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 DHB Released I LEARNED HOW EP

 June 15th 2018   

VIA Grind Central Records (Digitally), and Double Lunch Productions (Physical Cassettes). Exclusive video premieres for “Artistic Thievery”  and “I Learned How” @ exclaim!

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I Learned How

by Dagan Harding Band

Dagan Harding Band's (Feat. Gage McGuire and Chris Dimas of Surf Dads) second EP, I Learned How, is out on grind central records and double lunch productions was released June 15, 2018. Surf Dad's, contribute both musicality and tasteful guitar melodies as well as the driving drums that they have become known for. Jon Wolfond, also of the Grind Central Fam (blue youth) holds down impressive, colourful and thick bass lines on the EP but doesn’t over shadow the songs. Harding’s signature sound and matter of fact lyrics is refreshing, and the song arrangements and guitar style and upbeat tone complemented by memorable hooks will leave you wanting more. The album is out June 15, 2018 on all platforms. Physical Cassettes with digital download can be ordered at www.daganhardingband.bandcamp.com.

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PRESS

#24 debut @FMQB charts

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Leaderpost - I Learned How - Best of Sask longlist

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I Learned How - #1 on CJTR Charts

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EXCLAIM!Exclusive Video Premiere of I Learned How and Artistic Thievery videos

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Punktastic Feature I Learned How Ep

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Gray Owl Point Review

Top Tracks: “I Learned How”; “To Be A Star”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)

"I Learned How is a crisply produced collection of riff-driven tracks that both stands out from and fits in with the mainstream alternative rock scene. Honest, grand, and buzzing with energy, Dagan Harding and his band have a lot to share. We can only hope it’s not another three years before the next release."

Kaitlin Ruether, GrayOwlPoint

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Buffablog Review

“I Learned How.” With an age-defying rock beat, Harding provides matter-of-fact lyrics about how life has changed since his humble musical beginnings. Don’t be fooled tough, this personal and mature look in the mirror is still one you can crank in your car and pump your fist too. Give it a listen below."

Matt Bergerhoff

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“Featured on the seven-song set are spritely indie rock songs like ‘Naked Eye’ and

‘Pretty Expert’, which are packed with bright and buzzy guitars and Harding's sweet and

squeaky vocals. “ Gregory Adams, Album Stream - Exclaim!

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“Dagan Harding has compiled together a new solo offering that draws deep from his

past work but manages to capture a whole new brand of magic. On Best Times the

guitars still chime as sharp as ever, while the vocals, combined with lyrics that are often

introspective and wryly poetic, contain elements of maturity. Thankfully, Harding hasn’t

lost an ounce of wonder.” Chris Morin, Ominocity

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“The resulting eclectic and hook-laden tracks are reminiscent of At the Drive-In’s chaos

and poetry mashed with The Rolling Stones’ form and flair. It’s all about conflict.”

Devin Pacholik, The Leader-Post

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DAGAN HARDING Band BIO:

 

Dagan Harding Band's (Feat. Surf Dad's) second EP, I Learned How, is out on grind central records and double lunch productions June 15, 2018. Surf Dad's, contribute both musicality and tasteful guitar melodies as well as the driving drums that they have become known for.  Jon Wolfond, also of the Grind Central Fam (blue youth) holds down impressive, colourful and thick bass lines on the EP but don’t over shadow the songs. Dagan's matter of fact lyrics are surprisingly refreshing, and the song arrangements and guitar style and upbeat tone complemented by memorable hooks will leave you wanting more. The album is out June 15, 2018 on all platforms. Physical Cassettes with digital download can be ordered at www.daganhardingband.bandcamp.com.

 

Dagan Harding (DHB, Despistado, Lone Wolf Dreamer) is a Saskatchewan based singer, singer songwriter and producer. Based out of Regina Saskatchewan, Dagan has written, performed and recorded music in multiple collaborations since 2000, namely Regina’s Despistado (Jade Tree). He has also recently worked with members of the Grind Central family, namely members of Surf Dads and Blue Youth to produce his latest EP, I Learned How.

In past project Despistado, he played alongside Canadian artists including Sam Roberts DFA 1979 and Metric at SXSW, as well as touring the US supporting the Weakerthans. Despistado’s single A Stirstick’s Prediction was licensed to T-Mobile for commercial use in 2005 just before the band’s CBC Casby Award nomination. Other successes include playing SXSW in 2008, 2 pop Montreal performances, performances at NXNE and being named one of Chart Attack’s “Bands To Look Out For In 2007” (Geronimo).  In various past projects, he has also shared the stage with Pixies, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Peter Bjorn and John, Minus the Bear, Against Me!, The Constantines, City and Colour, Mother Mother, Tapes n’ Tapes, Feist and Wintersleep.

