Week 319 // Long Year Part 2

by Mount Everest

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This is the last Mount Everest song of 2016, and part two of a year-end reflection called “Long Year”. This song is about the specter of Donald Trump that has pursued us poor sinners all throughout these turbulent trials. Perhaps he is our comeuppance, but for which wrongful deed I cannot yet fathom.

We’re living in a specifically clouded moment that doesn’t allow for much clarity of perspective. I think Trump is both the cause and consequence of that lack of clarity. Those happy fools who elected him will find themselves swiftly and badly betrayed. The rest of us will spend years stewing in the cruel knowledge of our commanding yet irrelevant popular victory. We’re already saturated in corrosive resentment over it, and the kindest fate would be to forget all about the 3,000,000 strong majority that chose Hillary Clinton over the idiot beast looming over the horizon. This song’s two major longings are at odds; we cannot both forget and seek clarity. In at least one of these endeavors we are doomed to fail.

I wrote this as a punk song, because it could only be a punk song. It’s two minutes dripping with resentment and longing. This weekend, you should commemorate the final moments of a truly one-of-a-kind year, safe in the knowledge that it can no longer harry you. The trouble falls now to its successor, and we know not what tricks and traps it holds in store. Perhaps we will be ready this time. Celebrate in safety and health, and return next Monday for part three.

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One day we will hear all the tapes that they hid from us
One day we will speak with clarity on this subject at last
One day we will count all the sins that bit back at us
One day we will know who's to blame

It feels like a dream but its not
It's a trap
It's a spring with a blade in your back
And if you know him he's a really great guy
You could ask
All the upstanding crooks signing NDAs over for cash

One day we will breathe in the air of another age
One day when we're old we'll look back at this trouble and laugh
What's more we'll forget how it felt to lose when we won
One day we'll forget that we won

It feels like a dream but its not
It's a trap
It's a spring with a blade in your back
And if you know him he's a really great guy
You could ask
All the upstanding crooks signing NDAs over for cash

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released December 26, 2016

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