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That "no birds sing" in this one owes a debt to John Keats' very bewitched and bewitching poem "La belle dame sans merci". But I also had a weird dream where I did indeed fall off a bike--or more accurately, fell over on one. The "you" in the song is somewhat kaleidoscopic to me.

The definition of "failsafe" is causing a piece of machinery or other mechanism to revert to a safe condition in the event of a breakdown or malfunction. Obviously, the song is spinning its wheels. The failsafe is a wish--not something granted in the lyrics.



So last night
I fell off my bike
You showed up in green clouds
Laughing too loud loud loud loud
You asked me for a ride
With lemons in your smile
But I bled out to sea
Got down on one knee so briefly

No one anywhere heard a thing
And no birds anywhere did sing

Then headlights
Approached us from the right
And circled our names
And sprayed the page with flames
The growling had to start
What’s harder is we’re smart
The dream was not a dream
The two of us to blame tomorrow

No one anywhere saw us fly
And no cops on the beat asked us why
And no birds anywhere did sing
And no one who’s anyone fails with me


released March 1, 2024
Matt Hart--Guitar and Vocals
Eric Appleby--Bass
Pete Janidlo--Drums

Recorded at The Windmill, College Hill, Cincinnati, OH
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Montgomery, Candyland Recording Studio, Dayton, KY


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NEVERNEW Cincinnati, Ohio

NEVERNEW is a Cincinnati based post-punk/indie rock band that makes high energy, melodic racket + noise. They love IPAs, hard cider, books and nonsense. They've been playing together on and off for 25 years, but this time it's for real. Believe it! Find them on Instagram @nevernewband. ... more

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