Doldrum Demos

by Sun Giants

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released April 26, 2015

All songs are written/performed by Michael Hoffer in Seattle, WA.



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Sun Giants Seattle, Washington

Northwesterly folk tunes from the 206.

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Track Name: Money/Manners
I went to school and learned all about
How the rich and the greedy will fuck you or buy you out.
Now that I’ve learned, they say it’s my turn
To play in their game and hope that my pride will remain

Most of these days I feel time is moving fast
And most of these days I fear the best of my life might have passed
And all I see is nine to fives to stay alive
Worker bee fly back to your hive

And isn’t it great to have nice things?
Buy all the stuff in the magazines?
Make a lot of money and store it away
But if you worship your savings, it gives you these cravings
For more and more and more.
So save yourself trouble and burn all your money away

I owe my money to my school and the fools at the bank
To taxes for prisons and tanks
And in exchange, I’m told to be gracious
To be calm and not tasteless
Well, call me disgraceful
Or my lifestyle wasteful
I’ll make their edict a question and to their suggestion I’ll answer not me.

Not me
Not me.
Not me
Not me.
Though so many say it and eventually betray it,
I promise you this,
Not me

Not me
Not me.
Not me
Not me.
I’d rather be poor,
Than sell half my life for a fee.
So, not me
Track Name: Never Could Believe
Cure it with Religion
It’ll make you feel at ease
Cure it with Religion
The good lord should appease your heart
But I never could believe
Oh no, I never could believe

Heal yourself with virtue
Let your pius heart lead you on
Mend your wounds with morals
They should give you everything you need to breathe
But I never could believe
Oh no, I never could believe

Settle for a nine-to-five
The reliable income will pay the bills
Settle for a nine-to-five
Your mom and pop will feel achieved
And so should you.
But I never could believe
I tried, but I never could believe
Track Name: Everyone You Ever Knew
I got a call from my mother today
She said, your Uncle Jack is fading away
And all your cousins are flying east
To Baltimore
To Say Goodbye
And soon my Uncle Jack will die

I was so young when my mama's friend
Miss Rosie passed away
She made us cookies every Christmas
Never did she ever miss one
Till her dying day
Well, diabetes took her leg
And then took her smile away

My sister's friend Jordan shot himself in the head
When I was in Junior High
He was the first peer I knew to die
And everybody wondered why
His youth and optimism couldn't save him
Well, depression leaves some
And takes others away

Sarah Baisden died on the Mount Baker Highway
On an ordinary day
I didn't know her well
She was my first girlfriend's sister
Wonder what she'd be doing today
And when I next see Katie Baisden
I won't know what to say

My old friend Zach's buddy Matt Kincaid
Died on his way to Disneyland
Zach said write a verse for Matt
And how could I argue that
The taking of a beautiful soul when it's beyond control
Will make you question what it's about
And fill your heart with doubt

All the people I'll never say goodbye to
Are sleeping in their graves tonight
And someday, I will too
And so will you
And everyone you ever knew

Nights I've stayed up
Worrying about the unavoidable
Weren't any more productive
Than nights spent happy
With my people and my guitar
Track Name: Ode to Alleyway
Met a man today, in an alleyway, giving all these different things away
You want a book, he said, some music possibly; it’s free; no you don’t have to pay
I found this stuff discarded, by a trash can disregarded
But you never know what might change somebody’s day
So I sit here, most won’t come near, because they lack a healthy dose of doubt or fear for all mankind inside this strange collapsing world
That only thinks about today, and throws away
Well ain’t that nice but they’ll think twice when this here trash infested world is thrown in front of them and they can’t look away

The more we talked, the more his face turned darker shades of gray
There are these days, he said
When I get out of bed, I hope to god for death
And not because I hate myself; I’m grateful for every breath
But as the years go by, I don’t want to be alive
Because just being here, a part of this, is poisoning my soul,
And I want out of here, but more and more, there’s nowhere left to go
I swear it didn’t used to be this bad
The city didn’t used to seem so goddamn mad a few decades ago,
But now you know, there’s hardly any further down to go.

