Boys in the Band

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We are the boys in the band
Sleeping in a van
Shrugging off the risk
Without so much as a contingency plan
Can you make a little baby dance
So lend your hearts, ears, money and your hands
To the band

I won’t forget the time we spent together
Now get out of my room
I don't pretend to know where I'm going
Do you not know where you're going, too
Seems like now might be a good time to admit
That it's hard as shit

He put a little bit of cocaine in his coffee
And called it vitamin C
He cut the body panels off of his Alfa Romeo
And reached historically impressive speeds
He’s not a felon, just a fun loving man
Who your daddy would never understand

Just like the boys in the band
Sleeping in a van
Shrugging off the risk
Without so much as a contingency plan
Frankenstein a microphone stand
Lend your hearts, ears, money and your hands
To the band

The driving force was loud of course intelligent without remorse
Special collector kind
He sang a Psycho Killer better than a Talking Head
And wrote a song about perspective from a skeptical mind
Kept me going when the going got rough
I don’t tell him that enough

I think we finally found the secret to short-term success
Keep expectations low
We played a basement on a Saturday and moved some feet
Got all dressed up and everybody came to the show
We played some brand new songs
And everyone there was singing along

With the boys in the band
Sleeping in a van
Shrugging off the risk
Without so much as a contingency plan
Can you make a little baby dance
So lend your hearts to the band
We'll be back when we can
But we needs parts for the van
So give your money to the merchandise stand

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from Barefoot and Bottomed Out, released January 7, 2016

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Aaron Kelly Oswego, Illinois

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