordeal
Despite what you’ve been forced to feel
It’s over now and everybody wins


from Where We Go, We Grow, released March 13, 2012



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Friendly Strangers Bronxville, New York

The members of Friendly Strangers came together at Sarah Lawrence College when front man Curtis McMurtry (banjo) assembled Liam O' Brien (fiddle), Max Mamis (accordion), and Lucy Kahn (bass) in September 2010. Since then, Friendly Strangers have developed a repertoire of songs regarding cosmopolitan angst, southern funerals, general bitterness and occasionally love (but usually not). ... more

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