Paint Job (The Lament of 1492 Valencia Street)

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Paint Job features 1492 Valencia, an apartment building above the Dovre Club in the Mission District, lamenting about the neighborhood’s current state of affairs and reminiscing over times and tenants gone.


glass me in with shiny new sills
frankly I prefer a bit of dirt
all these sheep in suits’ clothing
with their boutiques, parlors, and desserts

I miss the smell of posole
the feel of children’s footsteps in my halls
and the verse of the taxi
the choruses of language in my walls

new monotone – the cellular drone
a pink moustache, a bus-sized limousine
culture collage – now blotted out
it’s uniform, it’s hollow, it’s so pristine

there are specters in the dust specs
this paint job’s looking suspect
history’s vibrant hues, they’ve all been painted white
my stories sing in creaking pipes

give me your tired
give me your needy
give me distortion from the park
cover me in graffiti
give me givers
you can keep the greedy
back when it felt like home they just called it seedy

lost in the echoes of low rider roar
the skin of the Women’s Building back in ‘94
the bidders will swarm and the values will soar
while my longing hearth crumbles through the floor

there are specters in the dust specs
this paint job’s looking suspect
history’s vibrant hues, they’ve all been painted white
my stories sing in creaking pipes

the slow death of the decades
from the Irish to the tech craze
history’s vibrant hues, they’ve all been painted white
my stories sing in creaking pipes

weary window eyes with pigeon lashes
watch as condos stalk from the down street
all these memories rest in rotten beams
tear me down – just let me sleep

pray and wait for the great quake
to bring hell cleansing through the crust
we'll be better off when we're all
splintered and shaken back to dust

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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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