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i was born as my father’s son
and when i fell for a girl who hid from it all
he said
“you’re going to grow up and be someone,
you just can’t let that bloody love destroy you.
oh, it’s so much easier to wait than chase the day,
to chase those skirts as often as you can
and leave a trail of broken hearts everywhere you go
until you become a man.”

so i left san francisco
i left to find the sun
crossed the desert with a match and a guitar,
singing, “darling, i can’t be blind anymore”

then in el paso i jumped from an overpass,
hung a left under the old electric fence
when someone shouts “¡camino equivocado!”

“oh, senorita, you can have it all.”

i met maria in a car crash in a border town,
then again on a train heading south.
when i met three at a bar, i realized, down here,
the girls are all named the same.

but if my father was right, it was about one thing:
the tequila will make you forget
all the ways they tore you apart,
and left you bleeding alone,
without even the way back home.

i went down to mexico and i drank the water.
i went down to mexico just to feel the weather.
i went down to mexico and i drank the water.
i went down to mexico and forgot all about her.

wherever i go in mexico,
her name’s on all the street signs.
wherever i go in mexico, her name is everywhere.

my heroes break through the radio
and if they’re not coming home,
then neither am i — i’ll stay,
and haunt these mexican towns for a change.

i went down to mexico and i drank the water.
i went down to mexico just to feel the weather.
i went down to mexico and i drank the water.
but all of the tequila made me forget all about her.

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from This Is How We Survive, released November 11, 2011

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The Ground is Dancing Daytona Beach, Florida

The Ground is Dancing are four manly men who have a thirst for alcohol and beards. Just think if Taking Back Sunday, Blink- 182, Modest Mouse, Brand New, Incubus, your local classic rock radio station, and Olivia Newton-John got together and had a love child…and then aborted it eight months into the pregnancy. ... more

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