City on the Hill

Payola, Desaparecidos

Contributors
Bass, Vocals: Landon Hedges
Keyboards: Ian McElroy
Guitar, Vocals: Conor Oberst
Drums: Matt Baum
Guitar: Denver Dalley
Lyrics

All the founding fathers
sowed their seeds into servant girls
All the godless heathens
had to leave to make a newer world
So we could live together in America
Justice is blind and so is love

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All the stolen melodies
they played in the hit parade
All the borrowed spirituals
they feigned in the salad days
So we could sing together in America
The price of an anthem paid in blood

Bodies stacked like hundred dollar bills
(Carved names into a wall)
To build that shining city on the hill
(Forgot them all)
There’s no guilt, regret or shame
It just had to be this way

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If you scheme and hustle just don’t get caught,
you've got to risk it all
Or hang on every number
they read off for the Powerball
We’ll all get rich together in America
Money is indifferent and so is love

Trash bags full of hundred dollar bills
(Put statues on the mall)
We left that bombed-out city on the hill
(Forgave them all)
Have to relocate the past
Because we are never going back

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Hey guys- WOW! This old album of ours turns 16 today- old enough to drive!

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Artist Bio

Desaparecidos

Desaparecidos

Formed in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos released one album, Read Music / Speak Spanish in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records. Though the band never "broke ...

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Cursive, Desaparecidos, Sorry About Dresden, The White Octave - Knitting Factory, NY - 10.21.01 - $10

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Hey guys- WOW! Our Late Night with Seth Meyers performance of City on the Hill is back online!

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@desaband

Hey guys- WOW! This old album of ours turns 16 today- old enough to drive! https://t.co/I5Gm0BBvX3

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Fair enough!

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Cursive, Desaparecidos, Sorry About Dresden, The White Octave - Knitting Factory, NY - 10.21.01 - $10

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Hey guys- WOW! Our Late Night with Seth Meyers performance of City on the Hill is back online!

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@desaband

Hey guys- WOW! This old album of ours turns 16 today- old enough to drive! https://t.co/I5Gm0BBvX3

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Hey guys- WOW! This old album of ours turns 16 today- old enough to drive!

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@desaband

“Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect yo… https://t.co/Sjnkagx1mJ

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Sale over at Ink Tank from Midnight Central Time through Sunday, if you need a $5 t-shirt or two: https://conoroberst.inktankmerch.com/black-friday-sale

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We’re proud to announce that Denver Dalley is now an Ambassador for Orange Amplifiers! We’ll continue to use our Orange AD30s in the studio and on the road. Orange is a legendary company! Check them out at www.orangeamps.com!

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El Campo did an awesome cover of City on the Hill- go check it out for yourself- it's free!

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