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The Opening Band (Single)

from High Orbit Saves The Pandas by Matthew Ebel

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If you can see me, put up your hands!
I said if you can see me, everybody put up your hands!
Well nobody's paying attention to me
'cause we ain't the band that you came to see.
Most of you are glued to your smartphone screens
'cause we are, we are, we are
the opening band.

If you can hear me, bring me a beer!
I said if you can hear me, somebody bring me a beer!
Well none of you came to hear us play,
chances are good we won't get paid,
we won't get fed and we won't get laid
'cause we are, we are, we are
the opening band.

So if you're listening, let me hear you scream!
Nobody is listening, we're just a noise machine.
The sound guy's probably getting dunk at the bar,
our gear's getting stolen from the back of my car
and you still don't know who the fuck we are
'cause we are, we are, we are
the opening band.

Don't stop believin' 'cause I'm as free as a bird
and as we wind on down the road
I'm never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
'cause I came in like a wrecking ball,
I came in like a wrecking ball
and you shook me all night long.


We brought some CD's here, they're right over there.
I said we're selling CD's here, but none of you care.
We could get bigger than Ben Folds Five,
but now we're barely making enough to survive
so grab your friends and get your ass in line
'cause we are, we are, we are…
(Thank you San Diego!)
…the opening band.


from High Orbit Saves The Pandas, released March 28, 2015


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Matthew Ebel Seattle, Washington

I call myself a piano rocker, but I’m really just kind of a goofball. I’ve been playing the piano since age 5, discovered electronic music at 12, and made this stuff my career in '99. Since then I’ve played the Grand Ole Opry, been quoted in Rolling Stone, and made a name for myself in new media. I’ve been playing piano rock full-time since 2007 and since then I’ve never looked back. ... more

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