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Defensive Indifference

by Golden Sombrero

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You used to get excited when the numbers lined up Now you worry that you’re less than cool You forget your age, but you realize you’re still old enough to die No use lying saying you’re just tired You get confused at all the interchanges Causing wrecks everywhere you go You’re omniscient, future was bright, but it’s worthless with that near-sight No use lying saying you’re just tired Love doesn’t clean as well as soap After a rain dance on a slippery slope It’s gonna be a lonely fall Do you care at all You hit rock bottom at the beach The liquor was quicker than a cold one You left out your drive to dry in the light, but motivation ended up fried No use lying saying you’re just tired
We are gathered here to thank Politeness for politeness’ sake Keeping us safe from all discourse Readily tasked for chores of poise and grace Shaking a procession of hands All dull moments will get reprimands Groups of one will stay ignored Grand rewards assured of prominence I am a dog in a thunderstorm When the barking starts know that you’ve been warned Shield me away from your flashes of distaste Never forget a pretty face They either feed or shutter off the gates Stay out of important lines Mind the noble and occasion I am a dog in a thunderstorm When the barking starts know that you’ve been warned Shield me away from all of your scorn Let me down easy and keep me warm
Far away from the ruckus gained unenthused joy Somehow ran out of all the good times pouring the red wine Don’t like the view in the mirror, get a new hairdo Lazing on above common noise, it’s all muted news Are you among the beautiful ones Why are you down around the scrubs Did you get bored having enough Time to find out what it’s like getting rough Living is easy free from worry All walled off, ignorant and gone by design View is different from the ground below, and it ain’t perfect Broken down and uncomfortable, scratches on the skin Silver platter gets eaten up, grab your provisions Good luck trying to un-feel this stuff while trapped and indignant All walled off, indifferent to the cost Set up fine with motivation lost No shared fault, no fingerprints left on the design Are you among the beautiful ones Why are you down around the scrubs Can you see how a different term Can’t be dug out We never learn Do not dismiss a crumbing world You are a part, the beautiful ones Can you see now how beauty works It’s not to hide We never learn
Silverware 04:08
I know it’s a waste of time But I’ll still polish and apply A mistake may be made and mine’ll slip by Yeah, eventually I’ll be handcuffed Kicked back to a proper rung Saunter down my way to a bottomless cup Put yourself back together Before the bulldozers come through Don’t you know this city’ll kill ya Hunting for the next succumber When you’re not at the table Gonna end up on the menu Put the silverware back in your hands I know I’m forced to abide The distinguished, more qualified Earn myself a receipt for a gentlemen’s try Redeem it at a later date With gumption to demonstrate Leave with nothing, never rearrange my fate Don’t settle on the view Don’t get numb from the news Don’t settle on the view
The rock again rolled you over You had enough of seats assigned You bundled up real tight and put on that good sweater And then took turns to philophisize You’ve got it You’ve got it made Made in the shade Took your lessons too literally And quietly drove off at night You found a border town, music to your ears plenty Until that tap finally runs dry It’s such a breeze Doing whatever when you please Sounds pretty great Shedding those ties You win When you went
Craving 03:58
Woke up wondering how I fell behind Turns out these things don’t write themselves Only sold out ‘cause you asked me to, like a mutt craving its own tail Damned if you stand by waiting for a call Touch up, make myself a pretty shade Reach out and see who extends a hand Only paid up once required to, like lumber dreaming to sail Damned if you don’t make any noise at all I’m not ready to stop craving My head is full of heavy cargo What’ll happen when it tips All the valuables I’ve stored up Will sink below forgotten My head is full of heavy cargo What’ll happen when it slips All the treasures that I’ve made up Will sink below forgotten
You’ve been making modern art with giant concrete spiderwebs Made it out alive and found you in our favorite den You bought a motorized puppy and left it in a parking lot Couldn’t hear it barking on while we prance and strut In time the way back to you’s going to be so clear I’m not wasting you again Stole the stars above our heads and tossed ‘em all across the ground No reason to look up while you’ve got an arm to hold Wipe away the thick haze and find the last grassy spot We can lean and relax to whatever tunes we want
Spend some time with open ears Playing catch up, taking tips that won’t be used And though you gave yourself these blues Nothing changing in the days or years The path with your purpose is laid with iron rails Only ‘cause you deemed it so Keep looking for a shelter not down on any map True places never are You know you better You know you better give in Just being right, that ain’t no way to win You know you better You know you better give in Tear up that ticket to a private island Spend some time with open ears Pay attention, take a trick or two to use And though you put on your own shoes Nothing changing in the days or years You better give in


Thank you to Michael Scarborough, Kelly Minnis, David Garrick, Stacy Hartoon, Phil Peterson, The Ex-Optimists, A Sundae Drive, Jealous Creatures, Slow Future, Only Beast, The Inators, Corusco, Race To The Moon/Hello Elle, 979Represent, Free Press Houston, Union of Human, Patties Radio, The Late Night Raid, Space City Chronicles, Creepy Horse, Eric Revis, Jessica Little, Shane Burke, Eddie Mendez, Scot Overholser, Jason Smith, Revolution Café and Bar, Rudyard’s British Pub, Pegstar Concerts, Easy Credit Group, The Convoy Group, Montucky Cold Snacks, Adrián Beltré, Von Miller, Intentional Walks on the Beach, the Limon Pepino Gatorade flavor, the new house on Old Oaks, Francisco’s Studios, B/CS LOUD!FEST, family, friends, wives, lovers, & fans.


released February 25, 2017

Golden Sombrero is
Todd Hansen - Guitar, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Grant Nunneley - Drums, Backing Vocals
Tim Horn - Bass
Cody Franklin - Lead Guitar

Mixed and Produced by Michael Scarborough
Wonkiller Studios, Bryan, TX
Mastered by Blake Bickel
Dynamic Sound Service, Seattle, WA
Distributed by Sinkhole Texas, Inc., College Station, TX
Cover and Artwork by Reuel Yarbrough
Photography by Eddie Mendez
Insert Design by Todd Hansen and Elisabeth Button

All music written and performed by Golden Sombrero. Zoot and Dill were present for recording and lent moral support. All lyrics written by Todd Hansen.

All songs © 2017 Golden Sombrero (ASCAP)


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A Houston four-piece band making smart bar rock & roll with hints of honky tonk, classic rock, garage pop, and punk.

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