This Music Is Ours

by A Head Full of Wishes

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1.
I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit And your dog refused to look at it So I got drunk and looked at the Empire State Building It was no bigger than a nickel And if it don't improve Then I have to move I never thought that I would end up here Maybe I should just change my style But I feel alright when you smile I stayed at home on the Fourth of July And I pulled the shades so I didn't have to see the sky And I decided to have a Bed In But I forgot to invite anybody And when I fell asleep The neighbors had a peep I never thought that I would end up here Maybe I should just change my style But I feel alright when you smile
2.
Your lips ain't movin Your body still But voices are talkin somewhere I hear a jukebox French fries and beer And people are talkin somewhere And I know there's no one home But I won't put down the phone I can't think where I should be I searched the kitchen Put my ear to the wall I looked in the freezer again Sometimes a notion Swells like the ocean Then I can't think where I should be And I know there's no one home But I won't put down the phone I can't think where I should be
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Spook 04:37
When you went blind Then I nearly lost my mind It didn't last Cause you have another eyelid And when you smile Then you give yourself away It's all too much And you have another eyelid But when you cry Then I know we are in trouble It's all too much And you have another eyelid
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Summertime 05:53
Nighttime at the pool bar And I'm walkin’ home with you The heat is just delicious And you know just what to do Morning is so perfect But the noontime makes me tired Walking in the park now And I'm so glad that you were fired Going to the movies I found a shelter from the sun Heard a gruesome story About a couple on the run
5.
Way Up High 04:36
Down to the club Up on the roof I missed the band Why so aloof? Way up high and goin too fast Way up, way up high Open your eyes Come see my quilt Big as the bed Look what I built Way up high and goin too fast Way up, way up high
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Sorry 04:07
Well I'm sorry about the weather And I'm sorry that the drive was much too far Seems like everything is business And were sorry all the time But when we're home (all alone) What is home (on your own) Home is home (all alone) Where we love the weather Are you sorry that you love me Am I sorry that I love you too Seems it doesnt make a difference That we're sorry all the time But when we're home (all alone) What is home (on your own) Home is home (all alone) Where we love the weather All alone (what is home) On my own (what is home) All alone (on your own) And I love the weather
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Melt Away 03:51
My head will turn to yellow My eyes will turn to green My voice will turn to mellow But still I can't be seen Melt away I wanna melt away Melt away Can you tell the difference Or do I sound the same? I do just what I want to do This is my favorite game Melt away I wanna melt away Melt away
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Gold and stuff Silk and grapes She’s my queen Pull the drapes On my own On my throne Ten guitars Silver pants I can't lose Watch me dance
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about

Because of the strangeness of 2020 I very nearly let This Is Our Music’s 30th anniversary pass by unheralded. But in the last week in August I decided that would just be like giving in to the shitshow of a year it’s been. So I put out a call, with less than two months to turn this around. The response was phenomenal.

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Galaxie 500 called their third album This Is Our Music. Which I suppose it was.

Within six months of its release the band had split up.

Maybe you can hear the end of the band on the album, but I never could. Maybe “way up high and going too fast” or “seems like everything is business” should have clued me in but I was never so astute.

All I heard was the band I loved still progressing, not necessarily getting better, or worse, but getting on.

When you have three near-perfect albums the very idea of ranking or rating them is ridiculous. But the internet loves a list, and music publications love a score, and when that happens with Galaxie 500 it’s This Is Our Music that invariably props up the list, and has the fewest stars.

But then you look at the track listing and you have to wonder how that can be. This is the album with Fourth of July, and Hearing Voices, and Summertime, and Listen, the Snow is Falling. It’s inconceivable that an album this strong could be anything but top of any list.

When Dean says that “half of it is good” or Kramer suggests that “it could have been twice as good” I think that they’re hearing more than the album. I think they’re hearing the making of the album, the friction, the frustration, the anger and impatience. Maybe they can hear the end of the band. I don’t hear that.

Perhaps the album’s title isn’t being said by the band - maybe it’s being said by us.

This music is ours.

credits

released November 20, 2020

Thank you to all the bands and artists who stepped up and shrugged off the short timescales I gave them. This would genuinely not exist without them. You are all stars.

Thanks to Hannah Ehrlich, who was happy to do all the bits I’d have no idea how to do, and did them perfectly. Again!

Thanks to John Conley who once again volunteered to take everything I threw at him and managed to make a book out of them.

Thanks to an unknown Rough Trade staff member for the Polaroid, and to Christoph Menningen for the Lego This Is Our Music sleeve.

And thanks to Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham and Naomi Yang for their music.

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A Head Full of Wishes was established in 1994 as a space for fans of Galaxie 500 (and the bands that came after) to get news and information.

25 years on it still does that.

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