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hard to see the charm in our nobility, no ability,
children on a hill, white, singing,
do re mi, do only for me, do re mi, do only for me.

said that there's a need but you won't part with it, have no part of it,
could it bear a slight resemblant benefit, been a hypocrite,
with smooth ease we blame things on complacency, compute latency,
insist on the system never work for it, know the worth of it,
work for it, know the worth of it

university's a scheme to hoard and keep, hold on to elite,
we can make believe and soon play anything, assume best of things,
lacking in know-how i now just make it up, kept from waking up,
magic that a fool could be a graduate, grand accomplishment,
graduate, grand accomplishment

would you be hard working, overtime, paid you time and a half,
drive to work and then back, don't it hurt? not knowing where you're at,
is it all we can do, pick a route for rush hour commute?
so you shall one day have, your own house, only then you'll relax,

soft as a child's hands, that they hate, culpable innocence (in a sense),
pick the bugs off of plants, no time to think of the consequences,
stopped a man you may know, management oversees (overseas) women sew,
how to sweat, even bleed, ready, set, hold it tight and then go,

I believe promises, callusing, especially when they're not kept,
couldn't be, well then who, is the thief, might as well have been you,
had enough of playing rough, ain't no use waiting for the strike back,
stick em up, my toy gun, i give up, take everything I have.


from LAURA GOLDHAMER & THE SILVERNAIL, released April 15, 2011
Laura Goldhamer (banjo and vocals)
Griff Snyder (trombone)
Stelth Ulvang (clarinet)
Blake Stepan (upright bass)
Max Barcelow (drums)


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Laura Goldhamer Denver, Colorado

As a folk songwriter, guitarist, old-time banjo player, stop-motion animator, & instrument inventor, Goldhamer enlivens crowds with laughter and awe, conveying her intimate and focused energy in a unified and immersive musical, visual, kinetic, and often comedic performances. ... more

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