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New South Blues

from New South Blues EP by The Restoration

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I’ve got a pocket full of moonbeams,
A noodle full of bad dreams
And melodies that never went anywhere.
I swear, I’ll stop poking the bear (right after this).

You’ve got a castle made of sawdust,
A mattress for a bank trust
And a blaze of glory in the mind—
You’ll find you may spend a while in line...

Lo the Facebook lamentations
About the “spoiling of the nation”
And how the good ol’ days are gone.
Oh? They never mention ol’ Jim Crow.

“In the past, turned the page”
Muslim witch hunt, Proposition 8
This is the new South

Holy wars, tapas bars
Hipsters, chillwave, hybrid cars
This is the new South

I keep my memories in an iPhone
Right next to that old ham bone
That I’m trying not to eat.
See, piggies squeak and it makes me feel guilty

Yes, I know, you also follow your own code
But I pause to ask how thorough
Your study of its context has been
Ah, excuse me, there I go again.

“YOU LIE!” Boeing Jets
Don’t tread on Neo-Confederates
This is the new South

Nanobots, Leviticus
Trickle down ignorance
This is the new South

I’d like to write a science fiction
Where history is mentioned
And we learn from the past.
But who’d believe it, so I guess I’ll pass

In all fairness, the South has no monopoly
On ignorance and bigotry
You understand
We just have the most trusted brand

Magnet schools for the Arts
Crystal meth, Earnhardt
This is the new South

Literary legacy
Bobby Jones University
This is the new South

—I hate to tell you.


from New South Blues EP, released December 6, 2013
Music & Lyrics by Daniel Machado, March 2011
Arranged by The Restoration

Band recorded live, Nov. 2, 2013 at Jam Room onto 2" tape
Engineered by Zac Thomas
Bass: Adam Corbett
Drums: Steve Sancho
Electric Piano: Sharon Gnanshekar
Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals: Daniel Machado

Overdubs recorded at Daniel's place
Banjo, Acoustic Guitar Pickin' in Outro: Sean Thompson
Violin: Lauren Garner
Waahs: Marshall Brown, Adam Corbett


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