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So Long Naota - Celestial Something or Other

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So Long Naota - Hold Fast

Self aware and self assured are sadly not the same
Getting used to disappointment like it was your middle name
When the sun it sets and leaves you, and only the cold remains
Just like the river in your hometown or the blood inside your veins

And anyone worth anything is everyone to you
In love with love and its losing like its your worst dream come true

Hold fast to the hope that things improve
Know that life is whats right in front of you
Although this world will tear at you with every tragic turn
You better Let your life be lit by every lesson that you learn

Unbalanced and unburdened by unbelievability
Left pining for the presence of lips placed perfectly
Just like that song about the burning car and delicious sounding drink
Or the one where the stars fall from the sky and where they long to be

falling in and out of favor as fast as you fell for all your friends
Underscored and understated as your attempts to make amends

Hold fast to the hope that things improve
Know that life is whats right in front of you
Although this world will tear at you with every tragic turn
You better bet your path is brightened by every bridge you had to burn

New jam referencing the mountain goats and the simpsons and the carpenters and other ridic stuff. Share/critique.

tour is nearly finalized!

thurs feb 27th wafflehouse in grand rapids
fri feb 28th mosh eisley in cleveland
sat mar 1st 222 ormsby in pittsburgh
sun mar 2nd the seed in lancaster pa
mon mar 3rd *not booked* looking for lehigh valley
tues mar 4th freedom35 philly
wed mar 5th mr beerys in long island, ny
thurs mar 6th *in the works* boston
fri mar 7th *not booked* rochester ny
sat mar 8th Wylinder in columbus ohio
sun mar 9th church in lansing michigan

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So Long - in a family way (birds of prey)

hold on to your heavy heart
this time i think we’ll make it through
one word before we start
lets try our best to make it new

go forth and gather youself up
take your love and give it all away
with any luck it will find its way to you again
on a some dark and cold and lonely and fateful day

unsaid as the thought thats
you kept to your self
unread like the books
left gathering dust up on your shelf

tell yourself it will be ok
fragile as a fabrige
bluer than the epponymous jay
while clouds above such an ominous gray
as elegant as a tv tray
or a thesis to a punk rock essay
a pigeon to their bird of prey
the sea gulls screaming at the bay
all the prophets whove been lead astray
or pauses left in a family way
the message of hope we could not convey
just dissapointment without delay
all the fears you could not allay
all the tears you would wipe away
so save em up for a rainy day
like those three little words that you’d never say
your better angels were on display
replete with childish naivete
you were the costs i could not defray
or the hell that we would one day pay
your best attempts not to betray
those secrets held in dossiers
you were the loner to my jfk
now someone call the cia
the lizard people to my greys
mysterious and vast as the milky way
or the consequences we never weigh
those games we tried hard not to play
all the rules that we would disobey
much to our mothers dismay
oblivious as your fathers toupee
and the welcomes that we’d overstay
take me to the sweet soiree
let your love be my attache
we can talk it out or just hit the hay
pray for a tomorrow better than today
as miserable as the 17th of may
or the leftovers we set out for the stray
so send out a communique
queer as in fuck you,  im them and they
anachronistic as bombay
corpses cought in eternal ballet
while the ladders of our DNA
lie twisted up in acidic array
our passions we found oh so passe
slaves to all our social mores
the day we die and turn back to clay
left eponential in our decay
all the gods to whom we’d never pray
or the dragons that we’d never slay

will one day come and make everything alright

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So Long Naota - Celestial Something or Other at Church of The Three Cats in Lansing, Mi. Secret of Mana for SNES playing in the background.

