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The Good Life centers on a discussion with my ancestors. I want to be historic but they tell me to take my time. This song is part of a larger album, recorded in one day at Willis Sound in Willis, Michigan. You can watch the band play the song in the studio here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZQFzjFcbk.


One hundred old men standing in a line
Right now you're fine, but be warned
You told me that I'd be cursed with plagues of body and soul
It'll hurt to make you whole, hooved and horned
How does it feel to bow out and be gone
You'll feel it son soon enough
I'll stamp, I'll scratch my way to just staying alive
Try as you might, your time's up

What lessons have you to stall the dimming of light
Don't rush, don't fight- you are loved
A dime's worth of daydreams- don't push them away
You'll be with us someday; that's enough.
Is that all there is?

We wish you'd see your greatness
Like we wish we'd seen our own
We appreciate your reverence
When you read these old gravestones
We've been watching you a long time
And we're sorry if you're sad
But alone does not mean lonely
it's a good life that you have.


released July 12, 2020
Matt Jones: guitar, vox
Misty Lyn Bergeron: vox, percussion
Carol Catherine Gray: violin, vox
Mary Fraser: drums, vox
David W. Jones: banjo, vox
Serge van der Voo: upright bass, vox
Recorded by Jim Roll at Willis Sound
Mixed by Gregory McIntosh


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Well. The bio keeps changing, really. What is permanent is this: MJ was raised by a combination of circus music and doo-wop, with a healthy dose of ragtime thrown in. His music has been known to suffer from colitis. The Reconstruction is his own assemblage, and sometimes, disassemblage. The core: Colette Alexander: cello, and Misty Lyn: vox. ... more

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