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He come a lopin’ up the dusty road with a six gun in his hand
And the certainty of the whitest night ever to cover the land
He says “I’ve searched the wide world, from Carson City to Kandahar
and I don’t know what you call yourselves and I don’t care who you are.
There’s gold in them thar hills!
Or at least some lithium
And you should know I’m serious when I say give me ‘em

I promise you you’re going to love what we’ve brought here for you
One long, slow, soul crushing screw
Democracy, democracy
One size fits all
First get on your belly and crawl

So when you’re ready you can take a vote of all the sheep in your great, big mighty herd
There is so much that you still have got to learn
Democracy, democracy
One size fits all
First get down on your belly and crawl”

He come a limpin’ up the dusty road with a bent ten gallon hat
In his wild eyed delerium he has run out of gas
“Now this Elphinstone... is that on PS3 or Wii?
Sounds like the kind of game that I’ve really got to see
But my joystick’s stuck, that’s just my luck
And I’m out of crystal meth
So why don’t you just run along while I free us all to death

From the Rockies to the Hindu Kush, from Saint Louis to Gandamak
This land is yours, but it’s more mine
And that is just a fact

From Kabul to Yazoo, from the Khyber Pass to Boston, Mass
This land is yours, but it’s more mine
That’s a big stick with my booty sack”


from A Brief Respite From Shooting Fish In A Barrel, released February 18, 2013
Vocals, acoustic guitar: Khalid
Electric guitar: George Bedard
Piano: Chris Benjey
Upright bass: Patrick Prouty
Drums: Chuck Mauk

Basic tracks recorded at Back Seat Productions, by Jim Roll and Jonathan Visger
Produced and mixed by Khalid and Jonathan Visger
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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