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The Ballad of Unremarkable Derrick Krueger

from DISCIPLINE by the garages

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composition, arrangement and guitar by Max Cohen
lead vocals by Riley Banks
bass by Andreas Engström
backing vocals by Zack Eccleston and Tegan Kronwell
drums and auxiliary percussion by Melissa Johnson

lyrics

My name is Derrick Krueger
The fans call me Der
Or they would, if I had fans

They said that when I grew up
I could be anything
So I up and joined the band

Proud of every strike I throw
Write ‘em down in a ledger that’s nowhere near full
And when I’m jamming out with the team it’s easy to forget
I’m not the one, not the one they’re cheering for

I take my coffee black
I love Arthur C Clarke
I’m more than what I lack
I’m ready to start

Every day I get lost in the thoughts
That haunt my head when I wake up
Did I sleep through the only years I have
For a future I don’t

I guess that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)
Sometimes that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)

Chills settle over the outfield
Another mediocre game with no return on yield
Nobody looking up from their phones
As the eyes in the dark glow bright
Another light another light goes out

The smell of ash and pitch
the sound of nails on wood
The taste of salty air
The feeling that I could

I guess I’ll never hear my name rain down
From over the stands
I guess I’ll never see myself redeemed
In the eyes of the fans

I'm fine, that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)
Sometimes that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)

We’re not a team,
we’re protagonists
But who’s writing the story?
And will I make it in?

Is this all that I am
At the end of the day
One more name for the ticker
One less lousy garage pitcher

As the sky grows dim
Tell them I did my best
I was funny and kind
Please don’t let them forget

I’m sorry I couldn’t make the grade
When my body burns out
Will my name still fade away?

(Just one more chance at the mound
Just one more day in the sun
Will you wish I was around
When all is said and done?)

Sometimes that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)
I guess that’s just the way it goes
(No loss, no disappointment)

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from DISCIPLINE, released October 1, 2021

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we are the garages, an anarcho-syndicalist blaseball band from the fictional location of seattle. we make songs about being gay, the apocalypse, and fighting the gods. ... more

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