In past projects, Harding has shared the stage with Peter Bjorn and John, Sam Roberts, DFA 1979 and City and Colour to name a few. He composes and arranges mostly on guitar and turns his voice and words into melodic and boyishly screamed stories. He visits genres from 90s grunge and modern Indie pop. DHB's newest EP is available on all platforms as well as Cassette Tapes and digital downloads available at the bands bandcamp. 

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Harding’s EP I LEARNED HOW was out Friday June 15 via Grind Central and features co-producer, engineer and drummer Chris Dimas from Surf Dads and Bleeker on Drums, Jon Wolfond from Blue Youth on bass, and Gage McGuire of Surf Dads fame on guitar. The EP also features guest vocalist Nick Faye from Nick Faye and the Deputies, and Andrea Hedlund from the Regina Symphony Orchestra on Vocals and Violin.

All songs and lyrics Dagan Harding. 

Produced by Dagan Harding and Chris Dimas 

Mixed and Mastered by Chris Dimas 

Artwork Myles Bartel

Guitar, Vocals - Dagan Harding 

Drums - Chris Dimas 

Bass -Jon Wolfond 

Violin, Backing Vocals - Andrea Hedlund 

Guitar - Gage Mcguire 

Backing Vocals - Nick Faye

Photos: Chris Graham Photography
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

NEWS

Hey Peeps, 

First off, I want to say thank you to all our fans and supporters. Everyone that has purchased the EP/Tape or given us a shout out. It means a lot to us to have this kind of support in this crazy industry. Since I Learned How dropped in June, we've had some pretty exciting things transpire, of which we will definitely keep you posted about as we figure things out. 

Here's a couple things we've been celebrating: 

-Thanks for the #1 On CJTR Radio, it feels good to know that other people are enjoying the EP and that its having an impact and getting some spins on college and community radio. So Pumped for this! 

-We're about to do a campaign of College Radio in the US so wish us luck in these new markets. We want to bring I learned how to every student dorm and house party that we can this year!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements! 

Cheers, 

Dagan Harding (Band) 

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Hey Folks, I'm writing to let you know a couple of really important things! Really quickly, I am going to have a new EP (I Learned How) coming out in June. I want to plant the seed RIGHT NOW so that you know and you pre order it and share it and support it. I'm really proud of it! Basically, you can expect some new material and some older tunes that have been re-worked. I also want to let you know that I finally have a permanent lineup (after years of playing with a flexible lineup), its great to have regular practices and writing sessions with the same group of pals. Chris Dimas from Surf Dad's, and Jon Wolfond are talents beyond measure and together we've already starting work on the next bunch of songs. Third bit of housekeeping is, along with the EP, I will also be releasing a bunch of electronic based music that I've been working on in my spare time for about year now. It will be released April 27, 2018 under the moniker Lone Wolf Dreamer. I think that's it for now, much love and be safe. Ciao! Dagan

 

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Its 915 A.M. Feb 4 and I'm about to leave to Winnipeg to play the first of 6 out of town concerts this month throughout AB, Man and Sk. I'm really excited to be hitting the road with some great people and to hopefully have some fantastic times. I remember when I was younger touring wasn't always my favourite thing to do but sort of just came with the package of being a musician. Now, I consider it a privilege and a bonus to do what I like to do and travel while doing it. Music and travelling are very different acts but can be a great recipe if you know how to balance your time and energy. Learning to enjoy them as two sides of the touring coin can be fun. New food, drinking new beer, meeting new people, going to new places and seeing some new music. All great things! We'll see what this months of shows has in store. / xo / Dagan 

Separate but relatedly, I made the following post on Facebook yesterday and it received some positive reaction so I decided to share here as well. Cheers. 

"Today marks two years since I have been Wolffe-Parkinson White Syndrome free. Grateful everyday to have a steady heart beat and excited to take on the things in 2016 that having WPW prevented me from taking on. So grateful to have the family support I did during those years and now (12 - 31) and so so grateful to have the new found freedom I now have. For those that don't know what its like to have your heart race at 180 beats a minute while you're sitting still in one spot, it is the scariest thing you can imagine. My body, mind and spirit has started to heal lately in ways I could never imagine possible during those years. The conditioning is now going away and I have felt what life can be like without having to suffer eradic heart racing and the fear and pain that goes along with it over the past 2 years. Thanks to everyone that has helped me in one way or another over the years, and I look forward to living many healthy years without this weird and oddly debilitating syndrome and the burden that it has put on loved ones and family. Also, in a strange way, I am grateful for lessons it has taught me about breathe, control, mental effectiveness, patience and having heightened body awareness. That on its own is pretty exciting in its own way and has allowed me to understand and achieve certain things. Mostly it has taught me how important breathe and meditation are to the vitality of the heart muscle and all it's electrical inner workings. I wouldn't trade my new normal heart rate for the old one though. This "cure" is a direct result of working with one of the best health specialists I could have asked for and the remarkable and astounding technological breakthroughs that have been made in recent heart medicine. It has allowed me to pursue my passions with even more dedication and conviction than I could bear or it was healthy to bear before and that has been the greatest gift of all. Thanks for reading and for the continued support. Rock on! Cheers."

