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Friends By Default

from Electric Ahab by The Dead Ships

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the streets are cold and lifeless
the sewers are all backed up
everyone's out fucking
somebody else's first love
and I guess that this is me at my most bitter
but someone should've said I take no fault
to point out brutus and judas playing catch there on the outskirts
singing we were just friends by default

and i met peabody at the funeral
for a dually acquainted man
ho-hummed of lies and better times
nodding heads and shaking hands
truth be told I never liked him
truth be told I know he hated me
but for our dual acquaintance on his deathbed
i was best friends by default with old peabody

no i never should've loved you
deep down you despise me
we crossed our swords at the right time
and thusly made a peace
but i guess if this is me at my most honest
you brought a beggars poet out of me
and now that we're ending it's clear
we were best friends by default you and me


from Electric Ahab, released February 14, 2012
Devlin McCluskey (vocals/guitars) Christopher Spindelilus (drums)
Music by The Dead Ships | Lyrics by Devlin McCluskey

Recorded & Mixed by Donny Newenhouse @ Center of the Mile in San Francisco, CA

© 2012 The Dead Ships (ASCAP)


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The Dead Ships became the most talked-about live show in L.A., picked up airplay on KROQ, were hand-picked by Goldenvoice to perform at Coachella 2016 and LA WEEKLY named them the city's best band. Their latest album, CITYCIDE, produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, tackled subjects like fascism's return, fake news, the Soviet resurgence, suicide and the death of American cities. ... more

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