The Accidentals - Heavy Flag (AUDIO)

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We are all in our early 20's, when I wrote "Heavy Flag" I was thinking about our future, the weight and responsibility of our generation to care for our resources and for each other. While I was writing the song, I had a book open to the famous photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima". The weight of that flag being both physical and psychological struck me as a powerful statement. We have a collective responsibility to show up. The time for that statement is now. #Tuesday #VOTE Our Voices Count

Photo creds: Shervin Lainez
Heavy Flag produced by John Congleton

"Heavy Flag" speaks to the cost of society apathy and invites the listener to find their own voice.

Read the Pop Matters premier here: http://bit.ly/HeavyFlagPremier

HEAVY FLAG
VERSE 1
I shiver like a paper bag
The cold can wave a heavy flag
And nothing shines like silver lines
When everyone’s a paradigm
And all around is double speak,
I hide it in a troubled sleep
In mountains bare on pavement plain
In waves of pesticided grain
CHORUS 1
I recognize the truth when it shakes hands with self-deceit
Pays for my beliefs and throws away the receipt
It’s all in my head, and then it’s nestled at my feet
Heavy flag
VERSE 2
A farrago of motion sick
A turbulence arithmetic
We passed a thousand billboard signs
And trampled over columbines
But how do we choke down the pain?
With nicotine to tease the brain
Our bladed lives with softened edge,
We pop our pills and speak our pledge
CHORUS 2
I recognize the truth when it shakes hands with self-deceit
Pays for my beliefs and throws away the receipt
It’s all in my head, and then it’s nestled at my feet
Heavy flag
SOLO
VERSE 3
Our sympathy’s a symphony
But everyone is out of key
Cause we locked the doors and turned the blinds
And left it to the focused eye
We dug a shallow rabbit’s grave
Deposited our given names
And when our pride was railroad flat
Shook away the warmth of a welcome mat
CHORUS 3
I recognize the truth when it shakes hands with self-deceit
Pays for my beliefs and throws away the receipt
It’s all in my head, and then it’s nestled at my feet
Heavy flag (repeat)

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