Shipshewana Swimming (Demo)

by Erik Nervous

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Cassette released on Lumpy Rex & Records Inc. Vinyl 7" version released by Warm Ratio. Art by MW.

Thanks to Jordan, Francis, Chad, Steve, LUNA, & family.

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released November 28, 2015

All music & words written (except where noted), performed, & engineered by Erik on four track cassette. Tracks one, three, & four recorded in & around WMU, October 2015. Track two recorded at home in NEI, Summer 2015.

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Track Name: Nothing Is Happening
Primitives drive minivans
Pamphlet from the corner man
Identical pedestrians
Aquire more shopping bags

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Nothing is happening

Chinese sticker residue
On the hands of me & you
Look at all the windows that some-
Day we're gonna break right through

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No guitars in the shops
Twenty dollar soda pop
Throw a stone into the pond
Just run around until we stop

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Track Name: Tourist Destination
Tell me what tourist pays for a youth culture
Wallets don't open 'cause of happy teenagers
I just see a mound of cheap labor
My driveway is paved with dead dreams & broken futures

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Tourist destination
It's all we've ever been
Tourist destination
Greed is good it ain't a sin
Tourist destination

Buy a t-shirt; support the monopoly
Twelve miled for food; we tore out the grocery
An economy of boredom & stale pastry
I want a mansion, not a society

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Track Name: Misfit Right In
Travel to an institution
To purchase your rebellion
Reinforce the business model:
Dissatisfaction equals profit

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Someone else's slogans are my way of life

Read it in the tabloid papers:
"Why blaze a trail when there's pied pipers?"
Advertise to fall in line
Xeroxed teenagers

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Track Name: Bridgeport Lathe (The 2x4's)
I want to hear the sound of a Bridgeport lathe
It's metal to metal it really is
Your basic ordinary men they work at Bend-On gear
'Cause the screech of sheering metal is what they're gonna hear

Foxy secretaries make a point of passing through the plant
& they know you want them to show it all
But you might just get your arm torn off
If you look up for too long from your Gletcher grind-all

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I've worked on Bessemer convertors on the Cheekawakka Plains
I've even done third shift on antiquated screw machines
I'd even rather work in slaughterhouses in Niagara Falls
The Bridgeport lathe has got me by the balls

There's no time to sneak a cigarette or read a novel by Ayn Rand
& you don't have to do container work to get canned
The boss man he is standing by the men he's always near
'Cause the screech of sheering metal is what he's paid to hear

I want to hear the sound of a Bridgeport lathe
It's metal to metal it really is
Your basic ordinary men they work at Bend-On gear
'Cause the screech of sheering metal is what they wanna hear

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