a word document edited in october 2001

13 October 2001, 12:44 am

LITTLE THINGS

every time i saw you i was 9 days sober
every time i saw you i was 9 days dry
we’d go to bed and sometimes i’d stay over
sometimes i’d go back to my room and wanna die

it’s the little things that get you down
it’s the little things that wreck your day
all those awful empty moments when
there’s just nothing to say

it’s the little things that get you down
it’s the little things that make you fall
your head just smacks the concrete but
you don’t understand it at all

and nothing i told you could make any difference
and nothing you told me could make it make any more sense

every time i saw you i was sick with wanting
every time i saw you i was sick with need

waking in the night with my limbs all trembling
shaking with a hunger that i’m scared to feed

it’s the little things that get you down
it’s the little things that turn the trick
and i guess i’ll never know wat it would have been
if i hadn’t been so sick

it’s the little things that get you down
it’s the little things you know aren’t true
but i guess it meant a whole lot more to me
than it ever meant to you

and nothing i told you could make any difference
and nothing you told me could make it make any more sense

i don’t think i will ever be over you
in the usual sense of the word over
i don’t think i will ever be over you
in any meaningful way at all
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AREN’T YOU GLAD

well it’s true that i cheated on you — while you were on your last business trip
and letting her phone after you came home — was a pretty stupid slip
how can you freeze me out now darling — we’ve been together for so many years
i know we still got plenty more good times — if you can just get past these tears

and it could be much worse — you could be the president
and i’d be such an embarrassment — to all your presidential friends
it could be much worse — if the secret service followed me around
everytime i was out on the town — it’d be hitting the papers again

so aren’t you glad that you’re modest in your ambition
aren’t you glad that the stakes are low?
don’t you appreciate the value of our postion
we don’t have to share our dirty laundry with the people we actually know

and it could be much worse — if you were facing a deadlocked vote
and my actions just sank your boat — sent us back to a new dark age
and it could be much worse — cause you couldn’t really kill me dear
well not in an election year — you’d have no way to express your rage

so aren’t you glad that you’re not a politician
aren’t you glad that we’re not on the evening news
aren’t you glad that you’re not a politician
aren’t you glad that we’re not on the evening news
aren’t you glad that the only one i hurt is you?

darling you should be greatful
that the only one i hurt is you
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THE TROUBLE WITH CALIFORNIA

she wakes up beside me and she puts her arms around me
she wakes up beside me in a boat that’s rocking gently
in a harbor in a city where i fell in love too many times
she wakes up beside me from a dream about joe

she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me
she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me

and i’m not the one who makes her cry, i’m just the one who makes her smile
i’m not the one to bend her to me, i’m just the one who’s just her style
and i’m not the one to hold her down, not the one to tear her world apart
and i’m not the one she dreams about, i’m not the one to hold her heart

she wakes up beside me and she puts her arms around me
she wakes up beside me in a boat that’s rocking gently
in a harbor in a city where i’ve been hurt too many times
she wakes up beside me from a dream about the other guy

it’s like
“i’m lying here with linda on my mind
and next to me, my soon to be, the one i left behind
and lord, it’s killing me, to see her crying
she knows i’m lying here beside her, with linda on my mind”

she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me
she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me, she doesn’t love me

and i’m not the one who makes her cry, i’m just the one who makes her smile
i’m not the one to bend her to me, i’m just the one who’s just her style
and i’m not the one to hold her down, not the one to tear her world apart
and i’m not the one she dreams about, i’m not the one to hold her heart

i’m not the one she loves
i’m not the one she loves
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FIFTEEN COFFEE BARS

15 coffee bars in a space of four square blocks
some with internet access some with fresh samantha juices
and i’m in every one cause i’ve quit drinking again
reacquaint with leo tolstoy my one and only friend

and i wouldn’t say i miss you
and i never liked espresso
i just want a cup of something tall and dark and bitter
and i never said i loved you
while you were sipping cappuccino
can i trade this coupon in for something i think i might like better?

