Go Niners (As Told By Telegraph Hill)

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Go Niners! is the story of the Gold Rush, both old and 2.0, as told by the omniscient Telegraph Hill.


a wooden bow stabs
through the shroud of grey
a wake in the water
a knife in the Bay

harbinger bell
on a silent dock
a boot in the mud
trees shudder / birds flock

(a black venom ooze crawling eastward)

ravenous come pouring
through the Golden Gate
allure of promise
axe drawn / claim staked

a tent in the hillside
a brick in the eye
cancer sprawling
multiply and divide

(I feel sick)

the few and the fortunate smirk from rooftops
while new metropolis starts to grow
while the foreign-faced and all the common mass
teem in the blood and piss below
an empire of partition
built on shining ores and railroad tracks
they’ll imprison them all with poverty
if the work don’t break their backs

the lottery of life – it’s competition at its worst
foundation built upon always putting yourself first
they call it civilized, but it’s just a primal feast
just because you build machines doesn’t mean that you’re not beasts
eureka.

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from Playland at the Beach, released November 12, 2014

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Insert hype-up descriptors here. Plain and simple, Great Apes are a lyrical punk band from San Francisco. While we all have been or are in an array of more complex projects, this band is founded on pop-sensible simplicity and the notion that music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely, with concision and honesty. ... more

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