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  1. Rochester

From the recording America

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Composed by Simon Rigoni
Performed by 2 Inch Tape;
Simon Rigoni: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Fiona Broussard: Grand Piano
Mark Petrilli: Bass
Julia Bebenek: Drums

Lyrics

Upstate New York, Lake Ontario, Rochester oh where to go
There’s a funeral parlour across the road, I think I’ll stretch my legs and take a stroll.
All the houses they look the same to me, with an American flag and an SUV
Doors lock tight, deserted streets, another turns and retreats

Middle class American dream, is this the
Middle class American dream

Misplaced silence unsettling, just the hum of air-conditioning
My presence makes a dog yelp, owner acts like I let Satan out
A couple approaches from down the street, they’re kind of shocked to see me
An outsider well obviously, not back and sides enough for this scene

Middle class American dream, is this the
Middle class American dream
Houses so pretty, the gardens are pristine

To get the dream did you move upstate, for affordable real estate
Who needs the hassle anyway, big city’s not the place to stay
Upgrade your life, upgrade your wife, perhaps some plastic surgery, and
Keep the kids out of strife, with some cheap luxuries

Middle class American dream, is this the
Middle class American
Middle class American
Middle class American dream

Halloween kids hit the street, they’re safely doing their trick or treat
Four walls, boxed shaped, painted roof, but does your neighbour know the truth
The value’s in how you’re seen, better paint the house, keep the garden clean
Everybody fights a battle unseen
Everybody fights a battle unseen
Everybody fights a battle unseen
Everybody fights a battle unseen
Everybody fights a battle unseen
Everybody fights a battle unseen

Is this the middle class, American, dream