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We Were Enchanted

from We Were Enchanted (2008 album) by Roommate



It's been happening a lot lately
just before I wake up
I see the most terrible things--
School buses exploding
volcanos erupting from the tops of skyscrapers
moustaches dripping with blood

The kid's playing video games
he's probably been up all night
He's mumbling something about potions and daggers
he's firing missiles into corpses

He says that the ghost in the kitchen
keeps turning the microwave on
Is that you funny monkey?
Where'd you learn to do that?
Please don't teach the new cat

Someday we'll let the machines
do everything, everything
Someday we'll never complain

And our most talented friends
will wake up and work again, work again
Shake shake shake their skinny fists again

The old man tried to kill the curse
but he only made it worse
He left us with a song and dance
he left us, he left us, he left us with a heart attack

A mother in the hospital
a sister in the grave
A brother in a supermax
with no one to save him and no one to save
The kid's teacher tells him this is not the golden age

Something tells me that there was never a golden age
never a golden age

Someday the oil will run out
and airplanes forever will be grounded
We will learn to survive from the neighbor's garbage

Troubled heads will prevail
with songs that shimmer and wail
Kings of pain will reign via email
Like all the other kings they will fail.

Funny monkey, come haunt us again
attack us, distract us with your gale force winds
Bring us a virus, unite us in irrational fear
Bring us a mandate and some band-aids and a six-pack of beer
Bring us something to make us think of something else
Bring us medicine but don't bring us health
Bring us money but don't bring us wealth
Bring us something else, something else

It's been happening a lot lately
just before I fall asleep
I see the most beautiful things

The kid's playing video games
with a glint in his eyes like flint in a brushfire
He's singing along to some secondhand song
He's flying a Porsche through a gorgeous sunset

There is beauty all around
Even when we wandered in a terrible trance
We could feel the romance

We made such magical sounds
as we climbed from terraces verdant and rancid
We were enchanted.


from We Were Enchanted (2008 album), released April 15, 2008
Kent Lambert: vocals, roland ax-7 & jv-1010 (keytar), drum programming, wurlitzer, super tarana table banjo, bells. Luther Rochester: moog bass, buchla music box. Seth Vanek: snare drum, xylophone. Evelyn Weston: musical saw.


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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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