California Mountains

by Ben Mueller and The Low Ceilings

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Here's a single from the album we're working on, due out Spring 2016. We recorded it ourselves in an Emerson College dorm room, so it's mixed kinda low. Crank it up! Thanks for listening!

The cover photo is from a really fun house show we played in Brighton. Thank you Eli Page for opening your home to us!

lyrics

As we stroll through the wealthy suburb,
my pockets are feeling empty,
they've got country clubs and outlet malls galore.
We will make a day of shopping,
and then stop to eat at Starbucks,
and end the day with gossip about our family and friends.
Like, remember that one time
that she said that thing about me
that I'm taking out of context as of now?
Or when my in-laws who I don't like
did the worst thing that they could do
and they got a brand new drum kit for their kid?

When I think about the places
that I'm never going to go,
all the traveling and the learning I left behind,
I really don't feel sorry for
the wealthy suburban families
in the California mountains
that I'm never, ever, ever going to climb.

It's a much bigger deal
if you feel a little flabby
than if somebody dies or our country goes to war.
And to that kid who caught a bullet,
I mean, you probably broke the law,
maybe you stole something or had some colored skin.

When I think about the places
that I'm never going to go,
all the traveling and the learning I left behind,
I really don't feel sorry for
the stuck-up kids on trust funds
in the California mountains
that I'm never, ever, ever going to climb.

“I remember the days
When we were young
and we were happy.”
“He's just stuck in his ways,”
that's what we'll say
to excuse it.
“I won't miss you at all,”
that's what I'll say,
it’s what I’ll say.
“I won’t miss you at all.”
My traveling’s done,
can we go home now?

So when you're shit-talking your cousins
at the next big family gathering,
just remember that our problems are pretty small.
We were born into the Western
world of heat and running water
and your in-laws shouldn't be what's on your mind.

When I think about the places
that I'm never going to go,
all the traveling and the learning I left behind,
I really don't feel sorry for
the rugged mountain rangers,
or the stuck-up kids on trust funds,
or the wealthy suburban families
in the California mountains
that I'm never, ever, ever going to climb.

credits

released December 14, 2015
Ben Mueller - vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Phil Jones - electric bass
Julia Brackett - washboard
Mike Ijac - ukulele
Jesse Buchter - mandolin

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