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all songs written by charlie wolf (BMI) over one sleepless night at a hotel in walnut creek & recorded deep in the sonoran desert the following days during wildfires & pandemics.

lyrics

LYRICS:
take those flowers from your hair, this is oakland. now i'm broke beyond repair, so sick of hoping when there will never be a flame, but you still set my world on fire. so take those flowers from your ear, this was everything i knew. cinderella, guess you forgave me! i'm wide awake, you're barely dreaming and i can't sleep now i got your colors all out of my head. cinderella, please believe me: i tried to change, i tried to listen, i miss the days before i got your colors all out of my head.

they said november's gonna come, well i was ready for a fight. take no credit for your sins, just set a timer. there was a little piece of you in my office on a shelf. last night i thought about driving off the deep end or screaming into space but i just waited for the tears to break. cinderella, guess you forgave me. i'm driving dead away from oakland and i can't see 'cause i got your colors all out of my head. cinderella, don't try to call me… it's getting late and i am empty (an open wound) now i've got your colors all out of my head. the radio still plays those prayers i said to you two years ago when you were fast asleep. i wish i never knew what you were hearing on the internet, it's worse to know you'll never feel this.

is that true, am i a bet? AM I A FUCKING BET?*

we have a saying back in Texas**, i'm sure you probably have heard it. "fool me once and that's your fault, but fool me twice and i deserve it." hurt me three times, make me wonder if i'll ever get it right. i know i'm somebody to someone but i'm nobody tonight 'cause we were basking in the glow and i was breakin' all the rules and you were smashing up my windows or i was wishing i was cooler or I was trying to pretend to play the same old song again. you know the words are slightly different but they're all that i could pen.

i'm just a fuckin' voicemail but you know i wanted to believe it. the stars have left the sky tonight & it's only wildfire light that guides my way home. i'm not your fucking postcard (yellow and crimson and clover). i dreamed it all so many times—i know, it's just a dream, it doesn't mean anything.

cinderella, wish you forgot me—i'd given up (so tired of asking) but it fits the crime...

* This was recreated from scratch. Please don't sue us, Miramax.
** I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee

credits

from Portrait Of A Man Crying In A Rental Car Parked Somewhere In The East Bay, released October 2, 2020
THE SMALL CALAMITIES ARE:
charlie wolf - guitars/vocals/mellotron/mandolin/synth/programming/field recording
christian kalafut - bass/shouting/car conversations
hayden parker - drums

ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL:
hamilton belk - dobro

mixed by ian farmer in philly.
mastered by jonathan kirchner in SF.

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A whirlwind of punk rock angst, power pop hooks & Americana jangle, The Small Calamities blend a wry humor, Springsteenesque imagery, and naked earnestness to create what reviewers have called “imagery-laden anecdotes" & "poison-tipped confessionals". Smash Mouth follows them on twitter. ... more

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