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We're happy to announce that "Best Times" has been nominated for top Saskatchewan releases of 2015. Click HERE to cast your vote. Polls will be open until Christmas. Vote often and vote well! 

Thanks for the support! Dagan 

 

 

Resume / Past Shows

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CV and Relevant Experience: dHB

Dagan Harding, MPPPA, BA, Policy MA, Musician

Dagan@DaganHarding.com

Musical Discography:

I Learned How June 2018 (www.daganharding.com bandcamp/itunes) 2018

Best Times May 2015

Demo Shop Release (SXSW Promotion  - Geronimo) 2007

Enlightenment in a Small Town (Geronimo) 2006

The People of and Their Verses (Despistado) 2005

Emergency Response EP (Despistado) 2003

Recording Experience:

 

Grind Central Studios – Regina, Sk. Dagan Harding Band EP / Depsitado Demos          2016-2017

Soulsound Studios – Regina, Sk. Produced and Recorded “Best Times” Album 2014

Home Studio Demo’s (Regina, Sk, Montreal, Que)          2009- 2013

Wintersleep Studios – Montreal, Que (Wintersleep/Moonface/Arcade Fire)               

2012, 2013

Mixart Studios – Montreal, Que. Guitar on Erin Passmore (RahRah) “Downtown EP”   2011

Twisted Pair – Regina, Sk. Tracking Drums for solo album 2010

Breakglass Studios – Montreal, Que. Mixing of “Clans EP” 2009

Twisted Pair Studios – Regina, Sk. “Clans EP” 2009

Dark Hall – Regina, Sk. “Demo Shop” 2007

Ze Studios – Pilot Butte, Sk. “Japan 5 am EP” 2005

Hive Studios – Vancouver, B.C. “The People of and Their Verses” 2004

New Music Productions – Regina, SK. “Emergency Response” 2002

 

Performance Experience (Selected):

Headline URSU Welcome Week 2018, Dagan Harding Band 2018

Dagan Harding Band Western Canadian Tour 2016 (SK, AB, BC)

Dagan Harding Band Western Canadian Tour 2017 (Sk, AB, BC)

Headline Ness Creek Music Festival 2017 (despistado)

Ohanlons Pub (Sold out) Boxing Day 2017 (despitado)

Durty Nelly’s Boxying Day 2016 (despitado)

Fat Badger (Sold out) Despistado Boxing Day 2015

Global Regina Morning News (Live Solo) 2015

Halifax Pop Explosion (Solo w/ Mounties) 2015

Mosofest (Despistado) 2014

Bengough Music Festival (Dagan Harding) 2014

Cathedral Village Arts Festival (Dagan Harding) 2014

Burritoville, Montreal, Que (w/ Northcote) 2013

Cagibi, Montreal, Que (w/ Tamara Sandor, James Irwin) 2012

Il Matore, Montreal, Que. (CTZNSHP, Valleys, Ohara Hale, Holobody) 2012

Conexus Arts Center, Regina, Sask (Geronimo w/ Against Me!) 2008

Education Auditorium, Regina, Sask (Geronimo w/ Dallas Green) 2008

McEwan Hall, Calgary AB. (Geronimo w/ Peter, Bjorn and John) 2007

SXSW Showcase, Austin TX (Geronimo) 2007

Montreal Pop Explosion, Montreal (Geronimo w/ Tapes n/ Tapes) 2006

Montreal Pop Explosion (Geronimo w/ Ted Leo + The Pharmacists) 2005

Prairieland Park, “Saskatoon Ex” (Despistado w/ Pilate) 2004

U.S. Tour (Despistado w/ The Weakerthans) 2004

CME Showcase, Toronto SOLD OUT! (Despistado) 2004

CMJ Jade Tree Showcase, New York (Despistado) @ CBGB’s(De(( B’s! 2004

NXNE Showcase, Toronto (Despistado w/ Fiest)          2004

SXSW showcase, Austin TX (Despistado w/ Sam Roberts, Metric) 2004

Conexus Arts Center - Regina, Sask (Despistado w/ Pixies)         2003

 

