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Roman Clay (27 BC)

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I took a train today
To help you on your way
To a life of respectability
I have always respected your agility

Our friends have all grown up
No kids,
Some still kids at 27

Told me it hasn’t been the same
I agree completely

You used to live with all your friends
Now you make plans to spend time
With people you don’t want to see

Thats the cost of growing up
He said to you
But I don’t buy it
Have you thought this whole thing through?

You said:
“I want to knit you a letter
I want to write you a love sweater”

Cadence sure but undeserved

Everyone laughed
But you’ve been thinking ever since
About the virtue of the statement you have never been so sure

Your heart’s like an open book
Full of misdirection
And red herrings
A Roman a clef or two


from Abandonware, released June 2, 2015



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Roman a Clef Brooklyn, New York

Roman a Clef is Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma (of A Sunny Day in Glasgow) along with producer extraordinaire Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir). Fusing densely ambitious pop-craft with lush and inventive production, Roman a Clef is releasing their debut record “Abandonware” on Infinite Best (Mr. Twin Sister, Ava Luna) on June 2nd. ... more

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