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from MAKE LIKE (2015 album) by Roommate




I have seen stupidity

so bold it blinds
I have seen the cruelest clueless worst kinds
tiger in a lion suit 

beetle in a pine
lodgepoles are all getting eaten alive

shiny things on tiny screens inviting us to fight
 to justify

outrage on a burning page

fake smiles in a pile
fanning flames to damn the names of matron saints in exile
when my favorite singer died

my eyes ran dry
rejoice rejoice rejoice rejoice rejoice in voices deeper than time

native tongues of favorite sons expunged by haters' love

invaders' love
plaintive tales of sacred fails blown up to giant size
 riot size

we can amortize, rationalize 

lies are still lies

we can clamor for some glamour prize

we can we can stammer, stick our cameras into riots' eyes

trade your grief for mimicry, trade your rage for laughter
 shake shake the rafters
it's not too late to chase your dreams and cheat your masters
make like disaster
trade these sword for minor chords and major maxims
get reactive


from MAKE LIKE (2015 album), released June 23, 2015
Reid Coker: guitar
Kent Lambert: vox, piano, synths
Gillian Lisée: bass, vox
Luther Rochester: Buchla Music Easel, vibraphone
Seth Vanek: drums, drumpad, autoharp
Sam Wagster: pedal steel guitar




Roommate Chicago

Roommate began as a Kent Lambert solo project in NYC in 2000 and has been an ever-mutating Chicago band since 2004. The band's 2015 album MAKE LIKE was described by [sic] magazine's Tim Clarke as "astute, economical, meticulously performed and produced, and deeply affecting, both lyrically and musically." ... more


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