Arts Awards:

#1 Chart Topping CJTR Single I Learned How June 2018

Creative Saskatchewan, Regina, Sask 2016

Performing Arts Tour Grant Program (Dagan Harding)

Sask Arts Board, Regina, Sask 2016

Independent Artist Program, Creative Stream (Despistado) 

Sask Arts Board, Paper Crane Arts Center, Regina, Sask 2015

ArtSmarts After Hours Music Program (Dagan Harding)

Creative Saskatchewan, Regina, Sask 2015

Market Travel Grant (Dagan Harding)

Saskmusic nominated "Best Times" as Top Saskatchewan releases (Dagan Harding) 2015

Sask Arts Board, Paper Crane Arts Center, Regina, Sask 2014

Community outreach contract & music empowerment workshops (Dagan Harding)  

Creative Saskatchewan, Regina, Sask 2014

Commercial Sound Recording Grant (Dagan Harding)

Saskmusic Touring Grant, Regina, Sask 2008

Received funding to attend SXSW Music Conference (Geronimo)

Saskmusic Recording Grant, Regina, Sask 2007

Received funding to record demo (Geronimo)   

Saskmusic Network/Travel Study Grant, Regina, Sask. 2003

Received funding for marketing and promotion (Despistado)

Saskmusic Tour Support Grant, Regina/Sask 2003

Received funding to tour and attend SXSW Music Conference (Despistado)  

Commercial Related Experience / Press (Selected):

Exclaim Exclusive Video Premiere of I Learned how / Artistic Thievery May 2018

#1 CJTR Charts - I Learned How

"A Stirstick's Prediction" (Despistado)

Licensed to T-Mobile for advertisement in the United States

Appeared on Vice CD #5 compilation presented by Fuel TV

“Burning House” (Despistado)

Appeared on numerous compilations including Vagrant's “In Honour: A Compilation To Beat Cancer” *Also appeared on “Sub Cities Take Action! Volume 4”

'Hi/Fi Stereo' (Despistado)

Was featured in film “First Descent: The Story of Snowboarding”

Nominated for CBC CASBY music award (Despistado)

Short Film on Despistado “The Memory of This History” released via Exclaim 

“Pitchfork” magazine reviews “The Emergency Response” - 7.9/10 and

“The People of and Their Verses” - 7.5/10 (Despistado)

Licensed numerous songs to “Fuel TV” for usage in their Television coverage (Despistado)

 

Named Canadian “band to look out for” in 2007: Chartattack Magazine (Geronimo)

 

“Best Times” Album (Dagan Harding)

Nominated for Top Saskatchewan release of 2015 by Saskmusic

 

“Naked Eye” Song (Dagan Harding)

Reaches #4 spot on CBC Radio 3-30 Countdown March 2015; stays on charts for 6 weeks from (February - March 2015)

 

Co-wrote numerous songs with members of Canadian Juno award-winners Wintersleep, as well as members of Juno nominated and WCMA winners “Rah Rah” and Casby Award winners “Library Voices”

 

“Naked Eye” Song (Dagan Harding)

Receives airplay on CBC Radio One and Two

 

“Best Times” album (Dagan Harding)

Reviewed and streamed at Exclaim.ca Feb 2015

 

“Pretty Expert” Song (Dagan Harding)

Appears on SaskMusic's "In Tune" compilation 2015

 

“Best Times” album (Dagan Harding)

Makes Ominocity’s “Best New Music of Saskatchewan in 2015 (So Far)”

 

Leaderpost Regina writes feature on Dagan Harding and Best Times album due out April 2015

 

Certification:

 

Event Planning 101

Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, June 2006

 

BA Arts

 

MA Public Policy and Administration


References:

 

Mike Ash

Artist Management / Production

Rawk Entertainment Group

Tel: 306.501.2828

mikeash76@gmail.com

 

Taron Cochrane

Saskmusic Board of Directors

Industry Consultant

Tel: (306) 737-9716

 

Member Biographies:

 

Over the past decade of writing, touring and recording in various acts, Dagan Harding has demonstrated the ability to write and perform strong material and work with knowledgeable and talented artists and professionals.

 

Based out of Regina Saskatchewan, Dagan Harding has written, performed and recorded music in various groups and collaborations since 2000, namely Regina’s band Despistado (Jade Tree). He has worked with various members of the Canadian Indie Rock community including Michael Thieven (Library Voices), Jeff Romanyk (Rah Rah), Leif Thorseth (Rah Rah, Despistado), Enver Hampton (Hip Hop Hippies, Factor Chandelier), Andrea Hedlund (Regina Symphony Orchestra), Travis Packer (Radville), Joel Passmore (Rah Rah, Despistado), Chris Dimas (Surf Dad’s), Gage McGuire (Surf Dad’s) and Loel Campbell (Wintersleep).

