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Denver Haircut
The Hold Steady Lyrics

He shaved his head at the airport
In a bar at the end of the concourse
He said you're kind of catching me at a transitional time
I'm a bright light burning into a dark horse

She said I'll strap on the saddle
And I'm sorry but this city's a cesspool
I've kissed and I've cackled with half of these jackals
Still couldn't get any jet fuel

Walked her out to the taxis
Took her out to some parties
Found a man with a handful huddled over some car keys
It doesn't have to be pure
It doesn't have to be perfect
Just sort of has to be worth it

A Residence Inn at the top of the exit
You pay the admission and here's what you get

The stench of death in the credits
The montage set to the time of your life
A shot in the dark in a bar that's too bright
A window sucking up all the available light, right?

And a clock on the bed stand with a cord to connect it
Liberty and Justice into Master of Puppets
Rolling off of the mattress
Waking up on the carpet
It shouldn't have to be perfect

He said he can't read the paper
It's not worth the trouble
Finds out about funerals from the blasts of the bugles
Wherever he goes he always orders the usual
He likes to see what they'll bring him

In five hours on the carpet
He visits six different planets
On a spaceship shaped like a Gibson Marauder
The pilot kinda looked like Kirk Hammett

While he was floating in space that chick took his wallet
Wasn't really a date
Wasn't sure what to call it
That same stupid feeling but he likes his new haircut

It doesn't have to be pure
It doesn't have to be perfect
Just sort of has to be worth it

Lyrics © Songtrust Ave
Written by: Craig A Finn, Steve Selvidge

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Comments from YouTube:

Zap Rowsdower

Wow. Those lyrics just make me happy, so brilliant.

Through the Tubes Reviews

Yes! So excited for a new Hold Steady album with Franz back in the mix. Craig's solo stuff has been nice, but nothing beats having the gang back together!

Misd Mea Culpa

Damn!! Those lyrics are genius level man good job 💖

Matt McMahon

Great way to start the day - a new Hold Steady drop! Fantastic guys


Fell in love with Craig through the song Jester and June, and to hear his voice here was an unexpected delight. Cheers!

Rob Porter

Oh boy, I’ve been waiting for this since they played it in London in March. What a tune!


Amazing sound! Great album lads, gonna listen more of you, it better be as good as this one!

Media Monarchy

I keep fallin' more in love with each song...

Ben Weekes

So good! Thanks for this!

Mary Valletta Keith

Best poetry I've heard since Bukowski.

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