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Lovestruck

by Poor Me

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Johnny Bender will never hear this song, and that distresses me every time I think about Lovestruck. He passed in July 2018, and the conflict that surrounded him in his final months punctuated an inversely colored lifetime of celebrating a music culture he had a stake in building. The band met Johnny in 2011 during a local billing in Denver, and though the details are fuzzy now, Johnny left with a copy of our demo that would become Readymade. We didn’t make much of the interaction at the time, but Johnny reached out a short time later, saying something to the effect of ‘get this professionally tracked – there’s something unpolished here,’ and he asked we keep in touch.

Even the slightest encouragement can swell into something palpable, resulting in formative moments that were never intended. I think that is an amazing possibility for our relationships, something Johnny enacted as much as he preached it. We stayed in touch, and I was regularly inspired by Johnny’s ambition, effort, and vision to uplift artists through the For the Love of Punk brand. But Johnny was also conflicted toward the end of his life, creating a striking contrast in how his friends sometimes remember him. There was momentum in everything he did.

Lovestruck is about that momentum. It is about where our choices weigh heaviest, and how others come to remember the journey that leaves a lasting imprint. Johnny knew this, and whenever he considered this truth, he weighed in with a ton of heart. Thanks for listening.

lyrics

Believe you are the means; all are trending to resent you.
Believe you are the means; you were destined to.

Fuck the cause; they’re feigning.
Fuck the pain; no longer raging.
Gone like flashes, burned the gas.
Youngsters needs a real scene.
I believe you are the means. I believe you are the means.
We’re not the scene. We just belong – playing it strong.
We’re not the scene. It lives and breathes – pass it along.
We’re not the scene. We’re not the scene.

Oh, no.
We are the claimants to hope.
A blown radio gives us perspective and scope.
I’m grateful for you – For the love. For the love. For the love.

Believe you were the means; I’m still learning through your memory.
Believe you were the means we aspired through.

Fuck the sides we’re taking.
Where’s the love we’re not returning?

Gone like flashes, burned the gas.
Youngsters needs a real scene.
I believe you are the means. I believe you are the means.
We’re not the scene. We just belong – playing it strong.
We’re not the scene. It lives and breathes – pass it along.
We’re not the scene. We’re not the scene.

Oh, no.
We have forgotten the ache.
The bend where we break – and with the bravest at stake…
We couldn’t be saved.

For the love. For the love. For the love. For the scene.

credits

released August 1, 2021
Engineered by Chris Fogal at Black In Bluhm Studio.
Artwork by Kodi Delaney.

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Poor Me Denver, Colorado

Formed in 2010, Denver, CO’s Poor Me has always been a passion project; an alchemical merging of charged aggression and killer songwriting. Catharsis comes and goes in a mass of sweating bodies, fists raised to the stage. This is skate punk dragged into the now—where fast drums, muscular riffs, and razor-wire lyrics unite to document a world more fucked than ever. ... more

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