The Pigeon

from Happy to Be Here by The Ampersands

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The first single from our upcoming album Happy To Be Here


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.


from Happy to Be Here, track released July 21, 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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