Billion Dollar Drag

by Khalid Hanifi

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It was a wan moon, an evening full of stealing
All of the good ones, queued up, believing
And watching, nearly awake
Dreaming of tiny cakes, with criminally rich frosting

It’s a billion dollar drag
And the pretty ones get paid to lie to your face

The show goes, show goes on
The tongues are loosed, unmoored for kabuki fun
Jack asses, jacked up
At least you get to hold the bag

Ten billion dollar drag
And the lucky ones get paid to lie to your face

Who’s gonna take down the war elephant in the room?
Not a murder, a murder of words
Through the damp evening as satellite beams
Shootin’ down through, down through the trees
Mute witness to some grand ole larceny

A trillion dollar drag
And the shifty ones get paid to lie to your face


released September 13, 2016
Khalid: Vocals, rhythm guitar, etc.
Pete Siers: Drums
Don Beyer: Bass
Alex Anest: Guitar

Produced by Khalid
Mixed by Khalid and Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording, Ann Arbor, MI
Mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering, Chicago, IL


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Khalid Hanifi Ann Arbor, Michigan

Over the course of three decades, Khalid Hanifi (Map of the World [Atlantic Records], Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, and as a solo artist) has built a deeply compelling body of work that combines uniquely thoughtful, personally-charged lyrical content with impeccably crafted, irresistibly infectious melodies. ... more

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