How We Used To Be

by Frank Cruz and the New Deal

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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
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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
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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

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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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