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The Summer of Tough Love

from Stay Golden by The Golden Seals

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None of this is true, except many of the words.


Born in The Summer of Tough Love
into a family fate thought little of
Fortune ignored us, luck said "nay"
only Emptiness would stay

In '71 it came to pass
we moved to the Valley of the Shattered Glass
lived in an abbatoir rent-free
the Dysfunctionals and me

Memory, I love you
you never seem to let me down
making me believe that we were safe and sound

Enter the 80s all goes wrong
lousy production and a little long
father was dead by '89
but the abbatoir was mine

Memory, I need you
why you leaving me so soon?
I haven't even had a chance to change my tune

Is anybody real anymore?
Fake conversations with fake friends
I think I'd go back to the abbatoir
and feel some real pain again

What do I tell my girl and son
about the place that their old man came from?
Was it any good?
Did we leave it like we should?

Memory, I hate you
now that I know what you are:
a lousy old B movie with a third rate star


from Stay Golden, track released August 26, 2014
Philip Shaw Bova - drums & percussion
David Jame Merritt - guitar, bass vocals


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The Golden Seals Mississippi Mills, Ontario

Since 1999, Dave Merritt has performed under the moniker The Golden Seals, and has released four critically-acclaimed albums: 2000’s Storybook Endings, 2003’s No-Hitter, 2011’s Increase the Sweetness, & 2014’s Stay Golden. Merritt records with drummer/mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Past members of The Seals include Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & singer/songwriter Jim Bryson. ... more

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