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Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bjorn, and John

from Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bjorn, and John by small graves

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Delve into the mind of a master manipulator with small graves' latest single, "Peter, Paul, Mary, Bjorn, and John." Born from a pandemic-induced true crime binge, this track weaves the tale of con man Clark Rockefeller with a high-energy mix of overdriven guitars, catchy melodies, and powerful drums reminiscent of 90s punk and grunge. While the song explores the story of one specific individual, it is symbolic of the larger influx of grifters and charlatans in American politics and culture.

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Tracing names of the dead
You read
left In wet cement

Sometimes the words
Don’t mend
The cracks in the concrete

Falling for
Every trick
You’ve got
Hidden up your sleeve

But it won’t matter much
After all, it’s such a stupid game

Hey!
So say it like you mean it
Pour out your heart and soul
Bask in all the glory
Until the cracks,
They start to show

John and Linda fled,
You said,
Off to Paris, France

A Crowe in Connecticut
Took flight
A chance to start again

Wore out your
Welcome fast
New York,
A place to start again

But it won’t matter much
When your life is just a stupid game.

Hey!
So say it like you mean it
Pour out your heart and soul
Bask in all the glory
Until the cracks,
They start to show

(E: Go ahead and tell me your name
I’m not inclined to)

(J: With all your chances
Have you ever found a way out?)

(Ed: Take, take, take what’s been coming to you
Fake, fake, fake what you’re going through
Mistake, mistake, mistake what you thought you knew
Slip through your hands like I’m vapor)

With all your chances
Have you ever found a way out?

Hey!
So say it like you mean it
Pour out your heart and soul
Bask in all the glory
Until the cracks,
They start to show
Oh
Until the cracks,
They start to show

credits

from Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bjorn, and John, released March 29, 2024
words: Eric Zrinsky
music: small graves

Recorded and Mixed by Kyle Pulley at Headroom Studios, Philadelphia
www.headroom.studio
Assistant Engineering by Jackie Milestone and Nkozi Cole

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small graves Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

small graves creates a frenzied mix of Iron Chic and Japandroids anthemic punk rock with a healthy dose of indie rock sincerity from bands like Tokyo Police Club and Death Cab for Cutie. Add to that the raw, gritty sound of 90s alt-rock bands like The Toadies and Silverchair, and you get a sound that feels nostalgic and familiar while tilling new sonic grounds. ... more

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