Happy to Be Here

by The Ampersands

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The Pigeon 04:26
I walk around, head to the ground Eyes always down; I see the sky Don’t know why I’m too lazy to fly Got no desires, just dodging the tires My friends on the wires all live up high Don’t know why I’m too lazy to fly Someday I’ll get restless here And take off for a distant town And find another corner Where I’ll probably do the same I am pretty sure you noticed I was looking at you And you know that I am going to turn away Pretending that I wasn’t With another guy You might have got a smile or a wave But I’m just going to look down Until the world makes sense to me I am looking for an upswing Maybe with a box spring I can occupy I could be a friend or a faker It won’t matter at all Until the world makes sense to me (Hold on to your hope) Can I duck in the crowd Am I thinking too loud? Floating inside a low Hyperkinetic cloud (Hold on to your rope) Take a lemon rind and a stunted growth Use circular logic to confuse them both Take a bitter pill, a political smile Use them to damn a cellophane child Talk a tourniquet talk, give an impolite wave As a brochure explains that we could all get saved Except for me, as I get over my fear I’ve come to terms with being stranded here.
Amino Acid 03:24
Banandles 03:04
No Country 01:18
Puddlejumper 03:00
NYC 03:56
Tripwire 01:21
Balanchine 04:06
Maine 00:57
Throwaway 01:46
Clusterf*ck 01:54
The Rapture 04:05


Our first release in 9 years!


released August 23, 2021


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The Ampersands Oakland, California

The Ampersands are a Twin Cities / Bay Area studio outfit led by singers songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Aaron McQuade and Jim Pace, who have been making music together for more than half their lives. Sometimes compared to Big Star and members of the Elephant 6 collective, The Ampersands believe that music should get stuck in your head, but do something constructive while it's in there. ... more

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