Coyotes (excerpt) – Modest Mouse

Coyotes tiptoe in the snow after dark
At home with the ghosts in the national parks
Mankind’s behavin’ like some serial killers
Giant ol’ monsters afraid of the sharks

And we’re in love with all of it
And we say: “What can we say?”

Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams (excerpt)- The Smith Street Band

“I wanna leave something permanent on this stretch of road
Something that won’t fly away like the dust and the exhaust smoke we breathe in
To strengthen the low
Like when you said
If I’m gonna die, at least I died helping someone
That’s what you were thinking when you held together your own
I can’t take another late night phone call
From some other far from home hospital
I came so close to giving up
Why has my way of coping become a reason to spill blood?

But now isn’t the time for backing down
Got our feet so firm on the ground
So call me what you will
I don’t care
I know what happened I was there
We know what happened we were there”

Millstone (excerpt)- Brand New


‘I used to be such a burning example,
I used to be so original.
I used to care, I was being cared for.
Made sure I showed it to those that I love.

I used to sleep without a single stir,
‘Cause I was about my father’s work.

Well take me out tonight,
This ship of fools I’m on will sink.
I’m my own stone around my neck,
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give.

I used to pray like God was listening.
I used to make my parents proud.
I was the glue that kept my friends together,
Now they don’t talk and we don’t go out.’