Cops and Robbers

from by The Goodness Sakes

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I played prodigal for the story,
I came home and was proud of it.
I played cops and robbers
And made sure that my side would always win.
Not for nothing, but my cards
Were always face up on the draw.
Oh god I wish you could have seen it
When I sang that awful song:
“So if I die, let me die
With a shotgun by my side
So everybody knows how hard I fought to live,
And let them write my name backwards
On a banner over the square.
I want every last one to look at it.”

Then I would call myself out bleeding,
“look at the devil that I’ve slain.”
Nobody left to paint my picture,
So I guess I’ve lost my game.
And I would make sure you could see me,
I would shiver while I prayed.
A little hair of the dog while I’m waiting for God
Just to dig the tomb I crave.
So if I die, let me die,
Just go ahead and take my spine,
And I will blather on about how hard this is.
Let them tear my name to pieces,
I’m not worth what it’s printed on
If the best I can do is throw a fit.

So I suppose I could have been bitter
At having lost the taste of joy.
And I could have dragged you down with me
Like a selfish little boy.
But if my story’s what’s important,
I think a better one would be
Me ending all this self indulgence,
Putting my clothes on and walking free.
So if I die, let me die
With my friends all at my side.
No more dim-lit mirrors, no an end that I can see.
We will not drink to numb the soreness,
But to toast that we’re alive,
And we will all forget what we pretend to be.


from Where I'm Gonna Die, track released June 30, 2015



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The Goodness Sakes Austin, Texas

The Goodness Sakes (Austin, TX) is an indie rock band with dashes of punk and country. Lead by Austin Norman, he writes of overcoming addictions and learning to be the person he’s supposed to be. When the chance to make music arrives, the band strives to deliver a performance that is built on transparent integrity. Influences include The Mountain Goats, The Front Bottoms, and The Hold Steady. ... more

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