fifteen coffee bars, three of them are starbucks
two of them are xandos, nine will be bought out soon
i’m not jittery from the caffeine, i could never be a surgeon
my hands are always like this it’s got nothing to do with you

and i wouldn’t say i miss you
but i still don’t like espresso
i just want a cup of something bitter bitter bitter
and i never said i loved you
not after four glasses of merlot
can’t the vintner tell me something i don’t already know

fifteen coffee bars and too much time
hanging on my hands wrapping them with line
one thousand plastic foam cups to mark another year
and a landfill’s worth of garbage is exactly how i feel

and i wouldn’t say i miss you but i might not contradict you
and maybe i should order something different this time
but the bitterness is easier its taste is so familiar
and if i owned a coffee bar i’d be rich by now
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SHODDY WORKMANSHIP

COMMERCE:
the dude at baskin robbins shorts your double dip
your brand new pair of pliers just can’t get a grip
you buy yourself a record and all it does is skip
then you hire out a dance band and the play like robert fripp
shoddy shoddy shoddy workmanship

HOSPITAL:
the nurse puts the wrong solution in the intravenous drip
insurance co says that they won’t pay for your trip
the scalpel in the surgeon’s hands makes a little slip
and he amputates your arm when he’s supposed to fix your hip
shoddy shoddy shoddy workmanship

every where you look, every where you go
things fall apart and the center cannot hold
stitches come out, hinges break free
the numbered parts in the boxes where they outta be
the former sharp dresser reduced to a slob
the plant operator asleep on the job
i want my money back i’m tired of the gyp
the whole world is over run with shoddy workmanship

A BAD PART OF TOWN
the radar makes a bloop when it’s supposed to show a blip
the cop chases the felon but the crook gives him the slip
your nine freezes up when you’re just halfway through the clip
and you take out a blood when you’re supposed to cap a crip
shoddy shoddy shoddy workmanship

BACHELOR PARTY
the dancer just undresses, when she was paid to strip
the piercer left a blemish on the dancer’s lower lip
the dominatrix says that she forgot to bring her whip
and her sexy latex outfit has an unseemly rip
shoddy shoddy shoddy workmanship

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ANOTHER PROBLEM NOW

G Bm A Bm
well i woke up the other day
and i didn’t feel like a part of me was missing
saw a pair of lips the other day
and the lips weren’t yours but they looked well worth kissing
Bm C G
i may not be over you yet
but i think that i can make it somehow
it may take me a little while yet
but at least i got another problem now

she works in a bookstore
dates a guy from a band we used to play with sometimes
and he’s a better singer than me
but i write cleverer rhymes
Bm C
who knows how the story ends
G A
i barely know if it begins
Bm G
but i know i’m through playing the part
C D
where i’m the guy who never ever wins

i may not be over you yet
but i think that i can make it somehow
it may take me a little while yet
but at least i got another problem now

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UNEXPECTED F
saw him at the club the other night
and he’s lost a lot of weight
cleaned up working out it pains me to admit
but he’s really looking great

and i don’t think you should see him
i don’t think you should drop him a line
mere politeness is probably called for
but less than that would be just fine
it would be fine

he and jimmy got reconciled
they put the old band back together
new songs old songs so damn tight
people say they’re sounding better than ever

and i don’t think you should see him
i don’t think you should give him a call
i don’t think that that’s necessary
not at all, not at all

and you could leave me tomorrow
and still leave me alive
but if you got back together with him
i don’t think i could survive

don’t think i could stand to see you
go through the mess you left behind
turn another corner and be back in the same place
it’s like navigation of the blind

and i don’t think you should see him
i don’t think that you should go hear his band
why create a situation where the tension
could get so out of hand
but it’s out of my hands
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“UNTITLED”
she got up one morning and walked to the west for twelve hours
she didn’t have shelter she didn’t take food or water
she broke all the rules told no one where she had gone
just a note on the table that said went walking alone

when something like that takes hold you can’t interfere
you can’t help your baby when she doesn’t want anyone near
and it hurts that you can’t always be part of her life
but you knew she was wild you knew she’d be no man’s wife

in the kitchen on the wall is a clock and its hands are so slow
each minute takes hours to pass when you really don’t know
at the end of the day the sun slips from the edge of the sky
and the image that hangs in your mind will not tell you why

and you think you should make yourself eat but you can’t seem to care
and there’s whiskey on the shelf but you know there’s no comfort there
so you sit by yourself and you pray that soon she’ll come home
that she just needs a night to herself under the stars alone

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