Bali Shag / A Leaf, A Ramble (split 7" w​/​L​.​Eugene Methe)

by Simon Joyner

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    Split 7" with Simon Joyner & The Ghosts on side A (at 33 1/3) with the song "Bali Shag" and L.Eugene Methe on Side B (at 45 rpm) with his song "A Leaf, A Ramble." 100 of these were made on splatter vinyl, 200 were made on black vinyl. We are selling the black vinyl limited edition here.

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released April 19, 2016



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Simon Joyner Omaha, Nebraska

Simon Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He's been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian, and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records ( and an occasional producer of other people's albums. ... more


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Track Name: Bali Shag
Bali Shag

You left him with a laundry list of reasons and some papers
Took the blue milk-crate and filled it full of literature
Took his Delta of Venus and his Sanctuary too
Left Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and One Hundred Years of Solitude
So he’s rocking in his armchair like he’s working a loose tooth
and he’s been rolling the Bali Shag because you left that behind too

He could have seen The 400 Blows on the big screen today
but he stole his brother’s Smith Corona and skipped the matinee
When was the last time you received a love letter, by the way?
Don’t you know you could be a starving housewife one fine day?
But the keys were too sticky on the V and the L and the E and the O
so he’s just rolling the Bali Shag because his fingers don’t have anywhere else to go

What good is all of this art and its sublime empathy
if I’m lost and torn apart with no one to really find me?

He stepped off the megabus and into the Chicago museum
Found the monkey on a leash being walked by the impressionistic woman
“But I want to live in the smoke above Monet’s Normandy train
In fact, I don’t think I ever want to be seen up close again”
So, he’s taking a step back and thinking of your very lovely laundry list
and he’s been rolling the Bali Shag because he doesn’t know who he is