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  1. The Ending of DramamineLyrics

    The Ending of Dramamine

    The drunk’s face breaks into sweat
    as his friend falls under the wheels
    but the headlights don't flinch
    and the engine doesn't stutter
    oh yeah

    think about myself
    I think about myself
    care about myself
    I care about myself
    I only care about myself

    and other fears too stupid to mention
    the ending of ‘Dramamine’ scared Degnan

    the way that you all see me
    that's who I am, but not who I need to be
    moving my joke body through the cold November night
    haha

    hate yourself
    do you hate yourself
    I don't hate myself
    I tolerate myself
    I wish I was someone else

    but it seems too stupid to mention
    I know I'll be ripped in heaven

    I was young, I was thin
    I had money and I loved you
    but then came the
    shabba de bop bop be shibby day oh yeah
    I need a name for what I’m feeling
    then I can start to work on a meaning
    speaking of the
    shabba de bop bop be shibby day oh yeah

    in a crowded room you will
    hear your own opinion voiced
    you can sit back without a word
    watch it spread or fall silent
    oh yeah

    If it's too late to speak
    I could get out of bed
    find a pencil and write
    leave it for you to find
    if the moment is gone

    to say I figured out what the problem was
    I'd been thinking about it earlier

    hey! can you hear me now?
    Am I alone in my futile efforts?
    sometimes I get so mad that I can’t do the few things I usually can
    which is sad

    Occupying space
    I know I take up space
    will there be a space
    for my soul in space
    (that's heaven to me)
    98083
    Post office box 295

    and now I'm young, and I'm thin
    I have money and I love you
    but here comes the
    shabba de bop bop be shibby day oh yeah
    (thanks for fucking with my head, come again soon)
    I need a name for what I’m feeling
    then I can start to work on a meaning
    speaking of the
    shabba de bop bop be shibby day oh yeah
    (thanks for fucking with my head, come again soon)

    I can't hear a thing now
    I guess I belong to me now

    but when night fell on Montana
    I found a rest stop completely deserted
    but I still felt the eyes upon me
    so I drove away

  2. Beast Monster Thing (Love Isn't Love Enough)Lyrics

    Beast Monster Thing (Love Isn't Love Enough)

    and any remaining interest my friends have in me
    is just “hey, hey, this animal can talk!”

    so all your friends are leaving town
    you're hiding out in your parents' house
    they wonder why you never go to church
    hard to explain why it doesn't work
    cause you're not living in sin well
    but you're not living in health well
    and you're a danger to yourself well
    and to pedestrians
    I co-write my songs with myself
    he feels the feelings I write the words
    I co-write my songs with myself
    he feels the feelings I write the words
    he writes down his feelings
    I say “what are you doing?”
    and he never saw the bright lights
    and he never had a good time
    and he never saw the bright lights
    and he never saw the good times

    so I sleep in my old loft bed
    and search for hope inside my head
    but even in my dreams
    I know the difference between
    what I want and what I got
    cause what I got is mumble mumble how are you doing? Why’s the door locked? I’ll be out in a minute second, ooh these are good lyrics, I should charge a dollar per thought
    and what I want...

    love isn't love enough
    at least not how I'm making it
    love isn't love enough
    I think this is the other thing

    don't get mad at the system
    you can't change the system
    get mad at your lover
    you can affect your lover
    like pulling out nails with the back of the hammer

    Spending my money in 12 dollar increments
    Milkshake plus tip adds up to more than I think
    and I admit my heart is a laughingstock
    but that's why that's why that's why that's why
    cause I don’t want to be perceived yeah
    as a thing you can believe in
    I'm an optical illusion
    and pretty soon I think I’m leaving

    when I stopped laughing and got to thinking
    when I stopped laughing at how much we were drinking
    when you never called me back
    while I was staring at the paint crack

    fun while it lasted but it didn’t last
    It was fun while it lasted but it didn’t
    It was fun while it lasted but it didn’t last
    It was fun while it lasted but it didn’t

    like pulling out nails with the back of the hammer

    “only her voice and bones are left; at last
    only her voice, her bones are turned to stone”

  3. Kimochi Warui (When? When? When? When? When? When? When?)Lyrics

    Kimochi Warui (When? When? When? When? When? When? When?)

    Hey Will, why don’t you cut the shit
    and tell me who you’re fighting for?
    if you’re not taking care of yourself
    then what are you here for?

