How We Used To Be

by Frank Cruz and the New Deal

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This EP is free this weekend in celebration of (what would have been) Zachary's 13th birthday on 3/12. It's a letter I wrote him a few years ago. This EP has 3 versions of the song: a cover version by Hulk Hogan Sex Tape, the band demo which is an alternate arrangement, and the LP version from Ofrenda. Thank you for helping me remember my son. [FC]

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released March 11, 2016

Hulk Hogan Sex Tape are Daniel Casentini and Chris Dixon.
The New Deal are Frank Cruz, Aristides Dimitriou, Christopher Dixon, and Wesley Pua.

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Frank Cruz and the New Deal Oakland, California

Frank Cruz & the New Deal are Frank, Chris, Wes, and Ari. An indie folk rock band from Oakland, CA.

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Track Name: Hulk Hogan Sex Tape - How We Used to Be (HHST Version)
THIS IS JUST TO SAY

Your baby brother’s not a baby anymore
Man, he’s growing like a weed
He’s asking questions I can’t answer
So I just tell him how we used to be

And your momma’s getting older
But she’s aging gracefully
She’s talking about another baby
She’s finding reasons to believe

And me, I’m writing you this letter
Between faith and misery
Man, I get lonesome here without you
Between what is and what ought to be

And me, I’m trying hard to get myself together
I been praying for peace
To some god I don’t believe in anyways
But desperate men do desperate things

And now the bottle’s almost empty
So I guess I’ll get to sleep
But right before I close my eyes I see you suddenly alive
I linger in-between to watch the way you used to be

words by Frank Cruz
music by Frank Cruz and Chris Dixon
Track Name: Finding Reasons To Believe (FCND Drum Demo Version)
THIS IS JUST TO SAY

Your baby brother’s not a baby anymore
Man, he’s growing like a weed
He’s asking questions I can’t answer
So I just tell him how we used to be

And your momma’s getting older
But she’s aging gracefully
She’s talking about another baby
She’s finding reasons to believe

And me, I’m writing you this letter
Between faith and misery
Man, I get lonesome here without you
Between what is and what ought to be

And me, I’m trying hard to get myself together
I been praying for peace
To some god I don’t believe in anyways
But desperate men do desperate things

And now the bottle’s almost empty
So I guess I’ll get to sleep
But right before I close my eyes I see you suddenly alive
I linger in-between to watch the way you used to be

words by Frank Cruz
music by Frank Cruz and Chris Dixon
Track Name: And Me, I'm Writing You This Letter (Ofrenda Album Version)
THIS IS JUST TO SAY

Your baby brother’s not a baby anymore
Man, he’s growing like a weed
He’s asking questions I can’t answer
So I just tell him how we used to be

And your momma’s getting older
But she’s aging gracefully
She’s talking about another baby
She’s finding reasons to believe

And me, I’m writing you this letter
Between faith and misery
Man, I get lonesome here without you
Between what is and what ought to be

And me, I’m trying hard to get myself together
I been praying for peace
To some god I don’t believe in anyways
But desperate men do desperate things

And now the bottle’s almost empty
So I guess I’ll get to sleep
But right before I close my eyes I see you suddenly alive
I linger in-between to watch the way you used to be

words by Frank Cruz
music by Frank Cruz and Chris Dixon