 

Dagan has also taught music empowerment workshops and songwriting at Paper Crane Art Center working with different community organizations including Community Living, Carmichael Outreach and Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

Links: DaganHarding.com

 

Press Quotes about Dagan Harding’s solo album:

 

“Featured on the seven song set are spritely indie rock songs like “Naked Eye” and “Pretty Expert”, which are packed with bright and buzzy guitars and Harding’s sweet and squeaky vocals. – Gregory Adams, Exclaim Magazine

 

“Dagan Harding has compiled together a new solo offering that draws deep from his past work but manages to capture a whole new brand of magic. On Best Times the guitars still chime as sharp as ever, while the vocals, combined with lyrics that are often introspective and wryly poetic, contain elements of maturity. Thankfully Harding hasn’t lost an ounce of wonder” Chris Morin, Ominocity

 

 
 
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I Learned How EP Lyrics

 

I Learned How Lyrics

 

Back in the late 90’s

We grabbed our skates and hit the streets

Without a care moving through the breeze

 

Then I found myself in a band

So I only could focus on that

Got a thousand show stamps on my hand

 

(Chorus)

The genres have broken down

I’m feeling lost in crowds

It takes one to know one now

So I guess that I learned how

 

I used to walk down to the pub

I knew everyone and they knew my stuff

Now I’m on the corner playing scrabble it sucks

 

I still make music cause I love it

I’ve have to fight hard to get to share it

My good friends they help me care for it

 

Chorus

How can I… I cannot complain.

 

Artistic Thievery

 

Did you get it from books

You stole a word and now I’m annoyed

Must’ve got it for free

Broke your leg on a legacy

 

Drew big minds together today

You know they’re calling to see

what do you want it to be

 

On the wall there’s a poster honey 

You know they’re coming to see

what do you want from me

Artistic Thievery

 

Did you get with looks

We tried to dance and got annoyed

Time will tell us for free

How he lost his sincerity

 

Thought police are everywhere baby

you know they coming for me

you know they’re coming to see

 

Took pictures of the city honey

The backdrop it says

Artistic thievery

 

Artistic Thievery

It’s all the same to me

 

Did you get it from inside

Or did you look into the night

It’ll come to you in disguise

Break you open

Feel the light

Artist Thievery

 

Honest Pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could write

A single word without you

Trying to get inside my mind

 

And I’m glad you couldn’t

But it was overwhelming then

When I was younger

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could fight

To figure out my way

And whats blocking out my sight

 

And I’m glad I made it

With the help of all my friends

Now that I’m older and more honest with my pen

 

I bet that you know

How far I will go

Just to figure it out

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could write

A single word without you

Trying to block away my sight

 

And I’m glad you couldn’t

But it was overwhelming then

When I was younger

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

I bet that you know

How far I will go

Just to figure it out

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

To Be a Star

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

Like an army of ships without a single sale

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

Collecting water off my pours like a barrel of pails

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

Dive bar stools owned by millionaires where I sit

make for good church pews from which we can stare

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

When it’s this dark inside you can stay in here

but you have to read braille

 

Nobody wants to die a young rock star

So we parody the ones that did and the ones that already are

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

To be a star in this life

 

Pretty Textbook

 

If you’re into words, it’s about where you start

If you’re into numbers honey it’s about where you end up

She said you’re pretty textbook

 

If you’re into art to communicate

Then you’re into science, it’s to demonstrate

You’re pretty textbook

You’re pretty insane

I don’t know you but it’s not my name

 

I don’t have to take you out

 

If you’re into words, it’s about where you are

If you’re into meditation you will get very far 

You’re pretty textbook

You’re pretty and vain

I don’t know you and that’s not my game 

 

I don’t have to take you out

 

Making it better

 

This spinning rock of creationism

Evolves into boards of education

The blades of grass in the kid’s hand whistles

Under street signs and temples

The dark side of humanity has taken its toll like SEE OH OH (COO)

Here we go

 

You’re making it better or you’re making it worse

You’re singing a melody or you’re yelling a curse

 

Conceptually you’re perfect for me

Like an image of gravity

The closer I get the less I see

The more I feel

The more I’m free

The dark side of humanity has taken its toll like SEE OH OH (COO)

Here we go

 

You’re making it better or you’re making it worse

You’re singing a melody or you’re yelling a curse

 

 

 

 

 

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