Chaparral

by Walter Etc.

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released December 12, 2018

Recorded with the legend Davey Warsop at Hurley Studio

Walter - vocals, guitars
Jake Lee - bass
Kris Schobert - drums

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Making New Enemies Ventura, California

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Track Name: Tolerance Break
And we'll live happily out of touch
put us in the corner obsolete and we won't say much
not caught up in your moral panic or witch hunt
if I upset anyone I am sorry
I hardly ever get invited to political parties

Thank you for your offer but I have to decline
I'm on a tolerance break
it takes too much to get high
I also guess I'm sorry for my late reply
yes, I agree that love is the solution
but do I still have to find a job after the revolution?

when you've paid attention long enough
you understand why the pattern's in place
you understand how the magic trick works
you see the flaws in the masterpiece worse
now I'm bored and I'm walking away
if anything than for the sake
of my notoriously fragile mental state
trust me you don't want me to participate
no
Track Name: Topanga
Topanga, you're right
I'm caught up in the wrong game
it's somebody else's
mine's a whole lot less competitive and slower paced
I never felt a part of their scene anyway
as long as you think I'm a legend
then I'll be ok

And when I get home
do ya think we can pick up where we left off?
me watercolor painting and you lying with our cat, Life Aquatic on the tv?
or let it all deflate?
like a bounce house at a birthday party
both contemplating when to crawl out
but neither of us would be the first to let the other down
and so we suffocate
to each their hell to navigate
but I respect your judgment
so I won't interfere
she said, "remember when you told me to surround myself with
that through which god communicates?
well I'm a loyal pilgrim
listening still but
you don't act like you remember that at all.... do ya?"
Track Name: 101 Unread Emails
I am a born again quitter
my failed ambitions of youth left me jaded and bitter
I'm a new man, come find me and I'll tell you the rest
I surf C st. every night at sunset

I loiter at the crackhead lot at the point
where the Juggalos sell drugs to high school boys
where they understand the meaning of self-employed
and no one looks twice at my painted toenails

I'm just trying to keep my head down
be, not really aloof, just hard to get ahold of
leave no trace and wait it out
in my slice of Eden
with nothing to do and 101 unread emails
I'm happy

It's all too much for me to let in
that's why I bailed on your birthday and missed your wedding
its more a sacrifice than me forgetting
my intentions are utilitarian
cause
I don't believe our dying planet needs
another white boy chasing his dreams
this is my contribution to world peace
I'm downsizing grandiose dreams
and quietly checking out

I'm just trying to keep my head down
be, not really aloof, just hard to get ahold of
leave no trace and wait it out
in my slice of Eden
with nothing to do and 101 unread emails
I'm happy
Track Name: Flat Earth Angel
O I know we seem unlovable
pardon our natural jinx
forgive us
we're making the best with what we're dealt
I mean we're living on a sinking ship and staring at the leak
in one of those dreams where screams don't make a sound

O please deliver us from
this backwards unlivable place
you're our flat earth angel and we're counting on you
to welcome us into your house
say, "where did you come from? how's your health?
what's your pronoun, how can I help?
sit down and drink some of this
that's it
O does that make it better?
pour your heart out
O does that make it better?
Rest up, stick around."
Track Name: Safety Meeting
So this is your secret mistake
ripping off 90's bands that never made it
fake crazy for attention's sake
relying on substances to be creative
harboring a violent urge to hurt yourself as you smile and wave

In the early days of your noble pilgrimage,
your path was lined with perfectly stacked cairns
but the trail faded as it entered the mountains
and your compass used to work now it just spins and
you've forgotten why you left in the first place
and watch as everyone you love moves on to their next phase
had a falling out with your guardian angel
you're not sticking the script and you look like a fool now
to a lot of people, but not to me

Don't worry if the life you chose accidentally defies conventional expectations placed upon you
I consider you my sole ally
my measure of what's right

So this is your secret mistake
sinking in a tomb of all the things your too afraid to say
dwelling in a dark and inhospitable place
about to implode under a pressure you're imagining
that's the same wild thinking
that has brought the world some joy, gave this dark world some twinkle
and your's is a face we could use around here
stick around, you're vibes are like fireworks saving the day again

Don't worry if the life you chose accidentally defies conventional expectations placed upon you
I consider you my sole ally
my measure of what's right

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