Becky works for SEIU Jon her husband works for them too
Ian works for the state of Ohio and he Catherine just had a child
Ned's some kind of delivery driver at least till Amanda's done with school
And Andy Bell works in construction
He finds a kind of zen in every power tool

What did that steely wizard say on that resplendent summer day?
We clung to his every word but can't remember what we heard
We took the triangular path back to our first prenatal bath
And through the night our voices rang as 700 times we sang the refrain
And we danced and we dance till the morning came

Lately our Homeric journey feels more like a parking spot
And we only move the car when they clean the street
Billy Means has made his mind up he wants to leave the firm
But his student loans have grown malignant
Like a cancer entering its final term

How were we supposed to see that that wizard would vanish eventually?
Now our hearts are years apart
But it's still the same battle from the end to the start
How are we supposed to keep from sinking into the ocean deep?
Come what may though we've strayed away
We'll remember what we heard on that summer day

All the happiness you seek in the grass beneath your feet
Work your fingers to the bone but take your rest when you get home
If you fall try not to dwell on why you slipped or where you fell
Keep your friends around you and you'll never sink too deep


Lyrics submitted by memoryisram

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