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Sleeping Bear

by Big Oak

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Nights like these I struggle in ways to describe
Don’t care to look with these bloodshot eyes
How many papers must one file to make their pay?
How many lies must one hear to think they’re okay?

What’s the point of growing when all your flowers wilt?
Rivers washed away all of his silt
Rusting wire and bleeding hands along the plain
Spiraling circles in the clouds that turn me insane

Though it’s growing late
If I concentrate
Maybe someday
This sleeping bear will wake

Left alone again in this room
Nothing but a harp and a crooked old loom
Now to envy the rabbits and the coast
Both take what little they have and make the most


released January 24, 2016
Joe Feldmann: Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonium, Recorder, Tambourine, Shaker
Thomas Gumpper: Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Trumpet
Daniel Szmyrgala: Vocals, 6-string Guitar
Louis Ho: Violins
Joel Tansey: Double Bass
Ricky Rodriguez: Drums

Written by Joe Feldmann
Mixed by Thomas Gumpper



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Big Oak Iowa City, Iowa

Big Oak is an experimental folk band from Iowa City started in 2014. They tend to think really big and put over 30 tracks in each song, without neglecting to find some unique instruments and sounds to throw in as well. In theory, it sounds like a mess... and it is, but they're pretty proud of it.

Joe Feldmann
Thomas Gumpper
Louis Ho
Daniel Szmyrgala
Joel Tansey
Ricky Rodriguez
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