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Song-A-Day: January 25

Today marks the anniversary of the simultaneous double release of I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn by Bright Eyes back in 2005. I’m Wide Awake is often credited as bring the best Bright Eyes album and deservedly so as it features some absolutely fantastic songs and track to track transitions, but the electronic experimentation of Digital Ash seems to get overshadowed by it’s twin, hindering it from receiving the attention that it deserves. Because of this, our Song-A-Day is going to go to a track off of this lesser known but stellar album, with the song being “Light Pollution”.

John A. Hobson was a good man
He used to loan me books and mic stands
He even got me a subscription
To the Socialist Review
Listening to records in his basement
Old folk songs about the government
It’s love of money not the market
He said, “These f***ers push on you”

And freedom yells, it don’t cry
Whatever sells will decide
But there’s no hell when you die
So don’t look so worried

He got a nightlife, lost his day job
Pushing papers, swinging pendulums
Anything to serve a function
Or to occupy some time
You’ve got to earn this living somehow
You’re good as dead without a bank account
But it’s funny how alive he felt
Down in that unemployment line

With all that trash at his feet
The pools of piss in the street
All of that filthy empathy
For the way we’re feeling

The billboard’s shade
The flags, they wave
The anthem was playing loud
The baseball game was letting out
And all at once he saw the dust
And heard every tiny sound
Got in his truck and turned around

Drove out through the crowd
And the cops
Drove out past that center mall
Drove out past that sickening sprawl
Out past that fenced in gold
And maybe he lost control
Fucking with the radio
But I bet the stars
Seemed so close
At the end
At the end
At the end
At the end
At the end