It was in that alleyway we stood when he asked me for the greater good,
If you could do you think you would go end all of mankind
And I said yes and no, the answer here is just so hard to find
If we could change things now, you know, we might just save our lives
And yeah, your soul destructive, mind corruptive, isn’t set in stone
You can live with independent thoughts
Don’t just live connecting dots
Focus on tomorrow; start to notice what it means to be alive.
Track Name: A Song For Angela
Children make memories
And then form history
Children with opinions
On abortion pills and drug induced thrills
Obey your elders, one and all
Although the order is tall

Parents sing melodies
Intertwined with morality
Parents are worried
For their sons and daughters, that they won't make it to the top
Suffocate them with your ideology and dogma
Although it might be wrong

I hope you find a place to call your own
I hope you find that everyone's completely the same
And everyone's completely unique
I hope that you never follow blindly along
That you figure out right and wrong for yourself
And I hope that you learn
That no advice is beneath you
And nobody is out to defeat you
Grow strong but not so strong that you can't change:
That's all I've ever had to say

Teachers sell history
And preachers sell the mystery
Both are hungry for your mind
But you'll find
They're all a little insecure
Because they're not quite sure

Governors and senators
Make dichotomy reality
They'll give you their guidelines
And they'll yell from the sidelines
But they don't know me or know you
It's true, they're fools
Don't let them get in your head

I hope you find a place to call your own
I hope you find that everyone's completely the same
And everyone's completely unique
I hope that you never follow blindly along
That you figure out right and wrong for yourself
And I hope that you learn
That no advice is beneath you
And nobody is out to defeat you
Grow strong but not so strong that you can't change:
That's all I've ever had to say
Track Name: What We've Bought Into
I was born the son of two young adults
They were the same age then as I am now
They didn't think it right to go and put me down
So they put me on a list and they shipped me out of town
It was later that year when my mom and dad
Adopted me in '93
A perfect little baby for a fella and a lady
To do with me as they would please
So they filled my head with morals
And amazing godly stories
Shaped my little malleable mind.

And as does everyone to everyone
It's hard to tell what's yourself
And what's everyone else
Did I make up these rules of right and wrong?
Or were they shoved in my head and repeated for so long?
Don't get me wrong I believe in them,
I'm needin' them
It ain't right to kill
But where do you draw the line?

Soon I'll graduate from college
And my head is full of knowledge
It's a blessing and a curse I'll carry to the hearse
This world's a sick, old system: a cyclical existence
Work to make a living and live to make a killing
Barely bold enough to say it, but money is a drug
And it's FDA approved and it's citizen abused
You take your first hit and brother, that's it
Nickles and dimes and fees and fines
It's all you ever think about: more, more, more
If you're happy, you're rich
If you're sad, then you're poor.

They tell you from the very start
That money can't buy happiness
But do they for a second think that you can't see what's happening?
Everybody's playing the game, it's a shame to me
And I'm a part of it
And I can't even argue why
I know, I know
That money isn't anything
And I can't, I can't
Work eight hours a day to live
to work
to live
to work
to live
to work.

I was only thirteen years old
When I told a girl I loved her
She responded in kind and I paid it no mind
That it might have been too early
But it never seems early when you're right in the middle of the thing
And your dreams are completely in sync
With a world that makes you think that
There's nothing more real than love
And it's a heavenly gift from above
But now I'm twenty-two and a little more aware
It's in what you never question
That will give you more pain than you can bear.

Toxic Disney movies making everything a fantasy
And marriage expectations are bordering insanity
Find another flawed human being and present them with a ring
'cause after just two years you'll promise
That even as you change
You'll still feel the same
And you're to blame
If you can't make it to the end.

I've bought into so many things
A moral compass,
Bank account
And wedding rings.
And I know it's not fair, but I'm glad that I'm surrounded
By my brothers that make me think
Push my brain to the brink
And pull it back like Jack,
Zach, Mac, Dylan, Miles, Matt, Kirk
They make my mind get up and work

And that's why I'm doing fine.