Election Day

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featuring the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band, John Gros, and Paul Cebar.

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election day

we all got flags
we been dying to fly
we all got a baby
that cries and cries
mine’s been howlin
since ‘81
when lennon died
and the old man come

the poets wrote
the musicians played
the mothers marched
and the atheists prayed
and every door
and wavering brain
and was plain worn down
by the youth brigade

ain’t it good to see somebody
knows just where you been
look at us! we’re screeching monkeys
lit up from within
here’s a toast to every angel
sitting on their pin
the good guys sometimes win

the tools of the devil
were a beating drum
His holy name
and a silver tongue
the poor man’s anger
and the rich man’s till
and the elevation of
an empty shell

between the wars
and choking trees
whose song is sung
who’s beggin please
who rang the bell
who made the bed
disgraced the missing
and the dead

ain’t it good to see somebody
knows just where you been
look at us! we’re screeching monkeys
lit up from within
here’s a toast to every angel
sitting on their pin
the good guys sometimes win




we’re all product
we’re all proof
we’re what happened
to our youth
how hilarious!
how uncouth!
we beat back the devil
in the voting booth!

the poets wrote
the musicians played
the mothers marched
and the atheists prayed
and every door
and wavering brain
and was plain worn down
by the youth brigade

ain’t it good to see somebody
knows just where you been
look at us! we’re screeching monkeys
lit up from within
here’s a toast to every angel
sitting on their pin
the good guys sometimes win

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from American Standard ON SALE, released April 10, 2012

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Dayna Kurtz New Orleans, Louisiana

Dayna Kurtz is the kind of artist who inspires wild-eyed zealotry among her fans, and there are 3 reasons for it: 1, she's an artist's artist, one whose whiskeyed, determined alto often earns her comparisons with Nina Simone; 2 while Europeans adore her, she's obscenely underappreciated in her own country; and 3, her songs straddle a difficult space between jazz, rock, and folk, & are pure poetry. ... more

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