Holiday

Music by Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio / Lyrics by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Rostam Batmanglij

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  • Holiday
  • Holiday (Rocksteady Version)
  • Holiday (Live in Milan)
  • Lyrics

    Holiday, o, a holiday!

    And the best one of the year

    Dozing off underneath my sheets

    While I cover both my ears

    But if I wait for a holiday could it stop my fear?

    To go away on a summer’s day never seemed so clear

    Holiday, still so far away

    Our republic on the beach

    I can’t forget just how bad it gets

    When I’m counting on my teeth

    But if I wait for a holiday

    Could it stop my fear?

    To go away on a summer’s day

    Never seemed so clear

    A vegetarian since the invasion,

    She’d never seen the word bombs

    She’d never seen the word bombs blown up

    To 96 point Futura

    She’s never seen an AK

    In yellowy day-glo display

    A t-shirt so lovely it turned all the history books grey

    I’ve got wheels, I’ve got Cutter Spray

    And a healthy sense of worth

    Half of me is the gasoline

    But the other half’s the surf

    So if I wait for a holiday could it stop my fear?

    To go away on a summer’s day never seemed so clear

    62 live recordings

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    2021

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    2020

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    25

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    Madrid, Spain

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    24

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    Live Out Festival

    Monterrey, Mexico

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    2019

    Festival Coordenada

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    Morrison, Colorado, USA

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    Portland, Oregon, USA

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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    Roskilde, Denmark

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    10

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    Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Album de la Semaine

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    18

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    iTunes Session

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