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verse: A [riff] A A F#m E
chorus: D D D E A A A E D D D E A A E E

everyone here is a candidate
to break the record or set the record straight
you'll come out the other side in a couple years
& wash your hands of all of this with all your tears
oh don't you leave me, don't you believe me?
& don't you wanna come down & grieve me?
i'm doing damage in all my anguish
you're saying sorry in every language, yeah

tell me nothing's changed; it never does
everything remains the way it was...the way it was

now everyone wants to be popular
so she copies you & you copy her
& no one's going anywhere
with the hint of disaster in the air
oh don't you know it, don't you show it
don't back down & don't you blow it
i'm on my knees in a farmer's field
only a momma's boy would ever yield


well everyone's got a different take
there's the truth you know & the truth you make
& every word down from the rumour mill
is a stab in the back or a look that kills
& somehow...you weather the shake up
'til i say...i think we should break up

don't you wish it was the way it was
you can't go back because
the way it was is the way it was


from in the year you were born, released September 11, 2012




the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more


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