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Together At Least

by GREAT JOY

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1.
A bull under a veil of surveilance and control while this raft is setting sail to the grail of my soul they're hunting for the whale (we are wailing at the drum) -this tale of our stunted growth we never overcome when's enough to feel you've won? you make this burden weigh a ton no fun, nowhere to run no more sacrifices to your rotten idols no more endless crisis for your empty titles fuck this tug of war when we hold both the ends and own the rope fuck this trouble for your means to meet an - ends in nothin'- fuck this struggle, fuck this double down 'till all is broken another hollow lie, I hope you choke on it
2.
Remain 02:43
A sofa in the park lead into my hand a book about a shark a source of energy, a plan explosives in the yard spray paint in the hair front seat of the car we were that rumble in the air until you shed a skin and said I was a stagnant water you were in stale-mate (a jail made by me) I fucked up everything and led our friendship to the slaughter as we got caught up in our own private trajectories your spirit never dim no moment ever lost enacting every whim with no attention to the cost salvaging my grit {from} the edges of your strange I thought we'd never split and never quit and never change until you shed a skin and said I was a stagnant water you were in stale-mate (a jail made by me) I fucked up everything and led our friendship to the slaughter as we got caught up in our own private trajectories I never met another who gave less fucks than you did never more an uncut, fluid, do it - try to push through it type "will it be a good story when we're ripe?" never meant to force or box you, never meant to block or nope you, never thought it would turn out like this good luck I hope you can remain, just the same as you were yes I hope that you always remain and i'll change what I have to change
3.
BLOOM 02:43
Shit! (BOOT) sworn in young but (DOUBT) the oath forsaken (DOOM) i held my tongue right up until my tongue got taken (ROOT) another fiction (SPROUT) shit they're weaving (BLOOM) they're trying to escape the friction found in reason but where will we hide in harvest season? dappled dawnlight (STEP BACK) speckled mossy clearing cotyledon (STEP BACK) sprouting slowly upwards (TREAD HERE GENTLY) well, hideous mutations from insidious expectations form abrasive, graceless, hateful, greedy, tastless, faceless, grating, seedy PIGS! like some locust swarm poppies hide in uniform seldom flights from fighting rooms they sell those rights for cheap perfumes to smell and tell you they are doing swell dappled dawnlight (STEP BACK) speckled mossy clearing cotyledon (STEP BACK) sprouting slowly upwards ...i go wayward... a sappling unsure a cumbersome boot doubt woven to fibre before the split - hesitation, but then... BLOOM!
4.
history is your teacher mystery life won't beat ya though someday it will eat ya - risk it - go for the feature just another home-sick soul in the pelt of a creature. some say they're realistic [repack dumb pessamistic] we lack wisdom and twist this - stupid and cryptic, stick to the plan as a misfit... how? i had a shit-kicker job and my shoes stunk, never chose well 'spose i'm defunct everybody got a trade - i got drunk everybody got paid - i played punk everybody gets swayed in the end, now this game's gonna grade you somehow only way they catch you in doubt is when you're living life half in half out half in half out never gonna win, no half out half in livin in a limbo
5.
Superglue 02:49
a phantom resting causally there, a bottle in your hand. evening serious and dull hear a latent plan call all voyagers to celebrate (like it's ok) prop-life cynics will interigate your heart away through jealousy and apathy, enxiety and reputation (PUSH) is this your destination? (PULL) or is it superglue? (PUSH) what do your wait around for? (PULL) and does it wait for you? a silhouette of promises and booze you share cigarettes with "5am on acid" type of muse moments from regret when all your fantasies solidify (like royalty) but there, in the gutter, they were sacrificed in loyalty to habit and monotony a self performed labotomy of shame and now you get to push, push, push, pull, pull pull (PUSH) is this your destination? (PULL) or is it superglue? (PUSH) what do your wait around for? (PULL) and does it wait for you? (PUSH) it's time to get on something (PULL) 'fore it's too late for you
6.
Buurland 03:02
Home made half pipe. Grape vine LED light. Good friends start bands. Fridge full of bin wine. Couch talk, throw dice, dinnertime (share rice). Light work - many hands, everybody shine! Neighbour's at the door with a case - always koffie in the can Finger painting on your face Putting fire in your plan Sewing patterns to your clothes Building palaces of sand Getting washed away but even so I hope they KNOW, that this bright GLOW, it grows where we GO, it grows where we GO Damacles dead line [dog eat dog time] black mould / rent raised house call / ambush time bomb romance, paranoid side glance neverending grey maze, everybody shhh! (shhh!) Suit is at the door with a notice I am on the floor in a ball feeling hopeless I am just a fly on a wall getting bulldozed Even though I feel so small as the last brick falls i'll know, that this bright glow, it grows where we go, it grows where we go 4/522 B8 Raglan Street Buurland

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released November 25, 2022

GREAT JOY is:

Lucie - Lead Guitar/Vocals/Synth
Elise - Drums/Backing Vocals
Thijs - Bass/Backing Vocals
Kane - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

Written and performed by GREAT JOY

Cover art by GREAT JOY
Cover photo by Thijs Hupkens

Recorded at RPM Studios
Vocals recorded at Kamicozy Studios
Produced and mixed by Dolf Smolenaers
Coloured and Mastered at World of Paint Studios

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GREAT JOY Amsterdam, Netherlands

Erratic-melodic catharsis, barbaric yawping and introspective dance-party punk: Great Joy goes bang-bang in spite of entropy.

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