    I used to think there was an answer
    in the music of my youth
    but I just read Brian Wilson’s biography
    and now I know the truth

    because his father never loved him
    and the band just wanted money
    and Dennis was an alcoholic
    who drowned looking for treasure

    and everyone that Brian turned to
    just gave him drugs and took his money
    he was dependent on social acceptance
    just like every other human

    and now I’ve got no one to pray to
    and I’ve got nowhere to stay the night
    and it’s hard to be here at all

    and I am torn between
    trying to be a better man
    and trying to accept the man I am

    I have no faith in life
    to leave me satisfied
    I’ll have my fears and worries
    until the day I die

    and I will not go to heaven
    and I will not go to hell
    I have no faith in death
    to be anything at all

    * I feel sick
    * * I don't feel well
    * * What a disgusting feeling
    * * * * I don't like this feeling
    * * How disgusting
    * This feeling sucks

    some of these things are symptoms
    and some of these are being human

    and I am torn between
    trying to be a better man
    and trying to accept the man I am

    The people that I’ve talked to
    and the books that I’ve read
    and the tv shows and movies that I’ve seen

    are all I have to turn to
    to learn how to live
    but when? When? When? When?
    When? When? When will I ever learn?

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  5. You're In Love With MeLyrics

    You're In Love With Me

    Hello hello hello hello
    I'm so excited to finally be here
    maybe I'm a little embarrassed but
    it's alright
    it's alright

    just take it to the left brain
    shake it to the right brain
    try to get lost
    somewhere in the middle brain

    you could be in love with anyone
    but you're not in love with anyone because
    you're in love with me

    last night I dreamed Obama came to my birthday
    party and they made a giant banner of my face
    I wished they hadn't used driver's license photo but
    it's alright
    it's alright

    and I could sense you somewhere in the crowd
    and I knew that Barack would be proud
    because you could be in love with anyone
    but you're not in love with anyone

    you're in love with me

  6. America (Never Been)Lyrics

    America (Never Been)

    You can drive across the whole thing
    in four days if you really wanted
    leaving custom thank you notes
    in all the houses you ever haunted

    in this whole solar system
    we've only met one type of life
    it's the living kind of life
    and it's not one I recognize

    America

    I said "excuse me" to the ocean
    because I thought I had got in its way
    at first I didn't think it heard me
    but then I saw it wave

    you can spend every living moment thinking
    how can I get out alive?
    but is it really then, can you really call it
    hey man, just shut up and drive

    I thought we'd be on the road all night when that ice storm hit in Texas
    and when we pulled into the gas station it was like a frozen oasis
    oh, sweet mama, does that neon sign shine for me?
    Is there a street where my name glows all through the night?

    and I've never read (America)
    no I've never been (America)
    I just never went (America)
    I have never seen (America)

    all my fantasies are faking orgasms
    they're only in it for the money I made up for them
    I trade in ideas, opinion and artistry
    and my face is on every dollar

    this is heaven but heaven is here
    this is heaven but heaven is hard
    because your lover is listening to music you don't know
    and you're tangled up in the headphone wires

    you know our problems, they don't end
    just because we get boy/girlfriends
    is this your salvation plan?

    there's only one type of love
    it's the loving kind of love
    but when you're mad at me it's the end of times
    and I'm mad at you all the other times

    have I ever really been in love?
    I guess I've never really been in love
    have I ever really
    not in the way I'm thinking

    real life's a mess
    but at least you're not paying rent
    you've been making it, maybe even breaking even
    you oughta be content

    it doesn't make sense
    you're still sitting on the fence
    when the yard is yours
    and it was money well spent

    and I've never read
    no, I've never been
    I just never went
    I have never seen
    America
    America
    democracy
    biographies

    civil rights! basically
    bright lights! living in the city
    second prize in a beauty pageant
    200 dollars, this is life, this is your life!
    America!
    this is heaven
    this is the place

  7. I Want You To Know That I'm Awake/I Hope That You're AsleepLyrics

    I Want You To Know That I'm Awake/I Hope That You're Asleep

    I am not allowed to have feelings
    feelings would complicate this
    I'm a stupid ugly stuttering asshole
    there is no dignity in my anger

    mind if I cough in your ear all night?
    mind if I resent you for a year to night?
    I am not the type of man
    who can fall asleep in someone else's arms

    (Didn't mean to lie...)
    I love you
    sometimes I love you
    but it's hard to say
    there are times when I don't love
    I can't love anything in this world

