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When we play Fiasco live, I always announce "this is a song about America." Fiasco is kinetic, frenetic and dyslexic in all the right ways. Formerly entitled El Dorado, the old anti-war lyrics felt stale, and we evolved them into a similar set of lyrics about consumerism.

Stats:
Song name: Fiasco
Written by: Barry Craig, 2008
Performances on this recording: Barry, Josh, Joey & Talljoe
Last updated: August 2012 added Talljoe's keys, new vocals and mix July 2012. Recorded some new guitars with Joey in November, 2010.
 
Lyrics:
I cannot see through. Will this complete you? A golden prison. A silver secret. Right. There. In your soul. You know, I'm kind of the same. You could take me far away. From this scene. Somewhere else entirely. On my soul. Head in sand and gasoline. You know, I'm meant for big things. Revenue I have to pay. Foreclosing. Something else gets in the way. Cocoon me. Lead me on, lead me astray. Now spend some money, honey. I'm not there, I can't see. Lack of actions make me. I try not to worry. I need this for my family in Ohio. Warmth, it's not far away. This sinking feeling cannot stay. And I've gone to the mall. This sale might end at any day. Oh, man. Amen. And here they all come. Out from the woodwork. To take it sideways. Gesticulating like you're a whore. You advertise and decide. Flash a smile while you implode. Maybe trample. Sweep the legs out from a boy. Fill this hole. Take you home, distract us all. You magical messiah! All the same, I'd love to crash and burn within you. "Take this shit, it's for you." Oh, goddamn, I'd like to. But I... I owe. Warmth, it's not far away. This sinking feeling cannot stay. And I've gone to the mall. This sale might end at any day. Oh, man. Amen.
 
Insights and Interpretations:
From Barry, 2011: Steve likes to point out that all the Obol lyrics are unified by a theme of denial and seething condemnation of a culture that doesn't encourage self-awareness. But I really like shopping. I like going out and seeing all the other happy people making purchases for their homes and loved ones. And if I'm down, or starting to get despressed, it is probably because I haven't bought anything for myself in a long time. Maybe I'll go out and purchase myself a pack of cards, or a neat little robot. Maybe get a new movie to watch. That might help.
 
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