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“The song's about the kind of man we see a lot nowadays,” says The Kernal. “Full of himself and no one else--until he winds up on the wrong side of an HVAC man in a bar in Indiana and gets cracked across the jaw with an igloo cooler.”


Well, hell I started out as somebody else
Bulldozed by some bygone dreams and left with just myself
From college onto Carharts to hardly even getting on base
I said, hey I know how to fix this, I’ll take it out on some interstate
As another Gibson-flashing upstart, tinged in some vintage style
Seeding wind from Memphis clear on to the Ego Islands
Till I met the downside upside my head
By the igloo’d hand of an Indiana HVAC man

Well he wopp’d me once across the jaw, he said I said something weird
I don’t recall what it was but I couldn’t shave my beard
For nearly 9 weeks after that, the scar tissue’s still there
He said you better get started thinkin' son or that’s gonna be happening everywhere

How long since you loved somebody?
How long since you loved somebody?
How long since you loved somebody, a little more than U DO U?

Well I fished for premonition off the docks of waking time
A little injured and engendered by some addled battle cry
Belonging to a long-gone buncha hunches of the mind
So aweigh I yanked the anchor, see what else that I could find
Casting nets, deep in debt, down some past forgotten hall
Where the only Chick-Fil-A back in the day was in the mall
Where even where you crash and burn nobody’s there to hear you call
And the only eyes in my own was just my mirror on the wall

How long since you loved somebody?
Love somebody
Love somebody
A little more than U DO U


released October 16, 2020
Composed by Joe Freeman Garner (BMI)
Produced by Kern, Ben Tanner, with Jerry Bernhardt
Engineered by: Ben Tanner
Lead Vocals: Kern
Nylon String: Kern
Additional Vocals: Kern, Cotton Clifton, Jerry Bernhardt, Dominic Billett
Lead Electric Guitar: Cotton Clifton
Bass: Jerry Bernhardt
Drums/Percussion: Dominic Billett
Clavinet: Kern
Wurlitzer: Cheyenne Medders
Additional Piano: Ben Tanner, Kern
Animals: Bear, Monkey, Elephant, Lion


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