Boys in the Band (Demo)

from by Aaron Kelly

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After winding down such a good run with Overman, I was happy when this biographical and reflective song emerged. If you're familiar with Overman, you'll get a kick out of knowing that verse 1 is Aaron, verse two is Russell, verse 3 is Matt, and verse 4 is a summary, of sorts.



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'd put a little bit of cocaine in his coffee
And call 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
Whom your father may not understand

The boys in the band
Sleeping in a van
Shrugging off the risk
Without so much as a contingency plan
Can we Frankenstein one microphone stand
Lend your hearts, ears, money, and a hand
To the band

The driving force was loud of course, intelligent beyond remorse
Special collector kind
He sang Psycho Killer better than a Talking Head
And wrote a song about perspective from a skeptical mind
He kept me going when the going got rough
I don’t tell him that enough

We may have finally found the secret to short-term success
Keep expectations low
We played Chicago Street on Saturday and moved some feet
Got all dressed up, and all of you came to the show
We played some brand new songs
And everyone there sang along

With the boys and girls in the bands
Sleeping in a van
Shrugging off the risk
Without so much as a contingency plan
Make a little baby dance
Lend your hearts to the band
We'll be back when we can
But we need parts for the van
So give your money to the merchandise stand


from 2015 Demos, released February 8, 2015


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