    I want you to know.
    I want you to know.
    I want you to know
    I am.
    But I hope
    that you are.
    I hope that you're a

    it doesn't matter what I say
    if you don't say anything in response
    the final phrase of my last sentence
    hangs in the air, sounding stupider and stupider

    why can't you at least laugh
    I tried so hard to find the right words
    it's a matter of timing, you only have so long
    to capture the feeling before it's gone

    here is a demo of my newest sentence
    I'll fill in the good parts later
    I'll make it fit together real nice
    and cut out all the likes

    two days ago it was really bad
    I couldn't get my head straight all day
    and everything you said seemed to have an edge
    you were disappointed and I didn't know why

    eventually it came to a head
    over something as stupid as making coffee
    you said it was a mistake to ever try and help me
    then you went in the kitchen

    I drove off to go buy some stuff
    which was a mistake because
    I didn't want to come back
    I just sat in the parking lot

    and dabbed at my thumb, which was bleeding for some reason
    leaving a trail of red blossoms on the napkin
    I felt sick and I didn't know what to do
    how long would it be before I could face you?

    flash back to
    the first angry song I had to hide from you
    it goes like this
    I am hiding from you at the
    QFC

    Mikeal and Bryan broke up today
    but we're not like them, no
    nothing like them

    Frankie and Ava broke up today
    but we're not like them, no
    nothing like them

    Felice and Lanky broke up today
    but we're not like them, no
    nothing like them

    John and Yoko separated for a year
    but we're not like them, no
    nothing like them

    The Beatles broke up today
    but we're not like them, no
    nothing like them

    Paul said, "I just started doubting everything I did"
    but you're not like him, no
    nothing like him

    your parents and my parents, well, let's not get into that
    we're not like them
    we are nothing like them

    Degnan and Skippy haven't spoken for a while
    but we're not like them
    nothing like them no

  8. is this dust really from the Titanic?Lyrics

    is this dust really from the Titanic?

    The cool thing about having a lot of artist friends is getting to see a lot of unreleased or unfinished work being tossed around casually,as if it was just another average part of their life, since obviously for them it is. At the same time, though, even though these artists will share this stuff with you freely if you're, as they say, 'in the know', you get the feeling that they wouldn't want it to be seen this way to the larger audience they're creating for - as something that can be placed into the context of a life.

    the shitty thing about having artist friends is getting into the front seat of their car and having to rest your feet on fast food burger wrappers and empty Gatorade bottles. It's depressing to realize that these people that you've thought had a much better hold on life than you don't really have their shit together. At least, not in the normal sense. And if I'm being honest, it does kind of matter. Apparently, it's impossible to be an artist and not have puked-in car cup holders. I'm not excluding myself from this.

    Ibuprofen bottle
    Ibuprofen box
    loose Ibuprofen capsules
    shorthand directions to
    Elmhurst, Minneapolis, Bozeman, Tiger Mountain
    Great Clips receipt with coupon attached
    I won't need my hair cut for months

  9. Hey, Space Cadet! (Beast Monster Thing in Space)Lyrics

    Hey, Space Cadet! (Beast Monster Thing in Space)

    It is 2014 and I have no idea what is going on in my life

    Hello hello hello hello
    I’m so excited to finally be here
    Hello hello hello hello
    I got a little drunk before I came here

    frozen margaritas in Austin
    the birthplace of Daniel Johnston
    just a day's drive away from Memphis
    the birthplace and deathplace of Elvis

    (and I'm so far away from home
    Last night I dreamed I had returned
    to the land of all my favorite highways
    route seven)

    Hey, space cadet
    you can’t hang out with your friends
    even when you are with them

    Hey, space cadet
    you’re gonna need a lot of love
    but not the kind you’re thinking of

    and the times when I feel fine
    I’m just dancing in my mind
    couldn’t stay outside too long
    had to come and write this song

    hey, space cadet
    didn't think it'd be this far
    but that's the price for being a star

    I met you through the television screen
    I fell in love with the guy smiling at the audience
    and now this love is praecox feeling
    and now this love is aspect dawning

    hello hello hello hello
    it should be easier than this
    we should fit like a glove and a hand

    Hey, space cadet
    the things you see inside your head
    you'd better make other plans instead

    Hey, space cadet
    it's alright to want to dream
    it doesn't mean reality is mean

    Hey, space cadet
    it's time to show them what you can do
    what can you do, man, what can you do?

    Hey, space cadet...

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