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Day at the Beach

from Oft Interred With Their Bones by The Good

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A Day at the Beach

A crowded restaurant at the beach
And the family laughs when Mom reads the part
About Natasha's uncle, who always says
That's the mark
But little Isaac doesn't catch it 'cause he's

Too busy for Tolstoy with Tolkien
But he hears 'em laugh and he wants to know the jokin'
So he puts The Hobbit aside as she reads the part again
And this time Isaac laughs with the family.

The tide is low and a Mom and Dad
Walk along the sand at the edge of the surf
With their new young son in between saying
Swing me, swing me, so they each grab a hand and they say

One two three upsy-daisy
And he laughs so hard that Dad thinks of other ways he
Can entertain his boy and make him happy
To be in a new family

Then a car that says "To protect and serve"
Comes from behind but they don't see.
Of all the nerve, thinks the cop
So he screams through his speaker so loud
That they drop the boy on the shells and he cries.

The sun is high and a family chews the fat and the taffy
As they walk down the boardwalk.
And Stacey thinks to herself that it sure looks
Different by day, especially when you're on it and not

Under it with your back to the sand
With Rusty holding a bottle of Jack in his hand.
And must he always go all the way?
And she prays that she can get the money
So she won't start a family.


from Oft Interred With Their Bones, released January 1, 1994
Written by Devin Arkin. Performed by The Good: Tony Rogers (vocals, guitar), Devin Arkin (vocals), John Scholvin (guitar), Greg Newman (drums), Scott Hedrick (bass)


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The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers ( and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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