So Much for No Mountain (Single)

by Donivan Berube

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A grave study in futility amidst individualism, So Much for No Mountain presents the spirit of romance as a broken, post-Dharma Bums dystopia. Whereas Jack Kerouac's 1958 Beat masterpiece is a contradictory road trip between seedy underground jazz bars and backpacking adventures, the story remains the same: there is only as much inspiration and dissatisfaction on either end of the spectrum. You long for one in the face of the other, with "escape" being merely an idea you have on the in-between.

Consider this an exorcism, not some On the Road orgy of zen friends and self-discovery, but more of a detuned pop song you only half-hear in the middle of the night, asleep at the wheel, dying to be home but losing sight of where you're going. The road piles up with things that shape you, things you learn to live with, things you're forever haunted by, but as far as you go, you'll never outrun yourself. That's the real lesson. All you can do is keep driving.


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released September 7, 2018

Written, produced, performed, and everything else by Donivan Berube.
Some guitars were played by Eric Dovigi.
Saxophone was played by Mikaela Foresta.

Recorded at home in Arizona.
Mastered by Joe Lambert in New York City.

Photo by Jake Hoyungowa of Paper Rocket Productions.


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Track Name: So Much for No Mountain
So much for no mountain
So much for no river, no valley

No matter how blue
The sky is just a sky
And no matter how dark
The night is just a night

It's still the night

Pretty girls they make graves
But knowing it won't make it change
And loving her won't make her stay

I remember every single summer
Each last loss
Me hurting you hurting me hurting you
There wasn't anything more I could do

Like dogs dreaming
We run away while sleeping

So much for no mountain
For no valley
For no river

I was only ever the same thing
You were the one been changing

Now when I hear those songs
I only think one thing
I only feel one thing

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