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about

This, the one and only b-side from the "Secret Thinking" sessions, actually has its genesis in the house where we recorded the album.

On October 1, 2008, my wife and I stopped at a bed and breakfast in southern Illinois on the way to St. Louis for a wedding.

I thought, "Hey, it would be cool to be a bunch of dudes in here to record an album." A year later (to the day), exactly that occurred.

However, that first trip, I also wrote an entire song. That song was Preludin. It was also the first song we recorded in 2009 upon getting everything set up.

Enjoy.

lyrics

Preludin’
All day long. And then
I stay stupid
All through the song.
But you don’t make music
To make yourself strong–
You push your way through and
They follow along.

So hey, Lucas,
Quit being so positive.
I’m shaking and chewing my lips.
Something’s got to give.
If I do this, I’m driving us off a bridge
Into the swamps.
Or give the kids what they want
And take

Preludin
All through the night.
How did they do it?
How do you write down
Naked truths in praise of life?
If you’re made to do it,
You just take your time and

Make use
Of the bold proclamations
They make on the news
Out of old information.
And stay loose off Grey Goose and
Étoufées and Baby Ruths.

But let me break it to you:
It takes two to dance to
Candyman’s “Knockin’ Da Boots”
And you can’t walk in the room
With your Andy Kaufman brio
And your boom box stereo
To lipsync Janet Jackson and
Film my reaction and
Not expect laughter and
One hand clappin’.

And when you start rappin’,
A funny thing happens.
But is my view accurate,
Real or imagined?
Elaborate lapis lazuli eyelashes
Can blind you in moments of
Sadness and passion

But hey, you, kid:
I don’t know what you get paid to do this–
Or give two shits–
But if it makes your foolish mistakes less useless,
I’ll take two–call it distribution.

credits

from Arnolfini on the Subway, released October 1, 2013
Matt LeMay, Graham Smith, Ryan Smith

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