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Using your head [LotD #42]

Today in the Lyric of the Day we take a look at a really, really good band that is slowly but surely making some noise. It's The Districts, and the first song from their recent record A Flourish and a Spoil, "4th and Roebling."

"I don't know if I use my head the right way
But then again who's to say I'm wrong?"

I'm going to write a longer card about The Districts later today. It's something that I've been meaning to do for a while now, and I'm not going to put it off anymore. They are really, really good, and I want to make that clear.
Also, how excellent is that lyric? It says everything I want to say, ever.
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