What My Father Told Me

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Written by Ben Gallagher- piano, vocals
Alex Venetucci- drums
Kramer Kelling-electric bass
Heath Ellis- mandolin
Jamie Mitchell- lap steel guitar
Brian Esau- nylon string guitar

lyrics

You gotta set yourself up at the top of the heap
How else ya gonna get any sleep
with all these mongrels prowling around
and a trail of crumbs scattered all over town?
Hide your life savings in a shoe box under your bed
Horde everything that you find, and call it your collection.
You gotta appropriate everything that you see
Dig a hole in the yard and bury the key

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My belly’s full but I pretend like it isn’t.
Gimme some more and I’ll throw the
scraps on the floor for the rats
Its the only way to nourish the blood
for us vampire bats.

And I’m just doing what my father told me
go out and get yourself a piece to hold on to
You can’t depend on anyone else
because everybody wants a bigger piece for themselves
You’ve gotta keep an inventory of everything you’ve got
Count every stone and broken glass on the lot
And I’m just doing what my father told me
go out and get yourself a piece to hold on to

The panthers are chasing the pigs towards the sharks
and the pigs are looking for daylight but everything's dark
and the bloodhounds are patrolling the perimeter
they act like they’re guarding but they’re just looking for dinner

And I’m just doing what my father told me
go out and get yourself a piece to hold on to
You can’t depend on anyone else
because everybody wants a bigger piece for themselves
You’ve gotta keep an inventory of everything you’ve got
Count every stone and broken glass on the lot
And I’m just doing what my father told me
go out and get yourself a piece to hold on to

Hide your life savings in a shoe box under your bed
Horde everything that you find, and call it your collection.
You gotta appropriate everything that you see
Dig a hole in the yard and bury the key

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from Heart Shaped Rocks, released January 13, 2015
Engineered and mixed by Joe Turse, mastered by Jon Gold

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