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Going Dutch

by Chris Santella

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A song inspired by visits with my teenage daughter to the Dutch Brothers coffee chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sometimes I take her for coffee
Though it’s more like a shake
Dutch Brothers is the name of the chain
You’ll find them in the western states
The workers Gen Zers
Gender fluid in style
They’re always so happy
Let’s all sip mochas once in a while.

We like to listen to music
That lives on her phone
Or maybe it’s up in the cloud
I really don’t know
Beach Bunny, Boy Genius
Both melodic and smart
We talk about her girlfriends
Who’s passing
Who’s breaking whose heart

You laugh at my dad jokes
Yeah they’re pretty bad
I worry if you’re happy
Can it be – that you’re really not sad

Across the street from the Dutch
There’s a homeless camp
Blue tarps, shopping carts and tents
Must suck ‘cus Portland is damp
We feel sad with our coffee
While others have less
Good changes don’t come easy
Be kind – and hope for the best

Yeah, we’re going Dutch
Yeah, we’re going Dutch


released January 6, 2022
Chris Santella -- vocals, guitar
Chris Wilson -- backup vocals, guitar
Sloan Morris -- guitar
Keith Carlson -- bass
Drums: Nate Barnes (via Musiversal)
Produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Wilson
Mastered by Luiz Tornhaghi


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Catch & Release Portland, Oregon

Chris Santella is a freelance writer and amateur musician based in Portland, Oregon. He's a member of the roots rock band Catch & Release, which includes Keith Carlson, Doug Mateer and Sloan Morris. Catch & Release has performed acoustic and electric around Oregon, Washington and Idaho since 2009. ... more

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