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lyrics

That food-stamp summer in Boston,
we waded through broccoli rabe.
In the 1:00am supermarket exit light
expired almonds turned
to dark gems in your hand.

Once we ate apple pie for a week
baked fresh in garbage bags.
Our teeth were stared and striped in rot.
You served up dinner hot
and unapologetic.

You've got the mouth of a dumpster diver.
If anybody speaks american it's you.
You're talking trash and anecdotes, in slang renew.
Build from waste, this land taught us to.
Diving down into the red, white and blue.

And you'd talk about Michigan,
those long, long stories of shifting gears.
Grinding down the streets of Motor City,
you chewed through your first clutch.
Still, you make the turns.

You'd spit legends of summers way back:
the time you spoke only in bad haiku
the whole night of Carrie Attley's party.
In boozy, bent syllabics
you taught me juxtaposition

You've got the mouth of a dumpster diver.
If anybody speaks american it's you.
You're talking trash and anecdotes, in slang renew.
Build from waste, this land taught us to.
Diving down into the red, white and blue.

And without you
I have no nation.
I'll pledge my allegiance,
I'll sift through your junk,
oh, it's half true.
I am a citizen,
I am a dissident.

You've got the mouth of a dumpster diver.
If anybody speaks american it's you.
You're talking trash and anecdotes, in slang renew.
Build from waste, this land taught us to.
Diving down into the red, white and blue.

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from Northeast Family Photo, released September 24, 2014
Isaac Avenia-Tapper - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Jon Zonenshine – drums, piano
Schuyler Skuse - bass
Marshall Ross - gang vocals, keyboards
Dave McCabe - trumpet

Marshall Ross - audio engineer

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