Rock n' Roll is Dead

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland

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“The ironic thing is that your song proves rock and roll actually isn’t dead. Only rock and roll would eulogize its own death, and do it with such tongue-in-cheek indifference. Well done.”
– Author Mike Coenen on “Rock n’ Roll is Dead”

Inspired by: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (The Beatles), "I'm Only Sleeping" (The Beatles), Ed Ward, G.K. Chesterton, Carl Jung, the legacy of Sun Ra, Moondog, and Chuck Berry.

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You can try to deny it
Or point to exceptions
But they only prove the rule

Most of the greats are dead
And so is the radio
All that's left is to sweep the ashes

Rock n' roll is dead
But don't be too upset
At least we lived to see it pass

There's so much going on
But nothing to latch onto
We barely see our neighborhood

"It's so superficial"
People always said
Now it's finally ringing true

Rock n' roll is dead
But don't be too upset
At least we lived to see it pass

You can have your fun
Waste your nights away
But it will always be a shadow

Where there was mystery
Is now so plain to me
What happened to all the eccentrics?

Rock n' roll is dead
But don't be too upset
At least we lived to see it pass

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from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020

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One of the last great American songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, William James, G.K. Chesterton, and Jeff Tweedy.

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