The Last Days of Tranquility

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I’m cutting class today
I can’t stand the insults or the masquerade
180 east up to the trees
I’ve got my pen and my Parliaments
anything to drown out the dissonance
the hush of mountain air is what I need
through the valley of pesticide and haze…
where the palms choke and the cattle graze

down there they’re all swarming
but I’ll just keep ignoring
the surge of selfishness and sin
out there beyond the peaks
it’s all so fucking bleak
alone is the only place I fit in

on the edge of Redwood Overlook
I press my pleas into an empty book
a hawk replies suspended over cliffs
I write for the eyes of empathy
for wild love and tranquility
the wind pulls my words to the abyss

beneath a blanket of branches and sky
where the creeks speak and the ache it subsides

down there they’re all swarming
but I’ll just keep ignoring
the surge of selfishness and sin
out there beyond the peaks
it’s all so fucking bleak
alone is the only place I fit in

when the sun sinks towards the sea
it will drag me unwillingly
back to the city of dust and drones
where the crickets of Tulare Street
lament in the summer heat
I’ll be back before Dad gets home…

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from California Heart, released October 14, 2016

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Great Apes San Francisco, California

Jan. 13: Fireside Lounge, Alameda
March 3: Oakland

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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