The Fact of the Matter

by The Yardarm

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Say whatever comes to mind.
Say what you want to be true out loud.
Ignore the numbers. Ignore the research.
You are the authority.
This is the fact of the matter.


We don’t have to pay for all this content although it isn’t free
Putin’s playing Moses splitting populations up like the sea
Got us hook, line, sinker – pour the Kool-Aid I’m a drinker
Are we none of us free thinkers? – Swinging high without a net
Look within, examine, that would be my singular plea

Make a list of what you missed when truth wasn’t an optional thing
Once we all had empathy but it was just a casual fling
Now I can’t feel anything at all – Here clawing at the wall
Here underneath a pall – at all
The fact of the matter is that facts don’t matter no more

Baking bricks, intolerance the fire that hardens every one
And every one cemented in the wall ensures it won’t be undone
You can’t believe anything you read – Too prideful to concede
Now even as you bleed – Indeed
The fact of the matter is that facts don’t matter no more

Is this all a waking dream? Discourse devolved to a meme
Ink stains on a yellowed ream will fade fully so it seems

Masses robbed of dignity feel hate and preternatural fear
They’ll agree with anything as long as it’s what they want to hear
The media’s there but to exist and keep us in the mist
They’re slashing at the wrist – insist
The fact of the matter is that facts don’t matter no more


released September 25, 2020
Lyrics & music by JJ Westfield
JJ Westfield - guitar, vocals
Jason Bales - guitar, vocals, percussion
Palmer Smith - bass, percussion
John Cowan - drums
Recorded by JJ Westfield, Jason Bales and Palmer Smith at their respective undisclosed locations
Mixed and produced by JJ Westfield
Special thanks to John May at Dwarf Star Studios for mixing feedback


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The Yardarm Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“Gutsy, soulful Americana” - The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC
Twangy, fuzzy rock and roll from Durham, NC, reminiscent of Tom Petty and Neil Young with REM as their backing band. The Yardarm combines the songwriting and singing talents of Jason Bales and JJ Westfield, with Palmer Smith on bass and John Cowan on drums. ... more

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