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That Pool is Now a Field

by MacArthur

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Nostalgia about Tennessee and New York. That pool is now a field!


In the summer of ‘86
We drank Schaeffer and communed
The ball field behind Brainerd Baptist
Bored and edgy and infused
With hormones and aspirations
Disappointment and frustrations
Three bucks on crap libations
But at least it’s only June

Scaled chain link for live nude swimming
Bloody feet but clearly winning
That pool is now a field
The evidence has been sealed
The evidence is sealed

Got a mall job not much after
I gave some tacos to my friends
Launched tortillas into rafters
Six more weeks until it ends
We all kinda liked each other
But we couldn’t wait to get away
Uncomfortable in our own skins
Comfortable on each other’s

In the summer of ‘96
We were camping in the Catskills
Drinking Ballantine’s by the six
And misidentifying fish we’d kill
They were the fool’s gold of trout

In the summer of ‘02
Depressed on a couch in Brooklyn
Read every O’Brien book then
Then sailed a subway out to meet you
I recorded in a closet
Car alarms ruined all the good takes
Neighbors banged from their apartments
My solos traveled to their basements

I check in with my friends online
Half are doing fine
Half just walk the line
The other half can’t do math
One is a high plains drifter
One is a nurse practitioner
One found Jesus and kept him
One prefers a pseudonym
One runs a cult yeshiva
I had to block her on social media
One has an Etsy for footwear
One tried to sell me a timeshare


released July 24, 2022
Arthur Winer (vocals, guitars) Sophie Rae (vocals), David Gould (bass) and Jeremy Conrad (drums). Artwork by Josh Neufeld.

Written, produced, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Winer.

Thanks to Dan Long for the use of Headwest Studio.

© Arthur Winer 2022 / Canaveral Skies Music (ASCAP)
For licensing and instrumental version, contact arthur@canaveralskies.com


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MacArthur Los Angeles, California

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