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i wish i lived in a fantasy world
where the cars, they drove off of gumdrops, yeah
i'd drive a jeep and you'd drive a cadillac
and that's how we'd roll all over town
i'd drive to work, to the gym, to the movies
i'd drive up to the dinner table

i wish i lived in a fantasy world
where the lights were powered by good intentions
they'd work just like fireflies
feedin' off the pollen of summertime
i'd keep the lights on in the hall all night
the children'd never have to be afraid

but that's not the way He wanted it to be
and that's not the way it is
so we have to learn how to live
we have to learn how to live

in this big world
of elevator slaves
and big coal slurry
and poison water
for the poorest of the poor
where your grandmother's bank
funds dozers that roar
and oil wars
where Muslims die
and there's no sidewalks
cuz everybody drives
and triple bypasses
and we wonder why
and double cheesy burgers
and sponsor this child (Lord have mercy!)

we have to learn how to live
we have to learn how to live
in this big world

not of this world

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from Live at The Daughter, released December 19, 2013

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Ears to the Ground Family Harrisonburg, Virginia

Ears to the Ground Family is a minimal, totally acoustic group with guitar, hand percussion, and banjo. They have a serious focus on lyrical content and sometimes achieve a body-shivering vocal harmony. They make music of resistance to oppression and empire, of communities of hope, and of a faith that sustains us. Our tunes draw from R&B, spiritual, soul, folk/americana, chant, hip-hop, and jazz. ... more

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