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"As resident 'Provider of Jangle' I was thrilled when Mike brought in It's A Lie. Besides being a great song, I've enjoyed the challenge of trying to play banjo, saw, and harmonica each at some point during the song when we do it live. I enjoyed even more being able to do that more successfully when we recorded it. This track also holds one of my favorite memories about the recording sessions: Jim in the studio playing the washboard. Maybe I was just feeling punchy cause it was late, but watching him on the monitor, it looked as if he was just sitting alone in the center of a room, slowly stroking his ab muscles....." Alex

lyrics

I would like to sleep
With your hair as a shade on my face
But I got plans to keep
Other time, other folks, other place

I feel so unmoored
Though my feet have been nailed to the ground
Don't be reassured
When I say that I'll see you around

With one hand I will push you away
And with the other I will beg you to stay
When I say I don't want you to cry
It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie

Promises were made
When the sun was a ball on a string
Do you feel betrayed
Now you know what the morning can bring

Were we so naive
Did we think that the summer would last
I still can't believe
Autumn leaves started falling so fast

With one hand I will push you away
And with the other I will beg you to stay
When I say I don't want you to cry
It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie

(insrumental break)

If I should return
I will run to your arms like a kid
What's it take to learn
It will always turn out like it did

With one hand I will push you away
And with the other I will beg you to stay
When I say I don't want you to cry
It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie

credits

from The Lincoln Squares! - EP, released January 2, 2013
ukulele, piano, lead vocals Michael Mahler
acoustic guitar, piano, vocals Alan Scmuckler
bass, vocals Derek Hasenstab
drums, percussion, vocals Jim Barclay
banjo, harmonica, singing saw, vocals Alex Goodrich

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