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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:
there was only one rule and i broke it. i tried to stay cool like a lockdown ago. we had only one shot and i blew it—tell me something i don't already know. it's not like i've never been broken before but this time feels different. i'm walking away from your door struggling to breathe and the night starts to spin… how did you know and was it all fake? 'cause 8 hours later you were somewhere doing great. a lock of your hair, destroy me with a smile… now it seems like i just traveled 700 miles to end summer early.

you were bored (yeah i get it) and looking for a fun little game. i'm the best entertainment and you pretended you remembered my name. it's not like you've never been this way before but this time feels different… the pitch of your voice wavers up and i suddenly see every crack in your floor.

i said "if", you said "when", and it turns out i was right. i said "we might not make it through the weekend" and it turns out i was right. i asked you to forgive me (a few years ago) and it turns out that you might but i wished you'd stayed angry 'cause we already know how to fight.

it's yellow and crimson and clover over and over. no, i won't come over there, don't worry. i know that it's over 'cause you told me it's over. i will fuck us over, i did fuck this over… i used to be buried in arms of october—i'm mister left over. i miss being over you. you laughed at my voice… tell the truth, were you sober? ‘cause i feel hungover but i haven't drank anything but the sound of you saying "it's over". i want to get older, forget you and all of the times that i begged you for closure.

"ADMIT SOMETHING"? whoa there… when i told you i hadn't cried in ten years, fuck, that wasn't a challenge but i guess you won.

you told me "i don't want to be fucked up and fuck this all up". i said "that sounds like a lyric" (i was joking at the time) but now you know that you don't have to stay and clean this all up. you can treat me as disposable and float me down the san francisco bay. it's okay. all the colors will return again someday.

i heard them say one time that nothing gold or yellow ever stays.

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

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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