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The first song written for this album, many long years ago, when I was working in Oshawa, Ontario for a couple of months. I was lonely and grumpy in that town, and wrote this song. Despite my generally having a decent sense of self-preservation, for some reason I opted to perform this song in Oshawa. A certain individual took offence to my song and threatened to "kick my ass" to his friends. Miraculously, I escaped unscathed.

It's a song about where we decide to take a stand and make it work. Or not.

lyrics

The city you've built is a concrete monster
of shopping malls and parking lots.

Oshawa, Ontario, will you be my early grave?
Should I stay or should I go, let it die or help it grow into a place I'd like to be?

Biking up Simcoe, choking on gas fumes.
With windows up and pedals down, there's no-one to talk to.

Oshawa, Ontario, will you be my early grave?
Should I stay or should I go, let it die or help it grow into a place I'd like to see?

Your sheet-metal heart is pumping poison gas.
Drunk at the bar is going nowhere fast.

Why is this city full of so many angry men?
Maybe they're all used up from too much overtime at GM …

Oshawa, Ontario, will you be my beery grave?
Should I stay or should I go, let it die or help it grow into a place I might help save?

So tell me 'bout something that's not off your tv.
Tell me a story 'bout a time when you felt so free.

credits

from settle, released June 6, 2014
Chords and lyrics by Conrad Sichler. Performed by Conrad Sichler (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, harmony vocal), Dan Lockwood (drums), Bob Doidge (bass guitar), Frank Koren (electric guitars), Vince Rinaldo (keyboards), and Amy King (back-up vocals).

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