The Menzingers

Apr 4, 2013 - Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL


The Menzingers

Tracks

  1. 1 Sculptors And Vandals
  2. 2 Good Things
  3. 3 Gates
  4. 4 Sun Hotel Pt. 2

Happiness Is Just A Moment

Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry

Many of the songs that The Menzingers write give us a good look at houses after parties and streets after parades, where there's a lot less to look forward to. The houses all smell like dead beer and there's probably a little vomit in the sink or in the trashcan. The streets are covered with paper, crushed peppermint circles and melted Tootsie Rolls. There are probably some horse turds and piss trailing down the centerline as well. Everyone's gone, back to normal, and left the scene of something that used to be better.

The band from Scranton, Pennsylvania, reminds us that, "Happiness is just a moment," and there are few better times to think about such a thought as after a party or a parade, following a beautiful night or a wake-up call. It's when a love has fizzled or the doubts have sunk their claws in when we're caught up in believing that we're now lacking something that once was. We go on, for we must.

"Good Times" is a song that puts all of these feelings in frame:

"I've having a horrible time
Pulling myself together
I've been closing my eyes to find
The old, familiar failures
I've been having a horrible time
Pulling myself together
I've been closing my eyes to find
Why all good things should fall apart
Why all good things should fall apart
Why all good things should fall apart
Why all good things should fall apart."

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