Holden and Esther

from by Collapsing Opposites

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lyrics

Holden Cauffield had a gun.
He spent all his time just shooting everyone.
But nobody noticed and nobody died.
They just kept on living their fanciful lives.

You said you used to be a punk.
You were going to die young.
“Family is for Republicans.”
You said you used to be a punk.

Esther Greenwood liked to take a bath.
She slipped beneath the surface, but she kept coming back.
The bell jar is dropping over our lives.
But no one is stopping; we’re having fun inside.

And I would like to be a punk.
Yes, I would like to die young.
Family is for Republicans,
and me, I’m going to be a punk.

Holden and Esther were never lovers.
But we can hardly blame them because they were only characters.
They were not my parents and I am not their child.
I never even read them. I lied.

You said you used to be a punk.
You said you were going to die young.
“Family is for Republicans.”
You said you used to be a punk.
Well, I would like to be a punk.
Yes, I would like to die young.
Family is for Republicans.
Me, I’m going to be a punk.

credits

from Demonstration, released November 5, 2002
Written by Collapsing Opposites.
Ryan McCormick sang and played guitar.
Recorded by Ryan McCormick in his bedroom in Vancouver BC, 2002.

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