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The Usual

 The usual 


we’re dying 

I thought you knew that 

did you forget when 

you went to work depressed


we’re dying 

and we don’t know exactly 

what it means but it should

give us reason to pause


and reflect on meaning…

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Please take my time

 Please Take My Time


the more I know 

the fewer questions I have 

about my role and 

what comes next 


we could take turns 

you could drive for a while

as I head for your curves 

please take my time…

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Your last chance to sell out

 Your last chance to sell out 


we’ve been impressed 

with the consistency of your work 

the way you dress 

you’ve cultivated this look 


like to make you an offer 

join us with what we do 

want you as part of…

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Annoyances

 annoyances 


the future needed your help

it wasn’t begging 


it didn’t have anything to sell 

just wanted to tell you something 


everything you thought was solid’s 

boiled off into a gas 


everything that was promised 

has been shown not to…

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True

 True 


you should try being true 

it’s not the easiest thing to do 

it won’t pay for new shoes 

but it might save you some trouble 

some time from now


I used to worry what 

others would think 

I used…

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Sixty-Seven

 Sixty-Seven


flowers everywhere

music in the streets 

conventions turned upside down 

questions about everything 


then numbers came 

crunching billions in their wake

chaining eyes and minds

was it a colossal mistake  


I take off your granny classes

you remove my…

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On It

 On it


How can anything 

be a love song 

with everything going on 


how can we think of us 

against these flames 

in the background 


maybe lovers in Vesuvius 

thought the same thing-  

smile and pose for history 


we’re in…

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Slip Permission

 Slip Permission 


I screwed up 

and I got back 

to where I swore 

I’d never find myself again 


amongst the ranks 

of fallen men 

that familiar smell 

of failure I know too well 


and you move inches 

away from me…

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Flipping the Cup

 



Flipping the Cup


Sometimes I’m a critic 

I try not to be a cynic 

I’ve been spun by life 

too many times that 

I’m not always with it 


I look for a narrow line 

I don’t find it every time 

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My fictional past

 My fictional past 


my past keeps changing 

like a snake 

striking at targets 

changing shapes 


just when you think 

it meets its fate 

it sheds its skin 

shaking another tale 


of course I’ve been there 

and done that 

even if…

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Gimme the Unusual

 Gimme the unusual

I’ll take a drop of the tropical 

pinch of the atonal 

stirred with a time signature 

that remains unknowable 


gimme a shot of the unusual

send it over quick 

I’ve had enough of the banal 

to last…

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