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Mixing Metaphors

The snow like ashes
fallling from the cold cleveland sky
from the bridges that you burned
to stay warm on winter nights
and your heart’s like the pistons
of the busted up and broken down car
out of touch and out of time
and unable to take you any


where you want to go
or to anyone you want to see.
all your hopes and dreams like those doomed kings and queens
dont amount to much it seems on the day we pay our reckoning
no amount of schemes could ever rescue
could ever set me free from my own lonesome home



your plans about as well laid

as tracks for the trains running through this town

meals go skipped just like fairs go unpaid

weather willing you will make it back around

Your eyes like the lights

That litter your living room

Flashing bright and fading out Harbingers of your 
impending

Doom or whatever new

Malady, magically set upon you
all your hopes and dreams like those doomed kings and queens
dont amount to much it seems on the day we pay our reckoning
no amount of schemes could ever rescue
could ever set me free from my own lonesome home

So long Naota, the collective.

So Long Naota isn’t a normal band. I wanted to have it be more of a collective effort that members can put as much into as they want or that their time/desire allow. So we will play shows in different configurations based on who can do it and who wants to. Some may see this as flakey or whatevs but I think it’s a radical idea that will increase the happiness of everyone involved.

So in order to make it easier for folks to join us I’ve decided to out up chords and what not for the songs. Learn them and talk to us about playing a show with us or joining forces. All are welcome save those with racist/misogynistic/homophobic/ableist/or otherwise hurtful leanings.

Up the radicals.

If you haven’t heard,
the structure of “So Long, Naota” is changing significantly.

Our idea is that the band will become two distinct but cooperative entities:

So Long, Naota will be the solo creative outlet of Daniel Ryan [allowing him to book shows and tours spontaneously and share the history and meaning behind songs he has written]

So Long [Collective] will consist of anyone and everyone that both expresses an interest and understands the core principles of the original concept: inclusion and visibility of queer individuals, women, and poc in the music scene.

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Short term goals for the So Long Collective:

-Regularly scheduled practices so that members will have more notice about shows and more consensus in planning them. [these practices will NOT be mandatory and will be open to people who have expressed an interest but are not yet actively involved in the project]

-Collaboratively written songs. Our hope is that the regularly scheduled meetings will be an opportunity to develop and practice each other’s ideas without the time crunch of an upcoming show.

-Songbooks for lyrics and individual instruments. These can be used in practice and at shows to encourage audience participation and/or allow members who are new to the band to perform with less anxiety.

A songbook for lyrics is already in the works, ask and we’ll provide the link.

Long term goals:
Foster a sense of community among rad folks in the region who are interested in making music but not interested in doing it alone.

any questions or suggestions, y'all? get stoked!

wow

so maybe i should just wear a shirt that says im queer and mexican (people would probably write that off as hipster and ironic, two words whose use has come to mean nothing) so that people can’t call the band i started to be inclusive/representative of queer poc (and non dudes) as tokenism. it really hurt but i am also really glad that this is something thats being talked about even if sucks to be a the shit talked end of. i flirt with lots of girls at things, i also flirt with lots of boys at things, i just flirt lots and basically think most people who are at house shows/zine readings/rad shit are tons more attractive than people other places (it has to do with where their hearts are). 

we eat ourselves

tl;dr i’m queer and mexican and just terribly afraid of being alone.

mixed metaphors
For He Is The Harbinger of Death

So long, Naota - Mixed Metaphors

So my friend Colleen and I just started collaborating and this happened. Its just a phone recording but i like it alot. enjoy!

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So long, noata - waves of lake eerie

I live my life with just one regret
my time ’ll come soon but it ain’t come yet
so ill sit here waiting on the waves of lake eerie
to come in and wash me away

and you live your life like you wont be missed
but i swear i’ve got a list of brokenhearted boys you kissed
and they’re just waiting on the phone to ring
and you say come back to me

hold out till night
this spell of bad weather will pass us by
hold on in spite
the tyrants of this town who could eat us alive

so i took the train all the way across town
to that place they swear must be burial grounds
of my late ancestors and the wound that festers
like a curse called out from their bones
 
and this city speaks in terms and phrases you’ll never understand
despite you’re best efforts to and those countless lesson plans
like it is what it is or you know i gotta a guy
time passes so slowly when your waiting to die

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So long naota - no children (the mountain goats)

Playing this tonight.