Chaparral

by Walter Etc.

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1.
And we'll live happily out of touch put us in the corner obsolete and we won't say much not caught up in your moral panic or witch hunt if I upset anyone I am sorry I hardly ever get invited to political parties Thank you for your offer but I have to decline I'm on a tolerance break it takes too much to get high I also guess I'm sorry for my late reply yes, I agree that love is the solution but do I still have to find a job after the revolution? when you've paid attention long enough you understand why the pattern's in place you understand how the magic trick works you see the flaws in the masterpiece worse now I'm bored and I'm walking away if anything than for the sake of my notoriously fragile mental state trust me you don't want me to participate no
2.
Topanga 02:53
Topanga, you're right I'm caught up in the wrong game it's somebody else's mine's a whole lot less competitive and slower paced I never felt a part of their scene anyway as long as you think I'm a legend then I'll be ok And when I get home do ya think we can pick up where we left off? me watercolor painting and you lying with our cat, Life Aquatic on the tv? or let it all deflate? like a bounce house at a birthday party both contemplating when to crawl out but neither of us would be the first to let the other down and so we suffocate to each their hell to navigate but I respect your judgment so I won't interfere she said, "remember when you told me to surround myself with that through which god communicates? well I'm a loyal pilgrim listening still but you don't act like you remember that at all.... do ya?"
3.
I am a born again quitter my failed ambitions of youth left me jaded and bitter I'm a new man, come find me and I'll tell you the rest I surf C st. every night at sunset I loiter at the crackhead lot at the point where the Juggalos sell drugs to high school boys where they understand the meaning of self-employed and no one looks twice at my painted toenails I'm just trying to keep my head down be, not really aloof, just hard to get ahold of leave no trace and wait it out in my slice of Eden with nothing to do and 101 unread emails I'm happy It's all too much for me to let in that's why I bailed on your birthday and missed your wedding its more a sacrifice than me forgetting my intentions are utilitarian cause I don't believe our dying planet needs another white boy chasing his dreams this is my contribution to world peace I'm downsizing grandiose schemes and quietly checking out I'm just trying to keep my head down be, not really aloof, just hard to get ahold of leave no trace and wait it out in my slice of Eden with nothing to do and 101 unread emails I'm happy
4.
O I know we seem unlovable pardon our natural jinx forgive us we're making the best with what we're dealt I mean we're living on a sinking ship and staring at the leak in one of those dreams where screams don't make a sound O please deliver us from this backwards unlivable place you're our flat earth angel and we're counting on you to welcome us into your house say, "where did you come from? how's your health? what's your pronoun, how can I help? sit down and drink some of this that's it O does that make it better? pour your heart out O does that make it better? Rest up, stick around."
5.
So this is your secret mistake ripping off 90's bands that never made it fake crazy for attention's sake relying on substances to be creative harboring a violent urge to hurt yourself as you smile and wave In the early days of your noble pilgrimage, your path was lined with perfectly stacked cairns but the trail faded as it entered the mountains and your compass used to work now it just spins and you've forgotten why you left in the first place and watch as everyone you love moves on to their next phase had a falling out with your guardian angel you're not sticking the script and you look like a fool now to a lot of people, but not to me Don't worry if the life you chose accidentally defies conventional expectations placed upon you I consider you my sole ally my measure of what's right So this is your secret mistake sinking in a tomb of all the things your too afraid to say dwelling in a dark and inhospitable place about to implode under a pressure you're imagining that's the same wild thinking that has brought the world some joy, gave this dark world some twinkle and your's is a face we could use around here stick around, you're vibes are like fireworks saving the day again Don't worry if the life you chose accidentally defies conventional expectations placed upon you I consider you my sole ally my measure of what's right Hanging with you is my safety meeting, keeping me alive

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A summer album for the winter. Or is it a winter album for the summer? It’s the first few songs I wrote this last year upon moving back to California.

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released December 12, 2018

Recorded with Davey Warsop at Hurley Studios

Walter - vox, guitars
Jake Lee - bass
Kris Schobert - drums, percussion

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