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Trace Italian - An Open Letter

from Show & Tell by Grade School Records

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Originally released as a single March 2nd, 2018.


Pulled into town at midnight
Traffic lights turned off
Drive past brick and mortar shells that finally caved in on themselves
Making tragedy from art

Yea I took two grams of mushrooms
Walked outside all night long
Spent my life inside an 8-point font on the North Saskatchewan
Mistaking tragedy for art
Drunk kids lost in dark
Work hard to fall apart

I think about you when I'm high
I don't know how to look away
Slow motion car crash in my mind
We're a predator and prey
We're the restaurant that closed and upped the vacancy rate
A note you can't harmonize
You should come on by

You're a pimple on the prairie
You’re an ad break in the way
Shall I compare thee to an old cliché that means something to me
That it won’t for everyone
Its where loneliness comes from
Yea its where loneliness comes from

Take my memory I won't mind
I won't use it anyway
You fill the space I leave behind
Trade the past for progress any day
Buy some land and raise the rent and bleed the town dry
Blame the homeless for the crime
Why won't you come on by?
Its nice in the summertime

I couldn't leave you if I tried
Don’t have the strength to walk away
I'll be stuck here all my life
Become a better man someday


from Show & Tell, released April 27, 2018
Written, produced, performed and engineered by Sean Newton
Tenor saxophone by Connor Newton
Additional voices - Sam Burns, Eddie Keller


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