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Joseph and the Bear Hat (May 2017, Song 2) - Downsizing



I recorded this for @macaronique's song request earlier today...got all the way up to the mixing stage, and then my recorder said NOPE. Turns out that, as usual, I'd forgotten to defrag the memory (which I'm supposed to do every few months), so I lost 75% of the song. Hooray old tech!

So this my second complete recording of "Downsizing" today. It's a somewhat obscure song off Moxy Früvous's final full-length album. As relevant as it was in 1999, it's (sadly) exponentially more relevant now.

A word about Jian, in case you haven't heard me talk about this (which I do frequently): 

I've seen Früvous more than any other band (two dozen shows). Although they stopped touring in 2001, they frequently played Upstate NY and Canada. I attended any concert within 4 hours of me, as well as Frucons 2 through 4. I met most of the band, including Jian.

I was as shocked as anyone when the story broke. I think we all agree that Jian the human is awful, but Moxy  Früvous as a band is very near and dear to me. I taught myself how to sing by listening to Bargainville, and as a high schooler, they helped teach me that being weird was OK. So this cover is not intended to endorse the actions of Jian (which I have condemned from the beginning), but I hope it's a faithful tribute to a band that I still love very much.  

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LYRICS


Color balloons, an appreciative handshake
If that counts as severance, then don't waste your breath
We gave our time to a company planning our death
Well, it's a new challenge my family hasn't yet met

I've sat at this desk and tried to be honest,
Twenty-two years with these men on the line
“Record set profits?” Then how's this a sign of the times?
I won't tell my wife, I will work it out
Things will be fine

It's the message we send
Our relevance pays
It's not the end
of these working man's days

Make up your mind and make me a statistic
Make a production machine? Had it debt?
Cast the man out too, now, making a living regret
Well, some build their fortunes on others who
build what they get

It's the message we send
Our relevance pays
It's not the end
of these working man's days

I picture myself
with all of your freedom to choose
Do you picture yourself
with all of your wealth you can use?

Step into my shoes
Bastard

Don't hold your breath, but don't hold out your hand
Hold your head up and be brave to a man
Someday they'll lose something worse,
and then they'll understand

For now, we just pick up our things
and find work where we can

It's the message we send
Our relevance pays
It's not the end
of these working man's days

It's the message we send
Our relevance pays
It's not the end
of these working man's days

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